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Network Engineer

Lumen Technologies
$109,330.00 - $145,770.00 / yr
United States, Maryland
June 05, 2024

About Lumen

Lumen connects the world. We are igniting business growth by connecting people, data and applications - quickly, securely, and effortlessly. Together, we are building a culture and company from the people up - committed to teamwork, trust and transparency. People power progress.

Lumen's commitment to workplace inclusion and employee support shines bright. We've made the Newsweek 2024 Greatest Workplaces for Diversity list and achieved a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for the fifth consecutive year. Plus, we're the top employer in the communications and telecom industry, ranking 12th overall across all industries in The American Opportunity Index.

We're looking for top-tier talent and offer the flexibility you need to thrive and deliver lasting impact. Join us as we digitally connect the world and shape the future.

The Role

The Network Engineer is responsible for analysis, design, installation, configuration, testing, maintenance, and repair of laboratory network infrastructure and applications with a focus on Layer 2/Layer 3 protocols and technologies to meet customer requirements within applicable standards and regulations.

Top Secret/SCI Security Clearance Required

Location: Herndon, VA

Occasional travel to customer locations for meetings

The Main Responsibilities
  • Maintain health of laboratory network equipment, such as switches, routers, firewalls, and networking tools and applications.
  • Lead technical projects through its entirety: research, conceptualization, feasibility assessment, design, procurement, lab test and evaluation, implementation planning, training, documentation, and transition to the operational environment.
  • Create technical documents including network drawings, test plans, test reports, implementation plans, and white papers.
  • Collaborate in the design of the network enterprise including IP address schemes, routing/switching, segmentation, and security.
  • Serve as Tier III support to an enterprise network operations center through in-depth analysis of complex networking problems.
  • Provide mentoring and technical/engineering advice to junior engineers.
  • Knowledgeable in security requirements and techniques for protecting computer systems/networks from attacks, viruses, data tampering, unauthorized system entry, and other emerging threats.
  • Continue education/training in disciplines necessary to perform duties.
What We Look For in a Candidate

Qualifications & Critical Skills

  • Expertise in Layer 2 and Layer 3 protocols and technologies: IS-IS, BGP/MP-BGP (multi AS) and MPLS routing protocols, Resource Reservation Protocol (RSVP), Label Distribution Protocol (LDP), MPLS Layer-2/Layer-3 Virtual Private Network (VPN), OSPF, Multicast, etc.
  • IPV4/IPv6 management protocols, Filter Based Forwarding (FBF) Multi-Hop Bidirectional Forwarding Detection (MBFD) Ethernet Operation, Firewalls including Access Control List (ACL), Operation Administration and Maintenance (OAM) Protocol and Network Management with 802.1Q and VRRP/HSRP Certificate Authority Server, ACE/SecureID Server, TACACS+, RADIUS, FTP/SFTP/TFTP, SSH, NTP, SNMP
  • Proficient with security protocols: 802.1x, IPSEC, MACSEC, SSL/TLS, TACACS+, RADIUS, etc.
  • Experience with router regression testing.
  • Experience writing technical document writing.
  • Familiarity with COMSEC practices and cryptographic devices.
  • Proficient with test tools, e.g. Ethernet test sets, packet captures, protocol analyzers, and the ability to analyze test data.
  • Computer literate in MS Office apps and MS Visio.
  • Must possess considerable business acumen.
  • Ability to quickly adapt to advancing technologies and procedural changes.
  • Ability to coordinate and communicate effectively with other technologists and business partners to maintain high service levels in a demanding environment.

Technical certifications

DOD 8570.01 IAT Level II (Security+ CE, GICSP, GSEC, CND, SSCP)
CCNP or JNCIP required. CCIE or JNCIE desired.

Education or Equivalent Experience

Bachelor's degree in an IT related field and at least six years of experience in enterprise network design.
12 years of experience in lieu of degree.


The starting salary for this role differs based on the employee's primary work location. Employees typically do not start at the top of the range, though compensation depends on each individual's qualifications.

Location Based Pay Ranges
$109330 - $145770 in these states: DC, MD, and VA.

As with the pay range variety that's based on the region of a country, specific offers are determined by various factors such as experience, education, skills, certifications and other business needs.

Requisition #: 332646

Background Screening

If you are selected for a position, there will be a background screen, which may include checks for criminal records and/or motor vehicle reports and/or drug screening, depending on the position requirements. For more information on these checks, please refer to the Post Offer section of our FAQ page. Job-related concerns identified during the background screening may disqualify you from the new position or your current role. Background results will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Equal Employment Opportunities

We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, ancestry, citizenship, national origin, religion, veteran status, disability, genetic characteristic or information, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, family status, pregnancy, or other legally protected status (collectively, "protected statuses"). We do not tolerate unlawful discrimination in any employment decisions, including recruiting, hiring, compensation, promotion, benefits, discipline, termination, job assignments or training.


The job responsibilities described above indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not intended to include a comprehensive inventory of all duties and responsibilities for this job. Job duties and responsibilities are subject to change based on evolving business needs and conditions.

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This information reflects the anticipated base salary range for this position based on current national data. Minimums and maximums may vary based on location. Individual pay is based on skills, experience and other relevant factors.

This position is eligible for either short-term incentives or sales compensation. Director and VP positions also are eligible for long-term incentive. To learn more about our bonus structure, you can view additional information here. We're able to answer any additional questions you may have as you move through the selection process.

As part of our comprehensive benefits package, Lumen offers a broad range of Health, Life, Voluntary Lifestyle and other benefits and perks that enhance your physical, mental, emotional and financial wellbeing. You can learn more by clicking here.

Note: For union-represented postings, wage rates and ranges are governed by applicable collective bargaining agreement provisions.

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