What is an Infrastructure Engineer?
An infrastructure engineer is responsible for coordinating the technology for building, developing, and maintaining the IT systems used by the company. This can range from organising internet connections, cabling, storage area networks and any virtualisation software. The infrastructure engineer will often need to supervise onsite and remote updates or repair work. They will liaise with all vendors to ensure all equipment and products for network maintenance or updates are provided.
What Skills does an Infrastructure Engineer Need?
Because of the highly technical requirements of the role there are a number of technical skills employers will look for, most infrastructure engineering jobs require a minimum of a four-year bachelor’s degree in either:
- Computer sciences
- The information technology field
Additional certifications employers often ask for include:
- Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP)
- A Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)
- VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
However, while you ideally need a relevant degree, increasingly employers are more interested in your passion and your experience as opposed to formal qualifications.
Infrastructure Engineer Hard Skills:
- Knowledge of network and security concepts such as VMWare, Cisco, Citrix, SAN, and blades
- SAN technology and storage
- Tuning techniques
- Understanding of Windows server and Linux, TCP/IP environments
- OS performance monitoring
- Familiarity with Apache Web Server and Tomcat Server
- Modern standards approach. You can apply a modern-standards approach throughout automation and testing.
Infrastructure Engineer Soft Skills:
Communication skills are vital to an infrastructure engineer’s role. An infrastructure engineer will need to be able to liaise with onsite engineers when working remotely and to explain technical information to people who are not familiar with technical terminology.
The ability to problem solve will help an infrastructure engineer deal with high-pressured situations off site, or if a vendor issue arises. Having a repertoire of problem-solving skills for commonly experienced issues with a company’s networks will help troubleshooting.
What Types of Infrastructure Engineer Roles Exist?
Associate infrastructure engineer – an associate infrastructure engineer is a trainee and will work with an established team learning and gaining experience in information technology, systems design, systems integration and troubleshooting and problem resolving.
Network infrastructure engineer – a network infrastructure engineer plans and implements networks and monitor any installation of hardware or network updates including: any power systems, routers, switches, servers, and cables.
Cloud infrastructure engineer – a cloud infrastructure engineer creates and maintains cloud computing systems that allow data to be stored and accessed remotely and securely.
Salary Expectations for Infrastructure Engineers:
The average salary for an infrastructure engineer in the UK is between £45,000 – £80,000.