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Occupation description

A computer network and systems engineer plans, develops and deploys tests and optimises network and system service. They take responsibility for configuration management and overall operational readiness of network systems, especially environments with multiple operating systems and configurations. They also provide troubleshooting and fault-finding services for network problems.

Computer network and systems engineers are involved in the design, installation, repair and service of computers and associated equipment. Senior engineers are responsible for total system performance which can require the use of project control techniques and supervising other staff. Senior engineers can be required to design the more complex hardware equipment required to operate systems.

Knowledge, skills and attributes

You will need the following knowledge, skills and attributes:

  • Databases: MySQL, Oracle, Access, SAP
  • Software: Microsoft SQL Server, DB Artisan, Eclipse, Visual Studio.NET, FrontPage
  • Languages: C#, Java, Visual Basic, ASP, XML, XSL, JWS, SQL, T-SQL

Computer network and systems engineers think critically and problem-solve. They use reasoning to troubleshoot and identify solutions. They excel at technological design, and can create and apply technology to meet practical needs. They must be able to analyse and evaluate systems, determining how they work and how to improve them.

Working conditions

Like many IT workers, network and systems engineers work within well-lit, comfortable and clean computer laboratories or offices.

Entrance requirements and ongoing training and development

This occupation has a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. At least five years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualification. In some instances, relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification. In NZ, a computer network and systems engineer may not be an entry level role.

The value of a career in the rail industry

For even more details on what you might earn, the diversity of companies you could work for and the career opportunities available, visit the following careers and training websites. Careers in Rail by the Australasian Railway Association; About the Rail Industry by Rail Skills Australasia and Rail Training by the Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council (TLISC).

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Career paths

Your career may take many turns depending on what stage you are at in life and your personal circumstances. You may work with rail partners on large infrastructure projects. Once in the rail industry, to progress, you will need to complete additional studies or authorisations. These will depend on organisational and state requirements.

The information provided here is generic. Job titles and the experience and qualifications needed to move into other jobs, may vary from state to state depending on the structure and needs of your organisation, and government rules and regulations.

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Career Path Flowchart

Typical career path for a computer network and systems engineer