Team Lead, Network Engineer in Mobile, AL at Austal

Job Description

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Austal shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR §§ 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status or disability.  Austal’s commitment to equal employment opportunity applies at all levels of employment, in all job titles, including the executive level, and to all employment actions, including but not limited to decisions concerning recruitment, hiring, training, and promotion. 

REPORTS TO:  Enterprise Infrastructure Manager

SUPERVISES:  Network Administration Support Staff


The position of Team Lead, Network Engineering, has the responsibility for providing supervision and management of the network administration support staff as well as support of the technical architecture, design, implementation and continuity of the organization’s production network infrastructure. Network infrastructure for this organization includes, but not limited to, LAN, WAN, WLAN, Wireless Bridging, VoIP (IP Telephony), QoS, Firewall, Telephony Systems and Telecommunications. The person in this position will work closely with members of the IT staff to ensure very high levels of network availability, security and efficiency. The person in this position will serve as the lead technical resource for network production operations support and relevant systems projects.

AUTHORITIES / RESPONSIBILITIES: Provide leadership in the development and adherence to network engineering design standards that include device configurations, logical and physical security aspects, logical addressing, vendor technologies and others as defined.

  • Provide leadership and guidance to junior members of the team.
  • Provide direct management and administrative oversight of network engineering and support activities.
  • Assist with the definition of training and development plans for junior members of the team.
  • Assist with conducting annual reviews for junior members of the team.
  • Works in a lead capacity during project design and implementation activities.
  • Develop and implement network infrastructure designs based on industry best practices to meet business and technical requirements.
  • Participation in project delivery work that includes design, configuration, testing and deployment.
  • Collaborate with Facility Security Officer or designated IT Security Analyst in the research security threats.
  • Serve as highest point of escalation to incidents in the network infrastructure.
  • Participate in the organization’s change management process.
  • Act as technical resource to network initiatives for group members and other organizational entities.
  • Develop and maintain network documentation that includes process, procedures and relevant physical and logical network diagrams. 
  • Configure and deploy company LANs, WANs, WLANs, Routers, Switches, Firewalls, purpose-built appliances and other hardware to required specifications. 
  • Monitor and report on network systems performance, help identify network trends, and troubleshoot problem areas as needed. 
  • Collaborate with Infrastructure team members and others as necessary to assess near and long-term network capacity needs. 
  • Create and maintain documentation as it relates to network configuration, network mapping, processes, and service records. 
  • Conduct research on network products, services, protocols, and standards to remain abreast of developments in the networking industry. 
  • Practice network asset management, including maintenance of network component inventory and related documentation that may include technical specifications information.
  • Develop process improvements and standard operating procedures for network related tasks and activities.


  • 7-10 years’ experience serving in a Network Engineering capacity required.
  • Bachelor's Degree Preferred.
  • Current certification as Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) required 
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience managing a network infrastructure comprised of Cisco technologies that includes router, switch, firewall, access security and other.
  • Experience in Data Center / Hosting / Distributed network environments.
  • Be able to own and be accountable for network project designs and configurations.
  • Experience with the IT Process Change Management.
  • Ability to develop action plans with work estimates as part of IT projects.
  • Have worked with a high-availability systems environment.
  • Ability to solve critical production issues when required. 
  • Proven experience with network capacity planning, network security principles, and general network management best practices.
  • Strong, hands-on technical knowledge with networking technologies.
  • Knowledge of MPLS, QoS, WAN Traffic Optimization and Prioritization.
  • Knowledge of and experience with SIP or H.323 VoIP Protocols. 
  • Ability to develop network, voice and data systems in multi-facility, multi-city corporate environments using public switched circuits and/or private line facilities. 
  • Knowledge of communications protocols and integration of new systems with existing systems. 
  • Knowledge of transport media such as twisted pair, broadband, baseband, coaxial, microwave and fiber optic systems. 
  • Working technical knowledge of relevant and current network hardware, protocols, and Internet standards.
  • Competence with testing tools and procedures for voice and data circuits. 
  • Ability to apply the principles of analytical and critical thinking skills and other professional practices to diagnose or define problems, collect data and solve abstract problems with widespread unit or organization impact.
  • Knowledge of applicable data privacy practices and laws.
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Able to effectively prioritize tasks in a high-pressure environment.
  • Experience working in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.
  • Highly self-motivated and directed, with keen attention to detail.
  • Proven analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to present ideas in user-friendly language.
  • Prior management or team lead experience preferred.

TOOLS: Laptop

DIRECTION EXERCISED:  Provide leadership and guidance to junior members of the team, and  direct management and administrative oversight of network engineering and support activities.

DISCRETION EXERCISED:  Development  and implementation of network infrastructure designs

LIASES WITH:  Facility Security, IT Security team


Must be able to obtain and maintain required Security Clearance. 

Candidates must meet the following employment eligibility guidelines to be considered for employment with Austal USA: 

  • 18 years of age or older at time of application.
  • Able to provide proof of US Person Status
  • No felony convictions of Theft/Deception or Violent crimes within seven years from disposition date
  • No felony convictions of Drug crimes within three years from disposition date
  • Willing to submit to a drug screen
  • Willing to submit to a background check


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Must be able to tour all vessels and work sites.

Specific physical requirements include the following:

1. Perform prolonged standing.

2. Ability to turn head from side to side and about the vertical axis.

3. Ability to turn body at the waist from side to side and about the vertical axis. 4. Demonstrate the ability to safely and appropriately use required tools and equipment.

5. Demonstrate good balance while working on uneven surfaces and maneuvering obstacles.

6. Possess sufficient handgrip and coordination to carry and operate tools and equipment. 7. Ability to utilize personal protective equipment (hard hat, safety glasses, steel-toes shoes, goggles), safely per OSHA standards. Ability to withstand cold and hot temperatures.

8. Able to respond to verbal and audible sounds/commands. Able to utilize adequate visual skills.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters whIle performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to humid conditions, bright flashing lights, moving mechanical parts, high precarious places, outside weather conditions, and extreme heat.  The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes and/or airborne particles at or below the PEL, toxic or caustic chemicals, and heat and cold.  The noise level in the work environment is usually very loud, + 90 dB.


Must comply with company, federal, state, and local safety and environmental rules and regulations while performing daily job tasks.