Fall 2017 start: applications open on Oct. 19, 2016.
- Two-year diploma
- Fall start
- Laptop-based program using SAIT-issued laptop
Information Technology deals with the generation, storage, retrieval, transmission and protection of information, and the hardware and software involved in these processes. For that reason, IT professionals are often called IT specialists/consultants or business process consultants, and the division of an organization that deals with computers, software and communication technology is often called the IT department. The growth of the IT sector in Canada is expected to continue to outpace other market segments in the future according to the Canadian and Alberta governments and independent research companies such as Forrester's and the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) of Canada.
The Information Technology program encompasses four majors: Computer Systems, Network Systems, Software Development and Telecom Systems. There is a common first semester, then you move into the major that you will have selected during the registration process. It is a full-time, two-year diploma program. This program utilizes an e-learning (SAIT issued laptop computer) instructional delivery method.
Computer Systems Major: Graduates of the Computer Systems major will have rewarding careers with a diverse set of job titles and descriptions. They help keep computers, communications, data centres, mobile devices and information systems installed, connected, maintained, supported and secure. Graduates will often start in entry-level technical support roles (customer support representative, help desk, desktop support level one, etc.) and advance to more sophisticated levels of IT support roles, management of support teams; or specialize into storage architecture, server administration, virtualization; or IT security areas. Graduates will have a well-rounded and strong foundation to begin their careers in the growing field of IT technical systems and support, with the opportunity to advance into senior technical analyst, systems administration and IT management roles.
Network Systems Major: Graduates of the Network Systems major will have strong technical skills in designing, installing, configuring, maintaining and administering enterprise local area networks and associated servers, security and storage devices. This major focuses on the network infrastructure of an organization, which involves the storage, retrieval, transmission and protection of information, and the hardware and software involved in these processes. In addition to comprehensive technical skills, graduates will acquire and demonstrate the professional communications, general business, problem solving and project management skills required for success in industry. Students receive in depth training on router, switch and server configuration for support of network infrastructure, data transmission media, wireless, Voice over IP and new and emerging technologies. Students also receive the training required for industry recognized certifications.
Software Development Major: Software Development encompasses a variety of activities including the design, implementation, testing and maintenance of software systems. Software Developers are required to have a broad set of technical skills covering all aspects of IT system analysis, design, development and testing. Such skills often include knowledge of the use of computer hardware, communications networks and databases, in addition to computer programming. Skills in all of these areas are an integral part of the software development process. Graduates will possess a broad, practical knowledge of both software development and the Information Technology profession. They may work on the development of software systems, often collaboratively in teams with other programmers. Typical tasks include the analysis, design, implementation and testing of new programs on multiple hardware and software platforms (e.g., Windows, Web and Linux) using a variety of programming languages (e.g., Java, C, PHP, XML, PL/SQL) and different supporting technologies (e.g. Communications Networks, Databases, Operating Systems).
Telecom Systems Major: Graduates of the Telecom Systems major may find employment as a telecom technologist, production test technologist, cable technician, service technician, associated field engineer, sales and marketing, communication equipment installer and manufacturing technologist. They will be proficient in designing, installing, configuring, commissioning, integrating, maintaining and administering voice, data, and video networks owned by telecommunications companies (TELCOs) or Internet Service Providers (ISP). They also find careers in a wide range of businesses, industries, and government institutions. Technical competencies will include IP networking, Voice over IP (VoIP), Optical Transport Networks, Copper and Fiber Outside Plant, CO and PBX switching, Metropolitan and Wide Area Networks (MANs and WANs), cellular, digital, and wireless technologies. Graduates will acquire business communications and project management skills.
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Characteristics of a successful student in this program include:
- A working knowledge of MS Office Suite would be an asset.
- Enjoy keeping up-to-date on new technological developments, continue to take training and enjoy learning new skills.
- Managing your time and work effectively while facing deadlines.
- Working independently with little supervision but can also perform as a vital member of a team of professionals.
- Ability to pay attention to detail and take personal pride in their technical problem-solving skills.