- Information Technology Roles
- Computer Network Administrator
- NOC #2281
Computer Network Administrator
Computer network administrators have a solid understanding of how computers work. They can fix small and large problems. They are the backbone of the company because they oversee the day-to-day maintenance and upkeep of all the computer and network systems.
The energy industry is a highly digitized workplace. Numerous kinds of networks are used ranging from networks of computers and printers within one building to complex operational networks linking automated equipment, to connecting computers across the globe.
A computer network administrator installs, configures, and supports a company’s local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), including internet systems or specific segments of a network system. These networks are increasingly wireless. Computer Network Administrators support system users, including troubleshooting users’ computer or network issues and may perform maintenance to address these issues.
Computer network administrators usually work in teams within large companies but may be the sole IT/network expert in a smaller company.
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- Sub-sector Exploration and production, Oil and gas services, Pipelines, Oil sands
- Environment Primarily indoor/office work
- Average Salary $60,000 to $88,000
- Education Post-secondary degree
- Career Demand Stable
In this occupation activities may include:
- Maintaining networks, computer workstations and other connected equipment such as printers
- Helping users solve problems
- Controlling and monitoring e-mail use, internet navigation and installed software
- Troubleshooting, repairing and administering local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), mainframe networks, computer workstations, connections to the Internet and peripheral equipment
- Evaluating and installing computer hardware, networking software, operating system software and software applications
- A bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field is typically required.
- Some employers require applicants to become trained or certified for a specific type of network environment
- Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) / Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE)
- Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)
- The title Information Systems Professional is a protected title under Alberta’s Professional and Occupational Associations Registration Act. An IT practitioner does not have to be registered if they do not refer to themselves as an Information Systems Professional.
- Specific health and safety certifications may be required, determined by location of work and company requirements
Nature of work and environment conditions specific to oil and natural gas include:
- Travel likely required
- Primarily indoor/office work
- Work not physically demanding
Computer network administrators are often working on several projects and problems at the same time, so they need to be organized. They also have strong interpersonal and communication skills that allow them to explain technical information to non-technical people.
- Computers and Electronics
- Customer and Personal Service
- Cyber/Data Security
- Understanding Risk
- Equipment Maintenance
- Systems Evaluation and Analysis