Infrastructure Engineer

Build complex computer networks.

What does an Infrastructure Engineer do?

More often than not, an Infrastructure Engineer is a Network Engineer or a Telecommunications Engineer, and the “infrastructure” in their title refers to computer hardware and software. Sometimes, however, “Infrastructure Engineer” is used to describe a type of Civil Engineer who specializes in the design and development of civil infrastructure projects, such as airports, bridges, dams, highways, railroads, and utilities, just to name a few.

If you’re the first type of Infrastructure Engineer — and most people with your job title are — you work on computers instead of buildings and bridges. You typically work for a large corporation with a complicated IT infrastructure, or for an IT-specific facility, such as a datacenter. There, it’s your job to install, maintain, and troubleshoot all the components of your company’s IT network, including all hardware and software.

Oftentimes a Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert or a Cisco Certified Network Professional, you oversee everything from server setup and data storage to data security and end-user applications. You also plan and lay out IT networks, and integrate data, voice, and video technologies.

Like most Engineers, you’ve got a scientific mind that you use to solve complicated problems. Instead of generating electricity, however, like an Electrical Engineer, or building an airplane, like an Aerospace Engineer, your task is connecting and configuring computers so they can access and exchange information as effectively and efficiently as possible.