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.
What can I do with this in the workforce?
After graduating from our Computer Networking Technology program and earning your associate degree, you’ll be ready to work as a:
- Information technology specialist, consultant or market representative
- Network technician
- Network administrator
- Network planning analyst
- Systems analyst
- Telecommunications specialist
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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What is HACC’s program like?
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, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), wireless networking administration and virtualization and cloud computing. Coursework in oral and written communication skills is 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:
- List and describe TCP/IP layers, layer interactions, protocols and applications
- Install, connect and configure network hardware and software to meet common requirements.
- Design and implement an internetwork including IP addressing, subnetting, routing, switching, Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs) and network design documentation
- Describe the technologies associated with network communications including signaling, noise, error detection and correction, flow control techniques, data compression and encoding technology
- Describe technical aspects of Ethernet operation including access technologies, bandwidths, standards, VLANs and electronic connecting devices
- List and describe common Wide Area Network (WAN) technologies, topologies and associated protocols and devices
- Demonstrate proper troubleshooting methods while implementing networks
- Design, install, test, troubleshoot and certify communications wiring systems
- Install, test, and troubleshoot PC hardware and Windows desktop operating systems
- Demonstrate professional interaction with end users in a technical support environment utilizing troubleshooting, escalation channels, help desk software and communications skills
- Install, maintain, administer and support Linux server operating systems
- Install, maintain, administer and support Windows server operating systems including Active Directory
- List and describe common legal, ethical and business requirements for securing information.
- Utilize security tools and common best practices to design a secure network architecture
What classes will I take?
- View summaries of every course at HACC by browsing our class schedules database.
- Review our program guide (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.
- Browse our advising checksheet (pdf), which is also an excellent tool to help you personalize your course load each term and manage your overall advancement through our programs.
Can I transfer my credits to a four-year college or university?
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:
Where can I complete this program?
We offer the entire program at our Harrisburg Campus by taking courses through Virtual Learning.
Does HACC offer scholarships?
Yes! With approximately 200 scholarships available through the HACC Foundation, you can find financial support to assist with paying tuition, fees and books. Visit hacc.edu/scholarships to view eligibility requirements for each scholarship and to learn how to apply.
When can I apply?
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.
How can I learn more?
If you want a career in computer technology, we want to help you get there. Please contact an admissions counselor or department chair Kelley Engle to ask questions or discuss steps to apply.