Thursday, August 8, 2013

Computer Networking Training For In-Demand Positions

Companies such as Enbridge Consumers Gas, StorageTek, Toronto Hydro, Transport Canada and many others are actively seeking professionals with computer networking training to fill positions as wide ranging as field service representative, network technical support specialist, computer systems technologist, network technologist, help desk support, LAN support and LAN administrator. That's because these professionals all play a role in technical support for the growing mesh of Internet, intranet, extranet and telecoms.

As such, those with computer networking training have the ability to successfully: identify and fix information technology, networking and computer systems problems through a systematic approach and using diagnostic tools; install, configure, troubleshoot, monitor, maintain, upgrade and optimize networks and computer systems; plan and then develop data storage options that ensure the safety of information; offer clients effective technical support while teaching them ways to avoid the same problem in the future; and much more.  

Yearly at Centennial College's computer networking courses (within its Computer Systems Technology - Networking program), 100 students go inside PC hardware and learn about operating systems as well as configuring and troubleshooting wired and wireless networks in order to have full control of the computing and communicating technology. The hands-on approach incorporates the latest in computer systems and has a technical problem solving focus. Also covered during this three-year computer networking training in Canada is how to put together and maintain systems that will empower users in their creative, business and communication activities; introduction to web design, mathematics for computer systems, network devices, network services, introduction to telephony, routing and switching, computer forensics, introduction to programming, and more.

One of the biggest benefits of this computer networking training is a capstone project that is undertaken by students in the final semester of their studies. This capstone project directly connected to a fifth semester computer networking course called Fundamentals of Project Management. During this course, students deal with research, analysis, planning, costing, scheduling and resolving problems in implementing a project. The project conceived in Fundamentals of Project Management is essentially the capstone project, which must fulfill the specifics laid down to accomplish business objectives. Working in teams, students of computer networking training tackle various aspects of the project and maintain clear and accurate project related documents, which adhere to industry standards. During the implementation process, students experience configuration and troubleshooting exercises, using a systematic approach and diagnostic tools to solve problems. At the end of the computer networking course, each team demonstrates its project, makes an oral presentation and submits a written final report.

The computer networking training application process requires students to possess at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older); English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent, or skills assessment; and Math Grade 11 M or U or Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent, or skills assessment.

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