Computer Network, Architecture and Management



The Computer Network, Architecture and Management AEC program is a two-year study option that aims to train individuals to practice the profession of a computer network administrator or a network technology technician.


The computer network administrator (CNA) works in large companies that have their own IT department, or as a consultant to small or medium-sized companies. Within the small business, the individual, most of the time, is the sole person responsible for the operation of the computer network. In larger companies, as the corporation grows, the role of each CNA becomes specialized. As a result, there are usually more complex configurations and larger networks.

A CNA will take action during all stages of the creation of a network. They will:

  • Plan the implementation or the migration of the network
  • Ensure the availability of equipment needed for installation
  • Configure and make each of the network’s components functional
  • Oversee the operation
  • Manage security and provide user support

An important aspect of being a CNA is to determine quickly, and with as much precision as possible, the cause of a problem and then, to implement an appropriate solution while evaluating the consequences of the choice as it carries throughout the network.



The versatility (ability to adapt) of a computer network administrator (CNA) is an integral character trait to have as they will be constantly be confronted with problems that are often different in nature and must be resolved quickly. This rapid action requires high availability and the ability to work under stress.



The Computer Network, Architecture and Management program brings together two requirements of technical training: The mastery of the technical function and versatility. Mastering the technical function is ensured by the acquisition of specific skills necessary for practicing the profession while versatility is attained by learning general skills related to computer-related careers.

The advent of computer networks, local area networks in particular, is relatively recent. With that said, new applications will be appearing each year. The integration of new technologies and communications is an example of these applications, as well as video and telephony. Given the speed of technological change, the network administrator must continually keep up to date with the most recent innovations and client needs.


Students graduating from the Computer Network, Architecture and Management program (LEA.6P) will be well prepared to do the following:

  • Analyze the work functions
  • Work with method
  • Analyze the architecture of a computer network.
  • Exploit the possibilities of an operating system on a specific computer.
  • Install hardware and software on a computer.
  • Use an algorithmic approach.
  • Implement a file server
  • Communicate in the English Language
  • Implement an intranet
  • Choose hardware.
  • Install a computer network.
  • Ensure the security of a computer network’s hardware and software.
  • Provide technical support to network users.
  • Plan the installation of a computer network.
  • Choose software.
  • Manage a computer population.
  • Manage a computer network
  • Diagnose and resolve network problems.
  • Ensure the evolution of the computer network.
  • Solve problems involving geometry, algebraic and transcendent functions
  • Resolve mathematical problems in computing
  • Prepare for job searching
  • Integrate the job market



Currently, the network management profession is among the most in demand for all of Quebec. In the US, the employment of computer network architects is projected to grow by 15 percent (15%) from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for computer network architects will increase as firms continue to expand their use of wireless and mobile networks.

Do you have questions or comments?