Although there are several network engineer (NOC) engineer jobs in the global market in order to be a successful NOC engineer one should have following skills as an add-on, apart from an essential degree in computer science, which will boost the career:
Server hardware experience with Cisco UCS, HP, and Dell blade systems
Experience working in a large distribution or manufacturing environments
Along with the technical skills, Network Operation Engineers requires analytical skills, leadership, and organizational skills. Responsiveness to fact and the capability to troubleshoot are also important. Engineers should be capable enough to recognize difficult networks and identify the issues or advise ways to fix them for refined work procedure. They should also be talented to work closely, as well as train other engineers and maintenance staff to run the network connectivity without any interruption.
Monitor Systems: They monitor the performance and capability of computer systems using diversified tools. They figure out the malfunctioning of hardware, software, and environmental alerts. When a problem is recognized, NOC Engineers does the root cause analysis (RCA).
Troubleshoot Problems: They work to triage or troubleshoot the issues, within their defined areas. NOCs generally have standard operating procedures (SOP) that the NOC engineer will closely follow. This may include coordinating with third-party vendors, customer contacts, or other IT teams for a holistic solution.
Tracking Issues: In response to incidents, the NOC engineer should carefully track and document all defects and resolutions in detail. This helps in increasing the expert base of NOC and helps in maintenance of system’s health record. Often, the NOC has a ticketing system that the NOC Engineer is accountable for updating.
Report Incidents: When the technical issues are complicated which needs an immediate response or troubleshooting, NOC engineers must escalate the matter to management as per their SOP (Standard Operation Procedure). If need be, they can include the other IT resources, 3rd party or vendors for a faster resolution after obtaining the proper approvals. They maintain the appropriate communication channels within intra teams or outside so that all stakeholders are kept informed ahead in time bound manner.
The core of NOC Engineer: Their responsibilities are wide. The expertise needed for a NOC or Network Operations Center includes network administration, Network Support, management, switching, and routing.