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Richard C.
$89/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Microsoft Active Directory
  • Cloud Migration
  • Cloud Security
  • Azure
  • Azure App Service
  • Infrastructure Management
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
  • Cloud Computing
  • Cloud Architecture
  • Cloud Engineering Consultation

🌟 Upwork Top Rated PLUS Azure Freelancer 🌟 | Cloud Implementation/Migration Strategy | Azure Virtual Desktop Specialist | Secure Infrastructure & Engineering | Azure Networking, VPN, and Azure Services Configuration 🌟 I simply help you get to the Cloud with Azure. 🌟 20+ years of professional IT experience. 🥇These client reviews, which can be found in my completed jobs section, represents the level of 100% success and satisfaction, professionalism, dedication, and value I bring to the table and outlines what you can expect from working with me: "Richard has been one of the best Upwork freelancer's that I have worked with to date....

Aleksandar C.
$40/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate
  • Cisco Router
  • Cisco IOS
  • Hardware Troubleshooting
  • Data Center Operations
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional
  • Linux
  • Linux System Administration

I am an experienced Top-Rated-Plus Cisco certified Network Engineer. I can help you with any Cisco/Brocade (VPN, ASA, Meraki, Route, Switch), Ubiquiti, Sonicwall,MikroTik, Cisco Umbrella, Cisco ISE and Linux problem in your network.

ezra h.
$89/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • Data Backup
  • Network Security
  • Unix
  • Virtualization
  • Bash
  • Network Administration
  • Docker
  • Linux System Administration
  • Network Design
  • Linux
  • Raspberry Pi
  • System Administration
  • DevOps
  • Unix Shell

I have over 9 years experience with Linux, network engineering & administration, system engineering & administration, Dev ops, virtualization. Mainly working on building tailor-made hardware/software combinations to accommodate customer requirements in any IT related area. * Custom automation scripts * Rapid Prototyping * Cloud storage (Nextcloud/ownCloud, I helped develop and maintain the official Nextcloud VM) * Virtual machines * Containers Docker/LXC * Linux servers * Raspberrypi's with custom build firmware * IOT Internet Of Things * Tweaking performance and security. * Custom network builds for "Home Lab" or corporate...

Michael A.
$95/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • Cisco ASA
  • Cisco Router
  • Mikrotik RouterBOARD
  • Palo Alto Firewalls
  • VPN
  • Fortinet
  • Network Design
  • Ubiquiti
  • Cisco Meraki
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Firewall
  • Network Equipment
  • Virtual LAN
  • Computer Network

A result-driven Senior Network Professional with over 15 years' experience in Routing, Switching, Security and Network Design for corporate and enterprise networks.

Andrian V.
$50/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • Cisco IOS
  • Cisco Router
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional
  • Juniper
  • OSPF
  • Multiprotocol Label Switching
  • Multiprotocol BGP
  • Python
  • Network Analysis
  • Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert
  • Junos
  • Extreme Networks

JNCIE-SP #2975 , JNCIS-SEC, JNCIS-DevOps, CCNA R&S, LPI-1. Network Expert with more then 10 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. During my career I worked for 2 biggest ISP's in my country and one Tier1 ISP as part of Central Network Support Team(Level 3 Support). Besides of this, I also had a lot of other project, which involved network design, configuration,implementation and network automation. I have deep knowledge with Juniper Networks(JunOS), Cisco Systems(IOS, IOS-XR), Huawei Networking(VRP) and Mikrotik(RouterOS) products. During Network Engineer career, I was responsible for all kind of networking tasks,...

Bobby V.
$50/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • Network Security
  • Python
  • Software-Defined Networking
  • Windows Administration
  • Linux
  • Network Design
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional
  • Automation
  • DNS
  • Firewall
  • Linux System Administration
  • DevOps

I'm a well-caffeinated tech evangelist specializing in networking solutions with over seven years of experience. My expertise manifests in designing and deploying systems across enterprise, data center, and cloud environments. I'm skilled at creating solutions with high availability and tight security policies. 💻Tech Skills💻 ✅Programming: Python, APIs(RESTful, NETCONF, RESTCONF), XML, JSON, YAML, YANG, Ansible ✅OS: Windows Server(PowerShell, AD, Group Policy, Exchange), Linux(Bash, IPtables, Permissions), macOS, Cisco IOS, Arista EOS ✅Networking: WAN, LAN, WLAN(Meraki, UniFi), VLANs, VXLANs, IPv6, NAT, RIP, OSPF, BGP, VRF, ACLs,...

Antoine D.
$50/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • Cisco ASA
  • Cisco CallManager
  • C#
  • Cisco Router
  • MikroTik RouterOS
  • .NET Framework
  • .NET Core
  • VPN
  • Network Design
  • Network Security
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional
  • PfSense
  • Ubiquiti
  • Virtual Private Server

Experienced Network Operations Center Team Lead with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. - expert in Networking, Cisco Systems Products( R&S, Security and Collaboration). - expert in Palo alto , Fortinet, PFSense firewalls, Mikrotik router, VPN - very good experience in Vmware ESXi, Ubiquity, Unify , windows Servers - very good exprience in cloud (AWS, GCP, Azure, Oracle OCI) - very good experience in linux - Strong Development Skills specially network development(C#, .net web API , asp.net mvc) - .net core web api, microservices, rabbitmq, Rest API, EF

Driss J.
$50/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • Microsoft Server
  • System Administration
  • Cloud Migration
  • Computing & Networking
  • Firewall
  • Security Engineering
  • System Monitoring
  • Penetration Testing
  • Network Monitoring
  • VMware Administration
  • Network Security
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate
  • Windows Administration
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Virtualization

I am a Senior Systems and Network Engineer with a vast knowledge of Server Administration and IT Services. With a strong background in Network, Systems management, and security. More than 6 years of cross-platform experience in network administration, Systems, and Security. So I look forward to having the pleasure of working with you.

John Lloyd L.
$10/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • Cisco ASA
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional
  • Cisco Certified Design Professional
  • Palo Alto Firewalls
  • Juniper
  • Cisco IOS
  • Cisco Router
  • Cisco WLC
  • Network Design
  • Check Point
  • VPN
  • Network Administration
  • Firewall
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate
  • Network Equipment

I'm a Network Engineer with over 17 years of IT experience. I can design, configure and troubleshoot LAN, WAN, wireless, firewall and security technologies. I have strong hands-on experience with the following: Cisco router, switch, WLC, ASA and Firepower firewalls, Meraki cloud, switch and wireless, Juniper router, Palto Alto firewall, FortiGate firewall and Check Point firewall. I currently hold active IT certifications: Cisco CCNP Enterprise, CCNP Security, CCDP, CCNA Cyber Ops, CCNA Wireless, Juniper JNCIA-Junos, Palo Alto Networks ACE and PCCSA, EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker, CompTIA Network+, Security+ and Cloud+, ITIL, LPI...

Gregory S.
$120/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • Network Design
  • Network Security
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate
  • Fortinet
  • Extreme Networks
  • Google Cloud Platform
  • Wireless Communication
  • Ubiquiti
  • F5

I specialize in building, designing and troubleshooting network infrastructure and transport. Wired, Wireless, LAN, WAN, VPN and Security solutions to fit your business needs. I have been employed as a Network Engineer for Snapchat, Fortinet, Nuance Communications, Port of Seattle, Infospace, and Costco Wholesale. As a consultant I have worked on network and firewall projects as part of the AT&T consulting team for the State of Texas, New York Yankees and HP Enterprise. As a Professional Services Engineer for Fortinet, I deployed hundreds of Fortinet appliances for a large-scale IPSec VPN deployment for the State of Washington. Vendor...

Sergei N.
$30/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • C++
  • Go
  • Software-Defined Networking
  • Python
  • C
  • Docker
  • Linux
  • Virtualization
  • Algorithms
  • Embedded System
  • Golang

✅ Python scripting and back-end ✅ Linux systems troubleshooting and profiling ✅ High-speed or low-latency networking ✅ Virtualization with QEMU/KVM ✅ Sophisticated testing and verification ✅ Build automation

MD ZIAUR K.
$70/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • Cisco Router
  • Cisco ASA
  • Network Security
  • VPN
  • Firewall
  • Wireshark
  • Palo Alto Firewalls
  • Scripting
  • Python Script
  • Cisco Meraki
  • Network Design
  • Internet Security
  • VMware vSphere
  • VMware ESX Server
  • VMware Administration

Firewalls and SD-WAN: ********** ####:Paloalto: --------setup PA 5250, 5060, PA 3050, PA 820, PA 500, PA 200, PA VM-300, PA VM-500. --------Cisco ASA. Juniper SRX, Checkpoint firewall migration to Paloalto by "PaloAlto Expedition" migration tool. --------Panorama M500, M600. ( centralized management of PaloAlto firewalls). --------Site-to-Site tunnel (with Automatic Failover), Global Protect ( remote VPN) with portal and Multiple gateways. --------Security policy with HIP for remote user. --------NAT, PBF Rule, EDL( External Dynamic List) with Minemeld. --------advance troubleshooting. ####:Juniper: --------setup firewall SRX 4200, 4100,...

Michael N.
$30/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • Network Security
  • Network Design
  • Troubleshooting
  • Network Analysis
  • Cisco Certified Design Professional
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional
  • Linux System Administration
  • Python
  • Firewall
  • Multiprotocol BGP
  • Wireshark
  • TCP/IP
  • Fortinet
  • Network Planning

I am an expert in IT/Networking with several (over 12) years of quality experience in Enterprise and Service Provider networking ranging from small to large network sizes. With respect to the combination of technical and customer-centric of my skills, my exceptional service delivery has been rewarding and motivating over the years which is why I love what I do by doing what I love through providing permanent solutions to customers' network technical issues. My expertise in networking comes from my experience as a Network Specialist over 12 years as well as proven skills and deep level of understanding of network design concepts and...

Payton G.
$75/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • Penetration Testing
  • Customer Service
  • Vulnerability Assessment
  • Technical Support
  • VoIP Administration
  • Data Entry
  • Network Administration
  • VoIP
  • Network Design
  • Network Security
  • AWS Lambda
  • AWS CodeDeploy
  • AWS Systems Manager
  • System Security

I currently work freelance projects. I used to work for Vonage Business (VoIP service provider) as a VoIP Engineer and had been provisioning, troubleshooting, and maintaining VoIP services and networks for 7 years. I am also a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) through International Electronic Commerce Council. Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) is a qualification obtained by demonstrating knowledge of assessing the security of computer systems by looking for weaknesses and vulnerabilities in target systems, using the same knowledge and tools as a malicious hacker, but in a lawful and legitimate manner to assess the security posture of a target...

Anar A.
$40/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • SQL
  • FreeSWITCH
  • Linux System Administration
  • 3CX
  • FreePBX
  • Database Optimization
  • System Administration
  • VoIP Software
  • SMS Gateway
  • Session Initiation Protocol
  • OpenSIPS
  • MySQL Programming
  • Twilio API
  • VoIP Administration
  • Asterisk
  • VoIP

I am trying to get ahead here doing some jobs; I have 15+ years of expertise. Making good installations and debugging of VOIP Devices and OS, also Setting up IP PBX gateways such as Elastix, Asterisk, Freeswitch, FreePBX, VOS3000, A2Billing, ASTPP, 3CX, OpenVBX, and Kazoo, also SMS Systems Like PlaySMS, Jasmin, and Kannel. If you give me the job, I'll make it a success 100%! 3CX certified! I have a good knowledge of: PHP, MYSQL, HTML, CSS, WORDPRESS, JAVASCRIPT, VPN, CLOUD COMPUTING, UNIX/LINUX ADMINISTRATION, WINDOWS ADMINISTRATION, HOSTING SERVERS ADMINISTRATION, UBIQUITI, MIKROTIK, CISCO, Repair of the older tube TV :).

Charbel M.
$30/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • Bash Programming
  • Python
  • VMware ESX Server
  • Cisco IOS
  • Linux System Administration
  • PostgreSQL
  • LAMP Administration
  • DNS
  • DNSsec
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Bash

I'm a senior Network and Systems Engineer with extensive experience in building stable and reliable systems. I'm also an AWS certified solutions architect (Professional) & sysops administrator (Associate). My experiences range from Linux sysadmin for major distributions specifically Debian/Ubuntu, to networking skills specifically Cisco, to virtualization specifically VMWare Vsphere and cloud computing specifically AWS. I like working on challenging projects where I can apply my gained experience. I'm able to work 10 to 15 hours/week mostly in the afternoon (GMT+2). Thanks for reaching out.

ADEEL A.
$35/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • Juniper
  • Huawei AR
  • Automation
  • Troubleshooting
  • Technical Documentation
  • Cisco Router
  • Cisco Meraki
  • Cisco ASA
  • Aruba
  • Fortinet Technologies

I am a hardworking and self-motivated network engineer with a wealthy 15 years experience as an effective team player. I have a wide skill set in a variety of technical fields backed up by excellent communication, creative interpersonal and people leadership skills. Developing my knowledge plays a large part in my life both in and out of the workplace, and I am passionate about continually developing my abilities. Dual CCIE #35516 SPv3 & SECv4, HCIE-R&S #4166, MEF CECP 2.0, JNCIP-SP, NSE-4, Ansible, Python, Linux, F5. Multi vendor, multi dimensional experience of IP networking in Vodafone NZ, 2 degrees and IBM. Enterprise experience...

Roger H.
$45/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • Linux System Administration
  • Windows Server
  • Apache Administration
  • Computer Network
  • Ansible
  • MariaDB
  • AWS CloudFormation
  • Docker
  • VMware Administration

I’m a systems engineer who has experience in working on a variety of platforms. I can help with your Windows or Linux based platforms as well as virtualization, container, or cloud projects . I’m also experienced in Ansible Automation including AWX and Tower. I can help you with your projects ranging from general networking to fine tuning your Apache server to providing admin on your Hadoop environment! I’d love to talk to you to fully understand your business and technical objectives to make sure we deploy the right solution for your goals. I'm very familiar with a wide variety of web platforms and infrastructure, so don't be afraid to...

Rajib Kumar D.
$40/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • Wireless LAN Controller
  • OSPF
  • Border Gateway Protocol
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional
  • Routing
  • Cisco Router
  • Juniper
  • Training
  • Network Security
  • Network Design
  • Check Point
  • Palo Alto Firewalls
  • Cisco
  • F5
  • Fortinet

I offer 10+ years of design, implementation, and maintenance experience, ranging from the small enterprise network to nationwide, involving major protocols with strong troubleshooting and analytical abilities. Specialization: • Area: Routing, Switching, Security, Load Balancer (E2E IP networks architecture) • Routing: BGP, OSPF, EIGRP, PBR etc. • Switching: VLAN, STP, Ether-channel, FabricPath, Cisco VPC, VDC, FEX, VSS, FHRP, etc. • Security: Policies, VPN (IPSec, GRE, RA), DMVPN, Port Security, Firewalls, UTM • Design & documentation: MoP, LLD, HLD, SDP, Handover Documents, Visio, Power Point • Other Skills: Software Define Solution...

Damian N.
$38/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • Technical Support
  • MikroTik RouterOS
  • Phone Support
  • Computer Maintenance
  • Mikrotik RouterBOARD
  • Computer Network
  • Network Equipment
  • Castilian Spanish
  • Cisco Meraki

I have 5 (2011- 2016) years of customer service and tech support experience. I've worked with Verizon FIOS and also for a marketing firm called TLE market, as well as hospitality wifi a hospitality tech support and networking integrator for various hotel chains Upwork Jobs I've had have been with Quick community service as a general assistant, customer service, tech support, refunds, payments, all of it via email, phone, and chat Another one was with email chat support for A PowerPoint software addon and hospitality wifi. As an on-site tech, I was previously level 1, level 2, and level 3 tech support; currently, i am the manager of the...

Nenad S.
$130/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • Network Administration
  • Network Design
  • Network Security
  • Network Planning
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional
  • Network Analysis
  • Network Monitoring
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate
  • Cisco ASA
  • Cisco Meraki
  • Wireshark
  • Wireless Network Implementation

I am a Network Engineer/Consultant with more than ten years of experience. My primary focus is Cisco Technologies. I am certified in Security, Wireless, Collaboration(Voice), Design, Data center.. I help businesses design, build and manage networks saving them time and money. I just get things done with lots of common sense, usability, and best practices. Cisco/Meraki firewalls (ASA/Firepower), Routers, Switches, Wireless... Cloud technologies AWS and Azure CCNA R&S, CCNA Security, CCNA Wireless, CCNA Collaboration, CCNP R&S

Samson K.
$150/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • Linux
  • Cloud Computing
  • Software-Defined Networking
  • DevOps
  • Network Security
  • Network Design
  • Network Planning
  • MikroTik RouterOS
  • Cisco IOS
  • VPN
  • Linux System Administration
  • Network Analysis
  • VoIP
  • IPv6

Network Engineer having a 12 years hands on experience with IP networks in an ISP environment. Extensive and wide experience with different vendor equipment firewalls, routers, switches and wireless. Capable of network configuration, migration, verification and troubleshooting complex IP networks. Also conversant with SD-WAN and understanding of Linux, virtual environments, IDS and IPS.

Syed Faraz A.
$15/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • Fortinet
  • Network Design
  • VPN
  • Network Security
  • Wireless Network Implementation
  • Network Planning
  • Cisco ISE
  • Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol
  • Cisco Router
  • VoIP
  • Virtual LAN
  • Grandstream

1. 12+ years of extensive experience in networks. 2. Certifications (CCNP Routing & Switching, Security, Wireless) NSE 4, Extreme Networks 3. Network Revamp, Planning, Designing, Implementation Expert. 4. Hands on Cisco, Juniper, Fortinet, HP, Brocade, Ruckus, Maipu, Mikrotik, Ubiquiti, Extreme, ZyXel. Grandstream, Free Pbx. 5. Wireless Site Survey Tools (Air Magnet, Ekahau). 6. Expert in VPNs. 7. Fortinet Secure SD-WAN. SKILLS: Routing: Static Routing, RIPv1, RIPv2, IGRP, EIGRP, OSPF, BGPv4, ODR, GRE, IPv6, Traffic Engineering, Policy Based Routing PBR, Route Filtering, Redistribution, Static Routing using Enhanced Object tracking and...

Thanas D.
$25/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • Cisco Router
  • Network Security
  • MikroTik RouterOS
  • Ubiquiti
  • MikroTik
  • Network Design
  • Network Security Management
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Virtual LAN
  • Network Equipment
  • Helpdesk
  • Email Support
  • Microsoft Active Directory
  • VMware Administration

I'm a Network Engineer with over 10 years of experience, dealing with planning, designing, implementation, optimization, integration, security and troubleshooting of Networking Systems. I have hands on experience with below vendors: Routers, Switches, Firewalls -Cisco -Mikrotik Unifi/Edgerouter/Edgeswitch/USG/Controller Monitoring Systems Netnumen UniFi controller Mikrotik Dude -Routing Protocols: RIP, EIGRP, OSPF, BGP, MPLS VPNs. -Switching Protocols: RSTP, MST, VTP, Private VLANs, HSRP, VRRP. -VPN Protocols: L2TP, PPTP, S2S IPSec, GRE, OPENVPN. Cisco and Mikrotik Certifications: -CCNA -CCNA Routing and Switching -CCNA-Security -MTCNA...

Elman E.
$49/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • Mobile App Development
  • Embedded C
  • Internet of Things Solutions Design
  • Electronic Circuit Design
  • Hardware Prototyping
  • PCB Design
  • Electronic Design
  • Product Development
  • Firmware
  • Server & Virtualization Software
  • Analog Electronics
  • Electronics
  • Solar Energy
  • Microcontroller Programming
  • KiCad

✅ Top-Rated Upworker - Senior Hardware Engineer, Mass Production Expert, Firmware and Software developer - To Get Your Project Developed From Scratch To Mass Production. With 20+ years experience in electronics engineering designed power, analog and digital electronics, including PCB, embedded and mechanics design. I have served a wide variety of industries and have developed initial concepts and prototype devices as well as producing products that go into full scale production manufacturing. Key Offerings: •Digital circuits design •Power circuits design •Analog, precision and low noise circuits PCB design •Housing and mechanics for...

Timothy I.
$100/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Python
  • Cisco Meraki
  • Bash Programming
  • Virtualization
  • Linux System Administration
  • Ubiquiti
  • VPN
  • Cisco Router
  • Firewall
  • OpenVPN
  • Amazon GuardDuty
  • Oracle Cloud
  • Cloudflare

Experienced network engineer that has embraced the cloud and helped organizations large and small. I have done everything from establish VPNs to design global hybrid networks that utilize SD-WAN and direct connect. I have also designed multi-account AWS environments with least privilege cross account access via IAM users and SAML identity providers. I hold over 10 AWS certifications including Solutions Architect Professional, Advanced Networking Specialty, and Security Specialty. I am passionate about learning new things, expanding my existing knowledge, and sharing my knowledge to help others effectively utilize technology.

Md Probal R.
$120/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • SMTP
  • Systems Engineering
  • Network Monitoring
  • Google Suite
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate
  • VPN
  • Email Deliverability
  • Windows Server
  • Firewall
  • Ubuntu
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Cisco ASA
  • TCP/IP

A result-driven IT professional with extensive experiences in multi platforms (Network, Systems & Firewall as well as Email Deliverability Platforms) engineering, administration and support with total working experiences in Singapore (6 years 8 months) and in Bangladesh (5 years 10 months). In-depth expertise in the implementation, analysis, optimization, troubleshooting and documentation of global network, firewall and systems as well as monitoring network platform that capitalizes on expertise in CISCO Routers/Switches, ASA, Checkpoint, Juniper SRX (Firewalls and Routers), Fortigate, Sonicwall, Monowall, IPTABLES firewalls, Linux/Unix...

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How to Hire Top Network Engineers

How to hire network engineers

Planning on setting up your own application server, VoIP network, or other IT infrastructure? A network engineer can help.

So how do you hire network engineers? What follows are some tips for finding top network engineers on Upwork.

How to shortlist network engineering professionals

As you’re browsing available network engineering consultants, it can be helpful to develop a shortlist of the professionals you may want to interview. You can screen profiles on criteria such as:

  • Technology fit. You want a network engineer who understands your IT infrastructure.
  • Project experience. Screen candidate profiles for specific skills and experience (e.g., server automation with Ansible).
  • Feedback. Check reviews from past clients for glowing testimonials or red flags that can tell you what it’s like to work with a particular network engineer.

Defining your network engineering project

The first thing you should explain up front is what you need the network engineer to do. As mentioned above, what you need from a network engineer is going to largely depend on the size of your network and its complexities and requirements. Are you setting up a new network from scratch? If so, you’ll likely need a highly skilled network architect to determine what systems you need, what bandwidth your business is going to require, then have them design and configure the system with the appropriate tools, technologies and hardware if applicable.

Do you need to upgrade any existing server hardware to address performance issues? If so, you’ll want a network engineer who knows the latest hardware options to help you optimize your network. to run an audit that assesses the health of your system and to then provide a plan for upgrading, augmenting, and expanding your hardware and software to beef up bandwidth.

Finally, briefly explain your goals. What do you need from your network architect to get you from where you are now to where you’d like to be? Do you feel like systems and hardware are underutilized? Are you culturally shifting toward a more DevOps approach and need to reconfigure how your network supports you?

How to write an effective network engineering job post

Now that you’ve clearly defined your project deliverables, it’s time to write your project description. The description will determine the quality of the network engineer you’ll attract, so be sure to include as much context and detail as possible to ensure they have demonstrated experience tackling the challenges your project may entail.

Be direct and succinct in your title, and include any relevant technology, tools, or services they should know in order to work within your system. Do you need specific tools to support a continuous delivery network, or containerization? Be as specific as possible, and also open to discussion about their suggestions.

A network engineer is typically the top of the totem pole when it comes to IT professionals, having more ownership over the planning and design phases. If they’ll be working in a consulting capacity, let them know who they’ll be working within your organization. Also, provide budget information that might affect their choices for the physical hardware behind your network.

Be sure to specify for certifications to make sure they’re qualified and their skills and hardware knowledge are up to date. If you’re setting up a new network from scratch, you want a network that’s future proofed—not a functional network that’s using outdated technology that’s likely to fail down the line.

Sample project overview

Below is a sample of how a project description may look. Keep in mind that many people use the term “job description,” but a full job description is only needed for employees. When engaging a freelancer as an independent contractor, you typically just need a statement of work, job post, or any other document that describes the work.

Title: Network Engineer Needed to Configure and Install Hybrid Cloud Continuous Delivery Network To Support Medical Tech Startup & Mobile App

Description:

We are a medical mobile app who recently received the funding we need to launch our prototype and set up the network for our physical office space. We need an experienced network engineer to help us design both an on-site network (set up wifi and telephone access, servers, and security protocols) and our hybrid cloud network. We’re looking to build a network with elastic capabilities to support continuous delivery from our engineering team. We’re also open to suggestions about continuous integration and DevOps tools (e.g. Jenkins).

Project Scope & Deliverables:

In preparation for launch of our mobile app, an on-demand medical supply delivery app, we need onsite and hybrid cloud CD production networks to support our mobile app which offers location-based delivery services, inventory management and support, scheduling, anonymized messaging services between drivers and practices, and other logistics. We’ll also need our onsite office network setup (wifi, telecommunications). We’d like the SDN set up as a phase one so our distributed engineers can begin work on the app, with the office as a phase two.

NETWORK ENGINEERS FAQ

What is network engineering?

Network engineering is an umbrella term for all the tasks involved with setting up and maintaining IT infrastructure.

Here’s a quick overview of the skills you should look for in network engineering professionals:

  • Network engineering
  • Network design, planning, and administration
  • Networking protocols such as TCP/IP
  • Server technologies such as ASP.NET
  • Router technologies such as Cisco

Why hire network engineers?

The trick to finding top network engineers is to identify your needs. Is your goal to set up your own internal network with Cisco routers? Do you require experience with DevOps services to automate your continuous integration and delivery pipelines? The cost of your project will depend largely on your scope of work and the specific skills needed to bring your project to life.

How much does it cost to hire a network engineer?

Rates can vary due to many factors, including expertise and experience, location, and market conditions.

  • An experienced network engineer may command higher fees but also work faster, have more specialized areas of expertise, and deliver higher-quality work.
  • A freelancer who is still in the process of building a client base may price their network engineering services more competitively.

Which one is right for you will depend on the specifics of your project.

Cost factor #1: Network project scope

Your project description will definitely help when it comes to assessing the first major cost factor: the overall scope and complexity of your network. This is going to be one of the biggest contributors to how much time your network engineer will need to get you up and running. Are you setting up a new network from scratch? Or are you upgrading some existing server hardware to address performance issues? Is your network a mix of on-site and in the cloud, or is it strictly in the cloud? Do you need specific tools to support a continuous delivery network or containerization?

All of this will impact what systems you need, what bandwidth your business requires, and how the engineer will configure the system with the appropriate technologies and hardware. Establishing scope will not only help you match your project with the caliber of talent you need, but it will also help you estimate your project’s timeline and milestones.

Tip: IT security and network engineering go hand in hand. You might consider a round of penetration testing before engaging a network engineer to design your system. This can provide visibility into what is and isn’t working, help you make more-educated decisions about the systems you should invest in, and allow for more proactive security improvements along with the redesign.

Cost factor #2: Network engineer’s experience and expertise

What you want to look for first and foremost is experience related to projects similar to yours. Gauge both the appropriate experience and any niche expertise. For instance, some network engineers are more focused on software requirements than hardware requirements, in response to the shift toward software-defined networking (SDN)—systems deployed in the cloud rather than on-site. This new cloud-based landscape requires a different skill set from that of traditional network engineers, including server-side scripting, operating systems and command-line interfaces, file system structures, languages like Python or Java, and a code repository system such as GitLab. For example, if you deploy any of the 40% of servers out there that are virtualized, you’ll want to look for someone with appropriate skills or certifications to manage that environment.

Other specialized experience might come into play as well. If you need an engineer who’s capable of working “close to the metal” with more on-site hardware components, look for electrical engineering expertise: familiarity with motherboards, interface cards, drivers, circuitry, wiring, and more. IT security-focused experience with TCP/IP connections and penetration testing is another specialty to look for, especially as breaches continue to threaten businesses’ bottom lines.

The following table breaks down some average rates of network engineers you can find on Upwork.

Typical rates charged by network engineers*

Level of Network Engineer Description Average Hourly Rate
Basic/Entry Technician/Junior Administrator Basics such as the installation, configuration, and management of LAN, WAN, routers, networks, servers, software, cloud services, and security protocols. Entry-level certifications such as CompTIA A+ or CCENT. $30-$60+
Intermediate/Advanced Beyond basics, specialized in automation tools like Puppet. Advanced certifications such as CCNP, CCIE, or higher. $60-$100+
DevOps Engineer Experienced working with a DevOps toolchain (Ansible, Jenkins, Kubernetes, etc.). Strong leadership and communication skills for implementing the DevOps culture within an organization. $100-$150+

*Reflects rates charged by freelancers on Upwork in North America with more than 1,000 hours and 90% success rate.

Cost factor #3: Certifications

Like software, networks need to constantly evolve to be more scalable—and network engineers’ skill sets should evolve too. It’s a competitive market, and many opt for industry-recognized certifications to stand out and market themselves. We won’t go into every single certification here, but just note it’s important to match a certification with the qualifications you need, whether they’re IT security or data center virtualization.

Basic credentials to note include Windows, Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Python networking certifications, and Microsoft Network Engineer certifications. For cloud-based, virtualized server environments, keep an eye out for the Citrix Certified Associate-Networking (CCA-N) and VMWare certifications. For security-related credentials, the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) credential is one of the oldest and most respected.

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