How to be a Network Engineer in Hong Kong

By Robert Half on 19 December 2022

Network Engineers in Hong Kong are in high demand.

In fact, the engineer job is one of just a few IT positions where candidates are hardest to find, and that generates strong demand.

Firms across Hong Kong are seeking these masters-of-all-things-networking because networks have become increasingly complicated as technology has grown and advanced.

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Network Engineer project examples

System design

An engineer will consider the layout of a building, security, and budget to create a network design.

If a company has multiple buildings, the engineer must design a wide area network (WAN).

Maintain computer network

Network Engineers make sure communication and resource sharing is possible between all devices in a network, such as computers and printers, as well as enable Internet connections.

They must design an efficient system with quick connections and limited downtime.

They also work with users, vendors (an internet service provider, for example) to maintain networks.

Oversee implementation

Network Engineers must be good project managers.

Once the system is designed, they'll either implement the network themselves, or oversee others who implement it.

Stay current

An engineer needs to be up to date on technology to make sure the company's technology is current.

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Skills of a Network Engineer

If you're interested in becoming a Network Engineer in Hong Kong, strong analytical and problem-solving skills are essential, and you need to be knowledgeable about all aspects of network technology.

Possessing a background in wireless equipment, standards, protocols, and WLAN design is considered ideal.

Candidates also must be strong communicators to collaborate successfully with network technicians, vendors and managers.

Employers typically look for a bachelor’s degree in computer science, engineering, or a related field (or equivalent work experience), plus five or more years in LAN/WAN engineering and design work, including several years specialising in wireless technologies such as Wi-Fi, WiMax and WAP.

Professional certifications such as the Certified Wireless Network. Professional (CWNP) also are valuable.

Typical duties for a Network Engineer include:

  • Researching, designing, and implementing wireless networks, including all engineering specifications and resource requirements for network hardware and software
  • Making recommendations for wireless network optimisation, additions, and upgrades to meet business requirements
  • Conducting and documenting radio frequency (RF) coverage and site surveys
  • Documenting network infrastructure and design

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Network Engineer qualifications

Keep in mind that an engineer who spends more time designing networks will have a job description closer to a network architect, while one who spends most of their time troubleshooting and solving day-to-day network issues will have a job description similar to a network administrator. Here’s a broad list of qualifications:

  • Be detail-oriented and have in-depth knowledge of networking hardware and software
  • Have five or more years of experience in areas such as network design and implementation, LAN/WAN interfacing, security, Internet protocols and TCP/IP, and server and network infrastructure
  • Have a bachelor’s degree in computer science or electrical engineering
  • A professional certification, such as Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE), also is highly desirable

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A typical Network Engineer job description includes:

  • Engineering enterprise data, voice, and video networks
  • Establishing and operating network test facilities
  • Maintaining a secure transfer of data to multiple locations via internal and external networks
  • Working with vendors, clients, carriers and technical staff on network implementation, optimisation, and ongoing management
  • Providing high-level support and technical expertise in networking technology, including LAN/WAN hardware, hubs, bridges, and routers

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Communication and certification

Aside from technical skills, the ability to communicate with non-technical people at work is essential. Network Engineers deal with everyone in a company, and if they can’t communicate effectively, they won’t be able to grow into senior-level positions.

In addition, recent college graduates conducting a job search to break into the field should get certified: Companies will take a risk on candidates who may not have as much experience, but have their Cisco Certified Network Associate designation. They may start you in an entry-level help desk position, which is a great training ground, but you won’t be there long.

Are you a Network Engineer looking for your next career opportunity? As a leader in technology recruitment, Robert Half can help you find the right IT role for you in Hong Kong.

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