Jul 14, 2024  
2024-2025 Course Catalog 
2024-2025 Course Catalog


Network Technology-Telecommunications, Certificate

Location(s): West Des Moines

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Network Technology Certificate program graduates will be prepared to pursue an entry level career in several areas of Information Technology.  Careers involving installation and repair of telecommunications services, networking equipment, computer servers and software.  Employment can be found at data centers, telephone and Internet providers, financial institutions, hospitals, municipalities and a variety of other companies.

Program Details

Pathway: Information Technology

More information on this Pathway.

Students may start any semester

Graduation Requirements

To earn a Network Technology-Telecommunications Certificate, a student must complete all coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Total Credits Required to Complete the Certificate - 27

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$193.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

Costs Semester 1 Semester 2
Books 600 300
Supplies 200  

Approximate total for the program: $6,311**

**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate costs.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • There are many different types of technical and management positions in telecommunications.
  • Installation and repair of business telecommunications services.
  • Installation and repair of residential telecommunications services.
  • Service delivery and provisioning specialists.
  • Fiber-optic transmission specialists.
  • Telephone technicians.
  • Data Center Technician
  • Network operations center technician.
  • Outside plant specialists. (fiber and copper cable splicing and repair)

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • The constant desire to learn new tasks.
  • Dependable worker.
  • Ability to work with teams and individual tasks.
  • Critical thinking skills and ability to analyze situations.
  • Some positions require the ability to use small hand tools, climb ladders and utility poles and work in confined spaces.
  • Some positions require the ability to distinguish cable or wire colors and work in inclement weather.

What Else Should I Consider about this Specialist Certificate?

  • IT/Telecommunications technicians are needed worldwide.
  • Graduates can choose to travel or relocate.
  • A wide variety of small to large companies employ telecommunications professionals.

Program Competencies

  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of the overarching terminology associated with telecommunications.
  2. Incorporate tasks associated with basic TCP/IP networks.
  3. Correct faults in a digital central office switch.
  4. Correct faults on trunks and subscriber lines/circuits.
  5. Install and test central office and PBX lines and trunks.
  6. Install and test point-to-point voice and data circuits.
  7. Construct and assess analog and digital electronic circuits.
  8. Utilize computer and network security practices.
  9. Install and test a basic customer computer system.
  10. Demonstrate the workplace basic skills of listening, writing, computing, problem-solving and interpersonal relationships.


Nondiscrimination Statement

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in its programs, activities, employment practices, or hiring practices, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law. Lack of English language proficiency will not be a barrier to admission and participation in career and technical education programs.

Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Executive Campus Dean’s office, the Executive Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. ADA questions and concerns may be directed to the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6857, dso@dmacc.edu. Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 1, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6216, Title9@dmacc.edu. Questions or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczysnki Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, phone 312/730-1560, fax 312/730-1576, TDD 800-877-8339 Email OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.

DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:
Agriculture, Natural and Environmental Science
Architecture, Engineering, and Construction
Arts, Design, and Visual Communication
Business, Management, and Marketing
Education, Public, and Human Services
Health Science
Hospitality and Culinary
Information Technology
Transportation & Logistics

Entrance requirements for specific programs can be found at Academic Pathway website.(2024)

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