Computer network technicians establish, operate, maintain and co-ordinate the use of local and wide area networks (LANs and WANs), mainframe networks, hardware, software and related computer equipment. They set up and maintain Internet and intranet Web sites and Web-server hardware and software, and monitor and optimize network connectivity and performance. They are employed in information technology units throughout the private and public sectors. Supervisors of computer network technicians are included in this unit group.
- Provides network administration and support for all users;
- Establishes network specifications and capacities through discussions with end-users;
- Analyzes workflow, access rights, and security requirements;
- Establishes the computer network by planning and executing the selection, installation, configuration, and testing of equipment;
- Defines network policies and procedures;
- Establishes connections and firewalls;
- Maintains network performance by monitoring and tuning performance;
- Secures network by developing monitoring and evaluating access to the systems;
- Designs and conducts training programs for users;
- Upgrades network by developing, testing, evaluating, and installing additional equipment or system software enhancements.
Three-year college program in computer engineering technology