Wanted: Cisco Certified Engineers

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-05-08 Print this article Print

Government contractor Wam!net looking to hire 500 Cisco-certified engineers by year's end.

Cisco certified engineers are still in demand by at least one government contractor—that is, if theyve got security clearance or qualify for clearance. Wam!net Government Services Inc., a provider of secure network, storage and hosted application and infrastructure services that caters to the government, is looking to more than triple its staff for the second year in a row, said officials of the company, headquartered in Eagan, Minn. The company is looking to hire 500 Cisco-certified engineers by years end. Of those, 420 will work on the Navy Marine Corp Intranet. Congress has authorized the Navy to increase the number of intranet seats from 60,000 to 310,000 seats on the 400-seat IP network. Wam!net is designing, building and managing the network as a subcontractor to EDS on the $6.9 billion project.
Another 80 will be hired to work on other projects in the federal market. Applicants must have security clearance or be eligible to receive it.
Wam!net is hiring, on average, 80 people per month and has hired about 242 people so far. Salaries range from $40,000 to $100,000, depending on job description. The company is looking to hire 75 people in the Washington area (Norfolk/Hampton Roads), 30 in Florida, 40 in the San Diego area, and 40 in Hawaii. The company is eyeing veterans in particular. It has placed ads in Army Times publications, including Army Times, Marine Times, Air Force Times, Navy Times and Decision Times (a supplement for separating military personnel). Of the 215 persons hired to date, about 10 percent have been ex-military personnel. To check out jobs listed on Wam!nets site, click here. In addition, Wam!net is using major job boards. To access Monsters listings of Wam!net jobs, click here. For HotJobs listings, click here and search on "Wam!net." Latest IT Careers News:
Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for eWEEK.com and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on eWEEK.com, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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