Job Description

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$83,250 - $95,000 / Year
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8 hrs/day

#123617 Wireless Network Engineer

Extended Deadline: Tue 12/12/2023

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 6/16/2023 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 6/27/2023. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Job posting will remain open until a suitable candidate has been identified.


UC San Diego is ranked the 9th best public university in the nation by U.S. News and World Report and is the largest employer based in San Diego County. Reporting to the VC-CFO, Information Technology Services (ITS) delivers Enterprise information technology services to the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) under the leadership of the campus Chief Information Officer (CIO).

Information Technology Services (IT Services) uses world-class services and technologies to empower UC San Diego's mission to transform California and the world as a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public university. As a strategic member of the UC San Diego community, IT Services embraces innovation in their delivery of IT services, infrastructure, applications, and support. IT Services is customer-focused and committed to collaboration, continuous improvement, and accountability.

The Data Communications team designs, configures, maintains, upgrades and monitors UCSD’s campus-wide local, wide area, and wireless networks. It supports the campus's enterprise routers, switches, wireless access points and associated management tools. These devices operate on Gigabit Ethernet, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax, and other technologies in a heterogeneous multi-protocol environment.

Provide design, engineering, and maintenance assistance on the UCSD campus wireless and wired local area network. Applies skills as a seasoned, experienced communications professional with a full understanding of industry practices and relevant policies and procedures in providing consultation, evaluation, configuration, installation, troubleshooting and testing of network hardware and software to include routers, switches, wireless access points, and other networking equipment. Utilize various software and network management tools such as Cisco Prime, NetMRI, Statseeker, and ISE to analyze network traffic and resolve a wide range of complex issues.

Must be available to work evenings and weekends.


The Wireless Network Engineer applies skills as a seasoned, experienced communications professional with a full understanding of industry practices and relevant policies and procedures in providing consultation, evaluation, configuration, installation, troubleshooting and testing of wireless network hardware and software to include access points, controllers, routers, switches, and other networking equipment. Resolves a wide range of complex issues. Demonstrates competency in selecting methods and techniques to obtain solutions.

Provides expert-level RF troubleshooting, including addressing interference/rogue access points, coverage issues, access point hardware problems, PoE and other technical issues both in the field across campus and in the office. Conducts RF site surveys and field tests, both in the field and predictive surveys of buildings under construction.

Creates wireless network AP placement designs, taking into account various factors including network performance requirements, anticipated uses, user density, installation constraints, environmental RF characteristics, anticipated RF coverage and propagation, industry best practices, and other factors. Implement complex Ethernet switch configurations and testing.


  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

  • Thorough understanding of various network hardware platforms, network related protocols and software including understanding of OSI layer 3 protocols at a basic level and layer 2 protocols at a complex level and related technical standards critical to the operation of interconnected networks. Thorough knowledge of wireless protocol suite, such as production protocols, tunneling protocols, and wireless management protocols including 802.11protocols, CAPWAP, WPA2.

  • Working knowledge of industry best practices for AP placement, RF survey procedures, and other wireless functions. Ability to independently conduct daily walking, in field, RF surveys, RF troubleshooting/ investigation, and AP troubleshooting using appropriate hardware and software.

  • Practical hands-on experience with configuring wired and wireless network gear in use at UCSD (currently Cisco equipment) such as routers, switches, access points, controllers, and network management systems. In-depth experience with network diagnostic and performance management tools and software.

  • Thorough knowledge of wireless RF and spectrum concepts, mathematics, and use in wireless data networks. Demonstrated experience and ability to use spectrum analysis tools to troubleshoot. Demonstrated ability to use wireless network management software and spectrum analyzer to document, configure, analyze, and troubleshoot wireless networks.

  • Demonstrate thorough knowledge of professional communications and network concepts necessary to resolve issues using established parameters, creativity and independent judgment, escalating as necessary.

  • Self-motivated, works independently and as part of a team.

  • Able to demonstrate problem solving skills, learn effectively and meet deadlines.

  • Demonstrated effective communication and interpersonal skills.


  • Knowledge of UCSD campus locations.


  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on background check results.
  • Must have valid/current California driver's license.
  • Employee must be available to work evenings and weekends.
  • Employee must be available to travel as required.
  • Must be willing to schedule vacation on a yearly basis, as necessary.
  • Must be willing to work on a rotating on-call basis.

Our employees enjoy competitive compensation packages and educational opportunities in a diverse, stimulating workforce. This position is eligible for full:
1) Health/Dental/Vision Insurance
2) Vacation/Holidays
3) Life Insurance
4) UC Retirement Plan

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Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $63,400 - $142,800 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $30.36 - $68.39

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

If employed by the University of California, you will be required to comply with our Policy on Vaccination Programs, which may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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