What course do I need to become a network engineer?

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Dear sir/madam, I did diploma in automobile engineering in year 2002 and hardware & networking course from jetking computer institute in year 2011, Now I'm working as a hardware engineer for 6month. What course do I need to become a networking engineer or server engineer?

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Basically, these kind of certs depend on which type of OS you are using….. excluding HW part
As your are working in HW field, if the cost matter, it is better to do CompTia’s A+ (hardware). If you want to do network related then go for Network+ & Server+ certifications offer a general knowledge of network engineering and administration, respectively. This course helps to prepare for cutting-edge technology that will lead to an entry-level position. Of-course Cisco certifications are the best in networking area and prepare you for a career in network engineering. Certified Cisco Network Associate (CCNA) is the first place that should start and if this is the area you want to go into. Above that, the CCNP (Network Professional) and CCIE (Internetworking Expert) are advanced classes that can lead to very high-paying positions. But these are costly than other courses.
If you opt for Server administration (win related) then try for MCSE. Or if you are using Linux OS then surely go for Novell Certs or Red Hat.
Now there are lots of way to build your career, next depends on you!

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  • James Murray
    Depends on how you define network engineer. Most of the time that means a background in Cisco. The Cisco programs are best. The problem is that most Cisco jobs require a great deal of experience even with certifications. If you have six months of experience, you need to be working to get two more. Then a certification and 3 more years before your resume will be seen as competent. There's a lot of misunderstanding about how quickly one can rise in the field. Look for a technology you think will take off or take ITIL type classes to learn managment skills for IT. In the long run though you need to pay your dues, volunteer to be on cutting edge projects, find a mentor etc.
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  • SBelle1
    Learn UNIX inside and out. Shell and C+ or C++ are helpful, as well. CISCO and other companies that make networking equipment use UNIX plus their proprietary commands to access and work with their equipment. I have worked on minicomputers, PCs, servers, routers, load balancers, etc. They all used UNIX with additional proprietary commands, so I never worried about being certified in every kind of hardware. I simply used their manuals for the commands that were available in their equipment. Get a job in a Data Center. Any job in the Data Center will give you access to experience with a variety of equipment. Learn everything you can about the equipment and the network in that Data Center. Ask questions. Read every manual you can find. Once you know everything about doing daily maintenance make sure you learn something new from studying outages. Start a reference manual with information about all the outages you work and equipment you install. You will learn more from working outages and installing/deinstalling equipment that you will from daily maintence.
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