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Main Programs and Courses Technology Programs Network Systems Engineer

Network Systems Engineer

The Network Systems Engineer program is designed for students wishing to pursue a career in the exciting world of information technology. In the program, students will learn how to plan, implement, administer, support and secure networked computer systems. They'll also cover network design, installation, maintenance, and management. Upon graduation, students will know how to work effectively with businesses and individuals to ensure the best possible user experience.


Industry and vendor certifications have become a benchmark used by employers during the hiring process. The Network Systems Engineer program helps students prepare for certification examinations in the following areas:

  • Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) A+, Net+, Security+
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
  • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP)

Admission Requirements

High school graduation or equivalent* OR mature student status**.

*From an English language teaching institution.
**19 years of age upon starting classes, and pass college’s admissions test.

This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.


This program is 72 weeks in length.
  • Network Administrator
  • Network Support Technician
  • Technical Support Specialist     
  • Network Systems Administrator     
  • Data Centre Operator
  • Network Maintenance Specialist
  • Supervisor, Computer Network Technician
  • LAN Administrator/Technician

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Program Courses
OSK4 / Office Skills
The daily routines of a modern business office are examined, and the skills necessary to assist in the smooth operation of the office are presented in this course. A variety of presentation methods may be used including lecture, discussion, role plays, case studies and work simulations.
MSW4 / Microsoft Word
This course introduces the students to word processing with Microsoft Word 2013. Relying very heavily on a hands-on practical training approach, students learn by doing through skills based simulations, training, and assessments. The course starts with an overview of Microsoft Office 2013 where you will learn about the common features of the Office applications and file management fundamentals. The course then focuses on the core features of Microsoft Word where students learn proper document formatting, organization and editing using the tools and features of the ribbon. The course will then continue with more advanced topics such as working with tables, lists, objects, templates, footnotes and endnotes, and mail merges. Finally the course will explore the collaboration features of Word 2013 that allow users to share and collaborate on documents through the use of track changes, sharing, and reviewing and the use of SkyDrive.
MSE4 / Microsoft Excel
This course introduces the students to spreadsheets with Microsoft Excel 2013. Relying very heavily on a hands-on practical training approach, students learn by doing through skills based simulations, training, and assessments. The course starts with an overview of spreadsheets and how to use the common features and functions of Microsoft Excel. The course then focuses on the core features of Microsoft Excel where students learn how to enter and format data and use the various functions and formulas to manage and manipulate the data. The course will then continue with more advanced topics such as performing quantitative analysis with logical, lookup, and various mathematical and financial functions. Depicting data visually is an important feature of Excel. Students will learn how to work with charts in Excel to produce a variety of different charts based on data housed in a spreadsheet. Finally, students will learn to handle large volumes of data with data sets and tables.
PWSO / PowerShell

In this course, students will learn to use PowerShell scripting to automate the common tasks and administrative jobs that can be applied on the client or server version of Windows. The course starts with an introduction to the PowerShell language and scripting environment and then proceeds to a thorough explanation of creating functional scripts that can be used for performing common tasks that involve working with files, Internet-connected scripts, user interaction, and solving tasks in systems and enterprise management deployments such as working with Active Directory and the file system.

PC24 / Managing and Maintaining PCs (A+): Part 2

This course is the second of two consecutive courses that align to the Comptia A+ certification requirements. This course focuses on the software installation, configuration and troubleshooting as well as system security. Students will gain an understanding of the various network models, standards and protocols. Students will install configure and troubleshoot operating system software as well as application software packages. Finally the course will explore security issues involving software installations.

PC14 / Managing and Maintaining PCs (A+): Part 1

This course is the first of two courses that cover the general installation, maintenance and management of computer hardware and software resources. This first course focuses on the hardware resources that make up a computer system course will align to the Comptia A+ learning objectives. Students will learn about the operation of microcomputer systems, the various hardware components that makeup a computer system and how to troubleshoot common hardware problems.

ITC4 / Introduction to Computers
This course is a broad-based introduction to using a personal computer. It teaches the fundamentals of an operating system and the most popular application software including word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations. You will also learn about the Internet, Web browsers, electronic mail and antivirus software. The course is based on the Windows 7 operating system, Microsoft office 2013 and a variety of popular software programs for the Internet-related and security-related applications
SSS4 / Student Success Strategies
Students will gain a better understanding of themselves through an exploration of their personal attributes, transferable skills and learning styles. This course will introduce techniques for time, conflict, and stress management and develop interpersonal communication skills. Fundamental study and motivation skills will be covered, preparing students to excel in their program of choice.
MSP4 / Microsoft PowerPoint
This course introduces the students to presentation development and design with Microsoft PowerPoint 2013. Relying very heavily on a hands-on practical training approach, students learn by doing through skills based simulations, training and assessments. The course starts with an overview of Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 where you will learn about the common views, features, tools and the environment of PowerPoint. The course then focuses on the core processes of development and design of robust PowerPoint presentations and enhancing the presentations with the rich media tools offered by PowerPoint. Students will learn to use the PowerPoint templates, outlines and themes to design the presentation and then populate the slides with the various content items such as images, shapes, WordArt, SmartArt transitions, and other enhancements.
MKTG1064 / Specialized Marketing Sectors and Global Marketing
This is the final module of the marketing courses. Having understood the various strategic aspects of marketing, it is time for the student to get an insight into some of the specialized areas of marketing, which are not normally covered in regular marketing courses. These areas are services marketing, marketing in a not-for-profit environment, and global marketing. Services occupy the majority share in Canada’s economy. Not-for-profit businesses form a huge sector and in this era of globalization, marketing professionals cannot ignore international marketing. This module gives the students an insight into the unique features of these important sectors.
SSS4 / Student Success Strategies
Students will gain a better understanding of themselves through an exploration of their personal attributes, transferable skills and learning styles. This course will introduce techniques for time, conflict, and stress management and develop interpersonal communication skills. Fundamental study and motivation skills will be covered, preparing students to excel in their program of choice.
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