Computer networking technicians are called “network mechanics” because of their ability to solve problems in all kinds of network environments. Since just about every business depends on computer networks, computer networking technicians can find job opportunities in every sector. Your job might involve IT infrastructure support and service, information systems, network or systems administration.
It’s a career that calls for good analytical and organizational skills. Strong communication skills are also important, because you’ll be the go-to person when people need help resolving network issues.
Computer Networking Technician is an intensive certificate program that will help you launch a career in less than a year. The program is available full time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Regina campus. You’ll learn the fundamentals of information technology (IT) with an emphasis on a hands-on approach to installing, maintaining, troubleshooting and repairing computer networking systems and equipment.
Over nine months, you’ll study IT specialties, including:
Equipment is provided for onsite lab learning, including Cisco routers and switches, VoIP phones, desktop PCs and small business servers. You’ll have the opportunity to build complex networked computer systems to further your knowledge of working systems.
Leading industry representatives volunteer their time and input on our program advisory committee to ensure that your training is in tune with evolving trends and demands in the workplace.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic is the Cisco Regional Academy for Saskatchewan. The big advantage for you is that most of your courses are designed around industry-recognized certifications. Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Computer Networking Technician program will prepare you to:
Personal study is recommended before you write any industry certification exam.
Computer networking technicians work in computer-related support positions in just about every sector. Graduates are working in network administration, computer programming, hardware, applications and systems analysis and design. You might start your career as an IT analyst, help desk analyst, system support specialist, systems administrator, network support or network administrator.
|Sample Job Title||NOC Classification1||Earning Potential2|
|Computer Network Technician||Computer Network Technicians (2281)||$31,200 - $100,100|
|Network Analyst||Computer Network Technicians (2281)||$31,200 - $100,100|
|User Support Technician||User Support Technicians (2282)||$40,600 - $87,600|
*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted:
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Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.
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Year 1 (33 weeks) - $14,700 tuition
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