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School of Applied Sciences and Technology

Network Engineering Technology

Sep 03, 2019
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  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times

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Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

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  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 5 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of B- in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

The world is rapidly becoming an accessible knowledge marketplace. Networks capable of carrying voice data, media and interactive video have become a reality, changing the way people around the world interact and communicate. People and businesses now expect to be able to connect without the obstacle of physical distance, and this has created a strong demand for professionals capable of creating and maintaining network communications.

NAIT's Network Engineering Technology program will provide you with advanced skills in analyzing, optimizing, maintaining, implementing and administering computer networks. You'll be instructed in state-of-the-art network implementations and develop a relevant and applicable knowledge base. You'll leave the program with hands-on experience and confidence that will prepare you for entry into the workforce. 

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

The Network Engineering Technology diploma is designed to provide you with advanced training in the design, implementation and maintenance of data and computer networks. 

Through the course of the program, you can expect to learn how to:

  • Install, configure and maintain business services and applications
  • Install, configure and maintain client and server operating systems (Linux and Windows)
  • Design, implement and maintain secure wired and wireless network infrastructures
  • Impement and monitor network security policies and practices
  • Troubleshoot network, hardware and end-user issues
  • Maintain currency in the network engineering field through research and professional development
  • Demonstrate professional skills through documentation, communication and critical thinking
  • Work effectively and ethically as an individual or member of a team
  • Analyze network services, including performance measurement, security, layer functions and protocols

Enter the workforce with confidence

As the world becomes more heavily dependent on high-speed network communications for virtually every facet of everyday business and life, our graduates find themselves in growing demand. 

After graduation, you may find employment opportunities as a:

  • data systems specialist
  • network analyst
  • network support specialist
  • systems analyst
  • LAN/WAN administrator

Become a trusted professional

Graduates of this program earn a diploma in Network Engineering Technology. 

After graduation and required work experience, you may also be eligible for professional accreditation.

Become a certified engineering technologist

Students of this program are eligible for student membership in the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET).

Opportunities for further education

You may also continue your studies after graduation by pursuing a Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management (BTech).

Learn more about NAIT's BTech program

Another option for graduates who want to continue their education is NAIT's Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology (BAIST) program. This applied degree offers 2 majors: Information Systems or Network Management. 

Learn more about NAIT's BAIST program

For either of the above bachelor programs, diploma grads can earn a BTech degree with just two more years of study. Full-time and part-time study options are available. 

Advanced credit may also be granted at Canadian universities like the University of Athabasca, University of Alberta or University of Calgary.

Refer to Transfer Alberta for the most up-to-date transferable credit information

BTech - Technology Management

Completion of this diploma qualifies as the first 2 years of NAIT's unique 4-year Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management degree.

Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology – Information Systems

Prepare for career opportunities as a senior systems analyst, designer or project leader.

 

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Term 1

COMM1000Technical Communications
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Computer Network Administrator program or the Network Engineering Technology program.
  • Course Equivalencies: COMM1200
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will place an emphasis on developing professional communication skills to enable students to be successful members of a team in a work environment. The course concentrates on skills in writing, reading, speaking, researching, and critical thinking, within the context of technical communications in the workplace.

COMP1000Client/Server Fundamentals
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Computer Network Administrator and Network Engineering Technology programs.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Modern computers are rarely deployed in isolation, but typically have network connectivity. Students will work with the underlying hardware components of servers and workstations. Students will also learn how to configure client and server operating systems in a network environment.

COMP1110Linux Fundamentals
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Computer Network Administrator and Network Engineering Technology programs.
  • Course Equivalencies: COMP1700, NET1700
  • Open Studies: Not Available

The Linux operating system is a secure and robust platform for providing application and network services. Students will configure and manage virtualized Linux systems and resources in a network environment.

NETW1000Network Fundamentals
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Computer Network Administrator and Network Engineering Technology programs.
  • Course Equivalencies: CMPA1300, NETE1200
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Networks rely on a number of devices, reference models and rules to communicate. Students will investigate both the Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) models. Theoretical concepts will be reinforced through the basic configuration and management of typical network devices.

NETW1200Structured Cabling
  • Requisites: This course in not available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

The reliability and speed demands on computer networks require a physical plant that meets or exceeds industry standards. This course will introduce the student to Structured Cabling standards and practices including experience in installation, testing, and documentation of the physical layer of networking.

PRGM1000Scripting Fundamentals
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Computer Network Administrator program or Network Engineering Technology program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Fundamental skills in programming are critical to many of the tasks IT professionals perform. Students will create modular programs and scripts that use iteration, decision-making, and information processing. Students will implement algorithms and analyze, debug, and troubleshoot programs.

Term 2

COMP1200Server Administration
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Computer Network Administrator and Network Engineering Technology program. Pre-Requisite: COMP1000.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

The modern enterprise requires stable, secure and efficient access to networked infrastructure and services. Students will configure and administer collaboration, deployment and directory services, as well as system management tools.

COMP1300Virtualization
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Computer Network Administrator program, or the Network Engineering Technology program. Pre-Requisites: COMP1110 and COMP1000.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Virtualization is a technology that allows businesses to optimize available computing resources. The rationale for deploying virtualization will be examined. Students will install and configure virtual hosts and networks with current technologies

COMP1400Service Desk Fundamentals
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Computer Network Administrator program, or the Network Engineering Technology program. Prerequisite: COMP1000.
  • Course Equivalencies: CMPA1000
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Managing end-user requests is important in an IT environment. Students will be introduced to the processes and tools that will make them more effective while providing technical support to their clients. Topics covered include: information gathering techniques, troubleshooting and incident documentation.

MATH1105Technical Mathematics and Statistics
  • Requisites: This course is not available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course is for Network Engineering Technology students. In order to interpret the physical layer characteristics and to understand signaling techniques and their limitations, students need to be able to use mathematical functions, including trigonometric and logarithmic. This course also introduces the student to statistics and statistical methods which are commonly used in technical analysis.

NETW1100Local Area Networks
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Computer Network Administrator and Network Engineering Technology programs. Pre-Requisite: NETW1000.
  • Course Equivalencies: CMPA1800, NETE1800
  • Open Studies: Not Available

The configuration and implementation of Local Area Networks are core skills for our students. Students will, individually and in teams, construct, configure, manage and maintain local area networks using simulation software and classroom hardware.

PROJ1000Technical Project I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Computer Network Administrator and Network Engineering Technology programs.
  • Course Equivalencies: CMPA1980, CNA1990
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Building something as complex as a computer network relies on the timely completion of interdependent smaller components. Under supervision, students will build a network based on a given scenario while demonstrating teamwork, technical skills, research abilities, and professionalism.

Term 3

COMP2000Enterprise Virtualization
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Network Engineering Technology program. Prerequisite: COMP1300.
  • Course Equivalencies: NETE2500
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Cloud technologies are a driving force in IT. Virtualization is a technology that allows businesses to optimize available computing resources. The business rationale for deploying virtualization will be examined. Students will plan, install, and configure virtual hosts and networks with current on premises and cloud technologies.

ELTR1000Electronics
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Network Engineering Technology program.
  • Course Equivalencies: NETE1000
  • Open Studies: Not Available

In order to evaluate the capabilities and limitations of physical layer technologies, a student needs to understand the electrical characteristics of media. Students will learn and demonstrate basic circuit analysis skills along with the fundamentals of semiconductor electronics as they apply to networking technologies. Electrical power for networking equipment will be discussed, including relevant safety standards.

NETW2000

This course has recently been updated and is under review. If you are a current student, please refer to the Student Portal for your program schedule.

NETW2100

This course has recently been updated and is under review. If you are a current student, please refer to the Student Portal for your program schedule.

PRGM2000

This course has recently been updated and is under review. If you are a current student, please refer to the Student Portal for your program schedule.

SECR2000

This course has recently been updated and is under review. If you are a current student, please refer to the Student Portal for your program schedule.

Term 4

COMP2100Enterprise Server Administration
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Network Engineering Technology program. Prerequisite: COMP1200.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Managing a heterogeneous network is a complex undertaking. In this course students will learn how to install and manage enterprise collaboration services and provide a secure resilient network.

NETW2300

This course has recently been updated and is under review. If you are a current student, please refer to the Student Portal for your program schedule.

NETW2400

This course has recently been updated and is under review. If you are a current student, please refer to the Student Portal for your program schedule.

PROJ2000

This course has recently been updated and is under review. If you are a current student, please refer to the Student Portal for your program schedule.

SECR2100

This course has recently been updated and is under review. If you are a current student, please refer to the Student Portal for your program schedule.

Tuition

Cost Per Credit: $223
Tuition Cap: $2,085

Tuition for International Students

Cost Per Credit: $702
Tuition Cap: $6,568

Mandatory Fees

NAITSA: $129
U-Pass: $175
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70

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Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)

Level 1 Term 1: $600
Level 1 Term 2: $700
Level 2 Term 1: $300
Level 2 Term 2: $600

Dates & Deadlines

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Application Deadline: Sep 03, 2019

Term Start Date: Sep 03, 2019

Entrance Requirements

  • Grade 12 English (English 30-1 or 30-2)
  • Math 30-1 or Pure Math 30
  • One of: Physics 30 or Chemistry 30 or Science 30
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency

Competitive Entrance Requirements:

70% overall average Note: Competitive entrance requirements are determined by the program area and are subject to change without notice.

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Waitlisting Program is full and qualified applicants are being placed on a waitlist. For information about waitlists, please visit the Waitlist FAQs.

If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
Closed Program is no longer accepting applications.
N/A Not available for this term.


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 Additional information

BTech - Technology Management

Completion of this diploma qualifies as the first 2 years of NAIT's unique 4-year Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management degree.

Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology – Information Systems

Prepare for career opportunities as a senior systems analyst, designer or project leader.

 

 

 

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