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Working As A NOC 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

  • $74,701

    Average Salary

What Does A NOC 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 NOC 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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NOC Engineer Career Paths

NOC Engineer
Radio Frequency Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
NOC Analyst Network Engineer Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
NOC Analyst Engineer Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Network Manager
Director, Network Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Network Design Engineer Lead Network Engineer
Incident Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Senior Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Support Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Technical Consultant Network Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Radio Frequency Engineer Senior Engineer Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Administrator Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Network Design Engineer Senior Network Engineer Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Project Manager
Service Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Project Manager Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Engineer Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Network Engineer 3.0 years
NOC Analyst 2.0 years
NOC Engineer 2.0 years
NOC Technician 1.9 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 4.9%
Technician 4.4%
Top Employers After
Engineer 10.2%
Consultant 2.5%

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NOC Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

86.8%

Female

10.4%

Unknown

2.8%
Ethnicity

White

49.4%

Hispanic or Latino

18.1%

Asian

12.7%

Black or African American

12.4%

Unknown

7.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.7%

Carrier

28.6%

French

7.1%

Portuguese

4.8%

Swedish

2.4%

Chinese

2.4%

Vietnamese

2.4%

Braille

2.4%

Japanese

2.4%

Norwegian

2.4%

Mandarin

2.4%

Arabic

2.4%

Korean

2.4%

German

2.4%
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NOC Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.6%

More Tech Institute

8.9%

Strayer University

8.1%

University of Maryland - University College

8.1%

George Mason University

6.5%

Pittsburgh Technical Institute

6.5%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.9%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.1%

The Academy

4.1%

Anne Arundel Community College

4.1%

Western Governors University

4.1%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.1%

New York University

3.3%

University of North Texas

3.3%

San Francisco State University

3.3%

Miami Dade College

3.3%

Southern Methodist University

3.3%

Austin Community College

3.3%

Florida International University

3.3%

University of Texas at Austin

3.3%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

15.1%

Computer Science

14.2%

Computer Information Systems

14.0%

Computer Networking

10.6%

Information Technology

9.8%

Business

8.9%

Computer Engineering

3.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.8%

Information Systems

3.3%

Computer Systems Security

2.6%

Criminal Justice

2.1%

Engineering

1.9%

Management Information Systems

1.4%

Project Management

1.4%

Computer Technical Support

1.2%

General Studies

1.2%

Education

1.2%

Communication

1.2%

Computer Applications

1.2%

Mathematics

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.4%

Other

21.6%

Associate

17.8%

Masters

12.7%

Certificate

4.1%

Diploma

2.0%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Real NOC Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
NOC Engineer 3 Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 04, 2016 $145,600
NOC Engineer 3 Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 09, 2016 $119,000
NOC Engineer Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 01, 2015 $116,000
NOC Engineer 2 Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 02, 2013 $105,000
NOC Engineer 2 Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 09, 2016 $105,000
NOC Engineer 2 Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 06, 2016 $105,000
NOC Engineer 2 Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 20, 2015 $104,000
NOC Engineer 3 Stubhub, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2015 $97,154
NOC Engineer Linkedin Corporation Mountain View, CA Feb 09, 2016 $92,600 -
$125,220
NOC Engineer 2 Paypal, Inc. Scottsdale, AZ Mar 10, 2016 $91,000
NOC Engineer EBAY Inc. Austin, TX Sep 25, 2013 $87,000
NOC Engineer 2 Stubhub, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2012 $83,173
NOC Engineer Savvis Communications Corporation Weehawken, NJ Sep 26, 2015 $80,057
NOC Engineer Jump Operations, LLC Chicago, IL Aug 09, 2016 $80,000
NOC Engineer Comtech, LLC Washington, DC Sep 20, 2013 $76,080
NOC Engineer Stubhub, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2009 $75,000
NOC Engineer 2 Paypal, Inc. Scottsdale, AZ Jun 09, 2015 $75,000
NOC Engineer Wiline Networks, Inc. Foster City, CA Sep 25, 2012 $68,000
NOC Tier II Engineer (Computer Network Architect) Wiline Networks, Inc. Foster City, CA Sep 25, 2012 $67,000 -
$68,000
Noc/Competency Center Engineer TEC Integra, L.L.C. Miami, FL Apr 08, 2016 $65,998
NOC Architect/Engineer Nokia Siemens Networks Us LLC Irving, TX Apr 07, 2011 $65,650
NOC Engineer Virtela Technology Services Inc. Denver, CO Jul 01, 2011 $60,000
NOC Engineer USR Systems Atlanta, GA Aug 09, 2015 $60,000
SMS NOC Engineer Telintel Ltd Weston, FL Sep 19, 2015 $60,000
NOC Engineer (Network Operations Center Engineer) Intone Networks Inc. Framingham, MA Sep 13, 2013 $60,000
NOC Engineer Virtela Technology Services Incorporated Greenwood Village, CO Oct 01, 2011 $60,000
NOC Engineer Ibasis, Inc. Lexington, MA Feb 09, 2016 $58,406
NOC Engineer Ibasis, Inc. Burlington, MA Sep 05, 2015 $57,990
NOC Engineer C Washington, DC Dec 01, 2010 $56,043

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Top Skills for A NOC Engineer

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  1. Customer Service
  2. Routers
  3. Troubleshoot
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  • Acknowledged for consistently delivering full-functionality and customer service excellence within fast-paced, deadline-driven environments
  • Installed and maintained routers remotely.
  • Coordinate troubleshooting calls, identifying service-impacting events and recruiting additional resources as necessary.
  • Provided remote access troubleshooting of customer private transmission lines and equipment.
  • Performed daily operational network & system infrastructure checks and balances for Production environments.

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