Where it Can Take You
Computer network administrators "make IT happen" by planning, establishing, operating, maintaining and supporting the use of
- local area networks (LANs)
- wide area networks (WANs)
- mainframe networks
- related hardware, software and peripheral equipment
Graduates are familiar with data facilities and can commission and administer networks for enterprise-wide computing. They can work as client services, network services and information services administrators, desktop and technical support technicians, and systems analysts. There are a wide variety of employment opportunities available in computer networking.
For additional information about duties, working conditions, personal characteristics, opportunities and salaries, visit:
- Alberta Occupational Profiles - Computer Network Administrator
- Human Resources and Skills Development Canada - Computer Network Technicians
What successful grads have to say
“As a graduate of the CNA program, I felt I was fully prepared to enter the workforce and contribute day one. The skills I learned in CNA created the foundation of my technical knowledge base which I still rely on. Years later as the IS Manager for a local software development company, I was in the position to hire multiple CNA grads and was always impressed by their technical ability and how effectively they can communicate in an IT office environment straight out of the program. In my current role as Director for an IT staffing company I have no reservations in presenting CNA grads to my clients. I know they have graduated from the program with exceptional technical skills and will be a great asset to any company.”
“The Computer Network Administrator program at NAIT put me where I am today. CNA taught me the essentials to being an effective Network Administrator in all aspects of the job. I learned how to work well in multiple environments both technically and professionally. CNA even helped me with finding my current employer before I was finished the program. I graduated from the CNA program at the end of April 2011 and was employed full time by the beginning of May. The CNA program lives up to its promises and I owe it to them to say I am where I am today because they helped me every step of the way.”
“My time at NAIT gave me the education and skills that were current and relevant. This knowledge exceeded my peers in the workplace, with the common-sense approach of hands-on learning. This allowed me to easily evolve, with the ever-changing environment of information technology today."
“When I decided to go back to school to further my career in information technology, I didn't know what my options were. Then I found NAIT’s CNA program and I am so glad that I did! After completing the program, I was prepared to handle the challenges of the ever-evolving world of IT on the network level. The quality of instruction was excellent. My courses were taught by professionals who have worked in the field of IT. I appreciate the insight that I was able to gain from their experience. A well-rounded program that is worth every minute.”
“When I chose the CNA program in 1999, I had been a paralegal for several years but wanted to break into the IT industry to increase my earning capacity. Among the numerous programs NAIT was offering, CNA in particular stood out as offering the widest range of entry-level skills with the shortest amount of time to get there. People graduating from this program were exposed to more disciplines than the students of any specialized IT curriculum. This greatly increased the chances of getting on with a good company shortly after graduation. I was employed with Telus within one month of completing the program and worked there for seven years, starting at the helpdesk and ending in infrastructure on the Windows Server Support team.
In 2007, Enbridge contacted me with an incredible job offer that I accepted. I again specialized in Windows Server Support for a few years before moving into Monitoring & Event Management. In my new role, I’m going back to my CNA roots to monitor services & applications on multiple platforms (Windows, HPUX, Solaris, Linux) along with hardware including telecom, SAN & backup equipment. This program provided me with fundamental knowledge in almost all of these areas so leaving my specialty and expanding my scope after so many years was not too intimidating. As originally hoped, my goal of increasing my earning capacity was met fully. From my days as a paralegal who then went into IT, I more than doubled my income within a few short years.”
Graduate Information & Opportunities
Students who wish to ensure rapid integration into the workforce should challenge vendor-specific examinations, such as CompTIA's A+, Network+, Linux+, Microsoft's MCSA and Cisco's CCNA. NAIT does not necessarily cover all of any vendor's specific training objectives; it is the student's responsibility to obtain the latest vendor exam objectives.
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