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Program Overview

The Network Technology program at Northwest Tech can be your pathway into the ever growing, wide ranging and lucrative field of communications.

Northwest Tech’s Network Technology program offers you an in-depth look at all aspects of the telecommunications and networking field. With labs that are industry-equipped, our program is designed to put you at the leading edge of the technologies used in every aspect of this wide-ranging and ever-evolving field.

  • Demonstrate telecommunication transmission basics.
  • Analyze AC and DC electronic circuits.
  • Use skills gained to identify, prepare, maintain, and troubleshoot various cable types.
  • Install numerous service types including residential and business systems.
  • Prepare, splice, and maintain fiber optic cables and associated systems.
  • Demonstrate basic computer operations.
  • Demonstrate effective workplace skills.
  • Be certified in American Heart Association first aid and defensive driving.
  • Understand and navigate cable schematics and drawings.
  • Analyze data communications circuits and Local Area Networks.
  • Maintain and administer digital carriers systems.
  • Discuss Voice Over IP techniques.
  • Construct a resume.
  • Safely perform maintenance & diagnostics of central office power and ground systems.
  • Understand and discuss the digital signal hierarchy and SONET.
  • Perform technical functions on various wireless communication systems.
  • Explain the protocols used in data and internet applications.

Scott Waugh
Network Technology Instructor
Phone: (785) 890-1569
Email: scott.waugh@nwktc.edu

Listed cost information includes tuition, additional fees, books & supplies, iPads, and clothing & tools if necessary. For a comprehensive breakdown of each program’s cost information download Northwest Tech’s Estimated Program Costs worksheet.

Students may earn the Broadband Premise Specialist certification through the Society of Cable Telecommunication Engineers and certificates from Telecommunication Research Associates as a Telecommunication Network Specialist in six areas: Transmissions, Data Communications, VoIP (Voice over the Internet Protocol), IP Networking & VPN’s (Internet Protocol Networking & Virtual Private Networks), CDMA ONE (Code Division Multiple Access, 2nd Generation), and CDMA 2000 & High Speed Mobile Internet (3rd Generation)

Program Length

Two Years
August-May

Associate of Applied Science
(or Technical Certificate)

Projected Salary

$35,000 per year

Course Outline

Download a PDF version of the course outline.

  • Alan Prieb
  • Dave Campbell
  • Craig Meder
  • Bil Cameron
  • Tom Vick
  • Steve Baum

Admissions Checklist

Below is a list of items Northwest Tech’s Admissions Team will need prior to your acceptance into the Network Technology program.

  • A Northwest Tech Application Completed and Submitted

  • $25 Application Fee Paid

  • High School or GED Transcript Submitted

  • (If Applicable) College Transcript Submitted

  • ACT or AccuPlacer Scores Submitted (AccuPlacer Testing can be scheduled on-site at the Northwest Tech campus)

Required items can be submitted in person at the Northwest Tech campus, via postal mail addressed to: Northwest Tech Admissions, 1209 Harrison, Goodland, KS, or through email communications with admission@nwktc.edu.