Telecom and Network Technician (SC)

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Switchers, Routers, and Cables – Put Them Together for Communication Magic!

As a telecom and network technician, you will at the heart of telecommunications as you design, install, and customize telecom hardware and software. You will create structured and network cabling and test routers and switches to ensure all is working smoothly so business and communication can take place without interruption.

You will be hands-on with all communication equipment, including complex phone systems, wireless networks, and many others. You will also employ diagnostic tools and theories to deduce problems and develop and implement solutions. You will also have the opportunity to continue your training as technology in these areas continues to advance.

Telecom and network technicians are in demand because they keep communication flowing.

Careers as a Telecom and Network Technician

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

Career information below 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

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

 

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 or more 5% increase

5,340

 

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

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

  • Learn how to identify logic gates and networks cards, study computer circuits and electronics. Combine all of this for a comprehensive education about telecommunications, networking, and the components involved to successful telecommunications.
  • You will use math skills, patterning, communication, and critical thinking to learn the principles and fundamentals of networks and circuits and how they work together with electronics to advance telecommunication.
  • Want to transfer? Meet with an academic counselor to determine the best courses and programs to take to ensure you have a seamless transfer to earn your bachelor’s degree.

Degrees & Courses You Will Take

Review the LASC Skill Certificate in Telecom and Network 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: 17

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

  • Identify the eight logic gates, learn what they do and how to incorporate them into your work.
  • Identify a network card and install it inside the computer.
Required Courses: Units
ELECTRN 2 Introduction to Electronics 3
OR  
ELECTRN 15 Survey of Computer Electronics 3
ELECTRN 56 Computer Circuits 3
ELECTRN 57 Computer Circuits Laboratory 1
ELECTRN 111 Introduction to Computer Servicing 4
ELECTRN 113 Computer Networking 4
ELECTRN 116 Computer A+ and Network + Exam Preparation 2
TOTAL UNITS 17

Get Ready Before You Start 

Want a career telecom and networks? You can start preparing before your first class 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 a 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 telecommunications and networks, trends and issues.
  • 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:

  • Identify the eight logic gates, learn what they do and how to incorporate them into your work.
  • Identify a network card and install it inside the computer.