Microcomputer and Networking Systems Technology (LEA.3V)
Learn how to install, maintain, optimize, and protect computer networks. Prepare for essential certifications, including CompTIA and CCNA. Get real work experience with a 12-week internship. Start your career in just 15.5 months
Studying Computer Networks and Technical Support
This is an excellent time to start a career in microcomputer and networking systems technology.
Demand is high for Network Administrators and Network Technicians across Quebec and throughout Canada.
Organizations of all kinds rely on computer networks for daily operations. As this technology grows more complex, companies need skilled networking professionals to service, optimize, and protect these assets.
Interested in computer technology and have a talent for problem-solving?
Looking for a quick IT training program that leads straight to employment?
Get started with Herzing’s 15.5-month Microcomputer and Networking Systems Technology program.
Microcomputer and Networking Systems Technology Program
This intensive program fully prepares students for entry-level jobs in network administration and technical support. We deliver the practical networking skills and real work experience you need to get hired.
- 15.5-month accelerated diploma program
- 25 class hours per week
- Intensive 12-week internship
- Multiple program start-dates throughout the year
- Financial assistance may be available to those who qualify
- Career support to help you find your first networking job
- 100% graduate employment rate in 2019 (based on most recent available data)
What Computer Networking Skills Will You Learn?
The Microcomputer & Networking Systems Technology program provides a very strong foundation in network installation, optimization, and troubleshooting skills.
You will learn how to:
- Build a microcomputer from parts, install operating systems and utilities, and troubleshoot problems
- Install and troubleshoot peripheral devices (disk drives, memory, printers, network cards, scanners, etc.)
- Install Windows server 2016/2019
- Implement network connections, optimize system performance, manage security
- Install, configure, and manage Microsoft Windows 10 networks
- Connect, configure, and troubleshoot Cisco routers and switches
- Resolve hardware and software problems, network performance and security issues
- Assemble a functional network using desktop virtualization, network servers, and clients
This program includes preparation for the following certification exams:
- CompTIA A+
- CompTIA Cloud Essentials
- CompTIA Linux+
Becoming a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
Herzing’s Computer Networking program includes preparation for the CCNA certification exam.
Note: Taking the exam is optional and not required to graduate from the program.
However, becoming a CCNA can open up more and better paid jobs in network administration. Certification proves your skills and knowledge in the following areas:
- Network fundamentals
- Network access
- IP connectivity
- IP services
- Security fundamentals
- Automation and programmability
Important: Cisco recommends you gain at least 12 months of real networking experience before challenging the exam. That’s why Herzing’s program is design to get you hired immediately after graduation, so you can earn that experience and progress toward certification.
“We teach students strong foundations and practical skills, and those who are motivated to go the extra mile may challenge certification exams. Upon completion of the program, students are well prepared to start a career in the field with or without certifications.” (Karnig Kazandjian, M.Sc., Networking Department Head)
Find out what to expect in class: Computer Networking Training: Meet the Instructor & Tour the Program
There is good demand and steady employment growth for computer networking professionals across Canada. Successful graduates will find career opportunities at:
- Computer networking services/support companies
- Private enterprises
- Healthcare organization
- Educational institutions
- Government agencies
Typical job titles in this field:
- Technical Support Specialist
- Network Specialist
- Network Technician
- Network Operations Analyst
- Network Administrator
Who Hires Herzing Graduates?
Our Microcomputer & Networking Systems Technology graduates have been hired by:
- Group Access
- DMS Consulting
- Michael Kors
- JP Metal
- Jesta I.S.
Study topics for the Computer Networking program include technical support, Linux operating systems, network operating systems, managing an enterprise network, Microsoft based systems, and cloud environments.
Click to see detailed course descriptions:
This course introduces basic microcomputer hardware and software applications. An overview of microcomputer hardware is presented for the purpose of using a computer effectively. Students also obtain a firm foundation in the Microsoft Windows 8 desktop operating system. Topics include navigation, file management, printing, configuring and customizing Windows. In the second part of this course, students are exposed to office productivity software. Topics include word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and databases using the Microsoft Office suite.
This course introduces students to the operation of microcomputer systems. Topics include the microprocessor, memory organization, bus structures, chipsets, BIOS, input/output devices, power supplies, troubleshooting hardware and software problems. Students will assemble a microcomputer from parts, install various operating systems and utilities, run tests and troubleshoot problems.
In this course students learn to install, configure and troubleshoot problems with peripheral devices. Topics include disk drives, CD-ROM drives, SCSI devices, sound cards, memory, printers, scanners, network cards, video cards. Students will install a fully functional microcomputer system and use Microsoft Windows device manager to diagnose and troubleshoot system faults.
This course introduces the students to the concepts of electronic, digital and solid state devices as these relate to the computer field. Students are exposed to the theory of operation of network components, network topologies, network cards, connection media, bridges, routers, gateways, networking standards, protocols, access methods, modems, ISDN and T1 lines. The OSI model for a Network will be cover too.
This course corresponds in part to CompTia Network+ exam. Students learn the difference between client/server and peer-to-peer networks; implement and support the major networking components, including the server, operating system and clients. Students will learn PC-to-PC communications through USB ports, modems and the Internet. Students will also install, configure and manage Microsoft Windows 8 networks.
The course focuses on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. Participants will cover the following topics: plan and perform an installation of Windows 8; configure desktop settings for computers running Windows 8; configure security settings for Microsoft Internet Explorer; configure computers to run Windows 8 in a Windows networking environment.
The second part of the course provides instruction in Windows Server 2012. Topics include installing Windows® 2012; implementing and conducting administration of resources; implementing, managing, and troubleshooting hardware devicesand drivers; monitoring and optimizing performance and reliability; configuring and troubleshooting the desktop environment; implementing, managing, and troubleshooting network protocols; managing, monitoring, and optimizing system performance, reliability, and availability; managing, configuring, and troubleshooting storage use; configuring and troubleshooting Windows Server 2012 network connections; and implementing, monitoring, and troubleshooting security.
This is a preparation course for exam 70-410 Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012.
The focus of this course is to give students a thorough understanding of computer mathematics as it relates to operations on binary and hexadecimal numbers, and logic functions. In addition the course covers the concepts to implement, manage, and maintain a Microsoft Windows Server™ 2012 network infrastructure. This includes implementing VPN and routing; implementing, managing, and maintaining Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) and Domain Name System (DNS); configuring IP security; implementing a network access infrastructure by configuring the connections for remote access clients; managing and monitoring network access; configuring and managing Active Directory; configuring and managing Group Policy.
This is a preparation course for exam 70-411 Administering Windows Server 2012.
This course focuses on the architecture and the characteristics of Internet Information Server IIS on Windows Server 2012 systems. Subjects to be studied are: TCP/IP protocol, server installation, server configuration and server administration, performance optimization and security control, as well as FTP connections.
In this course students will learn knowledge and skills necessary to select, connect, configure, and troubleshoot the various Cisco networking devices. The exam covers topics on router and switch configuration commands, routing protocols, determining IP Routes, managing IP traffic, establishing Point-to-Point connections and Frame Relay Connections.
This course will cover material to help students prepare for the Cisco CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician) exam.
This course provides students with the knowledge and skills that are needed to update and support a reliable, secure messaging infrastructure. This infrastructure is used for creating, storing, and sharing information by using Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 in a medium-sized to large-sized (250 to 5,000 seats) messaging environment.
This course will cover material to help students prepare for part of Core Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 exam (70-341).
This is a course on the installation and use of LINUX operating system. Students should acquire a basic knowledge of the LINUX operating system, using the GUI, LINUX commands and utilities, create files using an editor and work with directories and permissions, manage applications, create and manage users and groups, manage and configure storage, create scripts. At the same time the student will learn troubleshooting techniques to resolve hardware, software and network problems.
This course will cover material to help students prepare for the CompTia Linux+ Powered by LPI Exam LX0-101.
This is a course on the installation and configuration of LINUX Server operating system (CentOS). Topics include Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), Domain Name Service (DNS), sharing resources with the Samba protocol, network printing services, and TCP/IP services such as telnet, ssh and FTP. Students will learn and practice network configuration and troubleshooting techniques, client / server relationship, log files, protocols and port numbers, and network security issues. Connectivity of Linux with Microsoft Windows will also be covered.
This course will cover material to help students prepare for the CompTia Linux+ Powered by LPI Exam LX0-102.
This course relates to advanced networking topics as well as virtualization and cloud computing. Students will learn and practice Apache server, internet proxy, rsync utility and cron jobs based on the Linux operating system. Coverage of cloud computing includes the following topics: Fundamental Cloud Computing terminology and concepts; Horizontal and vertical scaling; Specific characteristics that define a Cloud; On-Premise services vs. Cloud services; Understanding elasticity, resiliency, On-demand and measured usage; Benefits, Challenges and Risks of Contemporary Cloud Computing Platforms and Cloud Services.
This course provides additional training in enterprise level networking. Students will learn to install and configure electronic mail services, iptables firewall, advanced storage techniques and advanced security features using the Linux operating system. Contemporary cloud computing topics will also be covered in order to provide the students with a firm knowledge of cloud service architecture, cloud security threats and technologies, virtualization and data processing. Cloud computing models and modern cloud platforms (IaaS, PaaS and SaaS) will be analyzed and explained.
This course will cover material to help students prepare for the CompTia Cloud Essentials Exam CLO-001.
In this project students will put together a functional network using desktop virtualization, network servers and clients from a set of specifications. The project consists of core requirements and advanced options to choose from, and provides the students with an excellent opportunity to put their knowledge into practice while improving their technical and troubleshooting skills. Students will be required to submit a report of their work.
After completing the program students will apply the knowledge and skills acquired in school during their internship. Internships are 12 weeks in duration and take place within the industry. Students will reinforce computer and networking concepts learned in school; learn new technologies, learn time management, build a professional and positive attitude, learn to work independently as well as in a team and build rapport with colleagues and customers. Students will be expected to document their work and submit it for evaluation.
Daniel Dubreuil has been teaching at the college since 1999. His list of courses includes; the AEC courses in computer networking, DEP in computer support, the DEP in accounting and the course Business administration.
He began his teaching career in 1982 at CEGEP. As a teacher, he was responsible for the sales and financial mathematics courses. He has 30 years of experience in sales and marketing.
His passion for the IT field began with his first computer in 1985. He discovered the advantages of using this new technology with the field of sales and marketing.
After 38 years of career, he is still as passionate about teaching as he was when he started out. The contact he maintains with his students serves as a guide for improving and updating his classes for new cohorts.
I have been teaching at the Microcomputers & Networking department of Herzing College Montreal since 1989. The subjects that I teach include Microsoft Windows servers & clients, Linux (CentOS), cloud computing, web services, electronic mail, Cisco routers and microcomputer hardware. This industry is about constant change, an exciting and challenging environment in which one has to continuously learn new skills to stay up to date with technology.
I like working with students eager to learn new skills, helping them overcome their weaknesses, supporting them and motivating them in their learning process. It is very rewarding for me to hear from former students who successfully start a career in networking and within a few years get promoted to leading positions in their companies. As for my education and technical background, I hold a M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering, and over the years I have upgraded my computer skills by attending short courses and seminars, and through self-study.
Would you like to know more about me? Soccer is my favorite sport. I get excited about soccer every four years with the World Cup, and every single day in between World Cups as well… I also enjoy outdoor activities, such as hiking, and I am particularly interested in healthy living and nutrition.
Masters of Technology in Electronics and Communication ACE diploma in Micro-computers and Networking
Why I like Teaching:
Having a family-friendly work schedule, the variety of people who I come in contact with, facing different issues and daily research requirements to solve problems with new methods. All of these combined make teaching an interesting profession
Travelling, cooking, gardening
It’s been almost 2 years since I started my job at Herzing College, as Assistant of Networking. I learned a lot of new things and was able to challenge myself to perform better with each passing month. I am now the Microcomputer and Networking Instructor. I am always willing to share my knowledge and experience.
I have obtained a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and immediately started working in the networking field since 2009 as an IT technician. I worked for three year’s as a network administrator back in my country. I resumed my studies in Canada where I received a diploma in microcomputer and networking systems from Herzing College. Shortly, after my graduation, I started working as a teacher and have been teaching since 2018.
My passion for teaching can be traced back to my IT job, as I can explain deeply about IT technologies according to my experience in the field, and I am always looking forward to sharing my knowledge and experience.
What you need to get started.
- Quebec issued high school diploma or equivalent
- Minimum of two consecutive terms OR One school year interruption from full-time studies OR Minimum of one year post-secondary education
- Pass a general admissions entrance test
- Meet any additional program specific entrance requirements
SAMPLE AVERAGE SALARY RANGE:
$52,700 to $63,900
15.5 Months (25 hours/week)
Includes 12 week internship
2019 Program Employment Rate
100% of available Herzing College Montreal program graduates were employed in a related field.
2019 Overall Technology Student Employment Rate
96% of available Herzing College Montreal technology graduates were employed in a related field.
2019 Overall Graduate Employment Rate
98% of available Herzing College Montreal graduates were employed in a related field.
*statistics based on most recent available
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Why Choose this Program?
The Computer Networking program at Herzing College Montreal is fast and highly effective. This program teaches the practical networking skills employers want, plus preparation for certification exams. Here’s why Herzing should be your first choice:
- Accelerated program that prepares you for work in just 15.5 months
- Learn from expert instructors with years of professional IT experience
- Study in small classes where every student gets step-by-step support
- Get a 12-week internship to kick-start your career
- Enjoy the Herzing Open Education Program (HOEP), which lets you take additional courses after you graduate, tuition-free!
- We have an amazing Career Development team, who helps create your resume, prepare for interviews, and apply for computer networking jobs
- Herzing has a 55-year track record of superior computer technology training
- Our grads get hired! In 2019, 100% of Herzing’s available computer networking graduates were employed in a related field (statistic based on most recent available)