Computer Networking Technology: Certificate (4230)
Do you enjoy working in the field of information technology, but want an opportunity to advance in your position? Computer networks are a critical part of almost every organization. Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of these networks.
Our Computer Networking Technology Program can offer a direct path to a rewarding job in this in-demand field.
What can I do with this in the workforce?
This certificate program is designed for individuals who are currently working in the field of information technology and wish to advance.
Computer networking is a broad field that covers a wide range of jobs. After graduating from our program, you can work as a:
- Information technology specialist
- Network support technician
- Network planning analyst
- Network coordinator
- Telecommunications specialist
You are responsible for organizing, installing and supporting an organization’s computer systems, which includes Local Area Networks (LANs), Wide Area Networks (WANs), network segments, intranets and other data communication systems.
Our Computer Networking Technology Program may be an ideal fit if you have:
- Strong analytical skills. Administrators need to evaluate network and system performance and determine how changes in the environment will affect it.
- Excellent communication skills. Administrators oversee the connections of many different types of computer equipment and, therefore, must ensure that 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.
What is the average salary?
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What is HACC’s program like?
You will be trained to design, install, configure, troubleshoot and maintain networks. If you’re just beginning in the industry, you’ll learn the foundations you need to begin working in an entry-level position. This program is neutral to vendors and is coordinated with the national standards from the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA).
During the program, you’ll study:
- Cable testers
- Data communications
- Information security fundamentals
- Network analyzers
- Network connections
- 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.
After completing 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
- Employ effective oral and written technical communication
Federal regulations require the College to disclose specific gainful employment information about this program. This link will provide you with information on completion rates and placement, program costs and median loan debt.
What classes will I take?
We encourage you to:
- 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?
The certificate is designed to guide the person into the workforce. However, if you’re interested in continuing your education, we will work with you to help you pursue your associate degree in computer networking technology. From there, credits earned from your associate degree will transfer to a four-year college or university.
Where can I complete this program?
For your convenience, you can complete the entire program at our Harrisburg Campus by taking some courses through Virtual Learning.
Does HACC offer scholarships?
Yes! Thanks to the HACC Foundation, you can offset the cost of your education through approximately 200 scholarship offerings. Before submitting your application, visit hacc.edu/scholarships to learn more.
When can I apply?
We offer classes in the spring, summer and fall. We invite you to apply anytime online. When you submit your application, please include program code 4230 to ensure you apply to the correct program.
How can I learn more?
If you’re interested in advancing your career in computer network technology, we can help you. Please contact an admissions counselor or department chair Kelley Engle to ask questions or discuss steps to apply.