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Working As An Engineer Administrator

  • 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 An Engineer Administrator 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 An Engineer Administrator

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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Engineer Administrator Career Paths

Engineer Administrator
Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Administrator Systems Administrator Senior System Administrator
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Administrator Administrative Manager Information Technology Manager
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Operations Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Senior Consultant Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Administrator Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Technician Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Administrator Data Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Weblogic Administrator Infrastructure Engineer Senior Network Engineer
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Systems Administrator Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Manager Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Technician Systems Administrator
Senior System Administrator
8 Yearsyrs
Weblogic Administrator Systems Engineer
Senior Systems Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Senior Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Engineer 4.3 years
AIX Administrator 3.4 years
LAN Administrator 3.3 years
Engineer 3.2 years
MIS Administrator 3.2 years
LAN Engineer 3.2 years
Administrator 3.2 years
Systems Engineer 3.2 years
Lead Administrator 3.1 years
Unix Administrator 2.9 years
Unix Engineer 2.8 years
Site Administrator 2.7 years
Lan/Wan Engineer 2.7 years
Solutions Engineer 2.7 years
Server Engineer 2.5 years
Network Consultant 2.4 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
Engineer 6.7%
Consultant 3.0%
Technician 2.6%
Top Employers After
Consultant 6.7%
Engineer 4.0%
Manager 3.5%
Owner 3.0%

Engineer Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

59.5%

Female

38.1%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

74.5%

Asian

11.9%

Hispanic or Latino

9.6%

Unknown

3.3%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

42.9%

French

14.3%

German

9.5%

Carrier

9.5%

Chinese

4.8%

Japanese

4.8%

Arabic

4.8%

Korean

4.8%

Italian

4.8%
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Engineer Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

23.3%

Strayer University

9.7%

University of Maryland - University College

7.8%

Kaplan University

6.8%

Purdue University

5.8%

Wichita State University

3.9%

Central Michigan University

3.9%

Colorado Technical University

3.9%

Troy University

2.9%

Ohio University -

2.9%

University of South Florida

2.9%

Wayne State University

2.9%

Macomb Community College

2.9%

University of Akron

2.9%

Thomas Edison State University

2.9%

Pennsylvania State University

2.9%

University of Connecticut

2.9%

University of Florida

2.9%

City College of New York of the City University of New York

2.9%

Michigan State University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

25.6%

Computer Science

14.4%

Computer Information Systems

7.8%

Electrical Engineering

6.6%

Information Technology

5.5%

Mechanical Engineering

4.2%

Management

3.8%

Computer Networking

3.6%

Drafting And Design

3.0%

Accounting

3.0%

Civil Engineering

2.7%

Marketing

2.7%

Education

2.3%

Management Information Systems

2.3%

Project Management

2.3%

Engineering

2.3%

Psychology

2.1%

Health Care Administration

2.1%

Information Systems

2.1%

Criminal Justice

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.1%

Other

24.9%

Masters

17.4%

Associate

13.5%

Certificate

4.2%

Diploma

1.1%

Doctorate

0.7%
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Real Engineer Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Splunk Admin Engineer Splunk, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 07, 2016 $120,390 -
$145,000
SAN Engineer/Administrator (Systems and Storage) Prodigy Software Group, Inc. Longmont, CO Sep 05, 2013 $120,000
SAN Engineer/Administrator(Systems and Storage) Prodigysoftware Group Inc. Ann Arbor, MI Sep 05, 2012 $120,000
ENG SYS Admin 4 Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Mar 12, 2012 $120,000
Engineer-Database Development and Administration Syniverse Technologies Campbell, CA Oct 29, 2010 $114,787
SAN Engineer/Administrator (Systems and Storage) Prodigy Software Group, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI Sep 05, 2009 $110,000
ENG SYS Admin Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Dec 10, 2012 $105,000 -
$125,000
SAN Engineer Administrator (Systems and Storage) Prodigy Software Group, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI Sep 05, 2011 $105,000
Engineer, Database Administration Cardinal Health Dublin, OH Jul 30, 2015 $97,718
Engineer 4, Tools & System Administration Comcast Cable Communications, LLC Philadelphia, PA Aug 07, 2016 $97,115 -
$113,900
Engineer 4, Tools & System Administration Comcast Cable Communications, LLC Philadelphia, PA Jan 10, 2016 $97,115 -
$118,500
SAN Engineer/Administrator (Systems and Storage) Prodigy Software Group, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI Sep 05, 2010 $95,000
Engineer, Database Administration Cardinal Health, Inc. Dublin, OH Apr 25, 2016 $89,523 -
$120,000
Engineer, Database Administration Cardinal Health, Inc. Dublin, OH May 21, 2015 $86,029 -
$120,000
Netbackup Admin/Engineer Mir Consulting, Inc. Plano, TX Dec 01, 2015 $80,000
Netbackup Admin/Engineer Mir Consulting, Inc. Frisco, TX Jan 12, 2015 $80,000
Netbackup Admin/Engineer Mir Consulting, Inc. Frisco, TX Nov 25, 2015 $80,000
Netbackup Admin/Engineer Mir Consulting, Inc. New York, NY Nov 23, 2015 $77,272
Netbackup Engineer/Admin Mir Consulting, Inc. Hackensack, NJ Nov 03, 2016 $75,500
Netbackup Engineer/Admin Mir Consulting, Inc. Hackensack, NJ Aug 03, 2016 $75,500
Engineer II Market Administration Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. Carmel, IN Nov 12, 2015 $72,280 -
$85,000
Engineer II Seams Administration Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. Carmel, IN Jan 07, 2016 $72,280 -
$85,000
Engineer I Seams Administration Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. Carmel, IN Nov 05, 2016 $72,280 -
$80,000
Engineer II Seams Administration Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. Carmel, IN Jun 06, 2016 $72,280 -
$85,000
Engineer II Seams Administration Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. Carmel, IN Jun 18, 2016 $72,280 -
$85,000
Engineer I Seams Administration Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. Carmel, IN Jul 16, 2015 $70,720 -
$75,000
Engineer II Market Administration Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. Carmel, IN Jun 13, 2015 $70,720 -
$85,000
Netbackup Admin/Engineer Mir Consulting, Inc. Plano, TX Dec 01, 2014 $70,138

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Top Skills for An Engineer Administrator

WindowsServerDatabaseHardwareWebApplicationsNetworkInfrastructureBackupActiveDirectorySQLServerSetupStorageUnixRemoteTroubleshootOfficeSuppliesSANDesktopEmailDisasterRecoveryAvailabilityPolicy

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Top Engineer Administrator Skills

  1. Windows Server
  2. Database
  3. Hardware
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Supported production and test environment servers (Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012) and related business applications.
  • Update multiple databases with site specific information for system documentation.
  • Provided Tier 3 level support for field technicians as it relates to application installation, basic troubleshooting hardware and or OS.
  • Configured web servers, virtual hosts for internet faced web applications and web services.
  • Network Infrastructure: Replaced the current switch with Dell managed switches that allowed for monitoring and allowed for planned company growth.

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