Nepal is filled with potential for people interested in the field of infrastructure engineering due to massive scarcity of willing engineers who can fulfill the roles for this job.
If you are not interested in development and IT is your passion, infrastructure engineering is one of the choices for you. It is said that there is not a single dull day in your life once you start working as an Infrastructure Engineering.
What is an Infrastructure Engineer?
IT Infrastructure Engineers are professionals who oversee planning, building, utilizing and maintaining infrastructures for their company and are responsible for the efficient working of hardware components of a computer.
IT Infrastructure Engineers were usually referred to as “Senior Analysts” but now they are also called Infrastructure Engineers or Change Managers. There are a variety of jobs that an Infrastructure Engineer needs to fulfil to keep the infrastructure of the company running properly.
How Infrastructure Engineers add value to your business
As the world turns towards the Internet and globalization expands, experts in Infrastructure Engineering are needed in all sectors from business, banking, to large institutions to function in the most efficient manner.
The IT infrastructure needs to be flexible, secure, and reliable for businesses or even an individual employee to increase their productivity and be safe from system disruptions or breaches.
It will be the responsibility of an Infrastructure Engineer to make sure that the organization’s computer network infrastructure is working properly. Fixing the bugs and solving problems for the clients will be the thrill that provides engineers with the needed drive and satisfaction.
Technology is an integral part of business in today’s times, helping to improve communication, connectivity, and production in an efficient manner. Infrastructure Engineers are expected to manage connection of each entity in the network, the internet connection and even looking after the routing of telephone calls. No matter the size of the business, IT Infrastructure Engineers are required to see through the smooth running of all the IT systems.
Even when a business is not available online, infrastructure engineering is equally needed to constantly check the configuration of the networks and performance of the servers. An Infrastructure Engineers needs to check up on everything running and rectify the errors if found.
They are responsible for solving troubleshoot problems in the network, optimizing all pieces of infrastructure and present solutions as fast as possible. Since IT infrastructure engineers could work in any field of business, they should be experienced in building networks from scratch.
You might have an expertise in a particular field such as hardware, servers, or networks but something that will actually make you the most valuable is mid-level knowledge of all. The value increases as you gain deeper multi-dimensional knowledge about different fields.
If your knowledge is limited to a single area of expertise, there is a high chance that you will end up being confused about what the other person is doing or what needs to be done. Infrastructure Engineering is a good option to become an all-rounder in IT, becoming the go-to-person for many.
An intermediate knowledge of IT aspects is expected from an Infrastructure Engineer. It is not necessary for you to know everything about the company’s IT infrastructure so much so that you do not need to take somebody else’s help, but just enough knowledge to keep everything working and working in the best manner.
Infrastructure Engineers work in a business environment and so, an important skill to possess would be strong communication skills. One should be able to express themselves efficiently and effectively, in writing and speaking, in plain language and clear manner while keeping the needs of IT in mind.
A skill that you should learn is to be able to present ideas in front of an audience and make the listeners believe in your idea. Being capable of doing so can help in gain your teammates trust as well as the clients.
Engineers working in this area are usually found working in the field and not behind their desks. So, you must be ready and about at any time. It will bring exposure and understanding of many important applications.
Working in this field means staying updated on the current market technologies and being aware of current trends. You will need broad experience with computers to excel as an Infrastructure Engineer. All of these can be achieved through practice, and it will prove to be a strength.
Where to get started?
There are usually two aspects in Infrastructure Engineering that can be chosen from: hardware deployment or push deployment. There are certifications for specific brands such as Dell, Lenovo, and HP for hardware deployment while for more basic courses, CompTIA A+ is something that you can complete.
You can also start with basics such as prepping for a Linux certification or working in the labs of docx files.
A Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, Engineering, or Computer Science is usually necessary for those who are looking to work in this sector. There are some certifications that an aspiring IT Infrastructure Engineering can complete that will help in proving proficiency and capability for the job. Some of such courses are:
- Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
- Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)
- Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
- Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)
If your passion lies in the field of IT, Infrastructure Engineering will provide you with the drive and the field has a lot of potential due to massive scarcity of competent engineers.
For indepth insights of Infrastructure Engineering in Nepal you can check out our podcast with Microsoft MVP Prashant Dhewaju, a professional decade of experience as an Infrastructure here.