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Computer Networking Careers

Computer Network Engineering Assoicate in Applied Science Degree
Network Administration Certificate
Computer Networking Careers

Program Overview

​With almost every size company connected to some type of computer network, the jobs in networking have become the fastest growing jobs in the computer field. With companies networking to share resources and reduce expenses the networking specialist is an invaluable part of the company structure. 

Networking Specialists can work in a wide variety of jobs, including purchasing, installing, configuring, administrating, and user support. ​​​​

The Computer Network Engineering AAS Degree prepares students for immediate employment or transfer to post-secondary institutions to complete a bachelor's degree. The degree also prepares students to take industry certification exams.

The Network Administration Certificate is designed for individuals who already have acquired at least a minimum level of technical computer skills, either through previous education, training, and/or experience. It is designed to enhance one’s current computer knowledge and skills.​

Program Delivery Methods
Online, hybrid, traditional in-class courses and hands-on training in state-of-the-art labs on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN​

What You'll Learn

  • ​Detailed understanding of PC hardware, including the many subsystems involved in processing and storing data 
  • Multiple operating systems (OS) and how to customize and troubleshoot each OS
  • Basic networking theory with special emphasis placed on the TCP/IP family of networking protocols and how they apply to Microsoft and/or Linux network models 
  • Experience working with various networking hardware and with exposure to multiple network topologies and configurations

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Program Details

  • Program Requirements

    Program Requirements Guides
    View the Program Requirement Guide to learn about Minimum Program Entry Requirements, Recommended Course Sequence and Program Outcomes:

    General Education/MnTC Requirements
    The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) is the general education curriculum for the Minnesota State system. Choose MnTC courses according to the requirements listed on your Program Requirements Guide. Refer to the MnTC course list for each Goal Area:

    Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) list.pdf

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  • Career Settings

    • ​Networking Engineer 
    • Network Administrator 
    • Certified Network Engineer 
    • PC Hardware Technician 
    • Network Help Desk Support​
    Potential Employers
    • Twin Modal, Inc.
    • Signature Software, Inc.
    • City of Saint Paul
    • Department of Revenue, State of Minnesota
    • Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System​
  • Transfer Pathways

    ​Saint Paul College has transfer articulation agreements between the following program and post-secondary institutions for the baccalaureate degree programs listed below. For more information please contact a transfer specialist or go to ​www.saintpaul.edu/Transfer.​​

    Computer Network Engineering AAS Degree

    • BS Operations Management, Minnesota State University-Moorhead 
    • BS Information Technology, Saint Mary's University-Twin Cities Campus 
    • BS Computer Information Systems, College of St. Scholastica
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  • Additional Benefits

    • ​Gain experience in system design, analysis, and maintenance with the latest computer technology.
    • Gain additional experience in troubleshooting various PC-related problems.​


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