The common part is a few weeks with the Electronic class where both lines are taught the same subjects. The reason for this is, that you might have signed up to be a Network student, but in this joint period you might find out that it was Electronics you should have chosen. If so, then you can change your line of study. The same applies to students who have registered for Electronics; they have the chance to skip to Network.
Below you will find a review of the core areas taught in class, and information about wha they contain.
You gain skills and acquire new knowledge in the field of electronic systems, including basic electronics, interfaces, technical mathematics, and embedded systems. You also learn to use tools and measuring equipment in connection with the development and testing of electronic systems. Finally, you will learn to document and communicate.
Communication Engineering Systems
You gain skills and acquire new knowledge in the field of communications systems, including basic models (OSI) protocols and operating systems. This will make you able to use tools, analysis tools, and tests.
You will achieve skills and acquire new knowledge within the business area, including innovation, project management, finance, quality, resource management, advisory and consulting functions. You will learn about the use of relevant methods and to document and communicate through reports and presentations.
Network Engineering Systems (1st semester)
In Network, we deal with education for JNCIA certification. It consists of two parts, IJOS (Introduction to Juniper Operating System) and JRE (Juniper Routing Essentials). You receive thorough insight into how Juniper's Operating System (JUNOS) works, how its Command Line Interface (CLI) works, which commands are to be able to configure the Juniper equipment. You will then be guided carefully into the actual configuration of interfaces, route protocol OSPF (Open Shortest Path First), and you learn how to determine that everything works and if not, how debugger.
We also work with Ethernet protocol, where you will learn how it is built, and how it works.
You need to become an expert on IPv4, it is the "old" version of IP but still used worldwide. You need to learn how we're calculating "subnets" in IPv4, which means that you learn to master the binary number system to perfection.
Here you will gain skills and acquire new knowledge about software development, including converting specific duties to technical solutions. Specifically, we are programming in Python and associated libraries.
Network Engineering Systems (2nd and 3rd semester)
Through the study you will work in depth with LAN (Local Area Network), VLAN (Virtual LAN), associated standards as 802.1q, 802.1p, 802.3ad, and Virtual Routers. We also touch VoIP, and associated protocols (SIP) and Wireless (802.11).
You will get a thorough insight into how a router / switch and an operating system works, and you get a deep insight into technologies such as MPLS, RSVP, LDP, and VPLS/eVPN. You will work with protocols such as Ethernet, TCP / UDP, IPv4, and of course you will be introduced in to IPv6, while you are going to work a lot with protocols such as OSPF, OSPFv3 (IPv6), IS-IS, iBGP / eBGP etc. You will also work with various debugging, and analysis tools in the network, such as Wireshark, built in trace functions in Juniper equipment etc., and you will get a good detailed insight into network design - both high-level and detailed.
We consider documentation and presentation of design, problems and opportunities for essential elements of the design, development and maintenance of technical systems. Therefore, we will work a lot with report writing and presentation skills so you know how to get the key content to suit the recipients. You will learn about the use of diagrams (Visio) to make designs, and about how good high-level and low-level design documents should appear.
We are very focused on the fact that you learn how to make slides for presentations, and how to do it well when you present. You can expect presentations in most subjects on a weekly basis.
In connection with Automation we work with Ansible and PyEZ. Juniper PyEZ is a micro framework for Python that lets you remotely control and automate the configuration of devices running the Juniper Networks JunOS operating system. Juniper PyEZ is designed to provide the same opportunities as the user would have had using the JunOS commands through the CLI (Command Line Interface), thus automating workflows.
You will receive thorough training in Linux, starting from the very basics up to the advanced level. We focus especially on Linux as a "network operating system". Linux is designed to integrate effectively and safely as a component of the network, and that is what we work with. But as said we are starting with the basics and moves quickly to the more exciting networking part. In projects and lectures with Linux, we work with both Bash and Python programming.
We use Linux as the operating system for Ansible, Radius (FreeRadius) and PBX systems (FreePBX), all configured on physical and / or virtual machines.
During the programme you work a lot with various types and flavors of IT security. You learn to implement and configure it in our network lab and virtual systems. This work include Port Authentication (802.1x), Radius, L2TP, IPSec, Routing Policies and Firewalls (Stateless / State Full).
As mentioned, Palo Alto is the preferred partner for EAL and we are Palo Alto Network Authorized Academy Center (AAC) certified, together with 86 other Universities in the world. You will get a good insight into what is called "Next Generation Firewalls" where Palo Alto is the world leader, as well as all the disciplines which fall under the "NG" Firewall today.
For “normal” Firewalls we use Juniper for both Stateless and Statefull. We have a number of Juniper SRX firewalls in our lab, and we are using the vSRX (Virtual STX) as well, in our Virtualization environment where we have Palo Alto running as well.
The core of virtualization technology is to make the software in the form of operating systems and applications independent of hardware using special virtualization software that separates the software and hardware on an abstract level.
The separation of hardware and software means that you can have one physical server to act as many virtual servers and thus combine several different IT resources in terms of operating systems, routers, switches, storage and applications on this single physical server. This is the core of technologies such as Software Defined Networking (SDN), Virtualized Functions Network (VFN) and Software Defined Data Center (SDDC), which is high on the agenda at the Academy’s IT Technology network education.
Here you get back to work with the leading provider of virtualization, namely VMware. We are included in VM Ware's Academic Program (VMAP) to make sure that you as a student get the best education possible.
Counseling and Consulting
You will learn about presentation techniques, technical presentation (projects, solutions, technologies), development of technical documentation, "Request for Information" and "Request for Quotation" (RFI and RFQ) documentation relating to procurement, in relation to both internal and external projects. You will also get a good insight into what tasks you encounter as a "consultant", and how to approach problems and risks making “risk assessments” in a professional and timely manner.
We teach project management based on international standards (PMI, PRINCE2, etc.), and we use professional project management tools during the study programme. Some of the things you will get familiar with in connection with projects include Business Cases, Risk Assessment, Project Budgeting and Resource Management.
In the lectures and the projects we are mostly using the programming language Python, but you will also be working with Bash, which is the term used for Linux Scripting languages. They say that you "slices bash program". This is an important discipline since so much work with network tools requires that you write small programs. The programs are targeted at sniffing, analyzing and troubleshooting network traffic, send out configurations (Automation) for network devices and monitor and control network traffic.
Very large companies such as Juniper, has taken Python to them as their primary language and automated and integrated this language in their routers and switches. It therefore allows you to directly apply what has been learned, to configure and manage network traffic.
Most applications use some form of structure to store data for later use. You will learn some SQL, and also basically how a database designed efficiently, and how to avoid making database systems that generate inappropriately much network traffic. We use MySQL and SQLite as examples of so-called Relational Databases.
We start from scratch with Python and databases, but we advance fast, so you will get a solid foundation to write complex scripts when training is completed. There will be continuous homework assignments in programming and database that strengthens your knowledge and ability to write effective programs. At the end of the 2nd and 3rd semester you are allowed to define what you find interesting in writing programs to, and if you want to do projects where programming and databases are included. You can read more about under "Special Subjects”.
In "Special Subject" you have the opportunity to choose from a number of subjects offered. This means that you direct your specialization in the direction where your interests are, and where you would like to find employment after graduation. We are planning a model for specialization with 4 or 6 issues of which you can choose 2 or 3. International Module, as described below, usually constitutes a Special Subject.
Within the topic you have chosen, you will work in a team of students as a project and there will be training as needed. Within the chosen topic your team can freely choose which specific element you want to dig into. Examples of topics: Virtualization, SDN, Web Services integrated with databases, Ansible, Penetration test etc.
International Module (IM)
International Module (IM) is 1/6 of the 3rd semester and it is a mandatory stay abroad at a university of the academy’s choice. IM is organized by teachers in collaboration with the students, and the visited university, whenever possible. The module is organized as a mix between teaching and project work in teams with students from the visited university, and there will be planned a number of company visits if possible. The objectives are professional development, international, social and intercultural experience. We currently have good experience with IM in Portugal. Ongoing efforts with IM in new destinations, including Holland, Spain and England are under way. You must participate in the compulsory savings of DKK 5,000.00 during the 1st, 2nd and 3rd semester to participate in the IM.
The 3 month internship is placed on your 4th semester. You may even find your internship yourself, which must be approved by EAL as there are certain requirements for the employer during the internship.
If you have problems finding the right internship, we can help you. We have contact and internship agreements with some of the best companies in Denmark, and of course also abroad. We are proud to have obtained agreements with these companies and we have proved that our students are in a class by itself within the field of next generation networking.
It is extremely important that the academy has the right partners for the internships. Our partners are of course also involved in teaching at the academy, either to come and give presentations on current topics, conduct larger or smaller projects, or that we go and visit them and gain insight into the way they conduct their business. Our main partners for internships and technical cooperation currently are.:
- Ericsson Ltd. In Dublin (Mobile Solutions, IP/MPLit is Danisn )
- Juniper Networks in Amsterdam (JTAC / POC)
- Palo Alto Networks, USA
- VMware, USA
- Hardware Group in Cirencester, UK (Network Design, Implementation, SDN)
- XON Corporation, Johannesburg, South Africa (new internship partner)
- NetDesign, Copenhagen (TDC Consulting and Network Department)
- Nianet / Zen Systems, Copenhagen (ISP)
- SecuriPax, Vejen (Safety)
- IP Nordic, Gråsten (Development of VoIP solutions)
- Kjær-Data, Odense (Offshore / Network / Satellite)
- Athena, Odense (Hosting / Development / Network)
- Patient Sky, Odense (Development / Hosting / Network)
As you can see it is Danish and foreign top companies that have partnered up with us. It is for the academy and you as a student, a unique situation that makes it possible for us to be at the forefront of what is happening in the networking arena and make sure you get the best education possible. The internship and final project is often used by our internship partners to evaluate the students and make the way for employment after the final exam.
The main project for final exams
In an ordinary internship you find out, along with internship partner which project you're doing as a final project for the exam. The project will usually adress one or two of the major projects you have worked with during the internship. In your practical training, the internship, you are going to work with real client assignments/projects or internal projects covering everything from design to implementation and even development, on par with the company's own engineers and developers.
IT Technologists from Lillebaelt Academy, with network as a specialty, will easily find jobs in the industry on the technical / technological side. That is, design, implementation and maintenance of big and small networks, as well as development within automation, virtualisation, SDN, SDDC etc.
The work area is within the technical operation, design and implementation of large and small networks, security, development and consulting services related to planning, implementation and operation of modern networking solutions.
We aim not to educate our students to “normal” support work. Network Technologists will have a good broad theoretical and practical basis to design, implement and troubleshoot very complex systems.
At EAL, we strive to make our students academically able, robust and self-paced professionals. Our partners are very focused on our students and graduates ability to solve tasks in an independent, professional and timely manner.
As a graduate, you can work on the development of proof-of-concept solutions for major or specialized networks, or part of an operating team that maintains and develops the network of customers or in-house.
Are you interested in security, then you can work as an internal or external IT security consultant, where you combine your professional expertise in networking, programming, databases and servers, with your understanding of the companies' business needs.
Are you interests more towards servers and configuration, your experience from the study provide you with the ability to work with the provisioning and deployment of server and network configuration in a "devops" team. This is the basis for good cloud and SDN / VFN / SDDC solutions.
If your interest is more business than technical, the study will give you a business and project understanding so you could become a project manager within networking, security or general operation of IT and network systems.
If you are interested in a specific technology, you will have good opportunities to specialize in what you find most interesting. This is often relevant when the graduate, during the study, have found a good company that uses specific technologies, and he or she then uses a portion of the 3rd semester and the 4th semester to be part of the job directly after the education. This could be specific virtualization technologies, operating systems or protocols such as Voice-over-IP (VoIP) or Wireless etc.
Further Higher Education
There are two further educational possibilities when you have finished the IT Technology study programme. Both are Professional Bachelor (Pba) level :
- Pba. in Product Development and Technical Integration (1.5 years)
- Pba. Innovation and Entrepreneurship (1.5 years)
These two ”Professional Bachelor", will provide access to further studies like "Masters" in various disciplines at Aalborg University as well as a couple of other universities.