Network engineer

Alternative titles for this job include Network administrator

Network engineers install, service and repair computer data and communication systems.

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter

to

£40,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

on call flexibly

How to become a network engineer

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role

University

You could take a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:

  • network engineering
  • computer science
  • electronic engineering
  • network security
  • software engineering

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

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College

You could do a college course, which may help you to get a network technician's job. Once working, you could do more training to qualify as an engineer. Courses include:

  • Level 4 Certificate in Networking and Architecture
  • Level 4 Certificate in Network Services
  • Level 4 Diploma in Network Security

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, a level 3 diploma or relevant experience for a level 4 or level 5 course

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Apprenticeship

You may be able to do a network cable installer advanced apprenticeship, a network engineer higher apprenticeship, or a degree apprenticeship in digital and technology solutions.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), usually including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent qualifications, for a higher or a degree apprenticeship

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Work

You could start as a network technician and take industry-recognised training and certification on the job, like Cisco Certified Network Professional or CompTIA Network+.

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Career tips

Experience in related areas like IT support or computer service and repair could be useful.

Further information

You can get more advice about careers in networking from Tech Future Careers and The Chartered Institute for IT.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • the ability to work well with others
  • analytical thinking skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • broadcasting and telecommunications knowledge
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your tasks may include:

  • installing and configuring new software and hardware
  • setting up user accounts, permissions and passwords to allow access to the network
  • making sure security is at the right level to block unauthorised access
  • finding and fixing network faults
  • setting up a maintenance plan to prevent faults
  • giving technical support to people who use the network
  • providing training on new systems
  • carrying out day-to-day administration
  • planning and implementing future developments

Working environment

You could work in an office or at a client's business.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress into network management or you could move into other areas of IT like project management, information security or consultancy.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Service Desk Technician Apprentice

  • Wage : £14,672.76 Annually
  • Location: N22 7TR

IT Support Technician Apprentice

  • Wage : £10,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Keighley BD20 6TT

Courses In England

Network Engineering (Systems Administration) - BSc Hons Degree - Top up

  • Provider: BLACKPOOL AND THE FYLDE COLLEGE
  • Start date: 09 September 2019
  • Location: Blackpool

Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Computing (Network Engineering)

  • Provider: Bradford College
  • Start date: 02 September 2019
  • Location: Bradford

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