"According to analysts more than 70 per cent of a typical IT budget is spent on infrastructure, such as servers, operating systems, storage and networking. Add to this the need to refresh and manage desktop and mobile devices and you have a unique set of challenges for IT infrastructure to face" (Microsoft.com).
Companies are looking for employees who can bridge the gap between their technical and business teams. The Technology Infrastructure Analyst program prepares you for challenging and exciting opportunities in the information technology field.
The program's technical focus is server and network system management using Microsoft, Cisco and open source technologies. By developing project management methodologies, effective communication and leadership skills, you will develop strategies to provide quality solutions that illustrate the business relevance of the technical solution. The mandatory eight-week practicum provides the applied learning experience that is essential for success in industry. Upon completion of the program, you will be prepared to successfully challenge the MCSE, CCNA and ITIL Foundations certification exams.
Graduates may find employment as an infrastructure architect, infrastructure analyst, IT consultant, systems administrator, network administrator, or technical service agent.
Students with higher grades usually experience more success in SAIT programs. This is an intensive program requiring a commitment of both time and energy; students who experience success are those who make their education a priority throughout the program.
Credentials and accreditation
After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT post-diploma certificate as a Technology Infrastructure Analyst.
Students may also choose to pursue further designations, including A+, Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE), and Certified Cisco Network Associate (CCNA). Additional training or testing may be required at the students' own expense.
The ideal candidate for the Technology Infrastructure Analyst (TIA) program possesses an undergraduate degree or diploma, intermediate Microsoft Office skills and an exceptional ability to work in teams. A strong interest in information technology and its relationship to business is also essential.
The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:
To learn more, visit Transfer Options.
Admission and Selection
- Applications are accepted until the program start date.
- Fall 2018 start: applications open Oct. 18, 2017.
- Undergraduate degree or diploma from a recognized university, institute or college,
- All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.
- SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada.
Due to the tight integration of courses in the Technology Infrastructure Analyst (TIA) program, credit for Prior Learning is not available.
Competitive Entry: Seven Step Process
Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.
Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.
Step 3: Review the selection information to understand the process and deadlines
Applications and proof of the admission requirements (transcripts and/or anticipated final grades) along with all supporting documents must be submitted to be included in selection.
Selection is done on a continuous basis and is based on the following criteria:
- Current resumé outlining previous education and experience.
- ICT Fast-Track Career & Program Investigation form. This form will be emailed to you once you have applied. It will be scored to determine suitability for the program; please be detailed and thorough.
- A photocopy of your educational transcripts and any other supporting documents.
- Attend a mandatory selection appointment once the above documents have been submitted and scored by the department. Telephone appointments can be scheduled for out-of-town applicants.
- The final decision for acceptance into the program will be determined by the Academic Chair.
Step 5: Log in to mySAIT.ca to check your admission status. If eligible, your status will indicate that you're "In Selection."
Step 6: Submit your resumé, Career & Program Investigation form and transcripts.
- Send your documentation to the School of ICT Fast-Track office by email to email@example.com or fax to 403.210.4523.
Failure to meet anticipated final grades will result in offers being rescinded.
Communication During Selection
Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications.
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- The courses listed are not shown in instructional order. Due to the nature of the fast-track programs some course may be modified or replaced.
|Course Code||Course Name||Credit|
|PROJ-403||IT Project Mgmt & Business Analysis||3.0|
|CMPN-401||Network Infrastructure and Design||3.0|
|CMPS-436||Desktop and Device Management||1.5|
|CMPN-491||CCNA Routing & Switching 1 & 2||3.0|
|CMPN-492||CCNA Routing & Switching 3 & 4||3.0|
|NETT-410||Linux Installation and Administration||1.5|
|CPLN-400||Career Planning and Management||1.5|
|MGMT-403||Business & Professional Skills||1.5|
|CPNT-402||Storage and Virtualization Solutions||3.0|
|CPRG-402||Messaging and Collaboration Infrastructure||3.0|
|CPNT-401||Mobility and Cloud Solutions||1.5|
Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.
Domestic Tuition and Fees*
|Year||Tuition fees||SAIT fees||SAITSA fees||2018/19 total|
International Tuition and Fees*
|Year||Tuition fees||SAIT fees||SAITSA fees||2018/19 total|
Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $290
SAIT Students' Association Fees
Health Plan: $110
Dental Plan: $125
SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA): $288
Books and Supplies*
- Tuition includes all course materials, student fees and access to appropriate technology.
- Membership to the SAIT wellness centre — including an ice arena, swimming/diving pool, gymnasium, squash and racquetball courts and weight room is available at a discounted rate.
Find out about tuition and financial aid.
* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.