Network Engineering Technology

Network Engineering Technology with Specializations in:

  • Cloud Infrastructure Security
  • Cyber Forensics
  • Cyber Security

Associate in Science Degree (CIP# 1511100112)

This program is designed to prepare students for careers in network engineering technology and IP Communications. Graduates will be qualified for technological roles in network design, network infrastructure, network installation, network security and maintenance, inter-network communication and connectivity, network monitoring and administration, and digital forensics and incident response. This hands-on program includes several courses that are essential in preparing individuals for achieving the requirements to take the examinations of various certifications including: A+, Network+, Security +,  Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Cisco Certified Network Associate-Voice (CCNA-V), Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP), Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Cisco Certified Network Associate-Security (CCNA-Security), Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP), Certified Hacking Forensic Investigator (HFI) and AccessDate Certified Examiner (ACE).

Students are strongly encouraged to consult a career program advisor in the department office for assistance in determining the best education plan for their career goals.

Although scheduling may not always provide for the following progression of courses, students should use the foundation, intermediate and advanced course sequence as a guide in program planning.

All degree-seeking students must satisfy entry testing requirements and satisfactorily complete all mandatory courses in reading, student success, mathematics, English, and English for Academic Purposes in which the student is placed.

Alternative Ways to Earn Credit toward this Degree

Graduates of specific programs at Orange Technical College and Osceola Technical College, as well as other institutions may be eligible to receive college credit for courses in this program. You may also be eligible to receive credit toward this degree if you have earned one of the approved Gold Standard industry certifications or Career Pathways credit. To learn more about Valencia’s award of credit options, visit valenciacollege.edu/asdegrees/credit_octc.cfm. Eligible students should contact the Career Program Advisor in their academic department for more information about the requirements for the award of credit.

College Credit Technical Certificates

The Network Engineering A.S. degree also offers the following college credit certificate programs.  These certificates can put you on the fast-track to reaching your career goals. They are designed to equip you with a specialized skill set for entry-level employment or to upgrade your skills for job advancement. Most can be completed in one year or less, and all of the courses in the certificates are embedded in the A.S. degree. You can earn the certificates as you progress through your A.S. Degree or as a separate, stand-alone credential. Click on the Certificate tab at the top of the page for more information about the certificates that are offered.

  • Cloud Computing Architecture (24 credits) (CIP # 0511100116)
  • Cyber Security (30 credits) (CIP # 0511100118)
  • Digital Forensics (32 credits) (CIP # 0511100119)
  • Linux Enterprise Server Administration (24 credits) (CIP # 0511100117)
  • Network Infrastructure (21 credits) (CIP # 0511100114)
  • Network Support (21 credits) (CIP # 0511100121)
  • Network Administration (24 credits) (CIP # 0511100112)

Start Right

Degree-seeking students enrolling at Valencia for the first time will have a limited range of courses from which to choose for their first 18 college-level credits. Within the first 18 college credit hours, you will be required to take ENC1101 (3 credits), and if applicable, SLS 1122 (3 credits) and a mathematics course appropriate to your selected meta-major (3 credits).  The remaining courses will be chosen from the General Education Core Courses in humanities (3 credits), science (3 credits), or social science (3 credits), and/or the introductory courses within the A.S. degree programs. For specific courses see the Foundation Courses on the “Program Requirements” tab. For course sequencing recommendations, see your Career Program Advisor or create an education plan by logging into Atlas, clicking on the LifeMap tab and clicking My Education Plan.

Potential Careers

  • Network and Computer Systems Administrator
  • WAN/LAN Manager
  • Network Systems Analyst
  • Network Technician
  • Computer Network Support Specialist
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Computer Security Specialist
  • Data Center Support Specialist

Salary & Earnings Information

For salary and wage information, visit:  www.floridawages.com.

Contacts

Future Students

To learn more about this program, contact Enrollment Services at enrollment@valenciacollege.edu or 407-582-1507 or visit valenciacollege.edu/network-engineering-technology/.

Current Students

Contact the Career Program Advisor below for more information.

West Campus
Wael Yousif, Program Chair: 407-582-1064
wyousif@valenciacollege.edu

Jon Sowell, Career Program Advisor, West Campus: 407-582-1973
jsowell@valenciacollege.edu

East Campus
Launa Sickler, Career Program Advisor: 407-582-2504
lsickler@valenciacollege.edu

Osceola Campus
Roxana Boulos, Career Program Advisor: 407-582-4231
rboulos1@valenciacollege.edu

Internship and Workforce Services

If you need assistance with job resources or in locating an internship, please visit: valenciacollege.edu/internship.

Program Requirements

Foundation Courses
ENC 1101FRESHMAN COMPOSITION I +*~3
CET 2178CCOMPUTER HARDWARE3
CET 2486CLOCAL AREA NETWORKS3
CNT 2417CIDENTITY SECURITY3
SLS 1122New Student Experience *3
HumanitiesSee Gen. Ed. Core or Institutional Requirement ~3
COP 1000CINTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMMING CONCEPTS3
MAC 1105College Algebra +*~3
POS 2041U.S. Government ~3
Intermediate Courses
CET 1610CCISCO ROUTER TECHNOLOGY *3
CET 2660CLINUX NETWORKING AND SECURITY *3
CET 2830CINFORMATION SECURITY *3
CET 2544CCOMPUTER VIRTUALIZATION TECHNOLOGY *3
CET 2792CINSTALLING AND CONFIGURING WINDOWS SERVER *3
CET 2793CADMINISTERING WINDOWS SERVER *3
CTS 2322CRED HAT ENTERPRISE LINUX *2
CET 2942INTERNSHIP IN NETWORKING1
or CGS 2650 Social Networking Job Search
Specialization (See below)12
Total Credit Hours60

Cloud Infrastructure Security Specialization

Program Outcomes

  • Carry out procedures for installing, upgrading, securing, and optimizing operating systems and computer network equipment.
  • Identify the causes of networking problems, using diagnostic testing software and equipment.
  • Implement infrastructures for secured cloud computing services.
  • Engage effectively in interpersonal, oral, visual, and written communication.
CET 2615CROUTING & SWITCHING IN THE ENTERPRISE *3
CET 2620CWAN ARCHITECTURE & PERIMETER SECURITY *3
CET 2890CNETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE SECURITY *3
CNT 2426CCLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE SECURITY *3
Total Credit Hours12

Cyber Forensics Specialization

Program Outcomes

  • Carry out procedures for installing, upgrading, securing, and optimizing operating systems and computer network equipment.
  • Identify the causes of networking problems, using diagnostic testing software and equipment.
  • Conduct Cyber Forensics Investigations.
  • Engage effectively in interpersonal, oral, visual, and written communication.
CET 2880CDIGITAL FORENSICS I *3
CNT 2414CCYBERCRIME INVESTIGATION3
CET 2881CDIGITAL FORENSICS II *3
CNT 2413CNETWORK FORENSICS & INCIDENT RESPONSE3
Total Credit Hours12

Cyber Security Specialization

Program Outcomes

  • Carry out procedures for installing, upgrading, securing, and optimizing operating systems and computer network equipment.
  • Identify the causes of networking problems, using diagnostic testing software and equipment.
  • Defend an enterprise-level network against cyber threats and attacks.
  • Engage effectively in interpersonal, oral, visual, and written communication.
CET 2880CDIGITAL FORENSICS I *3
CET 2890CNETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE SECURITY *3
CET 2892CETHICAL HACKING *3
CET 2894CPROJECTS IN CYBER SECURITY: CAPSTONE COURSE *3
Total Credit Hours12

Notes:

All specialized program courses are offered on the West Campus and may not be offered every session; some specialized courses are offered at other locations.

Upon earning the Network Engineering A.S. degree, you can continue at Valencia to complete the B.A.S. degree in Business & Organizational Leadership.  Additional education at the bachelor’s level can enhance your skills and create more career opportunities. Students who wish to continue their education should consult with their Career Program Advisor to discuss transfer options and requirements, and determine the best education plan for their career goals.

Students wishing to transfer credits from this program to another institution must accept responsibility for securing approval from the transfer institution for acceptance of this degree.

Cloud Computing Architecture

Technical Certificate

This technical certificate program prepares the student for employment as Cloud Computing Engineer, Cloud Systems Architect, Cloud Solutions Architect, and Cloud Infrastructure Architect. 

Program Outcomes

  • Carry out procedures for installing, upgrading, securing, and optimizing operating systems and computer network equipment
  • Identify the causes of networking problems, using diagnostic testing software and equipment
  • Implement infrastructures for cloud computing services
COP 1000CINTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMMING CONCEPTS3
CET 2486CLOCAL AREA NETWORKS3
CET 2178CCOMPUTER HARDWARE3
CET 2792CINSTALLING AND CONFIGURING WINDOWS SERVER *3
CET 2660CLINUX NETWORKING AND SECURITY *3
CET 1610CCISCO ROUTER TECHNOLOGY *3
CET 2544CCOMPUTER VIRTUALIZATION TECHNOLOGY *3
CNT 2426CCLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE SECURITY *3
Total Credit Hours24

Cybersecurity

Technical Certificate

This technical certificate program prepares the students for employment as Information Security Managers; Network Security Professionals; Security Penetration Testing Professionals; and Systems Security Practitioners. The content includes, but is not limited to, the selection and deployment of various network security appliances such as firewalls, proxy servers, intrusion detection systems, intrusion prevention systems, and adaptive security appliances. Additionally, the content includes the selection and deployment of various propriety and/or open-source network penetration testing tools.

Program Outcomes

  • Carry out procedures for installing, upgrading, securing, and optimizing operating systems and computer network equipment
  • Identify the causes of networking problems, using diagnostic testing software and equipment
  • Audit organizational preparedness capabilities in responding to cyber attacks.
  • Defend an enterprise network against Cyber threats and attacks
CET 2178CCOMPUTER HARDWARE3
CET 2486CLOCAL AREA NETWORKS3
CNT 2417CIDENTITY SECURITY3
CET 2660CLINUX NETWORKING AND SECURITY *3
CET 2792CINSTALLING AND CONFIGURING WINDOWS SERVER *3
CET 1610CCisco Router Technology *3
CET 2830CINFORMATION SECURITY *3
CET 2890CNETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE SECURITY *3
CET 2892CETHICAL HACKING *3
CET 2894CProjects in Cyber Security *3
Total Credit Hours30

Digital Forensics

Technical Certificate

This technical certificate program prepares the students for employment as Digital Forensics Examiner. The program focuses on the process of detecting hacking attacks, extracting evidence to report the crime, and conducting audits to prevent future attacks. The program allows for the application of computers and mobile devices investigation and analysis techniques in the interests of determining potential legal evidence that might be sought in a wide range of computer crime or misuse, including but not limited to theft of trade secrets, theft of or destruction of intellectual property, and fraud

Program Outcomes

  • Carry out procedures for installing, upgrading, securing, and optimizing operating systems and computer network equipment
  • Identify the causes of networking problems, using diagnostic testing software and equipment
  • Respond to systems security related incidents
  • Plan digital forensics investigations
CET 2178CCOMPUTER HARDWARE3
CET 2486CLOCAL AREA NETWORKS3
CNT 2417CIDENTITY SECURITY3
CET 2660CLINUX NETWORKING AND SECURITY *3
CET 2792CINSTALLING AND CONFIGURING WINDOWS SERVER *3
CET 2544CCOMPUTER VIRTUALIZATION TECHNOLOGY *3
CET 2830CINFORMATION SECURITY *3
CET 2880CDigital Forensics I *3
CNT 2413CNETWORK FORENSICS & INCIDENT RESPONSE3
CET 2881CDIGITAL FORENSICS II *3
Restricted Electives: (CTS 2322C, CNT 2414C, CET 2942C, CGS 2650) )2
Total Credit Hours32

Linux Enterprise Server Administration

Technical Certificate

This technical certificate program prepares students for employment as Linux Administrator, Red Hat Linux Engineer, Core Server Engineer, and Read Hat Linux System Administrator.

Learning Outcomes

  • Carry out procedures for installing, upgrading, securing, and optimizing operating systems and computer network equipment
  • Identify the causes of networking problems, using diagnostic testing software and equipment
  • Manage Linux enterprise servers
COP 1000CINTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMMING CONCEPTS3
CET 2486CLOCAL AREA NETWORKS3
CET 2178CCOMPUTER HARDWARE3
CET 2792CINSTALLING AND CONFIGURING WINDOWS SERVER *3
CET 2830CINFORMATION SECURITY *3
CET 2544CCOMPUTER VIRTUALIZATION TECHNOLOGY *3
CET 2660CLINUX NETWORKING AND SECURITY *3
CTS 2322CRED HAT ENTERPRISE LINUX *2
Restricted Electives: (CET 2942C, CGS 2650, or any CET, CNT prefix courses)1
Total Credit Hours24

Network Administration

Technical Certificate

This technical certificate program prepares the student for employment as Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP); Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Server Administrator; Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS); and Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)

Program Outcomes

  • Carry out procedures for installing, upgrading, securing, and optimizing operating systems and computer network equipment
  • Identify the causes of networking problems, using diagnostic testing software and equipment
  • Setup a Microsoft Windows Network
  • Manage a Microsoft Windows Network
CET 2178CCOMPUTER HARDWARE3
CET 2486CLOCAL AREA NETWORKS3
COP 1000CINTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMMING CONCEPTS3
CNT 2417CIDENTITY SECURITY3
CET 2544CCOMPUTER VIRTUALIZATION TECHNOLOGY3
CET 2660CLINUX NETWORKING AND SECURITY *3
CET 2792CINSTALLING AND CONFIGURING WINDOWS SERVER *3
CET 2793CAdministering Windows Server *3
Total Credit Hours24

Network Infrastructure

Technical Certificate

This technical certificate program prepares the student for employment as Cisco Certified Entry-Level Network Technician – Routing and Switching; and Cisco Certified Network Associate – Routing and Switching

Program Outcomes

  • Carry out procedures for installing, upgrading, securing, and optimizing operating systems and computer network equipment
  • Identify the causes of networking problems, using diagnostic testing software and equipment
  • Deploy Cisco networking devices including Routers and Switches in a network infrastructure
  • Implement routing and switching protocols and services
CET 2178CCOMPUTER HARDWARE3
COP 1000CINTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMMING CONCEPTS3
CET 2486CLOCAL AREA NETWORKS3
CET 2660CLINUX NETWORKING AND SECURITY *3
CET 1610CCisco Router Technology *3
CET 2615CROUTING & SWITCHING IN THE ENTERPRISE *3
CET 2620CWAN ARCHITECTURE & PERIMETER SECURITY *3
Total Credit Hours21

Network Support

Technical Certificate

This technical certificate program prepares the student for employment as PC Technician; Computer Support Specialist, and Network Support Technician

Program Outcomes

  • Carry out procedures for installing, upgrading, securing, and optimizing operating systems and computer network equipment
  • Identify the causes of networking problems, using diagnostic testing software and equipment
Foundation Courses
CET 2178CCOMPUTER HARDWARE3
COP 1000CINTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMMING CONCEPTS3
CET 2486CLOCAL AREA NETWORKS3
CNT 2417CIDENTITY SECURITY3
CET 2660CLINUX NETWORKING AND SECURITY *3
CET 2792CINSTALLING AND CONFIGURING WINDOWS SERVER *3
CET 2830CINFORMATION SECURITY *3
Total Credit Hours21