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all about network engineers

Network engineers play a key role on the information technology team. They help organizations design, troubleshoot, implement, and maintain the company network infrastructure. Working with other networking and computer professionals in a team setting, you will help ensure network architecture and capabilities are in alignment with company business goals and objectives.

If you are a certified network engineer and have experience working with a number of network protocols, contact Randstad Canada today to explore your career options with us.

what network engineer jobs entail

Programmers typically work for a single employer on assigned projects to fulfill company objectives. You will be expected to attend meetings and offer feedback and insights on how to proceed with IT projects. Your level of experience may dictate how much freedom you have when working on projects. You will typically work regular hours from Monday to Friday, though these days many software companies offer flexible scheduling to attract the best tech workers, like programmers. You may also be expected to work additional hours depending on the urgency of your projects.

average network engineer salaries in Canada

The average annual salary for network engineers working in the technology sector in Canada is about $70,000 per year. The annual salary for this position ranges from $45,000 on the low end, up to $100,000. Many roles offer incentives, bonuses and profit sharing to increase earning potential. Candidates with industry experience and skills in network management administration, Windows NT, internet information server (IIS), and Cisco networking have higher earning potential. Some network engineers also work on freelance projects to increase their annual earnings.

your day to day tasks

As a network engineer, the majority of your tasks revolve around ensuring the computer network is safe, performing well, and in alignment with business objectives. Here are some of the many tasks that will be included in your job description:

  • Monitor network performance
  • Ensure the network is reliable and has optimal uptime
  • Perform regular network maintenance and upgrades
  • Attend team strategy meetings
  • Work on special projects as assigned
  • Monitor the network for potential threats and vulnerabilities
  • Work with IT vendors
  • Assist other team members with networking troubleshooting
  • Create network performance reports

where you can work

Network engineers most commonly work for organizations within the technology sector. However, many jobs are also found in many other industries across Canada such as business, banking, finance, retail, manufacturing and many other industries that use technology as part of their business strategy.

Some work directly for a large organization with a complex network structure or work for a networking consulting company and assist small and medium size businesses with their networking needs. Some network engineers work independently as a consultant. Jobs are commonly found in the Greater Toronto Area, Waterloo, Vancouver, Montreal, and other technology hot spots in Canada. You may also have the opportunity to work remotely.

what you bring to the table

Here are some of the skills and abilities hiring companies are looking for in network engineer candidates:

  • Cisco networking
  • Microsoft Exchange, Windows NT, XP Networking
  • Network management and administration
  • Linux, UNIX, SQL
  • Network diagnostic and analytics skills
  • Strong understanding of TCP/IP and OSI
  • Good communication skills
  • The ability to work well in a team environment
  • The ability to work under tight deadlines
  • Good troubleshooting and problem solving abilities

training and certifications

Computer network engineers are required to have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer networking, information systems, or related area of study. A master’s degree in computer science is an asset. Many companies require candidates have certification or to be working toward certification.  Network engineers obtain network certification such as Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE), Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) and other types of certifications. Hiring companies expect candidates to have hands-on experience and a deep understanding of many different network protocols such as IPSEC, BGP, OSPF and others.

where your career is headed

Computer networking professionals are in high demand and jobs in the industry continue to grow and evolve with changing technology. Many network engineers work in the role for many years, often for a number of different organizations. Some of the roles network engineers commonly move into include senior network engineer, information technology manager, network architect, information systems manager, and other networking-related roles.

Are you a network engineer? Want to explore your career options? Ready to make a career move? Contact Randstad Canada today to gain access to the top networking jobs with leading organizations in Canada.

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