Network Cabling Technician (SC)

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Create the Computer Networks to Let Data Flow at Lightening Speed

As a network cabling technician, you will work with fiber optic and copper cabling using them in ways to create secure data networks. You will monitor the networks and identify issues, and create plans and actions to combat them.

Business or residential, everyone relies on computer networks. From logistics and shipping to college enrollment and grades, networks are a staple of the industry and the way we live our lives. Help keep data flowing quickly and securely.

Careers as a Network Cabling Technician

Being a Network Cabling Technician calls for problem-solving skills as you service feeder and trunk lines for entire systems of cables to ensure they are running properly. It often requires you to go to where an issue is for repair which keeps you on the move.

Here are some careers and their salaries you could have with a background in Network Cabling Technician: 

Career information below is taken from bls.gov November 2019. Go to bls.gov for most current career information.

Set up and maintain devices that carry communications signals.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Some college $60,690/year $29.18/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed No change

11,640

Responsible for the day-to-day operation of computer networks.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $92,690/year $44.56/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 5% increase

13,220

 

Design and build data communication networks, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and Intranets.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $118,330/year $56.89/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
5 years of more 5% increase

5,340

Install or repair electrical power systems and telecommunications cables, including fiber optics.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Some college $89,180/year $42.88/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 4% increase

2,560

What You’ll Learn at LASC to be a Network Cabling Technician

You can get a Skill Certificate in LASC’s Network Cabling Technician program where you will:

  • Learn how to identify different cabling, such as fiber optic and cooper, and learn how to use them to create customized, optimum networks to move data and communications.
  • Employ math skills, patterning, communication, and critical thinking to learn the principles and fundamentals of network cabling.
  • Want to transfer? Meet with an academic counselor to determine the best courses and programs for you to take to ensure a seamless transfer to earn your bachelor’s degree.

Degrees & Courses You Will Take

Review the LASC Skill Certificate in Network Cabling Technician below along with our suggested course of study for this program. Go to LASC’s current Course Catalog for specific course information:

Major Code: 934.00
Total Units Required: 14 

As a student, upon successfully completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Draw the essential parts of a computer network, identify each part, and label it.
  • Verbalize the differences between copper cabling and fiber-optic cabling used to create a computer network.
Required Courses: Units
ELECTRN 2 Introduction to Electronics 3
OR  
ELECTRN 15 Survey of Computer Electronics 3
ELECTRN 41 Measurement and Testing Laboratory I 3
ELECTRN 112 Computer Operating Systems 4
ELECTRN 113 Computer Networking 4
TOTAL UNITS 14

 

Get Ready Before You Start 

Want to go into network cabling? You can begin preparing for your career before your first class starts at LASC:

  • Make an appointment with your LASC academic counselor to review LASC’s program, develop your Student Education Plan (SEP), and discuss support services such as study labs and tutoring that could be beneficial to your academic success. Ask if going to a four-year university would be a good match for your future plans.
  • Still in high school? Find out if your school has an electronics or computer club to join. You’ll gain enormous experience and get to know your teachers and classmates. Research blogs and follow influencers to learn about network cable components and trends and issues in network cabling.
  • Once you’re at LASC, make sure to get involved with on-campus clubs and organizations. You can become a student ambassador or run for student body government. These create new relationships and show potential employers your commitment to building writing, communication, and leadership skills. 

Program Learning Outcomes 

As a student, upon successfully completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Draw the essential parts of a computer network, identify each part, and label it.
  • Verbalize the differences between copper cabling and fiber-optic cabling used to create a computer network.