Network engineers – Pillars to Network World

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January 23, 2018

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Network engineers have graduated from long-established job responsibilities to more complex tasks. And this is making an astonishing choice.

The coming decade is that of Information Technology and Digital Transformation. It is about an integration of software and hardware. With the way technological advancements are insinuating day-to-day lives, we need to have vigorous networking systems that build a passage between the software that builds and the hardware that supports them. Such passages are created by Network Engineers. Although these engineers mainly plan networks, they might also perform job tasks like deciding which type of hardware is needed to support a network, determining various types of security the network needed and designing the layout for data communication networking.

Network Engineers have job responsibilities like working on ensuring the integrity of high availability network infrastructure in the organization, working on routers, switches, firewalls, controllers, load balancers, intrusion detection and prevention systems from threat and network management software. So, the task starts from linking all computers with the central computer and ensuring that all programmes and files are available to each computer as required to also linking the computers to machines such as printers, and telephones. To be a successful network engineer, you need to possess excellent attention to detail, to be a confident communicator, analytical and problem-solving skills.

Eligibility and skill-set: To intrude into this profession one should have the thorough knowledge about every component of a computer. One must at least have a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field, such as computer science, engineering or similar, or MBA in Information Systems and many more. Employers also look for experience in the field, either working with IT systems or in network administration. As a network engineer, one would need analytical, leadership and problem-solving skills, as well as attention to detail and an ability to work in teams.

Top certifications that would add value to one’s resume:

CCNP: The Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) exam is used to measure a network professional’s qualification to architect, implement, operate and troubleshoot LANs and WANs in firm surroundings. It also validates their dexterity to work in a joint effort with specialists on advanced security, voice, wireless and video solutions. A person who passes the CCNP exam will have proven that they possess the testify to skills required in company roles such as network technician, support engineer, systems engineer, network engineer and network administrator. There are eight areas of the professional Certifications for  under CCNP:

  • CCNP Cloud
  • CCNP Collaboration
  • CCNP Data Centre
  • CCNP Routing and Switching
  • CCNP Security
  • CCNP Service Provider
  • CCNP Wireless


CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate): It is a Routing & Switching Certification. It certifies the ability to install, configure, operate and troubleshoot routed & switched networks. CCNA certified professionals troubleshoot the connections to remote sites via a wide area network (WAN), mitigate basic network security threats, and understand fundamental networking concepts and terminology. CCNA certified is a discrete first step toward a gratifying career as a network administrator or engineer. There are various Cisco training programs, institute and specialized college degrees featuring Cisco networking course or certification in this program.


CCIE SECURITY The Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Security (CCIE Security) programme recognizes individuals who have the knowledge and skills to troubleshoot, implement, maintain and support extensive Cisco Network Security technologies and  Solutions using the advanced industry best practices and technologies to secure systems and environment against latest threats or security issues. There are no formal prerequisites for CCIE certification. Other professional certifications or training courses are not required for this. Instead, candidates must first pass a written qualification exam and then the corresponding hands-on lab exam.

Juniper Networks Certification Programme (JNCP) This certification consists of job role and platform specific, a multi-tiered program that allows exhibiting competence with Juniper Networks technologies. In this program, demonstrate competence with networking

WCNA: (Wireshark Certified Network Analyst) As a role in network engineer, they will spend much time of resolving network issues from DNS, DHCP and TCP to slow performance issues and possible hacking attempts. An essential part of a role, the ability to capture and analyze packets traveling across the network, interpret the results and make suggestions. This course covers all that need to know about using Wireshark packet capture tool.

There are many other various certified courses related to Network Engineer and one should opt.


Network administrators might impel different types of the network an organisation needs, install network components and manage a network’s operation. They might also skilled employees in the organisation on how to properly use the network and congregate data about the network’s operation.

Some of the career options for Network Engineer are:

Network Systems and Data Communication Analyst: These professionals plan, design, test and oversee the operation of local area networks (LAN) and Internet systems for businesses and other organisations. One will have to investigate computer programs and recommend specific hardware or software solutions.

Computer Systems Analyst: Computer systems analysts implement and design information systems solutions to help the organization operate and also conceptualise and develop computing systems for organisations. When identifying the causes of system problems, systems analysts may research computer user information, business procedures and existing automated processes.

 Network Administrator: Network administrators oversee the operation of company network and Internet systems to ensure they’re functioning and operating properly. One may also plan, design and coordinate computer software network systems. While working as network administrator professionals sometimes one will oversee computer and network security programmes.

Telecommunications Specialist: Telecommunications specialists install networking and telecommunications systems designed by network systems and data communications analysts. One may also provide training on how to use programmes and oversee their maintenance and implement it.

Especially to the young network engineers, this might serve as a gratifying progression. Keeping a record of career’s future plan can be very beneficial for upcoming future. If one stay ahead of the sinuosity, one will gain additional job security & perk and become more in demand.

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