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Computer network technicians establish, operate, maintain, and co-ordinate the use of local and wide area networks (LANs and WANs), mainframe networks, hardware, software and related computer equipment. They set up and maintain Internet and Intranet Web sites and Web-server hardware and software, and monitor and optimize network connectivity and performance. They are employed in information technology units throughout the private and public sectors. Supervisors of computer network technicians are included in this group.
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- Maintain, troubleshoot and administer the use of local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), mainframe networks, computer workstations, connections to the Internet and peripheral equipment
- Evaluate and install computer hardware, networking software, operating system software and software applications
- Operate master consoles to monitor the performance of computer systems and networks and to co-ordinate access and use of computer networks
- Provide problem-solving services to network users
- Install, maintain, troubleshoot and upgrade Web-server hardware and software
- Implement network traffic and security monitoring software, and optimize server performance
- Perform routine network start up and close down and maintain control records
- Perform data backups and disaster recovery operations
- Conduct tests and perform security and quality controls
- Control and monitor e-mail use, Web navigation, and installed softwares
- Perform shell scripting or other basic scripting tasks
- May supervise other workers in this group.
Barrie, Cambridge, Guelph, Kitchener, Orillia, Waterloo, Bradford West Gwillimbury, Collingwood, Innisfil, Midland, New Hamburg, New Tecumseth, Orangeville, Penetanguishene, Port McNicoll, Shelburne, Alliston, Ayr, Beeton, Buena Vista Park, Cardwell, Cookstown, Cumberland Beach, Elmira, Elmvale, Purple Hill, Rockcut, Rockwood, Starrview Acres, St. Jacobs, Tottenham
Outlook & Prospects for Computer Network Technicians in Kitchener--Waterloo--Barrie Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Kitchener--Waterloo--Barrie Region||<Not assigned>||2012-01-12|
Compared to other occupations, this is not a significant occupation in this region.
In Ontario, the outlook for computer network technicians is expected to be average for the period 2012-2013. This is a fairly large occupation in the province with a workforce of approximately 20,000 at the time of the 2006 census. The widespread use of computer technology is a key factor driving demand for this occupation. However, many companies are now shifting some of their technology functions to other countries, where it is cheaper to operate. This 'off-shoring' will moderate employment growth, particularly in tasks at the lower skill levels of this occupation. Over the next few years, the increasing use of 'cloud computing,' which offers a cluster of on-line information technology services, is also expected to reduce the need for in-house technicians to maintain computer systems. Available opportunities will mostly be for computer network technicians who are well-rounded and adaptable to the constantly evolving computer technology, including skills to support wireless devices. Many employers require individuals with several years of work experience and strong communication and client-service skills. Post-secondary education and computer networking-based certification are assets in securing employment. This occupation has a younger age profile compared to most Ontario occupations. As a result, retirements will not generate a significant number of job openings.
Local Labour Market News
Week of May 06 – May 10, 2013
- Knape & Vogt Manufacturing Co. is closing its furniture facility in Kitchener by the second half of 2014 and moving the operation to Grand Rapids, Michigan, affecting more than 230 workers
Week of Apr 29 – May 03, 2013
- Harbour House Grill opened in Innisfil
- The City of Waterloo laid off nine employees as a result of a city-wide organizational review
- The Waterloo Region Small Business Centre is accepting applications until May 17 for youth who are interested in starting their own business this summer
Week of Apr 22 – Apr 26, 2013
- Groves Memorial Community Hospital in Wellington received $5.5M from the provincial government to continue work on the design of the new hospital
- Babcock & Wilcox Canada Ltd., a steam generation products manufacturer, laid off 26 workers at its Cambridge location
- Foley’s Furnishing in Collingwood will close, affecting nine full-time employees and one part-time employee
Week of Apr 15 – Apr 19, 2013
- HGS Canada will expand its contact centre operations to Barrie, creating 500 jobs initially with the potential for future growth within the year. The company is currently hiring both entry level and management positions.
- Graham Construction of Mississauga was awarded a design-build contract for the new Canadian Forces Military Police Academy building at Canadian Forces Base Borden. The $54M project expects to create 173 jobs and to be completed in 2015.
- Construction started on a $3.1M roundabout project in Cambridge, which is expected to take three months to complete
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