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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...

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...

Ardit S.
$15/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional
  • Network Administration
  • Cisco ASA
  • Cisco IOS
  • Cisco Router
  • Juniper
  • Check Point
  • Firewall
  • Cisco CallManager
  • Windows 7 Administration
  • Network Security
  • VPN
  • System Administration

I have been in the IT business for 10 years. Actually working with main tasks of Network and Security. Currently holding certifications for these brands: - Microsoft - Cisco - Juniper - Checkpoint

Md.Shamim Ahmed R.
$25/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • Asterisk
  • VICIDIAL
  • FreePBX
  • Elastix
  • Linux System Administration
  • Zimbra Administration
  • VMware Administration
  • VoIP Administration
  • VoIP Software
  • Virtualization
  • CentOS
  • 3CX
  • Business with 1-9 Employees
  • VoIP

Greetings to All, I am working as Senior System Administrator and VoIP Engineer for the last 7 years.I am an expert in setting up Class 4-5 Grade voip Softswitch (e,g PortaOne,voipsoft-switch) and also an expert in setting hosted PBX both multi-tenant and stand-alone. My Core skill is to Administer different types of VoIP system based on asterisk ( e.g.Freepbx,Asterisknow,Issabel,Elastix),Freeswitch(e.g.Fusion-PBX),Grandstream UCM and Linux(Centos-7, Ubuntu).I am also a certified expert in Vmware data center virtualization on Vsphere 6.7 . and Red Hat Certified Engineer. In this recent years i have completed so many systems and...

James T.
$225/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • Linux System Administration
  • Windows Administration
  • Virtualization
  • Web Hosting
  • Email Design
  • Network Design
  • Network Security
  • Network Monitoring
  • Network Planning
  • Network Administration
  • System Installation & Upgrades
  • Docker
  • NGINX
  • System Monitoring

Hey, I'm James. I've been a self-employed business network and server admin for 21+ years. I've worked with all flavors of Linux and Windows for some of the best businesses in the country. My average customer that I've worked with has been with me over 10 years. I specialize in analyzing current infrastructure and determining the needs of my clients then providing a written plan to correct any issues and protect the business systems from hackers and cryptolockers. In one of my recent projects, I consulted with a six billion dollar, publicly traded company to completely redesign their infrastructure to have redundant firewalls, VMWare...

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.

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...

Abdul M.
$35/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • Network Administration
  • Network Security
  • Network Design
  • Cloud Security
  • Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional
  • Cisco Router
  • Cisco UCS
  • Cisco ISE
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Network Monitoring
  • Linux System Administration
  • PRTG
  • Nagios Core
  • ManageEngine

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS: Several globally recognized certifications including CCNP Security, CCNA, Microsoft Azure, HCNA, HCNP, JNCIA-Junos, JNCIA-Cloud, Palo Alto ACE, Fortinet NSE1, NSE2. WORK EXPERIENCE: ▪ Work with clients to gather requirements, provide guidance and deliver Network Configuration and Troubleshooting support by utilizing deep understanding of Network Design, Network Security, Routing and Switching Protocols, Network Automation, Virtualization and Cloud Services ▪ Good Operational Experience to Analyze, Isolate and Resolve Issues with Multi-Vendor Equipment including Cisco, Juniper, Huawei, Fortinet, Palo Alto,...

Yakup B.
$40/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • Electrical Design
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Data Center Operations
  • SketchUp
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • 3D Design
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Solar Design
  • Solar Energy
  • Electrical Layout Design
  • 2D Design
  • Tech & IT
  • Wiring Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Dialux

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐"It was perfect output from Yakup, I have no complaints about execution. We are definitely going to use his services again" I do data center design studies in line with the recommendations of international institutions such as Uptime Institute, BICSI, TIA-942, ASHRAE, and the requests of local institutions and laws. Within 5 years I'm involved in electrical design, and data center solutions. One of my main skills is to create a professional, responsible electrical design for buildings, hospitals, and shopping malls. I know how to create quality electrical designs, solutions, and calculations for data centers, buildings, etc. Also,...

W Peter H.
$150/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • Session Initiation Protocol
  • LAMP Administration
  • VoIP Software
  • C
  • API Development
  • Asterisk
  • VoIP Administration
  • Business with 10-99 Employees
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Linux System Administration
  • VoIP
  • Linux
  • Kamailio
  • MySQL
  • FreePBX

A Top-Rated, Expert-Vetted VoIP/Software engineer with over 20 years of experience. My experience ranges from Asterisk/FreePBX phone systems, SMS messaging, Linux operating systems, to network administration. I believe you deserve a more professional, reliable, and personalized business experience, and I bring that mindset to every project. Whether I’m developing top-secret code for Lockheed Martin, or AI telephone agents for Nomo, or creating privacy-first communications for Mecca Hosting, Inc, or designing secure, high availability Asterisk systems for TeleConnx Inc., or handling difficult troubleshooting tasks, I always commit myself...

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.

Marshall Kevin Steele A.
$60/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • Scripting
  • Python
  • .NET Framework
  • Network Security
  • Windows PowerShell
  • Automation
  • Microsoft Windows Powershell
  • Server
  • Network Design
  • Virtual LAN
  • Security Management
  • System Installation & Upgrades
  • VPN
  • Network Security Management

I have been a Network and Server Administrator for the past 5 years but I have been supporting customers with computer problems for the past 10 years and I am well versed in my field now. I have many projects that I have completed for many companies outside of upwork, ranging from simple one server Domains to enterprise, multi-site networks of file servers and mobile computing. I can provide incite into problems that may come up in the future and also provide solutions to keep your hands from doing to much with automation of tasks and maintenance so you can spend less time with an IT person. I want to provide you with the best experience I...

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

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,...

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.

Manuel Antonio O.
$75/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • Network Security
  • Technical Support
  • Spanish
  • Cisco Meraki
  • Firewall
  • Palo Alto Firewalls
  • Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional
  • Amazon
  • Network Administration
  • PfSense
  • MikroTik

I am a Network Engineer with 8+ years of experience in Cisco Enterprise Networking Solutions, Network Security and Cloud solutions. I have worked with projects planning, design, deployment, configuration and troubleshooting of large scale networks. ►Strong knowledge of Networking best practices, including OSI model, TCP/IP and network hardening security. ►Experience with Layer 3 routing protocols, including EIGRP, OSPF, BGP and the OSI model in general. ►Experience with software defined networking solutions Cisco SDWAN Viptela and Cisco SDA. ►Experience with multiple vendors in Enterprise networking Solutions such as Cisco, Cisco Viptela,...

Prabitra B.
$30/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • Network Administration
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional
  • Cisco ASA
  • VPN
  • Network Security
  • Firewall
  • Cisco Router
  • Check Point
  • Cisco Meraki
  • Load Balancing
  • Fortinet Technologies
  • Ubiquiti
  • Network Security Management
  • Web Proxy
  • Fortinet

CCSE, ITILv3 , Fortinet NSE4 CCNP R&S,CCNP Security. In the last 12 years, I have been working on various network products and have gained comprehensive experience in Cisco, Fortinet, Sonicwall, Checkpoint, HP, F5, Radware technologies. I have been involved in the design, configuration, and troubleshooting of Network products. Firewalls: Cisco ASA 5500 Series Cisco ASA 5500-X Series Cisco RV Series Cisco Firepower 2100Series Cisco Firepower 4100Series Fortigate 50E Fortigate 60E Fortigate 90E Fortigate 800C Fortigate 100E Fortigate 3OOE Fortigate 800D FortiGate 1500D Checkpoint 4000 Appliance Checkpoint 5800 Appliance Checkpoint...

Mohammad Nazmul A.
$25/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • C#
  • .NET Framework
  • Java
  • C++
  • Windows App Development
  • Socket Programming
  • Winsock
  • Android App Development
  • PHP
  • MySQL
  • Visual Basic
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Raspberry Pi Firmware
  • C
  • Microsoft Visual Studio

Refine my 10+ years of experience in C, C++, C# & VB.NET by solving challenging problems. For the past years I have developed windows driver, created robust solution using C++, C#.NET & windows-api. I have also worked actively in developing various proprietary protocols. The variety of language enables me to develop complete solution from ground up & let me focus on the problem rather than language itself. I like to learn & very dedicated about my work. I am a team player & strongly believe in co-operation in bringing a solution to daylight. My Key Strength - variety of languages - C, C++, C#, VB.NET, Java, Android, PHP database - MSSQL,...

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...

Usama A.
$45/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • CallTools Call Center Software
  • VoIP Administration
  • Microsoft Teams
  • VoIP Software
  • 3CX
  • Twilio
  • Phone Communication
  • Call Center Management
  • Linux
  • VoIP
  • Grandstream
  • Technical Support
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Session Initiation Protocol
  • PBX

I am Microsft Certified System Engineer and have working experience in Networking / Systems and Cloud IP Phone Systems. * Phone System Installations and Configurations (3CX, Avaya IP Manager, Vital PBX, Genesys Cloud, Alcatel, Cisco, Asterisk Server, etc.) * Remote Support For MS Windows, MS Server, Phone systems configurations * Windows Server 2008,2012,2016,2019 Full Support * All Kind Of Software Installation * Server Backups * Basic Troubleshooting for all OEMs mentioned above * Best Customer Services Guranteed

Sudan D.
$55/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • Cisco IOS
  • Juniper
  • Cisco Router
  • Internet Protocol Security
  • VPN
  • OSPF
  • Border Gateway Protocol
  • Linux System Administration
  • Network Planning
  • Network Security
  • JNCIA-Junos
  • Junos
  • Firewall
  • Cisco ASA
  • Multiprotocol Label Switching

Despite the fact I am in young age I have years of experience with computers, networking and system. I am very tenacious and autodiact technical person for Cisco and Juniper Enterprise Network. I love to dig deep into specific technical challenges. 6+ years experience in Enterprise Network. # Certification # Cisco Certified Network Associate - CCNA "R&S" Cisco Certified Network Associate - CCNA "Wireless" Cisco Certified Network Associate - CCNA "Data Center" Cisco Certified Design Associate - CCDA Cisco Certified Design Professional - CCDP Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert - CCIE (Written) R&S Juniper Network Certified Internetwork...

Robert S.
$55/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • Network Security
  • Fortinet
  • Check Point
  • Palo Alto Firewalls
  • Cloudflare
  • Cloud Security

Strongly motivated network security expert with extensive experience of designing, implemeneting, troubleshooting and documenting complex security architectrures in multiple projects having global scale at companies such as Cisco, Capgemini. Eager to share knowledge and discuss IT and networking technologies with others. Keen on broadening knowledge about network and cloud security. Experienced with vedors/devices: ● Routing: Cisco ASR, Cisco ISR, MikroTik, Cisco Nexus ● Switching: Cisco Nexus, Cisco Catalyst, Juniper, FortiSwitch ● Security: FortiGate, FortiManager, FortiAnalyzer, FortiAuthenticator, Palo Alto, Checkpoint, Cisco ASA, Cisco...

Saqib Ahmed K.
$16/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate
  • Network Monitoring
  • Computer Network
  • Wireshark
  • Cisco Router
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional
  • IPv6
  • Network Planning

My Expertise in Networking: I have immense knowledge about IP addressing(IPv4 & IPv6 both), Subnetting, Supernetting, different protocols working on different layers, OSI Reference Model, TCP/IP Model, Hubs, Switches, Routers, Layer-3 Switches, Switch Port Security, VLANs, Routing (whether its Static or Dynamic), Routing Protocols such as RIP, OSPF(Single Area/ Multi Area) etc., Access Control List (ACL), Virtual Private Network (VPN), Network Address Translation (NAT), Cabling(STP or UTP) & Wiring(Standards determined by IEEE), IOS Navigation Methods, Methods to access Network Devices.

Hafiz Muhammad  B.
$20/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • Network Administration
  • Network Design
  • Network Security
  • VPN
  • Linux
  • CI/CD Platform
  • Ubiquiti
  • Firewall
  • Website Migration
  • AWS Systems Manager
  • Wireless Network Implementation
  • Wireless Security
  • AWS Server Migration

Result oriented & well-organized Professional Engineer Experience: Over 10 years (Network Engineer) Degree: (MS/Mphil Computer Science) Details of hands-on skills: - Routing Switching (Cisco, UniFi, Dlink) - Microsoft Systems Administration - AWS Administration - Linux Administration - Firewalls Configuration ( Check Point, Cyberoam, ASA, Kerio Control, Sonicwall, Fortinet, Sophos) - Voice over IP Configurations over Secure tunnel - Enterprise Routers 3800 ISR, 2800 ISR,1800, 2900 ISR, 7200VXR, etc - Catalyst Switches series, 2900 & Multilayer 3500, 3700 series. - WAN Architectures (VPN, MPLS) - Redundancy and High Availability...

Karen Y.
$75/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional
  • Cisco IOS
  • Cisco Router
  • Firewall
  • MikroTik RouterOS
  • PfSense
  • Network Planning
  • Network Security
  • VMware ESX Server
  • TCP/IP
  • Fortinet
  • OKTA
  • Open Networking Operating System
  • Cisco ASA

Over the last 12 years, I have deployed and maintained several ISP networks working as a network engineer, senior network engineer, network security administrator and senior network administrator in different companies. I have done a lot of network consulting works for companies in the US, Europe, Africa and helped to successfully start three ISP companies from scratch. I'm holding an industrial CCNP R&S, Fortinet NSE4, CompTIA Linux+, Okta Certified Professional and other certificates I'm seeking opportunities to audit, build, reconfigure or maintain network or server infrastructure of any company. I have experience in the following...

Archie R.
$10/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • Technical Support
  • Network Administration
  • Email Technical Support
  • Linux System Administration
  • Phone Support
  • Microsoft Office 365 Administration
  • Microsoft Exchange Server
  • Microsoft Power BI Data Visualization
  • Microsoft Flow Administration
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Network Monitoring
  • Network Security

Monitoring and maintaining the computer systems and networks within an organization in a technical support role. If there are any issues or changes required, such as forgotten passwords, viruses or email issues include installing and configuring computer systems, diagnosing hardware/software faults and solving technical problems over the phone. Technical support is vital to the ongoing operational efficiency of the company. Some tasks you may be involved in include: • Working with customers/employees to identify computer problems and advising on the solution • Logging and keeping records of customer/employee queries • Analyzing call logs...

Dan K.
$100/hr
  • Trophy Icon Network Engineering
  • Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert
  • Cisco Router
  • JNCIA-Junos
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate

Cisco Certified Engineer (CCIE Routing and Switching, Voice) with 20 years of Routing and Switching experience. I am available to assist in any networking project large or small. Extensive experience with Juniper and Nokia systems as well. I have designed, configured, and installed many networks that supported, data, VOIP, and video traffic . I have done this using a variety of vendors including HP, Sonicwall, Cisco, Juniper, Nokia, Adtran, and Dell. Some of my qualifications include the following: • Cisco Certifications including CCNA, CCDA, CCNP, CCDP, and dual CCIE (CCIE# 6489, Routing and Switching and VOIP). • Juniper JNCIS...

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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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