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Infrastructure Engineer

Introduction

As an Infrastructure Engineer, you will be responsible for designing, building, deploying and maintaining an IT infrastructure, using the very latest technology. An IT infrastructure consists of all the IT systems that support a community or business of any size, and helps them to function effectively.

Also known as

  • IT Infrastructure Engineer
  • Change Manager

Video: - Jessica: Systems Engineer

Work Activities

As an Infrastructure Engineer, you will be responsible for designing, building, deploying and maintaining an IT infrastructure, using the very latest technology. An IT infrastructure consists of all the IT systems that work together to support a community or business of any size, and helps them to function effectively.

This can include a:

  • company
  • building
  • university campus
  • cloud environment
  • railway system
  • city
  • sewerage system
  • power grid
  • green energy project

It will be up to you, as the Infrastructure Engineer, to manage the IT systems of the business or oganisation, making sure that it is operating correctly and also find ways to improve the infrastructure.

Your duties could also include:

  • monitoring system performance
  • performing server and network maintenance
  • providing suitable documentation to support the IT projects
  • maintain and monitor all network security
  • perform critical data backups so nothing vital is lost
  • travelling to project sites, which could be anywhere in the world!
  • perform detailed tests when making changes to networks, hardware or software

Personal Qualities and Skills

To become an Infrastructure Engineer, you need:

  • IT skills, including programming
  • network design skills
  • system testing skills
  • to be willing to keep up to date with advances in technology in this fast-changing area
  • the ability to work to strict deadlines

Pay and Opportunities

Pay

The pay rates below are approximate:

  • Starting: £33,500 - £37,000
  • With experience: £41,000 - £50,000
  • Senior Infrastructure Engineers earn £55,500 - £62,000

Hours of work

You will most likely work around 35-40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. Occasional late finishes and weekend work may be required.

Where could I work?

An IT infrastructure consists of all the IT systems that support a community or business of any size, and helps them to function effectively.

This can include a:

  • company
  • building
  • university campus
  • cloud environment
  • railway
  • city
  • sewerage system
  • power grid

Opportunities occur with employers in towns and cities throughout the UK.

This career could include working for an agency.

Where are vacancies advertised?

Vacancies are advertised in local/national newspapers, trade industry publications, at Jobcentre Plus and on the Find a Job website.

Vacancies can also be found through specialist engineering recruitment agencies, internet job boards and the websites of professional engineering bodies.

GreenJobs is a job board aimed at people interested in green careers:

www.greenjobs.co.uk/browse-jobs/engineering/

Entry Routes and Training

Entry routes

Normally, employers will expect you to have a HND, HNC or a degree in order to enter this career. However, if you are thinking about leaving school after finishing your A levels, you could get a lower level job in one of the following fields and training on-the-job:

  • computer engineering
  • design engineering, especially using computer aided design software
  • systems engineering

After completing your A levels, you might be able to get onto a Higher Level or Degree Apprenticeship in a relevant area. Take a look at our information article 'Apprenticeships – How do I apply', for more details about applying for apprenticeship positions.

Then, once you have gained relevant industry skills and experience, you might be able to apply for junior positions.

You might be able to get onto a Higher Level or Degree Apprenticeship in a relevant area.

A great way to get into this career is through an internship. Take a look at our information article 'Internships', for more details.

Work Experience

Previous experience in engineering or the construction industry would make you stand out from the crowd as industry experience is very highly valued by employers.

Progression

Depending on your qualification, Infrastructure Engineers can progress by taking on more responsibility for the management of IT projects and teams of Technicians and Engineers.

Some Engineers choose to become self-employed or take contract work on a freelance basis.

Qualifications

To enter a relevant degree course, the usual requirements are:

  • 2/3 A levels
  • GCSEs in your A level subjects at grade C/4 or above
  • a further 2/3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above
  • English, maths and a science subject are usually required at GCSE at grade C/4 or above

To get onto an Advanced Level Apprenticeship, you'll usually need 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English and maths, or to have completed an Intermediate Level Apprenticeship.

To get onto a Degree Apprenticeship, you will usually need at least 2 A levels.

Other qualifications, such as a relevant BTEC level 3 qualification or the International Baccalaureate Diploma are often accepted.

Some universities accept the Welsh Baccalaureate as equivalent to 1 A level.

Adult Opportunities

Age limits

It is illegal for any organisation to set age limits for entry to employment, education or training, unless they can show there is a real need to have these limits.

Courses

If you don't have the qualifications needed to enter your chosen degree or HND course, a college or university Access course (eg, Access to Engineering) could be the way in.

These courses are designed for people who have not followed the usual routes into higher education. No formal qualifications are usually needed, but you should check this with individual colleges.

Funding

Funding for postgraduate courses is available through universities from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Statistics

  • 6% of people in occupations such as this work part-time.
  • 17% have flexible hours.

Further Information

Apprenticeships: Get In. Go Far

National Apprenticeship Service (NAS)

Tel: 0800 015 0400

Email: nationalhelpdesk@findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk

Website: www.apprenticeships.org.uk

Tomorrow's Engineers

Publisher: EngineeringUK and Royal Academy of Engineering

Email: contactus@tomorrowsengineers.org.uk

Website: www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk

Engineering Training Council Northern Ireland (ETC NI)

Northern Ireland Enquiries

Address: Sketrick House, Ards Business Park, Jubilee Road, Newtownards BT23 4YH

Tel: 028 9182 2377

Email: info@etcni.org.uk

Website: www.etcni.org.uk

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Address: Polaris House, North Star Avenue, Swindon SN2 1ET

Tel: 01793 444000

Website: www.epsrc.ac.uk

Careers Wales - Welsh Apprenticeships

Tel: 0800 028 4844

Website: ams.careerswales.com/

Tech Partnership

Email: info@thetechpartnership.com

Website: www.thetechpartnership.com/

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