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Firewall Engineer

Location: Office of Information Technology; 64 N Union Street, Montgomery, AL, 36104 

Dates: Minimum 1 yr  + Option Years

Clearance (if required): Background Check 

IAT/IT Level: N/A

This position will work on site as a Firewall Engineer for the Office of Information Technology (OIT), State of Alabama located in Montgomery, Alabama. This position is a long-term contract and will likely see several renewals. Periods of overtime may be required.

The Firewall Engineer assists in the planning, forecasting, implementation, and identification of resource requirements for network systems (including wireless) of moderate complexity. They participate in network planning, network architecture design and engineering. Candidate will integrate and schematically depict communication architectures, topologies, hardware, software, transmission and signaling links and protocols into complete network configurations. They will evaluate new products, performs network problem resolution and assists in the development and documentation of technical standards and interface applications. They will monitor protocol compatibility, perform system tuning, and make recommendations for improvement for both the system as a whole and individual components nearing the end of their life-cycle.

Candidate will take direction from the Security Architect, the Security Engineer configures and troubleshoots network security technologies to include, Firewalls, Intrusion Prevention devices, malware detonation chambers, etc… This position also implements and maintains security configurations based off State Security policy/standards & guidelines. This role conducts periodic assessments of system components to maintain and mature the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of State Information systems.


  • Plan, assist, and oversee the OIT’s firewall migration from older Fortinet FortiGate equipment over to FortiGate Chassis Units
  • Take over normal firewall duties once migration is completed
  • Overall Firewall knowledge and experience is more critical than Fortigate experience although general understanding of Fortigate Interface is required
    1. Thorough understanding of how networks function
    2. Firewall functionality
    3. Thorough understanding of IPSEC Tunnels and how they function
  • Dynamic routing protocols (OSPF, BGP)
  • Strong people skills


  • Associate’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems or another related field. Or equivalent work experience (minimum 2 additional years)
  • Bachelor’s Degree desired (will consider less experience if Bachelor’s degree held)
  • CCNA (or equivalent skills/certifications)
  • CCNP (or equivalent skills/certifications)

Required Qualifications/Experience: 

  • 4+ years of network administration / engineering / network consulting / design, planning and implementation

Optional Qualifications/Experience: 

  • 8 years’ experience as a firewall engineering consultant, outside systems engineer or similar role

Firewall Engineer