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Computer Network Architects

Computer Network Architects

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Computer Network Architects Description

Design and implement computer and information networks, such as local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), intranets, extranets, and other data communications networks. Perform network modeling, analysis, and planning. May also design network and computer security measures. May research and recommend network and data communications hardware and software.

Computer Network Architects Related Job Titles

Communications Analyst, Communications Consultant, Computer Network Engineer, Data Communications Analyst, Data Communications Software Consultant, Design Engineer, Enterprise Architect, Information Technology Director, Information Technology Manager, Internet Application Developer, Internet Developer, LAN Engineer (Local Area Network Engineer), LAN/WAN Engineer (Local Area Network/Wide Area Network Engineer), Multimedia Telecommunications Systems Integrator, Network Analyst, Network Architect, Network Consultant, Network Designer, Network Developer, Network Engineer, Network Manager, Network Operations Analyst, Network Security Analyst, Network Specialist, Network Systems Analyst, Network Systems Consultant, Network Systems Integrator, Network/Telecom Engineer, Networking Engineer, Networking Systems and Distributed Systems Engineer, Networks Computer Consultant, Networks Software Consultant, Personal Computer Network Engineer, Sales Engineer, System Programmer, Systems Analyst, Systems Developer, Systems Engineer, Systems Integrator, Systems Planner, Technology Director, Telecom Engineer, Telecommunications Analyst, Telecommunications Engineer, Wide Area Network Engineer (WAN Engineer), Wireless Network Engineer,


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Computer Network Architects Tasks
Supplemental Tasks
  • Adjust network sizes to meet volume or capacity demands.
  • Communicate with customers, sales staff, or marketing staff to determine customer needs.
  • Communicate with system users to ensure accounts are set up properly or to diagnose and solve operational problems.
  • Coordinate installation of new equipment.
  • Coordinate network operations, maintenance, repairs, or upgrades.
  • Coordinate network or design activities with designers of associated networks.
  • Design, build, or operate equipment configuration prototypes, including network hardware, software, servers, or server operation systems.
  • Design, organize, and deliver product awareness, skills transfer, or product education sessions for staff or suppliers.
  • Determine specific network hardware or software requirements, such as platforms, interfaces, bandwidths, or routine schemas.
  • Develop and implement solutions for network problems.
  • Develop and write procedures for installation, use, or troubleshooting of communications hardware or software.
  • Develop conceptual, logical, or physical network designs.
  • Develop disaster recovery plans.
  • Develop network-related documentation.
  • Develop or maintain project reporting systems.
  • Develop or recommend network security measures, such as firewalls, network security audits, or automated security probes.
  • Develop plans or budgets for network equipment replacement.
  • Develop procedures to track, project, or report network availability, reliability, capacity, or utilization.
  • Estimate time and materials needed to complete projects.
  • Evaluate network designs to determine whether customer requirements are met efficiently and effectively.
  • Explain design specifications to integration or test engineers.
  • Maintain networks by performing activities such as file addition, deletion, or backup.
  • Maintain or coordinate the maintenance of network peripherals, such as printers.
  • Monitor and analyze network performance and data input/output reports to detect problems, identify inefficient use of computer resources, or perform capacity planning.
  • Participate in network technology upgrade or expansion projects, including installation of hardware and software and integration testing.
  • Prepare design presentations and proposals for staff or customers.
  • Prepare detailed network specifications, including diagrams, charts, equipment configurations, or recommended technologies.
  • Prepare or monitor project schedules, budgets, or cost control systems.
  • Research and test new or modified hardware or software products to determine performance and interoperability.
  • Supervise engineers or other staff in the design or implementation of network solutions.
  • Use network computer-aided design (CAD) software packages to optimize network designs.
  • Visit vendors, attend conferences or training sessions, or study technical journals to keep up with changes in technology.
  • Communicate with vendors to gather information about products, alert them to future needs, resolve problems, or address system maintenance issues.

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