Joachim Vertommen , Network Engineer
Tell us about your job…
“I work as a Network Engineer in Belnet’s Networks Department. We are in charge of the maintenance and management of three networks: the Belnet network, the FedMAN network and the BNIX platform. So our team’s tasks are related to each of these three networks. We are responsible for the maintenance of the network, we implement changes ourselves, provide third-line support in case of incidents and so on. Besides this operational aspect a large part of my job is also about project management.”
What was your career path before joining Belnet?
“I hold a degree in industrial electronic engineering, with a major in ICT. I have always taken a keen interest in networks and network technology. After my studies I worked in the private sector for a few years as a test engineer. Afterwards I worked as a technical consultant. That last position was rather commercial and less my thing. A friend told me that there was an opening at the network team. I really liked the idea of working with networks and network technology for an internet/service provider. I was hired and have worked at Belnet since 2009.”
What does a typical workday look like?
“My job doesn't have a routine. Every day is different depending on the current projects, customer requests, etc. Yet there are a few tasks that come back regularly. Within the team we take turns as an “on call engineer”. This means that during a certain week you are on call and therefore are responsible for solving incidents that could not be solved by the second line support.”
What do you value most about your job?
“I love my job. It is a very varied job which is completely in line with my field of interest. What’s nice about Belnet is that you are really responsible for every aspect of a project. As a result you can implement a whole project from A to Z. I also appreciate the fact that you can be part of the decision-making process. You can always share your ideas and your input is appreciated.
One advantage of working for a public service is that you have a lot of holidays. I like travelling to far away countries so that is quite an advantage.”
Do you think you have enough opportunities at Belnet?
“Although my job is still the same as when I started out working for Belnet in 2009 the job description, more specifically my responsibilities, have evolved. In the beginning you work on smaller, operational tasks. You gradually are invited to work on large projects and in time you are given the responsibility for a large project. In that sense Belnet really gives you a chance to grow in a job.”