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Computer Network Engineer

Overview: Network Engineers help manage the flow of information between two or more linked computers so persons using remote computers can simultaneously use databases and document files and use Email. They install and test computer and communications media, hardware and software.
Duties: They assist network administrators in the operations of computer hardware, software and communication devices that link computers and remote terminals so that they can be used simultaneously.

They install, test and debug new network software and hardware. They write documentation & instructions for proper use of the network and help users who need guidance or run into problems.

They help network managers in the evaluation of new applications for use on the network such as voice mail, Email, group-work technology, teleconferencing, telecommuting via modems, etc.

They assist in the installation and testing of software that protects the security of information stored in a network system. Evaluate and install software to guard against computer viruses.

Degree(s): A.S. Engineering Science 
A.A.S. Computer Information Systems: Computer Programming Track 
A.A.S. Computer Information Systems: Microcomputer Applications Software Track 
Job Outlook: Employment of computer network engineers is expected to grow much faster than average through 2018 because for consumer demand for increasingly sophisticated technologies. Job increases will be driven by very rapid growth in computer systems design as well as software publishing.
Salary Range (National Average): $30,000 to $35,000
Growth: Growth
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires a High School Degree, plus additional coursework in a vocational or technical school. In some cases, employers may require an Associate Degree.
Additional Training/Education: Most employers require completion of either a technical institute certificate program that takes 18 to 20 months or a 2-year college associate degree program. Coursework includes computer hardware and software, networking operations, network wiring and electronics, local area networks (LAN's) and wide area networks (WAN's).
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Analyzing requirements for a new product or service and creating a design to satisfy those needs.
  • Identifying the most appropriate equipment and tools needed to get a job done.
  • Installing equipment, machines, wiring, etc. according to a set of specifications.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Analyzing the symptoms of a problem and deciding what actions should be taken to resolve the problem.
Recommended Values:
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.