Network sizes can range from a few hundred users to several thousand. Due to this growing need for networks, the field of network engineering is experiencing phenomenal growth.
Network connectivity is vital for the emerging business world. Network engineering is essential in establishing and maintaining the network connectivity capability at universities, corporations and hospitals. It is a vast field that is a major part of the world of computers, telecommunication and radio technology.
Role Of Network Engineers
Network engineering in telecommunication includes the internetworking service components for switched networks and executing and developing software and hardware to meet the requirements. In the sphere of computers, network engineering deals with the development of software and hardware required to complete the computer design network purpose. In radio communication, network engineering is involved in the creation of network topologies. Its role in computing involves the building, maintenance and administration of computer networks.
This practice varies from company to company and frequently involves troubleshooting hardware and software and provides software support and system analysis and design. Generally, there are four types of computer networks: Wide Area Network or WAN, Local Area Network or LAN, Global Area Network or GAN and Metropolitan Area Network or MAN. Network engineers are expected to set up a network for the client. They work with the network manager to configure and design systems that manage and improve efficiency, to meet the business needs of the clients. The engineers are expected to be involved in daily administration of the installed system. The job activities that are involved in network engineering are:
– Setting up user accounts
– Issue of passwords and permission
– Maintenance of adequate security at the junction point of Internet and network
– Monitoring the network usage
– Installation and support for new software and hardware
– Implementation of preventive maintenance schedules
– Providing technical support to the end users
– Providing training on new systems
– Implementation and planning of future developments
– Working in coordination with other IT professionals
Qualifications For Network Engineering
The network engineer should possess good analytical and IT skills, the ability to prioritize the tasks, capacity and knowledge to explain the technical issues clearly, good interpersonal skills, excellent knowledge about networking technologies and the ability to remain updated with the latest developments. Network engineers should know how to use the basic network devices and they should have the required knowledge about the configuration and set up. There are job opportunities for network engineers in retail, finance, national and local government utility companies and health services.
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