What is the Network Engineering Program?

The Network Engineering Program provides students with entry-level and advanced training in the fields of Network Technology and Security, which includes LAN Technology, Structured Cabling, Fiber Optics, Routing, Switching, Firewall and Security Technology, Server Administration, Desktop Support, and PC Configuration and Repair.  The Skyline Network Engineering Program is affiliated with the Cisco Networking Academy and utilizes Cisco networking and firewall equipment in its lab environments.  Additionally, the Program uses Check Point Security Software, Microsoft Server and Operating Systems, and Network Instruments Observer for analysis of network traffic. 

Our Program is designed with direct employment skills and workplace knowledge as its foundation, and it is built on classes that are activity based and uniquely hands-on.  The curriculum is industry driven, centered on the current technologies of the Networking industry and related fields; it is designed to serve students entering the field as well as students who are seeking to upgrade their skills in specific areas.  Our complete list of classes is here.   

Our Instructors are working professionals who teach using a combination of practical, hands-on experience with real-world equipment and classroom-based discussion and application of theory.  You can view our instructors and their backgrounds here

In the design of our courses, we follow three key objectives:

  • Afford beginning students the ability to develop the skills and knowledge required for entry level positions within the networking industry and its related fields
  • Provide currently employed students with the opportunity to expand their skills and knowledge for possible advancement within their fields
  • Allow beginning and experienced students the opportunity to prepare for industry-recognized certifications

We are primarily an evening-based program.  Classes are held Monday through Thursday evenings, and on Saturday mornings.  As Skyline College observes the semester system, our classes are offered during the Fall and Spring terms. 

Skyline College offers an AS Degree in Network Engineering, which includes general education requirements. We suggest you consult a Skyline counselor for details, as prior college experience may fulfill some requirements.  The Network Engineering Certificate can be earned in three semesters; other career certificates can be completed in one or two semesters.  You can view our degrees and certificates here

Would you like to sit in on a class and observe?  Questions about the program or the classes?  Contact Norman del Prado---email him at delpradon@smccd.edu

Note: A grade of C or better is required in all courses applied to the Associate Degree major, the Certificate, and the Skill Endorsements.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

  • Develop the skills and knowledge required for entry level positions within the networking technology field and related fields
  • Expand their skills and knowledge for possible advancement within their field for those currently employed in the industry
  • Prepare for IT industry-recognized certifications

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