Technical Support Pathway
What is a Network Technician?
In a world dependent on communication via computer networks, Network Technicians play a vital role. They install, maintain,and troubleshoot Local Area Networks (LANs), Wide Area Networks (WANs) and data communication equipment. The Network Technician’s job also includes testing and configuring operating systems, repairing hardware, performing preventive maintenance and applying security measures to ensure that customer needs are met. As communication and collaboration across networks continues to grow, companies rely on network technicians to support the critical business applications that keep their organizations running effectively.
The Network Technician Role is a program in the Technical Support Pathway.
Alternate Job Titles: Operations Center Technician, Network Communications Technician, Computer Technician, IT Infrastructure Technician
There are 3 courses, business skills workshops, 5 certifications and 1 project in the program, totaling 196 hours of courses, labs and workshops.
The course focuses on the basics of computer hardware, software, mobile computing, networking, troubleshooting, and emerging technologies.Course Details
- Operating systems
- Anti-malware software
- Productivity software
- Browser software
- Backup software
- Wireless router/switch
- Printers. Antivirus software
- Virtualization software
- Software drivers
- Access points
- Surge suppressor
- Windows Server Virtualization
- Windows System Center
- Cisco Routers
- Cisco Switches
- External storage
- Mobile devices
- CompTIA IT Fundamentals
- CompTIA A+
- Microsoft Technical Associate:
(Windows Server Administration Fundamentals)
- Cisco Certified Entry Level Technician (CCENT)
- Cisco Certified Technician
Certification exams are delivered by third party certification providers and must be successfully completed based on the requirements of the providers.
Harrisburg University of Science & Technology awards college credits on successful completion of the various courses in the program. Students have the potential to earn up to 8 college credits in the Network Technician Program.
CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION
Students who pass all the courses and pass at least 50% of the certification exams receive a Certificate of Completion from Harrisburg University of Science & Technology and NuPaths that represents successful completion of the Network Technician program.
Tuition for the Network Technician program is $7,000 per student.
The tuition includes the cost of education, the learning materials needed by the student, 100% of the fee for the first attempt of a certification exam, and, if required, 50% of the fee for the second attempt of a certification exam.
You may be eligible for funding through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) or other state and federal government resources.
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NuPaths works with you throughout the program and beyond to pursue employment opportunities. Paid internships provide an opportunity to work while completing a NuPaths program or to transition into a full-time job role. Paid apprenticeships are available through our apprenticeship partner, TranZed Apprenticeship Services.
Students who successfully complete the program will also be referred to staffing agencies, CareerLinks, and local employers for job opportunities. Learn how you can achieve NuResults by enrolling in the Network Technician program.
Learn about Network Technician job roles, job demand, and pay ranges, on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.
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