Network Engineering - Associate's Degree
Online and On-campus Degrees Available
Technology infrastructure is the lifeblood of modern business; a computer network engineer works at the very heart of an organization to keep that lifeblood flowing. You can look forward to pursuing a position within an information technology (IT) team upon graduation from our Associate of Applied Science degree program in Network Engineering from Virginia College.
Learn by Doing: Online or On Campus
Because experience is often the best teacher, students in the Network Engineering program spend a significant amount of time learning by doing. Our instructors encourage active participation in classes and provide students with opportunities to apply concepts explored during reading and lectures. That is true whether you decide to get you network engineer degree on campus or via convenient online learning.
Network Engineer Training
Our 24-month Network Engineering program is designed to let students:
- Explore client/server computer concepts with an emphasis on the engineering practices used on modern networks
- Receive training on how to operate, install, configure, troubleshoot, upgrade and maintain PCs and networks.
- Develop skills to solve a variety of network issues
- Learn network security essentials
- Understand operating systems and network management software
Network Engineer Salary Information
According to O*Net Online (using 2014 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics) the median annual salary of a computer network support specialist, for instance, was $61,830. Experience, certifications, job title, location and other variables help determine what professionals in this field actually earn.
Relevant Courses That Apply to IT Jobs
Throughout the degree program at Virginia College, whether online or on campus, you'll have the opportunity to learn from knowledgeable instructors with extensive real-world experience in their discipline areas. We provide the practical training needed for pursuing a career as a network engineer in a variety of IT settings including:
- Government agencies
- Healthcare facilities
- Nonprofit organizations
- Start-up companies
Online Learning for Busy Working People
If you choose to get your Network Engineering degree online, the program can be accessed using a smartphone, tablet or laptop — anywhere there's an Internet signal. Online learning is a smart choice for people who have to work full time, have varying work hours (like active military personnel) and/or have an active family life.
"Being an online student wasn't a disadvantage for me. I think sometimes people think if you're not there face to face you won't have access to your instructors, but I did. I could shoot them a question at my lunch break and usually by the time I got home I would have an answer and that's when I could start working on my schoolwork anyway, so it worked out perfectly."— Ashley Griffin, Online student
Network Engineer Certifications are Important
Upon successful completion of the Network Engineering program, qualified students may pursue a variety of industry-standard professional networking and computer certifications, including:
Although certification may not be required for employment as a network engineer, it does signify to prospective employers a threshold level of expertise that is highly desirable to companies staffing IT positions of vital importance to the organization.
What Else Will You Learn in this Program?
Upon successful graduation from this program, graduates should also be able to:
- Connect local networks to the Internet using Microsoft, Linux, and/or Cisco solutions
- Provide basic and advanced network administration and engineering services
- Fine tune network servers for optimal performance and develop migration plans for upgrades of software
- Analyze security requirements for the LAN and WAN network users and systems
- Understand alternate operating systems and network management software
- Coordinate a job search
Are You Ready for a Rewarding Career as a Network Engineer?
The training from this Network Engineering program, along with career planning and placement assistance from the Virginia College Career Services team, can help students pursue rewarding IT positions after graduation.
Get Started Now.
Learn more about a challenging career as a network engineer in the rapidly evolving information technology industry. Complete the Request More Information form and take the first step toward an exciting new career.
Note: The College makes no representation, promise or guarantee that completion of this program either assures passage of any certification examination or acceptance by any state board. Prospective and current students, as well as graduates, are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed or employed
Earn Your Network Engineering Associate's Degree Online
This program is available at the following campuses:
- Birmingham, Alabama - Associate of Applied Science
- Huntsville, Alabama - Associate of Applied Science
- Mobile, Alabama - Associate of Applied Science
- Jacksonville, Florida - Associate of Applied Science
- Columbus, Georgia - Associate of Applied Science
- Shreveport/Bossier City, Louisiana - Associate in Occupational Studies
- Biloxi, Mississippi - Associate of Applied Science
- Jackson, Mississippi - Associate of Applied Science
- Greensboro, North Carolina - Associate of Applied Science
- Spartanburg, South Carolina - Associate of Applied Science
- Knoxville, Tennessee - Associate of Applied Science
NOTE: Program details subject to change. See the official campus catalog and appropriate addenda for the latest information.