Network Engineer

Level 4

Occupational Duties

Install, Configure & Test

Install, configure, and test appropriate network components or devices securely to well-defined specifications whether physical or virtual

Acquire & Analyse

Acquire and analyse network performance data to monitor network activity


Optimise and maintain the performance of network systems or services in line with well-defined specification whether physical or virtual

Problem Solving

Investigate and problem solve to address technical performance issues in networks to return the network to successful operation and escalate as necessary


Undertake upgrades to a network including physical or virtual systems

Written Requirements

Interpret written requirements and technical specifications in relation to delivery of network systems and services

Policies & Records

Maintain accurate logical records in line within organisational policy when carrying out network tasks

Self Scheduling

Use operational data to manage weekly work schedule in an efficient and cost effective way

Impact & Risk

Consider the impact and risks when implementing network changes in line with work activities and escalating as required by organisational policies


Communicate technical network requirements effectively and professionally with a range of stakeholders ensuring stakeholder relationships are maintained

Self Learning

Practice continuous self-learning to keep up to date with technological developments to enhance relevant skills and take responsibility for own professional development

Digital Context

Incorporate considerations of the requirements of the wider digital context in which they operate to ensure that network engineering activities are carried out effectively

Standards, Policies & Security

Ensure all network engineering activity complies with organisational policies, technical standards, Health and Safety legislation, data security requirements, professional ethics, privacy and confidentiality

High Quality Service

Deliver and manage a high quality service under pressure

The Support Technician – Deliver efficient operation and control of the IT.

Deliver efficient operation and control of the IT and/or Telecommunications infrastructure either on-premises or to end-users provisioned as cloud services that is required to deliver and support the information systems needs of an organisation.

The Support Technician role is desk based resolving system user queries and resolving faults in a helpdesk environment. The business would contact a Support Technician to report the problem and either get it fixed or escalated to an engineer.

Occupational Duties


Works both independently and as part of a team and following the organisations standards; competently demonstrating an ability to communicate both in writing and orally at all levels, using a range of tools and demonstrating strong interpersonal skills and cultural awareness when dealing with colleagues, customers and clients during all tasks.

Remote Infrastructure

Effectively operates a range of mobile devices and securely add them to a network in accordance with organisations policies and procedures

Problem Solving

Applies structured techniques to common and non-routine problems, testing methodologies and troubleshooting and analyses problems by selecting the digital appropriate tools and techniques in line with organisation guidance and to obtain the relevant logistical support as required

Health and Safety

Interprets and follows IT legislation to securely and professional work productively in the work environment

IT Security

Demonstrates the necessary skills and behaviours to securely operate across all platforms and areas of responsibilities in line with organisational guidance, legislation


Effectively records, analyses and communicates data at the appropriate level using the organisation’s standard tools and processes and to all stakeholders within the responsibility of the position

Workflow Management

Works flexibly and demonstrates the ability to work under pressure to progress allocated tasks in accordance with the organisation’s reporting and quality systems


Optimises the performance of hardware, software and Network Systems and services in line with business requirements


Can explain the correct processes associated with WEEE (the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive)

Occupational Duties

Written Communication

Applies a good level of written communication skills for a range of audiences and digital platforms and with regard to the sensitivity of communication


Analyses and contributes information on the digital environment to inform short and long term digital communications strategies and campaigns


Recommends and applies effective, secure and appropriate solutions using a wide variety of digital technologies and tools over a range of platforms and user interfaces to achieve marketing objectives


Reviews, monitors and analyses online activity and provides recommendations and insights to others

Customer Service

Responds efficiently to enquiries using online and social media platforms

Problem Solving

Applies structured techniques to problem solving, and analyses problems and resolves issues across a variety of digital platforms


Understands and creates basic analytical dashboards using appropriate digital tools

Employer Responsiveness

Interprets and follows:

  • latest developments in digital media technologies and trends
  • marketing briefs and plans
  • company defined ‘customer standards’ or industry good practice for marketing
  • company, team or client approaches to continuous integration

Can operate effectively in their own business’s, their customers’ and the industry’s environments


  • Builds and implements digital campaigns across a variety of digital media platforms
  • Applies at least two of the following specialist areas:
    – search marketing
    – search engine optimisation
    – e-mail marketing
    – web analytics and metrics
    – mobile apps
    – Pay-Per-Click
  • Uses digital tools effectively

Digital Analytics

Understands and creates basic analytical dashboards using appropriate digital tools

Source, format and present data securely in a relevant way for analysis using basic methods; to communicate outcomes appropriate to the audience; analyse structured and unstructured data to support business outcomes; blend data from multiple sources as directed and apply legal and ethical principles when manipulating data.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with a wide range of stakeholders including colleagues, managers, customers and internal and external suppliers.

Occupational Duties

Source data from a collection of already identified trusted sources in a secure manner

Data is collected securely from trusted sources in line with current company requirements informed by relevant regulatory and legal standards and industry best practice

Collate and format data to facilitate processing and presentation for review and further advanced analysis by others

Data collated and formatted according to company procedures and recognised industry good practice

Present data for review and analysis by others, using required medium for example tables, charts and graphs

Data is presented in an appropriate format for review and analysis in line with company procedures and industry best practice

Blend data by combining data from various sources and formats to explore its relevance for the business needs

Data is blended ensuring that accuracy and consistency is maintained in line with current company requirements informed by relevant regulatory and legal standards and industry best practice

Store, manage and share data securely in a compliant manner

Data is stored, managed and shared in line with organisation, legal and regulatory requirements

Collaborate with people both internally and externally at all levels with a view to creating value from data

The employee is able to confidently engage with people internally and externally at all levels in a professional manner

Validate results of analysis using various techniques, e.g cross checking, to identify faults in data results and to ensure data quality

Results are validated in line with organisation and project data quality requirements

Practise continuous self learning to keep up to date with technological developments to enhance relevant skills and take responsibility for own professional development

Articulate the latest technology trends affecting data analysis and can communicate the impacts of latest trends

Analyse simple and complex structured and unstructured data to support business outcomes using basic statistical methods to analyse the data

Data is structured in a way that meets business outcomes

Communicate results verbally, through reports and technical documentation and tailoring the message for the audience

Results from data communicated in line with audience requirements

Occupational Duties

Provide technical support to customers

Maintain security of data by applying the appropriate policies and complying with legislation

Resolve digital issues

Undertake basic data analysis utilising appropriate digital technologies

Store, manage and share data securely in a compliant manner

Collaborate with stakeholders to manage expectations

Take responsibility for own continuous professional development

Manage time, prioritising digital support workflow to meet critical milestones

Document actions to ensure a clear audit trail and progression of issues

Occupational Duties


Take and interpret given software development requirements to estimate effort to deliver the work product to enable accurate costs to be established

Sequencing & Structuring

Break software development activities down into logical units of work to enable sequencing and ensure the best possible structuring of activities to deliver a high quality product right first time

Report & Audit

Report progress accurately throughout the development life-cycle stages to ensure adequate audit trails of key worksteps such that the organisation can demonstrate how the product has been created for quality and commercial purposes


Identify and report any impediments to software development activities and propose practical solutions

Customer Requirements

Convert customer requirements into technical requirements, both functional and non-functional to ensure that customers’ expectations are accurately reflected in the software products developed

Best Practice & Quality Standards

Identify and select the most appropriate technical solution, taking into consideration coding best practice and appropriate quality standards


Communicate software development solutions to a range of internal or external stakeholders to ensure clear understanding of requirements and how they have been met or adjusted

Security Implications

Consider security implications of proposed design to ensure that security considerations are built in from inception and throughout the development process

Written Solutions

Write logical and maintainable software solutions to meet the design and organisational coding standards (Software Development Lifecycle -Implementation and Build phase)

Security Application

Apply security best practice to the software solution throughout the software development life-cycle

Project Documentation

Create and maintain appropriate project documentation to explain the development process and resources used

Recovery Techniques

Apply appropriate recovery techniques to ensure the software solution being developed is not lost (Software Development Lifecycle -Implementation and Build phase)

Change Control

Implement appropriate change control to ensure that software development changes may be tracked and quality risks managed

Implementation and Build

Undertake unit testing of solutions, with appropriate levels of test code coverage, to identify and, where necessary, resolve issues (Software Development Lifecycle -Implementation and Build phase)


Perform testing of the software solution to ensure a high quality output (Software Development Lifecycle -Test phase)


Deliver a suitably documented deployable solution to the customer for their use (Software Development Lifecycle -Deploy phase)

Delivery Support

Support delivery of one or more software deployment phases, such as trials and final release, to ensure that software developer outcomes are deployed correctly

Customer Application Support

Provide support during software trials and after final release to ensure that customers understand and can correctly apply the product, and risks are mitigated

Customer Service

Respond appropriately to given Service Level Agreements (SLAs) to ensure that time and resources invested in software development activity are allocated appropriately to deliver good customer service

Bug Fixing

Apply suitable ‘bug fix’, appropriate to the severity and priority of the software development issue identified

Self Learning

Practice continuous self learning to keep up to date with technological developments to enhance relevant skills and take responsibility for own professional development

The broad purpose of the occupation is to ascertain how data can be used in order to answer questions and solve problems. Data analysis is a process of requirement-gathering, inspecting, cleansing, transforming and modelling data with the goal of discovering useful information, informing conclusions and supporting decision-making.

Data analysis has multiple facets and approaches, encompassing diverse techniques under a variety of names. In today’s world, data analysis plays a crucial role in making decisions more evidence-based and helping organisations operate more effectively.

Occupational Duties

Identify data sources to meet the organisation's requirement

Using evidence-based decision making to establish a rationale for inclusion and exclusion of various data sets and models

Liaise with the client and colleagues

From other areas of the organisation to establish reporting needs and deliver insightful and accurate information

Collect, compile and, if needed, cleanse data

Such as sales figures, Digital Twins etc. solving any problems that arise, to or from a range of internal and external systems

Produce performance dashboards and reports

In the Visualisation and Model Building Phase

Support the organisation by maintaining and developing reports for analysis

To aid with decisions, and adhering to organisational policy/legislation

Produce a range of standard and non standard statistical and data analysis reports

In the Model Building phase

Identify, analyse, and interpret trends or patterns in data sets

Draw conclusions and recommend an appropriate response

Offer guidance or interpretation to aid understanding of the data

Summarise and present the results of data analysis

To a range of stakeholders, making recommendations

Ensure data is appropriately stored and archived

In line with relevant legislation e.g. GDPR

Provide regular reports and analysis to different management or leadership teams

Ensuring data is used and represented ethically in line with relevant legislation (e.g. GDPR which incorporates Privacy by Design)

Practice continuous self learning to keep up to date with technological developments

To enhance relevant skills and take responsibility for own professional development

Occupational Duties


Identify cyber vulnerabilities in a system along with threats and hazards to a system, service or processes to ensure security is maintained, inform risk assessments and design of security features


Research and investigate attack techniques and recommend ways to defend against them

Risk Assessments

Support cyber security risk assessments, cyber security audits and cyber security incident management

Cyber Security Designs

Develop security designs with design justification to meet the defined cyber security parameters


Configure, deploy and use computer, digital network and cyber security technology


Develop program code or scripts for a computer or other digital technology for example an industrial control system


Write reports, give verbal reports and presentations in the context of the cyber security role

Process Management

Manage cyber security operations processes in accordance with organisational policies and standards and business requirements

Cyber Wars

Participate in cyber war gaming and simulations (technical & non-technical) for example to better understand cyber-attack and defence, rehearse responses, test and evaluate cyber security techniques

Industry Developments

Keep up to date with industry trends and developments to enhance relevant skills and take responsibility for own professional development

Course Details:

Job Description

Designing, installing, maintaining and supporting communication networks within an organisation or between organisations.


The duration is typically 24 months, plus an End Point Assessment.

Typical Job Roles

Desk Based Engineer, Dynamic Network Engineer, Field Based Engineer, Infrastructure Engineer, Network Administrator, Network Architect, Network Engineer, Systems Engineer.


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