The Network Technology-Telecommunications/Data Communications program begins with the study of electronics and basic voice communications training. Students progress to data network technologies and fiber optics that are the driving force of the information age. The program provides a blend of lecture and hands-on training courses that gradually introduce students to a variety of areas within the field of IT (Information Technology). Graduates may pursue a career in several different areas of telecommunications, including network engineering and installation and repair of network services including voice, video and data. Careers can be found at companies ranging from local telephone companies, internet service providers, data centers, hospitals, financial institutions, municipalities and a variety of other companies.
For more information about the Telecommunications Technology program, please visit our website at http://go.dmacc.edu/it/Pages/welcome.aspx.
Selected courses in this program are offered at other campuses.
Students start any semester.
(For students starting the program in a semester other than Fall, please visit with the program chair or West Campus advisor to assist with proper course sequencing.)
Program Entry Requirements
- Complete an application for admission.
- Attend any required information/registration session.
- Obtain minimum ALEKS math placement score of 9 or ACT math score of 14.
- Submit proof of high school graduation or GED completion.
To earn a Telecommunications Technology AAS degree, a student must complete all coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.
Total Credits Required to Complete this AAS Degree - 67
Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$147.00 per credit
The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.
Approximate total for the program: $11,299*
* Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.
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 specialists and data communications technicians.
- Switching specialists.
- Network operations center technician.
- Network surveillance technicians.
- Data center technician
- Outside plant specialists. (fiber and copper cable splicing and repair)
- Telecommunications network systems design and engineering.
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 or other equipment.
- Some positions require the ability to distinguish cable or wire colors.
What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?
- IT/Telecommunications technicians are needed worldwide.
- Graduates can choose to travel or relocate.
- A wide variety of small to large companies employ telecommunications professionals.
- Employment rate for the last ten years averages 80%.
- More than 80% of graduates are employed in Iowa.
- Average starting salary $33,711 (2013-2014 Placement Report).
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