Infrastructure Engineer

Summary

Working in a team of infrastructure specialists and engineers, an infrastructure engineer supports and maintains infrastructure solutions and services as directed and according to departmental policy.

At this role level, you will:

  • ensure services are delivered and used as required

  • work with and support third parties to provide infrastructure services

Background

Background Components

Description Background

Has a good knowledge, both theoretical and practical of a wide range of communications systems, networks. Is aware of the technical and economic needs of the business and possesses strong interpersonal skills.

Prior Knowledge and Skills

Work Activity Components

Title Details

Incident management

Responds to support calls and enquiries from service desk, users, specialists and others. Takes appropriate action, within defined limits of responsibility or area of specialism, to deal with processing priorities.

Automation tools

Modifies queuing parameters and job priorities within defined limits, to improve job throughput or the processing of output.

User interfaces

Applies standard user/system interfaces, including reports, validation and error correction procedures, processing rules, access, security and audit controls, recovery routines and contingency procedures.

Physical design and operational requirements

Translates simple logical designs into physical designs taking account of the target environment and any potential safety-related aspects.

Logical design

Produces simple logical network designs showing, for example, topologies and components. Identifies and applies common processes.

Supplier performance

Collects, reviews and reports on supplier performance data.

Communication and liaison

Acts as routine contact point between organisation and suppliers.

Incidents, problems and disputes

Supports resolution of supplier related incidents, problems, or unsatisfactory performance. Resolves problems or escalates them to more experienced colleagues.

Knowledge/Skills

Knowledge/Skills Components

Title Depth Details Type

Attention to Detail

Applying specific quality standards to all tasks undertaken to ensure that deliverables are accurate and complete.

Behavioural Skills

Verbal Expression

Communicating effectively using the spoken word.

Behavioural

Written Expression

Communicating effectively in writing, such as reports and via emails.

Behavioural

Teamwork

Working collaboratively with others to achieve a common goal.

Behavioural

Configuration Management

Aware of

The discipline that gives precise control over IT assets and components by recording and maintaining information about the ‘configuration items’, including hardware devices, computer programs, software licences, documentation, network devices, and data centre facilities (virtualised and static).

Technical Knowledge and Skills

Infrastructure Architecture

Aware of

The frameworks and principles on which networks, systems, equipment and resources are based both on premises and cloud based.

Technical Knowledge and Skills

Networking and Communications

Familiar with

The planning and management of the interaction between two or more networking systems, computers or other intelligent devices.

Technical Knowledge and Skills

Operating Systems

Familiar with

System software that controls activities such as input, output, dynamic resource allocation, and error reporting, within the operation of a computer configuration.

Technical Knowledge and Skills

Programming Languages

Familiar with

A set of codes and syntax (supported by software tools) that enables the unambiguous translation of specified functionality into source code for the creation of computer programs.

Technical Knowledge and Skills

Corporate, Industry and Professional Standards

Aware of

Applying standards, practices, codes, and assessment and certification programmes relevant to the IT industry, and the specific organisation or business domain.

Technical Knowledge and Skills

Telecommunications Protocols

Familiar with

Rules for the inter-operation of networking components.

Technical Knowledge and Skills

Business Continuity Planning

Aware of

Methods and techniques for risk assessment, business impact analysis, establishment of countermeasures and contingency arrangements relating to the serious disruption of IT services.

Technical Knowledge and Skills

Third Party IT Products and Services

Familiar with

The IT products and/or services supplied to own organisation by external suppliers.

Technical Knowledge and Skills

Network Traffic Analysis

Aware of

Methods and techniques for the capture of traffic information (packet level) and the forensic analysis of this information into its constituent elements.

Technical Knowledge and Skills

Cloud/Virtualisation

Familiar with

The principles and application of cloud/ virtualisation (including ownership, responsibilities and security implications). Use of tools and systems to manage virtualised environments.

Technical Knowledge and Skills

Wi-Fi

Aware of

The principles, functions and operation of Wi-Fi components, routers, hubs and repeaters and the installation of Wi-Fi hot spots with appropriate use of security and encryption techniques.

Technical Knowledge and Skills

Communications Modelling Tools

Aware of

Tools and techniques (manual or automated) that can be used to plan or document an understanding of the design, structure, relationships and usage of networks.

Technical Knowledge and Skills

Safe Installation Practice

Aware of

The knowledge and ability to install and maintain hardware systems to operate within their planned specification in a way that ensures they are safe to use by those authorised to work with them.

Technical Knowledge and Skills

Network Data Security

Aware of

Network security and threat mitigation, including physical, electronic, firewalling, encryption, access, and authorisation; protecting data at rest and in transit; defending against viruses and malware; the impact of Big Data; and the integration of robust security controls into enterprise services and policies.

Technical Knowledge and Skills

Infrastructure/System Security

Familiar with

The security threats and vulnerabilities that impact and/or emanate from system hardware, software and other infrastructure components, and relevant strategies, controls and activities to prevent, mitigate, detect and resolve security incidents affecting system hardware, software and other infrastructure components.

Technical Knowledge and Skills

Service Level Agreements

Familiar with

The purpose and composition of a service level agreement (SLA); the relationship between an SLA, an OLA (Operational Level Agreement) and an underpinning contract for the supply of services.

Other Knowledge and Skills

Contract Management

Aware of

Methods and techniques for managing contracts to ensure that suppliers adhere to agreed contract requirements.

Other Knowledge and Skills

Training Activities

Training Components

Title Details

Program Design Methods and

Programming or system development methods (e.g. structured program design).

Software Configuration

Installation, configuration and tuning of applications or systems software.

Wide Area Networks

Features and characteristics of networks configured over a wide area i.e. beyond the geographical boundaries of a single site.

Local Area Networks

Features and characteristics of local area networks relevant to installation and support of hardware and software components.

Security Awareness

Tools and techniques to help users and employees understand the role they play in helping to combat information security breaches and for IT and security professionals to prevent and mitigate risk.

User Interface Design

Principles, practices, tools and techniques for user interface design and the creation of graphical user interfaces that make user interaction with systems, software, and applications as simple and efficient as possible.

PDAs

PDA Components

Title Details

Deputising

Standing in for supervisor or manager on a temporary basis during periods of absence.

Job Shadowing and Special Assignments

Undertaking temporary periods or secondments in other roles, inside or outside IT, particularly those that offer a new perspective on own function or exposure to other environments and cultures.

Gaining Knowledge of Employing Organisation

Gaining basic knowledge of the employing organisation, its business, structure, culture, policies, products/services, operations and terminology.

Gaining Knowledge of Surrounding Technical Areas

Gaining knowledge of IT activities in employing organisation external to own function.

Research Assignments

Exploring a topic which is not part of own normal responsibilities and presenting findings to colleagues and/or management

Involvement in Professional Body Activities

Attending meetings, seminars and workshops organised by professional body and reading published material, such as journals and web content.

Communications

Undertaking learning and practice in oral and written communications, including report writing and presentation.

Qualifications

Qualification Components

Title Awarding Body

Registered IT Technician (RITTech)

BCS – The Chartered Institute for IT

FEDIP Practitioner

FEDIP

Organisation Skills

Framework » Organisation
Category » Subcategory
Skill Name and Description Level

DDaT » IT Operations

IT Operations – Coding and scripting (infrastructure engineer)

You can understand the limitations of software or product technology, and why coding is important. You can prototype code, but you won’t necessarily have to make production-ready code. You can talk to developers and know when to switch code. You can understand security, accessibility and version control.

1 – Awareness

You can show an awareness of the scripting tools and software that are available and currently in use. You can understand how the internet works.

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IT Operations – Information security

You can maintain the security, confidentiality and integrity of information systems through compliance with relevant legislation and regulations. You can design, implement and operate controls and management strategies to allow this.

1 – Awareness

You can discuss information security and the security controls that can be used to mitigate security threats within solutions and services.

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IT Operations – IT infrastructure

You can support, design and implement infrastructure technologies and solutions. These can include computing, storage, networking, physical infrastructure, software, commercial-off-the-shelf software (COTS), and open-source packages and solutions. They can also include virtual and cloud computing such as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS).

2 – Working

You can build, configure, administer and support infrastructure technologies and solutions. These technologies and solutions can include computing, storage, networking, physical infrastructure, software, commercial-off-the-shelf software (COTS), and open- source packages and solutions. They can also include virtual and cloud computing such as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS).

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IT Operations – Modern standards approach

You can apply a modern standards approach throughout automation and testing.

2 – Working

You can explain the most important principles of a modern standards approach and how they apply to the work you are undertaking. You can apply these principles under guidance.

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IT Operations – Ownership and initiative

You can take ownership of problems and proactively resolve technical problems, ensuring that technical solutions continue to meet business requirements. You can take full accountability for the actions taken and decisions made.

2 – Working

You can own an issue until a new owner has been found or the problem has been mitigated or resolved.

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IT Operations – Problem management

You can understand and identify problems, analysing and helping to identify the appropriate solution. You can classify and prioritise problems, document their causes and implement remedies.

1 – Awareness

You can investigate problems in systems, processes and services, with an understanding of the level of a problem (for example, strategic, tactical or operational). You can contribute to the implementation of remedies and preventative measures.

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IT Operations – Service focus

You can maintain focus on the whole life of service delivery (designing, developing, delivering and operating). You can ensure that a set of IT products, suppliers and vendors come together to deliver an IT service.

2 – Working

You can take inputs and establish coherent frameworks that work.

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IT Operations – Systems design

You can create the specification and design of systems to meet defined business needs. You can work with business and technology stakeholders to translate business problems into technical designs. You can visualise the ideal user service and come up with design ideas and possible design approaches. You can effectively explore different approaches to solving problems.

2 – Working

You can translate logical designs into physical designs. You can produce detailed designs. You can effectively document all work using required standards, methods and tools, including prototyping tools where appropriate. You can design systems characterised by managed levels of risk, manageable business and technical complexity, and meaningful impact. You can work with well-understood technology and identify appropriate patterns.

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IT Operations- Systems integration

You can identify integration points between systems and processes, designing data contracts and communication between the components. You can make use of modern design patterns that reduce risk and complexity where possible. You can perform integration tests as part of the development process, drawing on suitable testing frameworks and methodologies.

2 – Working

You can build and test simple interfaces between systems. You can work on more complex integration as part of a wider team. (

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IT Operations – Technical understanding

You can demonstrate knowledge of the specific technologies necessary to fulfil the responsibilities and tasks of the role. You can apply the required breadth and depth of technical knowledge. You can actively keep informed of industry developments to make cost-effective use of new and emerging tools and technologies.

2 – Working

You can understand the core technical concepts related to the role and apply them with guidance.

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IT Operations – Testing

You can plan, design, manage, execute and report tests, using appropriate tools and techniques. You can work within regulations. You can ensure that risks associated with deployment are adequately understood and documented.

1 – Awareness

You can correctly execute test scripts under supervision. You can understand the role of testing and how it works.

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IT Operations – Troubleshooting and problem resolution

You can think laterally to break a problem down into its component parts to identify and diagnose root causes, allowing problem resolution. You can troubleshoot and identify problems across different technology capabilities that can include computing, storage, networking, physical infrastructure, software, commercial-off-the-shelf software (COTS), and open-source packages and solutions. They can also include virtual and cloud computing such as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS).

2 – Working

You can troubleshoot and identify problems across different technology capabilities.

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