Engineering Rates

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Engineering Rates

Clients benefit from the extensive technological experience of TNS engineers. The TNS engineering staff is highly trained and certified. Formal training as well as self-study is a requirement of all engineers (and sales staff). TNS has budgeted $5,000 per year per engineer for continuing education. This is in addition to free manufacturer training and self study. TNS seeks engineers who have the desire to learn new technologies and earn additional industry certifications.

TNS offers its clients many ways of purchasing engineering time.

Hourly
Short-term assignments helping a company resolve network software or hardware related problems (a.k.a. Time and Materials). Network hardware and software upgrades may be done under hourly contracts. This includes both emergency and non-emergency technical assistance. Different rates will be charged depending on the situation. The minimum on-site support event is one hour. The minimum remote support event is one-half hour.

All work is performed as best-effort, meaning there are no guarantees of times to be onsite. Guaranteed onsite response is provided through Service Level Agreements, as described here.

Business Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00AM to 6:00PM, except holidays.

  • Business Hours Rate - Work completed without a four business-day notification (a.k.a. rush orders) will be invoiced at the full business hours labor rate.
  • Discount Business Hours Rate - A substantial discount will be offered when business hour work is scheduled at least four business-days in advance. It is more economical for TNS to schedule work in advance; clients share in this cost savings.

Off-Hours time includes nights (between 6:00PM and 8:00AM), weekends, and holidays.

  • Off-Hours Rate - TNS offers its engineers a premium for working off-hours. Clients requesting this off-hours work share in the extra expense. Work completed without a four business-day notification (a.k.a. rush orders) will be invoiced at the full off-hours labor rate.
  • Discount Off-Hours Rate - A substantial discount will be offered when off-hours work is scheduled at least four business-days in advance. It is more economical for TNS to schedule work in advance; clients share in this cost savings.

Retainer
A more long-term form of consulting, including regular system maintenance, software and hardware patches, system monitoring, and managed services. This also includes services such as periodic security health-checks and audits. Clients pay a monthly or quarterly fee for these reoccurring services.

Project
This will include such things as consulting on major purchases, system/network installation and testing, security, and disaster recovery projects. This type of work is charged at a pre-determined flat fee per project.