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IT Network Systems Administration

Providing information technology (IT) services to commercial and public sectors to ensure systems run smoothly and without interruption.

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Why is this skill important?

As all of us realize, a wide range of IT network administration services are critical today for the organization and operation of business, industry, and government. Any “downtime” is costly in terms of both lost productivity and cost.

The system administrator may apply a broad skill set or may choose to specialize among services including design, system installation/upgrading, troubleshooting, configuration of systems and network devices, and user support. Experts in this field keep up to date on research and technology, products and services in the industry, and maintain a consistent and methodical investigative approach to their work. 

From ensuring commercial entities remain “up and running” with limited systems breakdowns, to contributing to the design and development of new and innovative systems, the role of the IT network systems administrator is widely accepted as business critical.

Could this skill be for you?

If you like:

  • Fixing things
  • Complex problems
  • Using computers

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The Challenge

Important elements of the challenge include:

  • The IT Network Systems Administrator works in diverse environments including network operations centres, internet service providers and data centres.

  • The Competitor is judged on their knowledge, understanding, and abilities to install, run, configure, and troubleshoot various operating systems.

  • An understanding of network security and system integration is essential to this Skill.

  • Judges will award marks to Competitors who can work with both wired and wireless internet working devices.

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How to compete

To reach the level of skills required to compete in a WorldSkills Competition takes several years of training and dedication. But the best time to start is now.

Find out more about how to take part in a WorldSkills Competition.