The communication between computer systems or devices is a very intricate area. It involves a network, which is any set of computers or devices that are connected to each other with the ability to exchange data. Professionals in this field have studied computer networking training and have a variety of titles such as project management analyst, IT program manager, technical account manager, business account manager, network administrator, network analyst and network support. The one thing they have in common is that Ontario is experiencing a critical need for properly trained computer and communication network graduates.
Let’s take a look at some of the jobs in this field. For example, network analysts install, lay out and maintain all network components. They also plan, design, analyze and provide technical support for data communications and network or group of networks. Lastly, network analysts conduct research and evaluation of network technology. Another example an IT program manager who runs complex projects or programs from design and development to production. He or she also defines resources and schedules implementation, directs and oversees the project engineering team, performs assessments, as well designs and maintains technical and project documentation. The last example of a professional with computer networking training is a technical account manager. His or her responsibility involves helping customers to make changes to accounts (such as updating payment and production information) and assisting companies to forecast revenue based on customer accounts.
Reliable training in this field can be obtained at Centennial College’s Computer and Communications Network program. It is the only post-secondary institution in Ontario to offer a bachelor’s degree program in Computer and Communication Networking and results in a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Information Sciences. Taking a university level program in a college setting offers a unique blend of technology and business subjects, creating an innovative balance between the practical and the theoretical backgrounds.
All of the courses within this computer networking training are offered in equipped classrooms and state-of-the-art computer lab that are specially engineered and feature VoIP, Cellular Networks, Wireless Broadband (WiMax), Advanced Routing and Switching or Network Management. These course include: Computer Network Fundamentals (introduces current networking technologies models and concepts in network communications); LAN Switching and Routing (teaches theory and implementation of Routing and Switching, the most complicated and important functions in communications networking); Wireless Networks (designed to provide students with necessary tools to help them become part of the revolutionary change in communications and networking); and more.
In addition, the practical part of Centennial College’s computer networking training involves a mandatory co-op option. During the 15-week co-op, students are placed with companies such as financial institutions, Fortune 500 organizations, IMB as well as private sector companies. A minimum C grade in ENG-110, minimum 2.0 GPA and minimum 80 per cent of year 1 and 2 courses required for COOP-221. During their studies, students can specialize in network security or wireless systems.
To apply, candidates must present at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with a minimum of six 12U, 12M, OAC credits or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. There are also minimum academic prerequisites, such as: English 12U and one from the following: Math 12U Advanced Functions, Math 12U Calculus and Vectors, Math 12U Mathematics of Data Management or equivalent. Possession of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to program.