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Working As A Data Center 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

  • $97,020

    Average Salary

What Does A Data Center 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 Data Center 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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Data Center Engineer jobs

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Data Center Engineer Career Paths

Data Center Engineer
Technical Support Engineer Network Engineer Senior System Administrator
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Deployment Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Data Center Manager Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Windows System Administrator Network Engineer Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Technical Consultant Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Data Center Operator Data Center Technician Systems Administrator
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Specialist Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Deployment Engineer Senior Network Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Windows System Administrator Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Consultant Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Specialist Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Service Delivery Manager Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Data Center Operator Systems Administrator
Senior System Administrator
8 Yearsyrs
Engineer Systems Engineer
Senior Systems Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Data Center Manager Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Engineer 3.2 years
Systems Engineer 3.2 years
LAN Engineer 3.2 years
Unix Engineer 2.8 years
Solutions Engineer 2.7 years
Lan/Wan Engineer 2.7 years
Server Engineer 2.5 years
Citrix Engineer 2.1 years
Exchange Engineer 1.9 years
Windows Engineer 1.8 years
NOC Engineer 1.7 years
Linux Engineer 1.6 years
Migration Engineer 1.1 years
Top Employers Before
Technician 3.5%
Consultant 3.0%
Top Employers After
Engineer 4.8%
Consultant 3.6%

Data Center Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

91.1%

Female

6.9%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

73.7%

Asian

11.6%

Hispanic or Latino

10.2%

Unknown

3.4%

Black or African American

1.1%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

29.6%

Carrier

29.6%

Russian

11.1%

Portuguese

3.7%

Chinese

3.7%

French

3.7%

Mandarin

3.7%

Cheyenne

3.7%

Serbian

3.7%

Italian

3.7%

Croatian

3.7%
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Data Center Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.0%

Northern Virginia Community College

6.7%

San Jose State University

5.6%

Community College of the Air Force

5.6%

New York University

5.6%

Strayer University

4.5%

Western Washington University

4.5%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.5%

Texas A&M University

4.5%

More Tech Institute

4.5%

American InterContinental University

4.5%

University of Denver

4.5%

Troy University

3.4%

Boston University

3.4%

Mesa Community College - Boswell

3.4%

Drexel University

3.4%

State University of New York Buffalo

3.4%

Pennsylvania State University

3.4%

City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College

3.4%

University of North Texas

3.4%
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Majors

Computer Science

17.5%

Business

12.8%

Electrical Engineering

11.0%

Information Technology

10.8%

Computer Information Systems

9.0%

Computer Networking

5.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.0%

Information Systems

3.5%

Management Information Systems

3.3%

Communication

3.0%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.0%

Management

2.5%

Engineering

2.3%

Project Management

2.0%

Computer Engineering

2.0%

Computer Technical Support

2.0%

Computer Applications

1.5%

Computer Systems Security

1.5%

Accounting

1.5%

General Studies

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.0%

Other

26.4%

Associate

15.8%

Masters

11.7%

Certificate

4.3%

Diploma

1.8%

Doctorate

0.9%

License

0.2%
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Real Data Center Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Data Center Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 21, 2014 $130,000
Data Center Operation Technical Engineer Vmware, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Aug 22, 2016 $130,000
Data Center Facility Operations Electrical Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Dec 08, 2016 $125,000
Data Center Engineer Presidio Networked Solutions, Inc. Woburn, MA Jun 10, 2015 $124,500
Data Center Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 21, 2011 $122,500
Data Center Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jun 13, 2011 $120,000
Data Center Engineer Presidio Networked Solutions, Inc. Woburn, MA Oct 10, 2011 $115,000
Data Center Engineer III Belcan Services Group Ltd Partnership I Greer, SC Jul 25, 2016 $114,430
Data Center Engineer III Belcan Services Group Ltd Partnership I Greer, SC Jul 26, 2016 $114,430
Data Center Engineer Presidio Networked Solutions, Inc. Woburn, MA Oct 03, 2014 $113,116
Contact Center Engineer Accenture LLP Gold River, CA Dec 09, 2014 $110,000
Data Center Engineer Presidio Networked Solutions, Inc. Woburn, MA Feb 09, 2012 $110,000
Data Center Engineer Presidio Networked Solutions, Inc. Woburn, MA Nov 28, 2014 $100,000
Data Center Engineer Presidio Networked Solutions, Inc. Woburn, MA Jul 26, 2010 $100,000
Data Center Engineer Presidio Networked Solutions, Inc. Woburn, MA Nov 28, 2011 $100,000
Data Center Server and Storage Engineer Verifone, Inc. Clearwater, FL Feb 16, 2016 $98,197 -
$108,463
Data Center Server and Storage Engineer Verifone, Inc. Alpharetta, GA May 29, 2015 $98,000
Data Center Systems Engineer Pubmatic, Inc. Redwood City, CA Aug 25, 2015 $94,162
Data Center Engineer Judge Technical Services Inc. Mount Laurel, NJ Nov 23, 2015 $93,915
Data Center Network Engineer General Motors Company Warren, MI Aug 27, 2016 $92,803
Data Center Engineer Ahead, LLC Chicago, IL May 01, 2016 $80,000
Data Center Systems Engineer .02) Pubmatic, Inc. Redwood City, CA Dec 18, 2013 $76,024 -
$93,205
Data Center Engineer Populus Group North, MN Mar 24, 2014 $75,132
Data Center Engineer Populus Group Saint Paul, MN Mar 24, 2014 $75,132
Data Center Systems Engineer Attensity Americas, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Feb 07, 2013 $74,942 -
$96,034
Data Center Systems Engineer Charles Schwab and Company, Inc. Austin, TX Oct 19, 2015 $74,755 -
$107,900
Network and Data Center Systems Engineer The Mathworks, Inc. Natick, MA Jul 23, 2015 $74,260
Data Center Systems Engineer III University of Texas-Pan American Edinburg, TX Dec 01, 2010 $73,116

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Top Skills for A Data Center Engineer

ServerHardwareNetworkInfrastructureWindowsServerStorageFiberOpticProceduresSANRemoteBackupRoutersTroubleshootLinuxLan/WanHvacAssetManagementEMCOSVmwareESXAvailabilityTechnicalSupport

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Top Data Center Engineer Skills

  1. Server Hardware
  2. Network Infrastructure
  3. Windows Server
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Identify, isolate and repair server hardware showing wear and tear as well as during preventative maintenance routine.
  • Designed and oversaw network configuration and physical network infrastructure construction and implementation with zero downtime.
  • Maintained documentation regarding Windows server configuration, operating procedures, and service records relating to Windows hardware and the VMWare environment.
  • Worked with project teams to create optimal hardware and storage configurations, resulting in shorter testing times and increased performance.
  • Participated in fiber optic cable installation.

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