Computer network architects design and build data communication networks, including local area networks, wide area networks, and Intranets. These networks range from small connections between two offices to next-generation networking capabilities such as a cloud infrastructure that serves multiple customers. Network architects must have extensive knowledge of an organization’s business plan to design a network that can help the organization achieve its goals. Computer network architects, or network engineers, design and deploy computer and information networks. After deployment, they also may manage the networks and troubleshoot any issues as they arise. Network architects also predict future network needs by analyzing current data traffic and estimating how growth will affect the network.
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“I was one of the lucky students to be a part of the Five Star Foundation and City of Thornton Career Discovery Program. We were touring the Thornton police station and the 911 call center when I realized the massive amount of technology, equipment, and software it takes to run the city's 911 operations. I also learned that Thornton Police has a partnership with Front Range Community College. I am now a 911 operator and a student at FRCC earning my computer networking degree."