The Network Administrator program provides students with the necessary skill and knowledge to plan, install, and provide routine control over and manage exceptional situations in relation to quality communications network services in an information system. It provides in-depth knowledge of evaluating communications hardware, software, and transmission service alternatives against changing business requirements, maintaining links with network suppliers, monitoring network performance, providing support for systems, localizing and rectifying faults in networks and handling non-routine user/customer problems, and providing expertise and practical assistance in delivering service that complies with statutory and other standards, as well as strategic and tactical plans.
Recent studies indicate that strong growth in IT jobs, especially for skilled Computer and Network Operators, are expected over the next few years. Careers that correspond with the skills learned in this program include:
- Hardware Installation Coordinator
- Network Administrator
- Network Support Technician
- Network Operator
- Local Area Network (LAN) Administrator
- Local Area Network (LAN) Technician
Duties and Responsibilities
Network Administrators provide day-to-day onsite administrative support for software users in a variety of work environments, including professional offices, small businesses, government, and corporations. Their duties may include:
- Maintaining, troubleshooting, and administering the use of local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), hardware, software, and related computer equipment.
- Monitoring and implementing network
- Designing and configuring networks and recommending purchases of application servers, peripherals, and
- Evaluating and installing computer hardware, networking software, and operating system
- Providing problem-solving services to network
- Performing data backups and disaster recovery operations.