Network Design Engineer (ITS5)


Olympia, WA

Industry: Technology


Less than 5 years

Posted 9 days ago

  by    Sam Hewlett

Washington Technology Solutions (WaTech) operates the state's core technology infrastructure, the central network and data center, & supports Enterprise applications. WaTech also houses the State Office of the Chief Information Officer and the office of Cyber Security. Our customers include state agencies, county, city, tribal governments, and non-profits. WaTech enables public agencies to better serve the citizens of Washington through technology.

A little about Network Services Division:

WaTech's Network Services Division delivers data networking telephony solutions providing state agencies and other authorized consumers these critical services:

  1. Connectivity to Washington State's Wide Area Network
  2. Resilient and highly available Internet access
  3. Connectivity to Enterprise applications and shared computing (private cloud) resources
  4. Colocation resources (data center inter-connectivity)

Network Services is comprised of two main services:

  1. Network Core (access to the state's network core and global routing tables)
  2. Transport and Connectivity (remote site and data center inter-connectivity)

Network Planning and Design provides service to the widest range of customers (state agencies, federal agencies, state boards, statewide municipalities, tribes, and nonprofits) across the country to develop technical solutions that solve real-world business problems.

What would you be doing in this role?

The primary role of a Network Design Engineer is to theorize, engineer, and develop High-Level Strategies, Low-Level Designs, and Implementation Plans for nearly every change in the State's Wide Area Network, fiber optic networks, and "Highway to the Clouds".

A Network Design Engineer is expected to employ effective consultation practices and techniques to assist customers in identifying and validating their business requirements, goals, and objectives.

This position employs engineering concepts and methodologies to synthesize requirements, technical specifications, and expectations into technical solutions used by over 60 state agencies, boards, and commissions that impact all 39 counties, tribes, and non-profits statewide.

Finally, this position is expected to be a Subject Matter Expert in everything networking; ranging from routing protocols and switching fabrics to life-cycle and configurations. Expert-level training opportunities await so do not hesitate to consider this challenging and very rewarding opportunity serving Washingtonians everywhere.

Here's what we are looking for:

  • Seven (7) years of Information Technology (IT) experience involving the engineering, design, management, monitoring, and troubleshooting of medium to large sized telecommunication networks.
  • Bachelor of Science degree or higher in Network Engineering, Information Systems, Computer Science, Information Technology, or an equivalent technical discipline from an accredited college or university. Note: Additional years of experience and desired IT certifications may substitute for the Bachelor's degree on a year-by-year basis.
  • Three (3) years' experienceworking with Cisco networking infrastructure (switches, routers) and Cisco's Infrastructure Operating Systems (IOS) Commands & Configurations.
  • Three (3) years' experienceworking with the following protocols:
  • Border Gateway Protocol (BGP)
  • Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
  • Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRF)
  • Possess (or be able to acquire) and maintain the following certifications:
  • Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching
  • Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA)


$80K - $90K
$80K - $90K base, Excellent Benefits Package bonus