Computer Network, Architecture and Management
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Computer Network, Architecture, and Management is a two (2) year certificate / AEC program that prepares students to become computer network administrators, network architects, or network technology technicians.
A Computer Network Administrator (CNA) works with large companies that have their own IT department, or as an independent consultant working with small-to-medium-sized companies. Within a small business, one individual, most of the time, is the sole person responsible for the operation of a computer network. However, in larger companies (and as the company grows), network administrators work in departments and the role of each CNA becomes specialized. As a result, there are usually more complex configurations and larger networks that must be managed.
A CNA will take action during all stages of the creation of a network. In general, they will:
- Plan for the implementation or the migration of a computer network
- Ensure the availability of equipment that is needed for installations
- Configure and make each of the network’s components functional
- Oversee operations
- Manage network security and provide user support
AEC / Certificate
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION
Jan 25 (Winter), Aug 1 (Fall)
APPLICATION DEADLINES FOR
Nov 30 (Winter), Apr 30 (Fall)
IS THIS FOR YOU?
A professional network administrator will determine quickly, and with as much precision as possible, the cause of a problem and then will implement an appropriate solution while evaluating the consequences of the choice as it carries throughout the network. This process requires a key set of skills:
- Versatility (ability to adapt) and
- The ability to work fast under pressure
These are integral character traits that a computer network administrator must-have. As professionals in this industry, you will be constantly confronted with unpredictable problems that must be resolved quickly. This rapid action requires that a person possesses the ability to work well under stress and think quickly.
The program brings together two requirements of technical training: The mastery of the technical function and versatility. Mastering the technical function is achieved through the acquisition of specific skills necessary for practicing the profession while versatility is attained by learning general skills related to careers in internet technology.
Given the speed of technological change and innovation, the network administrator must continually stay up-to-date on the latest innovations in order to satisfy client needs.
Graduates from the Computer Network, Architecture, and Management program will be well prepared to do the following:
- Analyze the work functions
- Work methodically
- 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 appropriate 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 appropriate 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
- Integrate into and adapt to the job market
Currently, qualified network administrators are among the topmost sought-after in the employment category in the province of Quebec. In the US, the employment of computer network architects was projected to grow by 15 percent (15%) from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Additionally, demand for qualified and skilled computer network architects will continue to increase as more-and-more companies continue to expand their use of wireless and mobile networks.
Graduates from this program may find employment with employers such as:
- The IT department for government agencies (at the municipal, provincial or federal levels)
- Schoolboard IT departments (elementary schools, high schools, colleges, and universities)
- Large or small businesses