Program Information

The Cyber Infrastructure Specialist program is a two-year program where students gain highly marketable technical, business, and life skills in the Information Technology field. The program enables students to become proficient in the practices and techniques used in modern IT environments. Throughout the program, students will gain technical proficiency in Microsoft Operating Systems, Linux Operating Systems, virtualization technologies, server administration, disaster recovery, configuration of networks and network services, and security from a user desktop to enterprise systems.

Students also receive valuable training in several business-related topics such as project management, communication skills, leadership, teamwork, and IT service management. Students bring all these skills together by working on Request for Proposals (RFPs) to provide solutions to common IT projects. 

This program creates a unique, stimulating learning environment in which students can safely master current workplace behaviour, resulting in a smooth transition from education to employment. Opportunities are provided to present creative technical solutions to solve typical IT problems. Instructional methodology across all courses integrate discovery - learning techniques, real-life scenarios, and hands-on applications. Students apply their acquired knowledge and skills to industry-based cases, and projects. This is done through several collaborative team projects and a co-op term. 

This program prepares students for success when studying to write industry certifications for CompTIA A+ (PC hardware), CompTIA Project+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Server+, Cisco CCNA, and ITIL. Certification requirements are listed at comptia.org and cisco.com.

Learn more about the 7-1-7 delivery model.

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Admission Requirements

A university degree in the information technology field.


The admissions process is competitive and meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee admission.

Lambton College reserves the right to alter information including admission requirements and to cancel at any time a program or course; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies or changes in the job market; to change the pathways third-party certification bodies; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations or over-acceptance of offers of admission. In the event Lambton College exercises such a right, Lambton College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to Lambton College.

English Language Requirements

Applicants must demonstrate language proficiency by submitting one of the following scores:

  • IELTS of 6.5
  • TOEFL iBT 79
  • Passed Lambton Institute of English placement test 

Please Note: IELTS is the only proficiency score accepted by the Study Direct Stream (SDS) program. Additional country-specific requirements may also be applicable.

Meeting the minimum English requirements does not guarantee admission. Students with higher English proficiency scores will receive priority in the admission assessment process.

Technology Requirements

In order to keep pace with the requirements of each and every course in your program, Lambton College recommends that each student have access to a laptop while studying at our college.

Course List

ITP-1123: PC Repair Fundamentals

The course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of PC hardware components, their operation, maintenance, and repair. Students will also learn to support and configure various hardware components, and to troubleshoot and resolve problems arising in various environments. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: diagnose and troubleshoot simple technical problems; understand the relationship between the hardware components, the operating system, and applications programs; utilize and implement common support-related methodologies, including maintenance schedules, and virus protection plans; provide proper customer service and support; communicate with clients, technical support, and help desk staff using appropriate PC hardware terminology.

CIS-1103: Networking Basics

This course introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks. The principles and structure of IP addressing and the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations are introduced to provide a foundation for the curriculum. By the end of the course, students will be able to build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement IP addressing schemes.

ITP-1143: Operating System Foundations

This course is designed to give the students a comprehensive skill set to manage modern Operating Systems. This will include performing a clean installation, upgrading from previous versions of Windows, migrating user profiles, deploying Windows by capturing a system image, preparing a system image for deployment, and deploying a system image. It also includes configuring the following: VHD, devices and drivers, application compatibility, application restrictions, Browser control, network connectivity, IPv4 network settings, IPv6 network settings, software firewall, remote management, access to resources, shared resources, file and folder access, user account control (UAC), authentication and authorization, branch-cache, mobile computing, bit-locker configuration, direct-access, mobility options and remote connections, monitoring and maintaining systems that run Windows . Configuration of the following is also included: updates to Windows, performance settings, backup and recovery options, backup, system recovery options, file recovery options and manage disk, monitor systems. Linux installations will also be examined, installed, and configured with emphasis on command line and security. Students are required to demonstrate these skills through a series of hands on labs, tests, and exercises.

CIS-1002: Virtualization Basics

This course discusses basic components of the Windows Server environment as an introduction to Hyper-V virtualization. In this course we will be installing and configuring virtualization on a local host and using only that host's resources. Students will be tasked with installing and configuring resources, operating systems, and networking using a variety of OS platforms and virtualization components. Hands on labs and assignments will be used to evaluate the students on this skill.

CIS-1132: Introduction to Security

CIS-1243: I.T. Consulting and Business Tools I

COM-3013: Professional Communications

This course is designed for international students with diplomas or degrees. It focuses on polishing communications skills acquired through one's academic career and workplace experience. Through various business writing and speaking scenarios, students learn Canadian business practices and communication styles. Close attention is paid to proper incorporation of the intellectual property of others to ensure academic integrity. Students will practice organized and dynamic speaking and will strive for polished business documents.

CIS-1203: Routing and Switching

This course describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a network. Students gain an understanding of configuring routers and switches for required functionality. Students learn how to configure and troubleshoot network devices and resolve common issues with data link protocols. Students will also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement virtual private network (VPN) operations in larger networks. By the end of this course, students will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with routing protocols, virtual LANs, inter-VLAN routing, and VPNs in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks.

CIS-1223: Server Foundations

This course includes knowledge of configuring, troubleshooting and deploying a Server in a network. Students will install basic Infrastructure services in a Domain: DHCP, DNS, Web Services, Domain Services and File sharing. This Course will have students install, configure, and troubleshoot these services in a classroom network. Students will learn about package managers, file and directory manipulation commands, locate configuration files, describe access controls used in securing the server current Network Operating Systems will be introduced, installed and configured and students are required to demonstrate skills through a series of hands on exercises, labs and tests.

CIS-1233: Server Enterprise

This course introduces students to advanced Server skills. Focusing on hands on, practical skills for administering a server in an enterprise. Students will integrate multiple NOS's, and install packages, policies, or scripts to automate network services and deployments. Configuring groups, users, resources, security, software deployment and policy management in multiple Network Operating Systems. Security and the use of certificates as well as the creation of certificates for your enterprise and other security techniques. By the end of this course, students should have the skills necessary to install, configure, and maintain an Enterprise Server environment with active users.

CIS-1213: Wireless Networking Fundamentals

This course is an introduction to the analysis, design, implementation, and management of wireless transmission systems. Students will learn about wireless channel and system models; fading and diversity; resource management and power control; multiple-antenna and MIMO systems; space-time codes and decoding algorithms; multiple-access techniques and multiuser detection; and architectural issues. The course will provide students with information and practice activities to prepare them to assist in the designing, installing, configuring, monitoring and conducting basic troubleshooting tasks of WLAN installations. This course will have students install, configure, and troubleshoot these services in a classroom network and students are required to demonstrate skills through a series of hands on exercises, labs, and tests. The course will provide entry level information, and will not specialize in any of the advanced features of WLAN network solutions.

CIS-1202: Helpdesk Professional

This course is a study of skills required to be successful in the IT help desk profession. Topics include effective work and personal organization techniques, team work and conflict resolution, application of troubleshooting techniques, effective documentation and communications, common information security practice, and constant learning techniques. Emphasis is on hands-on projects / presentations and case projects to understand the concepts behind help desk topics. This course provides the soft, practical and self-management skills needed in the Help Desk environment.

CSD-4103: Project Management

One of the most in-demand IT skills today isn't really an IT skill: it's Project Management. As more and more demand is placed on IT departments, there is more demand for professionals who understand and can manage in a project based environment. Using the principles as defined in accepted industry Project Management standards, this course provides a hands on framework for how to initiate, plan, execute, monitor and control, and close a project. Through the use of lectures, labs and assignments, students look at all stages of project development, with an eye to the tips and tricks that make a successful project. In addition, this course prepares students to challenge the CompTIA Project+ or the Certified Associate in Project Management(CAPM)® certification exams. CAPM, and PMI are registered marks of the Project Management institute.

CIS-1232: Python

This course uses the Python programming language to reinforced programming logic and problem solving skills. Students implement Python programs to (1) design, test, and debug programs using a top-down modernized approach; (2) control the flow of a program with decision and repetitive structures and functions; (3) implement array processing

CPS-1001: Co-op Preparation and Success

This course provides students with an introduction to work-integrated learning paths (Co-op and WIL Project) and assists with the preparation for successful transitioning from the classroom to the professional workplace. Students are introduced to the services and support systems available through the Co-op and Career Services Department as well as the Work Integrated Learning Policy. The process of career planning and development is introduced with a focus on the design of preliminary job search strategies. Emphasis is placed on valuable self-assessment and reflection that allows for skills discovery and personal development. Topics including teamwork, interpersonal expectations, intercultural communication as well as navigating conflict in the workplace are introduced to assist in the development and enhancement of in-demand soft skills. Learners will develop marketing materials including a cover letter and resume, and practice interview techniques.

(May - September)

ITP-3233: Cloud Infrastructure

This course is designed to give students exposure and experience to Cloud environments. In this course we will be installing and configuring virtualization both on a local host and on a hardware SAN unit. Students will be tasked with installing and configuring resources, operating systems, and networking using a variety of OS platforms and virtualization components. Students will also discover methods and procedures to maximize resources, availability, and client access to the Cloud. Industry standards surrounding Cloud deployments and maintenance are explored as well as Data and Transport Security. Students will also explore compliance with the legal issues surrounding Cloud environments and advanced networking topics related to Cloud deployments .Students will be tested through quizzes and hands on labs and exercises.

ITP-3243: Network Scripting for Administrators

This course is designed to introduce students to scripting languages used in administering Windows and Linux Server environments. Focusing on 3 main elements: Windows Command Line, PowerShell, and Linux Command line. Students have learned the point-and-click method in previous server courses, now they'll learn how to automate the creation of users, deploy virtual machines, and redirect computer accounts to different directory folders for added security. Students will learn automation tasks beyond these items, and are only limited by their imagination. This course fosters creative thinking, and pushes students to create scripts to make their day-to-day administrative work easier. Although this course is related to software programming, we are not creating new software applications, but rather, automating daily tasks that take time to complete when using point-and-click methods.

CIS-2103: Infrastructure Security

Security concepts in the connected world, including attack vectors, defense measures, policy generation and preventative maintenance practices are introduced. Students (1) install and configure software to provide defensive capabilities and proactive monitoring to a system; (2) develop requirements documentation for software that follows industry best practices; and (3) perform quality assurance of running systems and software to identify potential security concerns and risks. Students perform a series of hands-on technical exercises to gain the required skills for building a secure infrastructure.

ITP-1052: ITIL Foundations

The internationally recognized Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL®) framework is rapidly becoming the best-known and most widely recognized certification for IT service management worldwide. This course introduces students to the basic principles and structure of ITIL, and prepares them to challenge and successfully pass the ITIL V3.0 Foundation exam.

CIS-2313: Consulting and Business Tool II

CIS-2113: Business Technologies

This course examines emerging information technologies and their role in the world of business. While students are provided with opportunities for hands-on experience with a variety of applications, such as VoIP, the main emphasis is on gaining an understanding of how particular technologies are disrupting traditional business methods and workflow. The course topics are divided into three general areas. The first area is a high-level look at complex trends like social media and the Internet of Things. The second includes both enabling technologies like machine learning and business practices like search engine optimization, along with the impact it's having on digital marketing. The third places technology in a wider market context by providing students with an overview of regulatory issues and privacy risks for business.

CPS-2001: Career Preparation and Success

This course enhances the foundational concepts learned to effectively engage in an active job search, develop networking strategies, and fine-tuning a cover letter, resume and interviewing techniques. As learners embark on the transition from student to professional employee, the course introduces learners to and supports them in demonstrating key employability skills to be successful in their work-integrated learning experience. Topics include professional and interpersonal expectations and competencies in the workplace, as well as workplace communications skills for success. Students will develop a strong foundation for career planning decisions with an emphasis placed on investigating and analyzing personality self-assessments, career goals and planning.

CPL-1049: Work Term - Full-Time*

Co-operative education provides students with the opportunity to apply classroom learning to the workplace, undertake career sampling and gain valuable work experience that may assist students in leveraging employment after graduation. For further information regarding co-op, please refer to: https://www.lambtoncollege.ca/co-op_and_career/

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CPL-5559: WIL Project

Work Integrated Learning Project is aimed at enriching student success by connecting different program areas of study, cutting across subject -matter lines, and emphasizing unifying concepts. The focus is on making connections, allowing students to engage in relevant, meaningful activities that are connected and practiced in real life. This will attempt to enhance and strengthen the student's employability prospects post-graduation by exposing them to skills and knowledge in demand from today's employers. Students are required to attend the scheduled shifts in the WIL office, reporting to the WIL Supervisor. Weekly real-world challenges are presented in the WIL office, designed by industry professionals. In addition to the weekly assigned deliverables, students are also offered professional development sessions, and exposed to industry guest speakers, enhancing their opportunity to develop their professional network.

The term schedule above demonstrates a September intake program map. Students entering this program in January will follow a separate term schedule.

Program Maps

Students are required to follow their prescribed program map and are not allowed to take unscheduled breaks for any reason.

Current Students

Current students can view program maps from previous years on the mylambton website. 

You will need to login with your C# and password in order to access your program map.

Employment Opportunities

Students graduate with the skills required to enter the computer support field as a network administrator, network technician, security administrator, desktop support technician, computer technician or help desk technician. Depending upon the graduate’s background beyond this curriculum, he or she may be ready to accept a position as an entry-level enterprise systems administrator.

For information about post-graduate work eligibility for international students, please review the Post-Graduate Work Permit Program information.

For more information, please contact the appropriate campus:

Toronto
416-485-2098
lambton@cestarcollege.com
Mississauga
905-890-7833 x 222
lambton@queenscollege.ca
Sarnia/Main Campus
international@lambtoncollege.ca

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Kim Hunt
519-542-7751 x 3440
kim.hunt@lambtoncollege.ca
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