You Can Earn
Average salary after completing
You can earn an average of £54,855.02 a year
Career Questions Answered
What skills do I need to become a Server Engineer?
You will need to show a combination of the following skills:
Soft skills include:
- Analytical thinking
- Problem solving
- Excellent written and verbal communication
- Attention to detail
- Time management
Technical skills include:
- Operating systems – Windows, macOS, Linux
- Networks – LAN, WAN, VLAN
- Virtualisation software – VMWare and Hyper-V
- Active Directory
- Scripting – Powershell and Ansible
- Microsoft Exchange
- Understanding of infrastructure standards (ISO)
- Knowledge of patching tools and security vulnerability scanning
- Knowledge of SQL
The technical skills for each Server Engineer position will vary depending on what the employer expects from you. The technical level of server engineering and the level of job role you are applying for will also vary and advanced skills may be required.
Do I need to have a degree?
Server Engineers do not need a degree to pursue this career. While it may be advantageous to have a formal degree in computer science or a related subject, it is not necessary.
By having basic IT skills it is possible to become a Server Engineer through an apprenticeship scheme or by studying a course from an accredited training provider.
Specialised courses are becoming increasingly popular in the IT industry. They allow you to gain internationally recognised certifications from the comfort of your home and to a timescale that suits you. Courses such as the MCSA Windows Server 2016, VMware 5.5, CompTIA Security+ and ITIL Foundation will provide you with the desired skillset to become a successful Server Engineer. Being ITIL certified will increase your employability as this is becoming a requirement for most employers.
What is the typical work environment for this career?
As a Server Engineer you will predominantly be working standard business hours, Monday to Friday, in an office environment. However, you will be required to travel and work across different sites depending on the size of the organisation.
You may also be required to be on-call in the evenings and at weekends should any technical issues arise. Therefore, you will need to be flexible.
Self-employment and freelance contract work is possible with experience.
What are the daily responsibilities?
As a Server Engineer you will be responsible for the following daily tasks;
- Regular monitoring of servers
- Installing and removing servers
- Fixing server issues
- Configuring operating systems
- Upgrading hardware and software
- Assisting other IT departments with server-related issues
What is the career path for a Server Engineer?
To begin your career as a Server Engineer you would need to start in an entry-level role such as a Server Technician. This role will allow you to gain practical experience in the field and build your knowledge. With experience you can progress into becoming a fully-fledged Server Engineer.
Once you have reached Server Engineer you can choose to specialise in a particular operating system.
After becoming a Server Engineer and with numerous years’ experience, you can move into a senior level role such as Lead Server Developer or Server Architect.