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Working As A Core Network Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $93,173

    Average Salary

What Does A Core Network Engineer Do

Computer networks are critical parts of almost every organization. Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of these networks. They organize, install, and support an organization’s computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems.

Duties

Network and computer systems administrators typically do the following:

  • Determine an organization’s network and computer system needs before setting one up
  • Install all network hardware and software and make needed upgrades and repairs
  • Maintain network and computer system security and ensure that all systems are operating correctly
  • Collect data in order to evaluate and optimize network or system performance
  • Add users to a network and assign and update security permissions on the network
  • Train users in the proper use of hardware and software
  • Interpret and solve problems when a user or an automated monitoring system alerts them that one exists

Administrators manage an organization’s servers and desktop and mobile equipment. They ensure that email and data storage networks work properly. They also make sure that employees’ workstations are working efficiently and stay connected to the central computer network. Some administrators manage telecommunication networks.

In some cases, administrators help network architects design and analyze network models. They also participate in decisions about buying future hardware or software to upgrade their organization’s network. Some administrators provide technical support to computer users, and they also may supervise computer support specialists who help solve users’ problems.

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How To Become A Core Network Engineer

Most employers require network and computer systems administrators to have a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. Others may require only a postsecondary certificate.

Education

Although some employers require only a postsecondary certificate, most require a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. There are degree programs that focus on computer network and system administration. However, because administrators work with computer hardware and equipment, a degree in computer engineering or electrical engineering usually is acceptable as well. Programs in these fields usually include classes in computer programming, networking, or systems design.

Because network technology is continually changing, administrators need to keep up with the latest developments. Many continue to take courses throughout their careers and attend information technology (IT) conferences to keep up with the latest technology. Some businesses require that an administrator get a master’s degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification programs are generally offered directly from vendors or from vendor-neutral certification providers. Certification validates knowledge and best practices required from network and computer systems administrators. Companies may require their network and computer systems administrators to be certified in the product they use. Microsoft and Cisco offer some of the most common certifications.

Other Experience

To gain practical experience, many network administrators participate in internship programs while in school.

Advancement

Network administrators can advance to become computer network architects. They can also advance to managerial jobs in information technology (IT) departments, such as computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Administrators need analytical skills to evaluate network and system performance and determine how changes in the environment will affect them.

Communication skills. Administrators must be able to describe problems and their solutions to non-IT workers.

Computer skills. Administrators oversee the connections of many different types of computer equipment and must ensure that they all work together properly.

Multitasking skills. Administrators may have to work on many problems and tasks at the same time.

Problem-solving skills. Administrators must be able to quickly resolve any problems that arise with computer networks.

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Average Length of Employment
Switch Engineer 3.4 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Network Engineer 3.1 years
Network Assistant 1.7 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 12.4%
Internship 4.3%
Consultant 4.3%
Top Employers After
Engineer 7.7%

Core Network Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

81.8%

Female

13.0%

Unknown

5.2%
Ethnicity

White

56.1%

Asian

16.8%

Hispanic or Latino

16.2%

Unknown

8.6%

Black or African American

2.3%
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Languages Spoken

Sami

20.0%

Carrier

20.0%

Spanish

20.0%

Portuguese

10.0%

Chinese

10.0%

Japanese

10.0%

Arabic

10.0%
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Core Network Engineer Education

Schools

University of Texas at Dallas

7.7%

Wichita State University

7.7%

University of Pittsburgh -

7.7%

University of Texas at Arlington

7.7%

Syracuse University

5.1%

Cairn University

5.1%

Michigan Technological University

5.1%

University of Colorado at Boulder

5.1%

ECPI University

5.1%

Western International University

5.1%

University of Texas at Austin

5.1%

Georgia State University

5.1%

Texas A&M University

5.1%

Strayer University

5.1%

Southern Methodist University

5.1%

Missouri State University

2.6%

University of Northern Iowa

2.6%

Polytechnic Institute of New York University

2.6%

University of Florida

2.6%

Lawrence Technological University

2.6%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

29.9%

Computer Science

15.7%

Computer Networking

9.0%

Computer Information Systems

6.0%

Computer Engineering

6.0%

Engineering

5.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.0%

Information Technology

3.0%

Business

3.0%

Systems Engineering

2.2%

Psychology

2.2%

Information Sciences

2.2%

Project Management

2.2%

Communication

2.2%

Mechanical Engineering

1.5%

Computer Systems Security

1.5%

Linguistics

1.5%

Information Systems

1.5%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.5%

Science, Technology, And Society

0.7%
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Degrees

Masters

40.1%

Bachelors

39.5%

Other

9.6%

Associate

4.5%

Doctorate

2.5%

Certificate

1.9%

Diploma

1.9%
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Real Core Network Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Core Platform Engineer Flipboard, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 11, 2016 $190,000
Senior Core Network Engineer Nextgen Global Resources LLC Santa Clara, CA Apr 13, 2016 $166,000
Core Engineer Nextgen Global Resources LLC Alpharetta, GA Mar 15, 2014 $165,000
Core Engineer Lendinghome Corporation San Francisco, CA Feb 23, 2015 $160,000
Core Platform Engineer Flipboard, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 07, 2015 $160,000 -
$191,000
Core Network Engineer Nextgen Global Resources LLC Plano, TX Aug 27, 2016 $135,200
Mobile Packet Core Engineer Nexius Insight, Inc. Redmond, WA Nov 13, 2015 $135,000
Mobile Packet Core Engineer Nexius Insight, Inc. Redmond, WA Oct 13, 2014 $135,000
Mobile Core Engineer Humin Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 10, 2015 $130,000
Core Network Optimization Engineer Cable & Wireless Holdings, Inc. Coral Gables, FL Aug 01, 2015 $130,000
Core Engineer Kautex, Inc. Troy, MI Apr 04, 2016 $130,000
Engineer, Core Recognition Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jul 16, 2014 $127,150 -
$145,000
Converged Core Engineers Nokia Solutions and Networks Us LLC Irving, TX Jan 27, 2016 $108,968
Packet Core Engineer Nokia Solutions and Networks Us LLC Irving, TX Aug 23, 2016 $100,110
Core Network Engineer Globalstar, Inc. Milpitas, CA Mar 30, 2016 $100,110 -
$110,000
Ip/Packet Switched Core Network Engineer-LTE Glow Networks, Inc. Lenexa, KS Nov 18, 2013 $100,000
Core Platform Engineer Kinvey Inc. Boston, MA Jul 24, 2015 $100,000
IP PSC Core Network Engineer Glow Networks, Inc. Bellevue, WA Dec 04, 2013 $99,040
Packet Core Engineer Nokia Solutions and Networks Us LLC Irving, TX Jan 09, 2016 $98,605
Converged Core Engineer Nokia Solutions and Networks Us LLC Irving, TX Jul 31, 2015 $84,421
Converged Core Engineer Nokia Solutions and Networks Us LLC Redmond, WA Nov 28, 2013 $84,420
Converged Core Engineer Nokia Siemens Networks Us LLC Herndon, VA Nov 20, 2013 $84,000
Converged Core Engineers Nokia Solutions and Networks Us LLC Irving, TX Feb 18, 2016 $84,000
Converged Core Engineers Nokia Solutions and Networks Us LLC Irving, TX Jan 27, 2016 $84,000
Senior IP Core Network Engineer Global Technology Associates, LLC Reston, VA Sep 11, 2013 $83,500
Senior IP Core Network Engineer Global Technology Associates, LLC Overland Park, KS Dec 11, 2013 $83,500
Senior IP Core Network Engineer Global Technology Associates, LLC Reston, VA Feb 11, 2014 $83,500

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Top Skills for A Core Network Engineer

IPMSCHLRHardwareCoreNetworkElementsLTEKPITroubleshootSgsnMGWCapacityHuaweiEricssonBSCPacketCoreFaultDNSTechnicalSupportInternetNokia

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Top Core Network Engineer Skills

  1. IP
  2. MSC
  3. HLR
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • -Coordinated across multiple teams and cross references multiple documents to gather DMA engine implementation details.
  • Create Work Orders using SNAP to request ISUP connectivity between MSCs and MPCs.
  • Performed node-swapping (BSC, HLR etc) in a live network.
  • Installed software, modified and repaired hardware and resolved technical issues Managed call flow and responded to technical support needs of customers
  • Analyze and fix core network elements.

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