Computer Technician Networking Specialist
Day (7½ months)
Evening (15 months)
The Computer Technician Networking Specialist program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in the fields of computers and networking.
Students learn a number of service and repair techniques to fix hardware and software problems, as well as build, support, upgrade, and secure computers on a SOHO (small office/home office) network in the classroom.
All Computer Technician Networking Specialist students build their own computers to be used in the classroom throughout the program. The networking component of the program includes configuration, management, and troubleshooting of common wired and wireless network devices.
Also included are emerging technologies such as unified communications; mobile, cloud, and virtualization technologies; and administration of a domain through a Windows server using Active Directory. The basic security component discusses network security; compliance and operation security; and threats and vulnerabilities.
Program hours are distributed between a combination of lecture and practical hands-on labs, with an emphasis on the practical application of theory. Students enrolled in this program are prepared to take the CompTIA (Computing Technology Industry Association) A+ and Network+ certification exams.
Computer Networking Graduates Are Prepared
to Pass the CompTIA A+ and Network+ Certification Exams
Jobs for Graduates of Computer Technician Networking Specialist
The following list includes, but is not limited to, many of the most common job titles for which this Computer Technician Networking Specialist training program prepares students and requires the use of the skills learned as a predominant component of the job.
- Field Service Technician
- Copier Technician
- Field Service Engineer
- ATM Technician
- Customer Service Engineer
- Control Technician
- Computer Repair Technician
- Field Engineer
- Electrical Technician
Introduction to Electronics
CTNS101 (120 hours)
During this course students are introduced to the fundamentals of electricity, current, voltage, resistance, Ohm’s Law, power, and printed circuit boards. The course is designed to teach students the principles of binary number systems, logic gates, arithmetic operations, shift registers, memory, logic counters, and clock and timing circuits. Students learn the construction of digital logic circuits from simple counters to complex microprocessors and discover how simple logic gates can be used to produce complex digital systems. Prerequisite: None
Digital Technology and Network Cabling
CTNS102 (120 hours)
Students become familiar with the binary number system and basic logic gates in this course. Students also learn basic data transmission concepts, including throughput, bandwidth, multiplexing, and common transmission flaws.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify and describe the physical characteristics and official standards of coaxial cables, twisted-pair cables, fiber optic cables, and their related connectors. They will also be able to describe the benefits and limitations of various networking media and select and use the appropriate tools to troubleshoot common cable problems. Prerequisite: None
Fundamentals of Computer Technology
CTNS201 (90 hours)
In this class, students learn how each subsystem accomplishes its tasks and is connected to form a complete computer system.
Students are taught about the importance of motherboards and supporting microprocessors; form factors used by cases; working safely inside cases; power supplies; and how hardware and software interface with each other in order to gain an understanding of the various ways they interact.
Students become proficient in selecting components for building a computer and installing and upgrading the processor and memory modules. Prerequisite: None
Windows Installation and Support
CTNS202 (120 hours)
During this course, students are trained to select and install the different types of hard drives and to troubleshoot hard drive problems. Students learn how Microsoft Windows provides the interface between users and applications and between applications and hardware devices; how Windows connects to a network and accesses resources on the network; and about user accounts and how to create and manage them.
Students are taught how to install Microsoft Windows; use the Device Manager to install and troubleshoot I/O devices; about adapter cards; and how to support the video subsystem. Prerequisite: CTNS201
Maintaining Operating Systems and Virtualization
CTNS203 (120 hours)
Students become familiar with how to support and maintain a Windows operating system, including how to schedule maintenance tasks; set up backup routines for user data and system files; use commands to manage files and folders; manage a hard drive; optimize Windows using the operating system’s tools; support customers; and troubleshoot Windows.
Students learn about printer types and features and how to install, maintain, and troubleshoot local and networked printers. They learn, as well, about Linux, Mac OS X, and mobile operating systems and explore virtualization. Prerequisite: CTNS202
Introduction to Networking
CTNS301 (120 hours)
During this course, students learn how hardware is used for networking, about various types of networks, and how to set up and troubleshoot network connections.
Students gain an understanding of the purpose of the OSI model, the structure and purpose of data packets and frames, about basic data packets and frames, and basic data transmission concepts. This includes full duplexing, attenuation, latency, and noise.
Students also get knowledge of the key TCP/IP services, along with commonly used network access methods and their many physical layers and standards. Prerequisite: CTNS203
CTNS302 (120 hours)
Students learn basic data transmission concepts, including throughput, bandwidth, multiplexing, and common transmission flaws in this course.
They become familiarized with the various types of wireless networking characteristics, wireless standards that support the Internet of Things (IoT), 802.11 standards and innovations, and virtualization technologies, including how virtual machines connect with a network and how networking infrastructure devices can be virtualized.
This course covers cloud computing categories and models, remote access, and the purposes of network segmentation and provides students with an understanding of how VLANs work and are used. Prerequisite: CTNS301
Network Communications, Security, and Performance
CTNS303 (120 hours)
In this course, students are taught how to identify people, technology, and malware that are security risks to a network. They learn about the tools used to evaluate security of a network and how to configure devices for increased security.
Students become familiar with tools used to monitor devices and network events and the best practices for incident response and disaster recovery. In addition, they develop an understanding of the fundamental elements of WAN service options and the most common wireless WAN technologies. Prerequisite: CTNS302
All sections of this 900-hour Computer Technician Networking Specialist program were developed to provide students with the practical, hands-on experience necessary for working in this field and to prepare students for industry certification.
Career development knowledge, skills, and abilities are part of the foundation of this program and have been integrated throughout so that Computer Technician Networking students are properly prepared for the employment process.
During the CTNS program, students prepare for their job search, which includes the following: preparation of résumés, job applications, cover letters, and thank you letters; interview techniques; professional use of the telephone and fax; employment testing; and office behavior and etiquette.
- Job placement statistics relate only to the Computer Technician Networking Specialist program and related fields of study.
- Figures may not include jobs secured by students in their field of study who did not report their employment.
- Job placement rates are those reported to the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.
- These rates have been reported also to the New York State Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision.
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