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Herzing College Skilled Trades
Network Cabling Technician Training
Learn how to install and maintain structured cable and data networks. Hands-on training in installation, troubleshooting, and network cabling safety. Start your network technician career in just 24 weeks.
What’s Your Role as a Network Cabling Technician?
Network cabling technicians work with low-voltage communication systems. They install structured cable and data networks for residential, commercial, and industrial buildings.
Typical responsibilities for this role include:
- Installing, repairing, and maintaining cable lines for voice, video, and data transmission
- Working with various types and sizes of cables including single line, coaxial and fiber optic
Do You Need to Get Certified?
In Ontario, Network Cabling Specialist is a “voluntary” trade. This means you do not have to complete an apprenticeship and get certified to work in the field.
You can begin your career with a 24-week network cabling training program.
Herzing College Network Cabling Technician Training
Herzing’s Network Cabling Technician training is fast and effective. We cover every aspect of installing, testing, and troubleshooting voice and data cabling systems.
- 24-week program
- Licensed instructors with years of industry experience
- Hands-on training in the Herzing workshop
- Work with industry-standard cabling equipment
- Learn how to set up building cable networks from scratch
- Multiple program start dates throughout the year
- Tools and safety gear are included in your tuition
- Loans, government training grants, and scholarships may be available for students who qualify (our Admissions team will help you apply)
Safety Certifications Included in Network Cabling Technician Training
Employers prefer to hire network cabling technicians who are already trained in job safety. We give students a competitive edge by including the following safety certifications in this program:
- Working at Heights
- Elevating Work Platforms
- Lockout & Tag Safety
- Scaffold Users’ Hazard Awareness
- Confined Spaces Hazard Awareness
There is steady demand for network cabling specialists in Ontario. What’s creating jobs in this field?
- Healthy residential and commercial construction
- Increased demand for internet service and fiber-optic networks
- Growing population that needs additional telecommunication and cable services
Network cabling technicians are employed by:
- Telecommunications carriers
- Construction firms
- Network installation companies
- Data center networks
- Internet providers
- IT firms and electrical product companies
Job Opportunities for Network Cabling Technicians
Graduates of Herzing College’s Network Cabling Technician program are qualified for the following job opportunities:
- Network Cabling Specialist/Technician
- Computer IT Technician
- CATV Technician
- Telecommunication Contractor
- Fiber Optic Technician
Who Hires Our Grads?
Graduates of our Network Cabling Technician training have been hired by several Ontario companies. Recent employers include:
Herzing’s Network Cabling Technician training teaches the fundamentals of voice and data cable installation for a building.
In this program you will learn:
- Basic electrical theory, optical and wireless signal transmission
- Fiber-optic cables, connectors, and systems
- How to prepare and test cable connections
- How to terminate cables and install jacks and wall plates
- Cabling rough-in (how to pull and route cable throughout a building)
- How to use diagnostic tools such as testers, meters, and sensors
- How to finish and trim cables to meet industry specifications
- How to prepare estimates and takeoffs and materials pricelists
- How to conduct site surveys and prepare bid proposals
- Safety standards and practices for network cabling specialists
Click to see detailed course descriptions:
This module discusses the fundamentals of signal generation and transmission. Basic electrical theory is introduced to educate the cable installer on how signals are generated and travel on copper wire. An introduction to optical and wireless signals is also presented. Troubleshooting a wiring problem is much easier if a cable installer understands how the signals are propagated on the media. Problems that negatively affect network performance are also discussed. Finally, this module provides an introduction to electric signals on high-bandwidth networking components
This module explains the basics of fiber-optic cable including how it works, its construction and the type of connectors it uses. This module also shows how fiber-optic technology can provide significant advantages over copper in some implementations. It is important to understand how fiber optic cable operates in order to work around it and install it. At the end of this module students will have a better understanding of many factors of a fiber-optic cable system.
This module is an overview of the tools and devices used in preparing and testing cable connections.Students will learn about tools for stripping, terminating and crimping cables. Diagnostic tools such as testers, meters and sensors are also presented. In addition to tools, there is a section that deals with the safe use of tools and hazardous materials to ensure that cable installers will be protected on the job. Furthermore, tips for maintaining a professional demeanor while on the job site will be given.
The focus of the module is on the first phase of the project, the presales and sales phase. Students will learn how requests for proposals are found, understand more about how estimators determine the costs of a project and determine margins. Students will also learn about how to conduct site surveys and create bid proposals. Tips on conflict is avoidance and information on the conflict resolution process will also be given.
In this module the trim out phase of the installation process is explained. Trimming includes cutting cables to length, terminating cables and installing jacks and wall plates. This module teaches the student how to trim cables to meet industry specifications.
Final practical project which includes all the different practical and lab techniques learned and the use of different industry related materials and tools to complete an assigned installation.
This module covers the history of communication, safety standards and practices. Starting with the first wired network, this module discusses the evolution of cabling to the present day and for the future. In addition, the skills and tasks associated with most positions in the cabling industry are discussed. The remainder of the module focuses on safety in the classroom lab and on the job. Among the topics covered are the organizations responsible for establishing and maintaining safety codes and standards, safety around electricity, lab and workplace safety practice, and personal safety equipment. All installers are expected to follow the practices and guidelines outlined in this module.
This module is designed to aid students in managing their own companies, are contemplating starting their own businesses, or work for a small business. This program will provide basic knowledge in the fields of accounting, marketing, management and customer service.
Rough-in is the step in the cable installation process when cable installers pull the cable from the telecommunications room to the telecommunications outlets throughout a building. Pulls can be both horizontal and vertical with each requiring different tools and techniques, which will be discussed in detail. Procedures for routing cable through firewalls will also be covered. Throughout this module the best methods for installing cabling will be explained so as to prevent damage to the cables.
Students will understand the role of an estimator. They will be introduced to the role of an estimator and learn what basic assistance they will be providing in a junior position; rom calculating various statistical data to researching historical data. Students will be exposed to a full estimating procedure from start to finish. This module will also review necessary mathematical skills for the estimating sector.
In this course students will learn how to calculate various statistical data, quantity takeoffs, material pricelist, labor costs, and equipment. They will learn how junior estimators assist with obtaining scopes of work and pricing from sub-contractors and suppliers. Students learn how to make estimates and take-offs from all sources of material, blueprints, manual drawings and electronic simulations.
I have been in the network cabling business for 20 plus years. Having extensive knowledge of copper and fiber networks has propelled me to the forefront of the industry. I felt it is my obligation to pass on my knowledge to the next generation of cablers. I enjoy passing on what I know and seeing the light show up in my students’ eyes when the world around them comes to life in the way I explain how computer networking IS the present as well as the future.
I look forward to coming to work every day because I know I am helping the students understand their whole world in a new and wonderful light. It is my hope that I can make a positive difference in their lives and spark their creativity in the computer networking field.
What you need to get started.
- Minimum of a Canadian high school grade 12 or equivalent, or a mature student
- Pass an entrance test administered by Herzing College
- Be interviewed in detail regarding interest in the field
- Meet any additional program specific entrance requirements
Tuition and Fees
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Why Choose This Program?
- Affordable 24-week program
- Learn how to install and troubleshoot structured cable and data networks, using industry-standard equipment
- Hands-on training taught by experienced instructors
- Herzing College is a Merit Ontario, CLAC Union-approved training facility
- Eligible grads are admitted to Merit Ontario and CLAC union
- Tools and safety gear are included in your tuition
- Safety certification included in the program
- Herzing’s Career Development team helps you create your resume, apply for jobs, and prepare for interviews
- We connect graduates with available jobs through our industry partners
- We help you apply for government training grants, loans, and scholarships that may lower tuition cost for eligible students
- Small class sizes, fun learning environment, great staff
- Herzing College has a 55+ year track record of respected career training