Network Engineering Technology

Network Engineering Technology with Specializations in:

  • Cisco Routing and Switching
  • Microsoft Systems Administration
  • Cyber Security and Digital Forensics

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 Associtae (MCSA), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Cisco Certified Network Associate-Security (CCNA-Security), Systems Security Certified Practioner (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

Graduates of specific programs at Orange County Technical Colleges and TECO may be eligible to receive college credit for specific courses in this program. You may also be eligible to receive credit toward this degree if you have earned an approved industry certification or Career Pathways credit.  For more information and requirements, go to valenciacollege.edu/asdegrees/transferagreements.cfm to view the award of credit options.  Eligible students should contact the related academic department and/or Career Program Advisor at Valencia for the award of credit.

Technical Certificates

The Network Engineering A.S. degree also offers the following college credit certificate programs.  These certificate programs 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 certificate programs are embedded in the A.S. degree. Click on the Certificate tab at the top of the page for more information about the course requirements.

  • Network Infrastructure (21 credits) (CIP # 0511100114)
  • Network Support (21 credits) (CIP # 0511100121)
  • Network Administration (24 credits) (CIP # 0511100112)
  • Advanced Network Infrastructure (28 credits) (CIP # 0511100115)
  • Advanced Network Administration (29 credits) (CIP # 0511100113)
  • Cyber Security (30 credits) (CIP # 0511100118)
  • Digital Forensics (32 credits) (CIP # 0511100119)

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

Contact Enrollment Services at enrollment@valenciacollege.edu or call 407-582-1507.

Current Students

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 2178CA+ CONCEPTS (HARDWARE)3
CET 2486CLOCAL AREA NETWORK3
HumanitiesSee Gen. Ed. Requirement ~3
COP 1000CINTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMMING CONCEPTS3
MAC 1105COLLEGE ALGEBRA +*~3
POS 2041U.S. GOVERNMENT. ~3
SPC 1608FUNDAMENTALS OF SPEECH ~3
CET 2179CA+ CONCEPTS (SOFTWARE).3
Intermediate Courses
CET 1610CCISCO ROUTER TECHNOLOGY3
CET 2854CWIRELESS NETWORKS *3
CET 2660CLINUX NETWORKING AND SECURITY *3
CET 2830CINFORMATION SECURITY *3
CET 2544CCOMPUTER VIRTUALIZATION TECHNOLOGY *3
CET 2792CINSTALLING AND CONFIGURING WINDOWS SERVER *3
Specialization (See below)15
Total Credit Hours60
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This course must be completed with a grade of C or better.

*

This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

~

This is a general education course.

(GR)

Denotes a Gordon Rule course.

Cisco Routing and Switching 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.
  • Apply mathematical foundations in designing scalable TCP/IP networks.
  • Deploy Cisco networking devices including Routers and Switches in a network infrastructure.
  • Implement routing and switching protocoles and services.
  • Integrate convergences and virtualization technologies into an enterprise network infrastructure.
  • Apply a working knowledge of group dynamics, team building, and time management skills to computer networking projects.
  • Accept professional and ethical responsibilities of the network engineering technology profession.
  • Engage effectively in interpersonal, oral, visual, and written communication.
CET 2615CCISCO ADVANCED ROUTER TECHNOLOGY *3
CET 2620CCISCO PROJECTS IN ROUTING DESIGN AND ADMINISTRATION *3
CET 2675CVOICE OVER IP *3
CET 2794CCONFIGURE ADVANCED WINDOWS SERVER SERVICES *3
Network Engineering Technology Electives 13
Total Credit Hours15
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This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

Microsoft Systems Administration 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.
  • Apply mathematical foundations in designing scalable TCP/IP networks.
  • Set up a Microsoft Windows Enterprise Network.
  • Manage a Micorsoft Windows Enterprise Network.
  • Apply a working knowledge of group dynamics, team building, and time management skills to networking projects.
  • Accept professional and ethical responsibilities of the network engineering technology profession.
  • Engage effectively in interpersonal, oral, visual, and written communication.
CET 2793CADMINISTERING WINDOWS SERVER *3
CET 2794CCONFIGURE ADVANCED WINDOWS SERVER SERVICES *3
CET 2810CMICROSOFT EXCHANGE SERVER *3
CET 2812CMICROSOFT SQL SERVER *3
Network Engineering Technology Electives 13
Total Credit Hours15
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This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

Cyber Security and Digital 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.
  • Apply mathematical foundations in designing scalable TCP/IP networks.
  • Defend an enterprise-level network against cyber threats and attacks.
  • Respond to systems security related incidents.
  • Plan digital forensics investigations.
  • Engage effectively in interpersonal, oral, visual, and written communication.
  • Apply working knowledge of group dynamics, team-building, and time management skills to networking projects.
  • Accept professional and ethical responsibilities of the network engineering technology profession.
CET 2880CDIGITAL FORENSICS I *3
CET 2890CNETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE SECURITY *3
CET 2892CETHICAL HACKING *3
CET 2894CPROJECTS IN CYBER SECURITY: CAPSTONE COURSE *3
Network Engineering Technology Elective 13
Total Credit Hours15
*

This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

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Network Engineering Technology Electives - any course with the CET, CTS, COP, EET or CGS prefix.

COP 2830C Scripting Languages or CET 2942 Internship in Networking are strongly recommended. 

Notes:

All specialized program courses are offered on the West Campus; some specialized courses are offered at other locations.

Several Florida public universities provide opportunities for A.S. degree graduates to pursue a Bachelor’s degree. All of Valencia’s A.S. degrees will transfer into the Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree offered at UCF’s regional campuses, as well as other universities. For more information on UCF’s B.A.S. degree, go to regionalcampuses.ucf.edu/program/applied-science.

For other transfer options that may be available, go to valenciacollege.edu/asdegrees/transferagreements.cfm. Students who want to continue their education should contact their university of choice for acceptance of this degree.

For students who are interested in pursuing UCF’s B.A.S. degree, 36 credit hours of general education courses will be required. Students will also have to fulfill the state’s foreign language requirement, which is two years of the same high school foreign language or two semesters of the same college-level foreign language.

Specialized courses may not be offered every session or on every campus.

Advanced 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); Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA); and Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Server Infrastructure

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 Enterprise Network
  • Manage a Microsoft Windows Enterprise Network
CET 2178CA+ CONCEPTS (HARDWARE)3
CET 2179CA+ CONCEPTS (SOFTWARE).3
CET 2486CLOCAL AREA NETWORK3
CET 2660CLINUX NETWORKING AND SECURITY *3
CET 2792CINSTALLING AND CONFIGURING WINDOWS SERVER *3
CET 2793CADMINISTERING WINDOWS SERVER *3
CET 2794CCONFIGURE ADVANCED WINDOWS SERVER SERVICES *3
CET 2810CMICROSOFT EXCHANGE SERVER *3
CET 2812CMICROSOFT SQL SERVER *3
Electives(CGS 2650 or any CET, CTS, COP, EET Prefix)2
Total Credit Hours29
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This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

Advanced Network Infrastructure

Technical Certificate

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

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
  • Integrate convergence and virtualization technologies into an enterprise network infrastructure
CET 2178CA+ CONCEPTS (HARDWARE)3
CET 2179CA+ CONCEPTS (SOFTWARE).3
CET 2486CLOCAL AREA NETWORK3
CET 2660CLINUX NETWORKING AND SECURITY *3
CET 2544CCOMPUTER VIRTUALIZATION TECHNOLOGY *3
CET 1610CCISCO ROUTER TECHNOLOGY *3
CET 2615CCISCO ADVANCED ROUTER TECHNOLOGY *3
CET 2620CCISCO PROJECTS IN ROUTING DESIGN AND ADMINISTRATION *3
CET 2675CVOICE OVER IP *3
Electives(CGS 2650 or any CET, CTS, COP, EET Prefix)1
Total Credit Hours28
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This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

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 2178CA+ CONCEPTS (HARDWARE)3
CET 2179CA+ CONCEPTS (SOFTWARE).3
CET 2486CLOCAL AREA NETWORK3
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: CAPSTONE COURSE *3
Total Credit Hours30
*

This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

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 2178CA+ CONCEPTS (HARDWARE)3
CET 2179CA+ CONCEPTS (SOFTWARE).3
CET 2486CLOCAL AREA NETWORK3
CET 2660CLINUX NETWORKING AND SECURITY *3
CET 2792CINSTALLING AND CONFIGURING WINDOWS SERVER *3
CET 2544CCOMPUTER VIRTUALIZATION TECHNOLOGY *3
CET 2830CINFORMATION SECURITY *3
CET 2892CETHICAL HACKING *3
CET 2880CDIGITAL FORENSICS I *3
CET 2881CDIGITAL FORENSICES II *3
Electives(CGS 2650 or any CET, CTS, COP, EET Prefix)2
Total Credit Hours32
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This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

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 2178CA+ CONCEPTS (HARDWARE)3
CET 2179CA+ CONCEPTS (SOFTWARE).3
CET 2486CLOCAL AREA NETWORK3
CET 2660CLINUX NETWORKING AND SECURITY *3
CET 2792CINSTALLING AND CONFIGURING WINDOWS SERVER *3
CET 2793CADMINISTERING WINDOWS SERVER *3
CET 2794CCONFIGURE ADVANCED WINDOWS SERVER SERVICES *3
Electives(CGS 2650 or any CET, CTS, COP, EET Prefix)3
Total Credit Hours24
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This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

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 2178CA+ CONCEPTS (HARDWARE)3
CET 2179CA+ CONCEPTS (SOFTWARE).3
CET 2486CLOCAL AREA NETWORK3
CET 2660CLINUX NETWORKING AND SECURITY *3
CET 1610CCISCO ROUTER TECHNOLOGY *3
CET 2615CCISCO ADVANCED ROUTER TECHNOLOGY *3
CET 2620CCISCO PROJECTS IN ROUTING DESIGN AND ADMINISTRATION *3
Total Credit Hours21
*

This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

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 2178CA+ CONCEPTS (HARDWARE)3
CET 2179CA+ CONCEPTS (SOFTWARE).3
COP 1000CINTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMMING CONCEPTS3
CET 2486CLOCAL AREA NETWORK3
CET 2660CLINUX NETWORKING AND SECURITY *3
CET 2792CINSTALLING AND CONFIGURING WINDOWS SERVER *3
CET 2830CINFORMATION SECURITY *3
Total Credit Hours21
*

This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.