Computer networks are everywhere, they are the backbone of virtually every company – big or small, in everything from the high-tech sector to government, meaning networking professionals are in high demand and will find challenging work in a variety of industries and at all levels of an organisation.

The Network Technology (NET) program (a collaboration between Carleton University and Algonquin College) is one of only a few in Canada that combines both a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology and an Advanced Technology Diploma. It provides a multidisciplinary education that seamlessly integrates theoretical study with practical experience, in areas such as the physics of communications, network protocols, switching, routing, architecture, cyber security issues and networked applications. The program is designed to keep pace with both your needs and those of industry.

Information networks continue to grow at a fast pace, playing an important role in today’s society; networks support access to social media, streamed video, and the Internet of things (IoT).

Expansion of these networks and the evolution of the technology that supports them requires a new breed of professionals with sophisticated knowledge, skills, and hands-on training. The NET curriculum responds to this by offering a unique blend of computer and network technology courses as well as covering the essentials in physics, mathematics, communications, and business. The program focuses primarily on the design, installation, operation, and management of future complex IT networks.

As a student of today and a network professional of tomorrow, you need a well-rounded education and a blend of theoretical knowledge and practical experience to build your career. You will move from the design, installation and operation of advanced IT networks to reconfiguring networks to meet users’ needs and analyzing the role of IT networks in an organization.

The NET program also prepares you for the CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) and CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) certifications, as well as CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert) certification following 2 years industrial experience. These certifications demonstrate your knowledge and skills in the management of small size to large scale networks. They bring valuable expertise and are considered as a huge asset by employers.

Co-Operative Education

A flexible co-op option allows you to gain at least 12 months of valuable work experience while studying for your degree. Co-op opportunities help you develop personal and professional skills in a range of settings, such as the private sector, government agencies, and technology companies.

Future Opportunities

Career opportunities exist with network design and installation companies, governments, telecom operators, system integrators, educational institutions, private training companies and many other business enterprises requiring network design, installation, operation, and management.

Tuned into Industry

Both institutions regularly consult with representatives from related industries to track changing trends in the IT field. This also helps you to build contacts for summer and future permanent employment.

The Capital Advantage

There are few better places in which to study and live than Ottawa, the nation’s capital. With more than 1,800 hightechnology companies and a wide range of governmental departments, non-profit organizations and research institutions, NET graduates are well situated to find employment in network planning, design, and administration.

Laboratory Facilities

State-of-the-art laboratory facilities and equipment are available at both institutions, dedicated to the students in the program. Due to the hands-on nature of the program, the number of students accepted each year is limited.

Facility Highlights

  • Voice and Video-Over-IP Equipment
  • State-of-the-Art Cisco and Nokia Equipment
  • Remotely Configurable Switches and Router Systems
  • Computer laboratories equiped with the latest networking software

How the Program Works

Once registered for the program, you will be considered a student at both Algonquin and Carleton. You will benefit from the outstanding facilities, teaching staff, resources and expertise that both institutions offer.

Note: The program has been designed for full-time studies; to ensure the necessary student/teacher interaction, enrolment in the program is limited.

Admissions Information