Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
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Computer Networking Technology prepares students for employment in the Information Technology field in the area of network infrastructure. The program includes theoretical and practical components, preparing entry-level networking technicians to design, install, monitor, maintain, and enhance network infrastructure. Graduates of the program will be able to design and implement an infrastructure consisting of various networking devices and components such as clients, servers, routers, switches, hubs, and cabling systems.
Graduates of this program will be capable of working in entry-level positions of user support, server monitoring, directory services basic administration, network media installation and testing, basic router configuration, subnetting, and network communications protocols.
In addition to technical proficiency, graduates of this program will be knowledgeable in effective communications, both written and verbal. Graduates will be experienced in working in teams and being self-motivated in problem-solving scenarios.
Graduates of the program should be able to:
- Function competently in entry-level network technician positions;
- Proficiently use various operating system environments including Windows and UNIX/Linux;
- Perform initial installation and setup of various network servers, such as Linux and Windows;
- Perform initial configuration of microcomputers including the installations of workstation software necessary to communicate with network servers;
- Select, install, terminate, and test appropriate network media including unshielded twisted pair;
- Perform basic configuration on routers, switches, and wireless networking components;
- Troubleshoot and analyze network hardware, software, and communications problems;
- Install and implement network monitoring and management tools;
- Communicate successfully in a variety of situations using written and oral communication skills;
- Use concepts taught in the general education courses that are reinforced in the Computer Networking Technology curriculum;
- Apply critical thinking skills in providing solutions to network infrastructure problems; and
- Work effectively as individuals and in a team environment.
After completing the minimum course requirements, graduates have been exposed to concepts and materials used in the certification exams. These exams include A+, Security+, Microsoft OS, Server, and CCENT. In addition, a rich selection of electives allows students to increase the breadth and depth of their understanding and prepares them for advanced certifications such as Cisco CCNA as well as advanced Microsoft certifications.
Typical positions available to graduates of this program (based upon DOL classifications) are:
- LAN Administrator
- Network Administrator
- Microcomputer Support Specialist
- Network Technician
- Data Communications Technician