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The Network & Telecommunications Engineering Technologist designs, implements, maintains, manages, secures and troubleshoots data communication systems. His/her field of expertise range from computer-based local-area networks to high-speed Internet technologies, from traditional copper wiring over fibre-optics to wireless systems, from local resource sharing to international e-commerce. Located between those traditional programs of computer information systems and electronic engineering technology, this program answers the specific skills demanded by the Information Technology (IT) industry.
The purpose of the program is five-fold:
Firstly, to provide graduates with outcomes composed of skill sets, attitude and knowledge to obtain employment and work efficiently as certified technologists in the field of network and telecommunications engineering.
Secondly, for graduates to obtain an understanding of how business operates in order to provide efficient interfacing between business operations and the intricate networked systems being required by business today and in the future.
Thirdly, for graduates to have the necessary communication and management skills, knowledge of business operations to move easily into existing managerial roles or start their own business as independent entrepreneurs.
The fourth purpose is to empower graduates with the knowledge and practical experience so they may confidently challenge exams that form part of industry certifications such as the Computer Technology Industry Association A+/Net+/iNet+/Server+ group of exams, Novell or Microsoft Certified designations, or the Cisco CCNA/CCNP/CCDP family of certifications.
The fifth purpose is to provide the general theoretical skills to allow graduates to pursue life-long learning and/or continue their education by bridging into university degree programs.