Apex Systems has an immediate opportunity for a Network Architect in the greater Baltimore metropolitan area. This is a long-term contract-to-hire position supporting the federal government, and compensation ranges depending on experience. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Ryan Kissner at [Click Here to Email Your Resume] Responsibilities of the Network Architect: The scope of work is to support all aspects of the Unified Communications infrastructure components, including: Lead engineering, design and implementation efforts relative to networking technologies in support of new and existing IT operations and project activities. Troubleshoot and resolve network infrastructure technical issues. Perform installation, testing, maintenance of documentation and support of network infrastructure components. Support/maintain/administer data, voice and video communications switches. Monitor network performance utilizing advanced tools. Analyze network bandwidth information and provide network performance analysis, forecasting and recommendations. Conduct testing of network infrastructure components. Evaluate and recommend communication network technologies to enhance capabilities of the infrastructure. Develop network system evaluations based on customer requirements and develop appropriate technical recommendations and architectural solutions. Maintains technical expertise in all areas of network and computer hardware and software interconnection with routers and switches. Required Experience of the Network Architect: Active Cisco CCNP Certification or higher. Hands-on experience with Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) Hands on experience with Cisco Nexus 7000/5000/2000, and Catalyst 3750, 4500 and 6500 platforms. Network Engineering and Troubleshooting experience relative to complex data infrastructure technologies and best practices in both end-user and data center environments. Packet Capture and analysis experience using tools such as Network Analysis Modules (NAM) and/or WireShark IOS Version management and IOS upgrades 802.11a/b/g/n wireless networking and Cisco wireless implementation and management Expert understanding of Quality of Service (QoS) provisioning, monitoring, and management In-depth knowledge of layer 3 technologies, such as HSRP, EIGRP, OSPF and BGP Understanding of Network infrastructure and best practices Experience with Cisco Switching and Routing configuration and operational support Intermediate to advance Skills with Microsoft office and Visio In-depth knowledge of Infoblox IPAM management Education Requirements: Bachelors degree required, Masters degree preferred EEO EmployerApex is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Apex will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable law. If you have visited our website in search of information on employment opportunities or to apply for a position, and you require an accommodation in using our website for a search or application, please contact our Employee Services Department at [Click Here to Email Your Resume] or 844-463-6178.