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Details for Network Designers


Determine user requirements and design specifications for computer networks. Plan and implement network upgrades.


  • Design, build, or operate equipment configuration prototypes, including network hardware, software, servers, or server operation systems.
  • Develop or recommend network security measures, such as firewalls, network security audits, or automated security probes.
  • Adjust network sizes to meet volume or capacity demands.
  • Communicate with customers, sales staff, or marketing staff to determine customer needs.
  • Coordinate network operations, maintenance, repairs, or upgrades.
  • Determine specific network hardware or software requirements, such as platforms, interfaces, bandwidths, or routine schemas.
  • Develop and implement solutions for network problems.
  • Develop conceptual, logical, or physical network designs.
  • 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.
  • 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 or monitor project schedules, budgets, or cost control systems.
  • Prepare detailed network specifications, including diagrams, charts, equipment configurations, and recommended technologies.
  • Research and test new or modified hardware or software products to determine performance and interoperability.
  • Communicate with vendors to gather information about products, to alert them to future needs, to resolve problems, or to address system maintenance issues.
  • Coordinate installation of new equipment.
  • Coordinate network or design activities with designers of associated networks.
  • Design, organize, and deliver product awareness, skills transfer, and product education sessions for staff and suppliers.
  • Develop or maintain project reporting systems.
  • Develop disaster recovery plans.
  • Develop network-related documentation.
  • Explain design specifications to integration or test engineers.
  • Develop plans or budgets for network equipment replacement.
  • Prepare design presentations and proposals for staff or customers.
  • Supervise engineers and other staff in the design or implementation of network solutions.
  • Use network computer-aided design (CAD) software packages to optimize network designs.


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