Computer Networking Technology - Associate in Applied Science (AAS) (4590)
Does the idea of organizing, installing and supporting an organization’s computer systems intrigue you? Computer networks are a critical part of almost every organization, and our Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in computer networking technology can help you find a career that matches your talents and passions.
After graduating from our Computer Networking Technology program and earning your associate degree, you’ll be ready to work in a broad range of jobs and job titles, such as:
- Network Support Technician
- Network Administrator
- Network Planning Analyst
- System Analyst
- Netowrk Coordinator
- Telecommunication Specialist
- Information Technology Specialist
- Consultants, market representatives and related information technologist positions
You are likely to enjoy this program if you have:
- Strong analytical skills. Administrators need to have analytical skills to evaluate network and system performance and to determine how changes in the environment will affect it.
- Excellent communication skills. Administrators oversee the connections of many different types of computer equipment and must ensure they all properly work together.
- Good multi-tasking skills. Administrators may have to work on many problems and tasks at the same time.
- Strong problem-solving skills. Administrators must be able to quickly resolve any problems that arise with computer networks.
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Our dedicated professors will teach you how to design, install, configure, troubleshoot and maintain networks. This program covers a broad range of topics, including:
- Cable testers
- Data communications
- Information security fundamentals
- Network connections
- Network analyzers
- Network Interface Controllers (NIC's), hubs, bridges, switches and routers
- PC repair
- Windows and Linux Server administration
You also will have the opportunity to take elective courses to learn about specialized topics. These include Cisco routing and switching, ethical hacking and incident response, wireless administration and virtualization and cloud computing. Coursework in oral and written communication skills are also included in order to provide these essential skills to needed to excel in today's workplace environment.
After graduating from our program, you’ll be able to:
- Configure, manage, maintain and troubleshoot network infrastructure components such as routers, switches and firewalls
- Configure, manage, maintain and troubleshoot Windows and Linux server operating systems and common applications such as Active Directory, Web, Domain Name and database services
- Demonstrate network protocol knowledge from physical to application layers including TCP/IP protocols and common application layer protocols.
- Provide end-user hardware and software technical support
- Describe common legal, ethical and business requirements for securing information; utilize security tools and common best practices to implement a secure network architecture
Yes! Our associate degree programs are designed to be flexible enough to transfer to a wide variety of colleges and universities with no loss of credit. However, each individual college has its own unique program. We encourage you to select a four-year school as soon as possible. This will allow you to learn the transfer college’s program requirements so that you can take the proper classes at HACC.
Our transfer options for computer networking technology students are:
Students may complete our program at the Harrisburg Campus provided some of your required coursework is taken through multiple modalities (e.g. Blended, Online and/or Remote Learning).
Conveniently YOURS, we offer classes in the spring, summer and fall. Visit our website to apply anytime. When you submit your application, make sure you include program code 4590. This code is unique to the Computer Networking Technology Program.