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What is a Network Operations Engineer?

Also called a Network Operations Centre (NOC) Engineer, the Network Operations Engineer is responsible for high level network operations and support. The role is highly technical in nature but often interfaces with both IT and non-IT staff. They often design and implement network solutions, resolve customer support tickets related to network issues, and are frequently called upon to consult on IT projects.

What should be included in a Network Operations Engineer job description?

As a crucial member of the IT team, a typical Network Operations Engineer job description should include, but is not limited to:

  • Implementing, monitoring and repairing networks and systems
  • Ensuring reliable and secure network access
  • Scheduling and implementing network maintenance
  • Managing system back-ups
  • Installing and configuring hardware as required
  • Consulting with non-technical staff on projects involving network access
  • Responding to relevant IT support tickets as required

What skills and qualifications should a Network Operations Engineer have?

A highly technical role, Network Operations Engineers need to have a high level of IT knowledge, specifically of network operations, and fault analysis and reporting.

A tertiary education is not required, but demonstrable experience working with networks is essential. A strong focus on communication skills, particularly to staff within non-technical roles, is also recommended.

Soft skills should include:

  • Problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Organisation
  • Ticket and project management

How much does a Network Operations Engineer earn?

$90,000 - $180,000

A Network Operations Engineer salary is determined typically by the number of years of experience, soft and technical skills, and the scale of responsibilities in the organisation. To find out what a Network Operations Engineer is earning this year, download our complimentary Robert Half Salary Guide.

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