How to write a Network Engineer job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Network Engineer job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimise your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialised, consider including the specialisation in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Network Engineer job titles

    Network Engineer
    Senior Network Engineer
    Network Engineer (CCIE certification required)
    Network Engineer (Part-Time)
    Network and Security Engineer

Network Engineer job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Network Engineer job summary

Our company is searching for a Network Engineer who can implement equipment installation plans based on the Network Administrator’s specifications, maintain each component of the network and troubleshoot issues. The Network Engineer will be responsible for monitoring the network firewall, assessing the functionality of the network routers, ensuring all internet security software is updated regularly, developing and implementing company email policies in accordance with the IT Manager and maintaining the company phone system.

Network Engineer responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organisation and who the employee reports to.

Examples of Network Engineer responsibilities

    Sustain the necessary data throughput rate by monitoring networking activity and maintaining existing equipment
    Maintain the company phone system and work closely with the phone service provider to keep the lines active
    Respond to network connectivity issues and resolve any wireless communication issues within the confines of the office
    Update the network maintenance manual and submit a summary of changes to the manual each week to management
    Collaborate with third-party support and service vendors to ensure that the network stays operational

Network Engineer qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Network Engineer skills

    Bachelor’s degree in information technology or related field
    Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) certificate required
    CompTIA networking certifications preferred
    5+ years’ experience in managing sophisticated computer networks
    3+ years’ experience in network architecture and deployment

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