I wish to apply for a skills assessment as a Network and Computer Systems Engineer but I do not know if my current qualifications and skills meet the requirements of this profession !!
I had a free assessment from a MARA agent and he assessed my skills as a network administrator (which I think I have the right skills for) but I prefer to apply for a skills assessment as a network and systems engineer IT systems for more visa and state appointment options (189,190, individual state appointments).
Honestly, I would say that I do not currently have the requirements for the profession of Network and Computer Systems Engineer and therefore would like to know the minimum technical / practical skills and experiences that I would need to add to my current skills to be qualified for this trade.
My current qualifications / skills / experiences:
Training / Certifications:
MCSE / MCSA MS server 2003 + MCTS Exchange 2007 + MCP XP
BSc in Information Systems – November 2006.
3-month diploma in Maintenance & Networks – 2003
Currently in preparation for CCNA, and later CCNP
Total of +7 years in IT roles
Technical support engineer (almost 3 years to date) my current job
Active Directory management, including organizational units, groups, users, computers, and group policies.
Print server management, Installation, configuration and troubleshooting of network / local printers.
Cisco CUCM call manager management, configuration and troubleshooting of Cisco IP phones.
Management of the email system (Google Apps), creation and modification of email accounts for users.
Management of the security camera system.
Installation of new desktops, peripheral equipment and network peripherals.
Troubleshooting, installation and replacement of defective parts in desktop computers.
Installation of operating systems, applications, drivers and updates on PCs / laptops.
Provide technical support, guides, advice and training to users.
Writing of IT documentation and user technical guides.
Office engineer (1 year 7 months)
Installation and removal of PCs, laptops, monitors, printers and scanners.
Installation and deployment of operating systems, applications, drivers and security patches on PCs / laptops.
Installation, configuration, troubleshooting and repair of network / local printers (HP LaserJet 1312, 2015, 2050 series, HP MFP M3035 / M4345).
Troubleshoot and resolve network connectivity issues on PCs / laptops.
Flavor preventive maintenance, diagnose performance issues, troubleshoot and resolve software / hardware issues on desktop systems.
Creation and deployment of system images.
Record, update details and resolve incidents using the BMC Remedy system.
Provide technical guides to users.
Presentation of weekly and monthly reports to senior management.
System / IT administrator (2 years)
Administration of the corporate LAN / WLAN, including servers, clients, domain users and shared resources.
Implementation of LANs & WLANs projects for client companies.
Installation, configuration and execution of the local IP-PBX & IVR system.
Implement VoIP projects for customers and provide support.
Research and testing of new VoIP and voice technologies (IVR systems, IP phones, soft phones, IP PBX, FXO, FXS and SIP gateways).
Maintenance of desktops, laptops, printers, scanners, etc.
Administering company e-mail, performing backups and imaging systems, resolving DSL problems, documenting computer equipment.
Research, recommendation and purchase of computer supplies.
IT technician (1 year)
Provide IT support and technical training on hardware / software to end users.
Assistance in LAN / WLAN implementation projects.
Perform certain support services such as (drafting of technical guides and offers, design of brochures, translation, etc.).
MS Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, NT, Server 2000/2003/2008/2012
MS Office 2003/2007/2010/2012
Acronis Snap Deploy 2010, Norton Ghost v12, Image for Windows v2
LAN / WLAN, UTP cabling, TCP / IP, WINS, DNS, DHCP, IIS, firewall, Ethernet
CUCM v8, Cisco IPPhones, Soft Phones, SIP Gateway / FXO, FXS, IP-BPX.
Win Server 2003/2008 Active Directory
So what are the skills (minimum) that I must add to my current skills to be able to obtain a positive skills assessment by ACS for the profession of Network and Computer Systems Engineer ??
If I get CCNA / CCNP / VMware..etc vendor certification, do I need to have work experience on its topics to be recognized?
for example: I am a CCNP and I know all the network skills related to this certificate but I do not use these skills at work – if I am a computer engineer for example – will my CCNP be recognized?
Should I be CCNP and practice CCNP topics at work?
Your advice and comments are greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance..