Cloud Engineering Technology (CLDE), AAS

At Dunwoody College of Technology, the Cloud Engineering Technology program prepares graduates for careers building and managing cloud computing solutions for businesses and organizations. Graduates enter the field in positions such as cloud architect/engineer, network architect/engineer, DevOps engineer, or systems engineer.

Students learn to build, automate, deploy, test, run, and manage cloud-based solutions that meet real world business needs. An emphasis is placed on hands-on projects, including lots of practice with the two leading platforms: Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.

Coursework includes cloud architecture, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, GitHub, cloud native practices, DevOps, containers, Docker, Python, databases, SQL, NoSQL, application security, microservices, serverless computing, and more. Interpersonal soft-skills are emphasized in all courses.

Arts & Sciences courses enhance and support the technical coursework.

Credential Earned: AAS
Length of Program: 2 years (4 semesters)
Classes Offered: Day on Campus or Evening Online Hybrid
Available Starts: Fall Semester; Spring Semester
Bachelor's Completion Option(s): Computer Science (CSCI), Bachelor of Science | Cybersecurity (CYBR), Bachelor of Science

  • Design and secure fault tolerant enterprise networks
  • Implement and manage virtual server farms
  • Automation of cloud network and service deployment
  • Deploy, manage, and optimize applications in multiple enterprise cloud environments
  • Securely extend and connect on-premises and public clouds
  • Architect cloud solutions based on business use cases
General Education
MATH1000Algebra & Trigonometry3
MATH1300Boolean Algebra & Number Systems2
PHIL2450Social Ethics3
WRIT2010Technical Writing3
Technical Credits
CLDE1110Introduction to Cloud Services2
CLDE1120DevOps Fundamentals2
CLDE1210Cloud Architecting3
CLDE2110Cloud Security3
CLDE2120Cloud Database Systems3
CLDE2210Hybrid Cloud Management3
CLDE2220Advanced Cloud Networking3
CLDE2230Cloud Enterprise Systems3
CLDE2290Cloud Capstone Project3
CNTS1102Introduction to Operating Systems2
CNTS1123Introduction to Networking2
CNTS1212Server Systems3
CNTS1232Network Systems3
CNTS2113Enterprise Linux Administration3
CWEB1114Introduction to Application Dev2
CWEB1123Data Fundamentals2
Total Hours:65

The following sample academic plan demonstrates how a student's schedule might look on a semester-by-semester basis, including elective courses. Your actual degree plan may differ from this sequence, depending on whether you start in the fall or spring semester, what transfer credits you may have (if any), and which General Education courses and electives you take and when you take them.

The sample academic plan is for informational purposes only. To determine your academic plan, please meet with an academic advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
CLDE1110 Introduction to Cloud Services 2
CLDE1120 DevOps Fundamentals 2
CNTS1102 Introduction to Operating Systems 2
CNTS1123 Introduction to Networking 2
CWEB1114 Introduction to Application Dev 2
CWEB1123 Data Fundamentals 2
MATH1000 Algebra & Trigonometry 3
MATH1300 Boolean Algebra & Number Systems 2
PHIL2450 Social Ethics 3
CLDE1210 Cloud Architecting 3
CNTS1212 Server Systems 3
CNTS1202 Scripting 3
CNTS1232 Network Systems 3
Second Year
CLDE2110 Cloud Security 3
CLDE2120 Cloud Database Systems 3
CNTS2113 Enterprise Linux Administration 3
CNTS2131 Virtualization 3
MATH2250 Statistics 3
PSYC1000 Psychology 3
CLDE2210 Hybrid Cloud Management 3
CLDE2220 Advanced Cloud Networking 3
CLDE2230 Cloud Enterprise Systems 3
CLDE2290 Cloud Capstone Project 3
WRIT2010 Technical Writing 3
 Total Credits65

CLDE1110 | Introduction to Cloud Services | Lecture/Laboratory (2 Credits)

Exploration of the technology and terms used in modern cloud services. Portions of this course help to prepare for the Amazon Cloud Practitioner exam.

CLDE1120 | DevOps Fundamentals | Lecture/Laboratory (2 Credits)

Investigation of industry-standard terminology technology and core principles used in automating the modern datacenter. Portions of this course help to prepare for the ICP Foundations of DevOps exam.

CNTS1102 | Introduction to Operating Systems | Lecture/Laboratory (2 Credits)

Introduction to the concepts and terminology of data communications in a datacenter. Examine client-server networking, communication hardware, software, and security. Analyze services and models supporting data communications interoperability. Configure and troubleshoot network connections and the associated hardware/software.

CLDE1210 | Cloud Architecting | Lecture/Laboratory (3 Credits)

Architecting business solutions for modern cloud services utilizing industry best practice concepts. Portions of this course help to prepare for the Amazon Cloud Architect Associate exam.

CLDE2110 | Cloud Security | Lecture/Laboratory (3 Credits)

Utilize best practice concepts in securing modern cloud services. Portions of this course help to prepare for the Amazon Security Specialty exam.

CLDE2120 | Cloud Database Systems | Lecture/Laboratory (3 Credits)

Build secure, durable and scalable database solutions for modern cloud services. Portions of this course help to prepare for the Amazon Database Specialty exam.

CLDE2210 | Hybrid Cloud Management | Lecture/Laboratory (3 Credits)

Design and implement integrated environments of on-premises and public cloud services that enable flexibility and the ability to migrate workloads, while maintaining data security and compliance. Portions of this course help to prepare for the Red Hat CloudForms Hybrid Cloud Administration exam.

CLDE2220 | Advanced Cloud Networking | Lecture/Laboratory (3 Credits)

Apply AWS networking nuances and how they relate to the integration of AWS services in provisioning Routing architectures, multi-region solutions for a global enterprise and highly available connectivity solutions. Portions of this course help to prepare for the Amazon Advanced Networking Specialty exam.

CLDE2230 | Cloud Enterprise Systems | Lecture/Laboratory (3 Credits)

Evaluate cloud application requirements and make architectural recommendations for secure implementation, deployment, and provisioning. Portions of this course help to prepare for the Amazon Solutions Architect Professional exam.

CLDE2290 | Cloud Capstone Project | Lecture/Laboratory (3 Credits)

Portfolio or external project work to exhibit all skills gained throughout program.

CNTS1123 | Introduction to Networking | Lecture/Laboratory (2 Credits)

Examine concepts of computer operating systems found in the datacenter. Navigation and manipulating of the file systems using command line and GUI interfaces of current Linux and Windows operating systems to gain an understanding of how they work, their similarities and differences. Portions of this course help to prepare for the CompTia A+ exam.

CNTS1202 | Scripting | Lecture/Laboratory (3 Credits)

Apply programming best practices to managing computer systems and networks. Topics include: development of real world scripts used to manage enterprise networks with a focus on Python and PowerShell.

CNTS1212 | Server Systems | Lecture/Laboratory (3 Credits)

Install, configure, maintain, and manage the core services in current Linux and Windows server operating systems. Introduction to the sharing of system resources, remote administration, directory services security and backups. Portions of this course help to prepare for the Microsoft Identity and Access Administrator exam.

CNTS1232 | Network Systems | Lecture/Laboratory (3 Credits)

Expansion of concepts and terminology of business data communications and how they apply to the business environment. Intermediate to advanced client-server networking concepts, including its associated networking hardware, addressing and services; logical addressing, IP routing, and network protocols. Install and configure client-server networking systems. Portions of this course help to prepare for the CompTIA Network+ exam.

CNTS2113 | Enterprise Linux Administration | Lecture/Laboratory (3 Credits)

Install, configure, maintain, and manage a wide variety of Open Source Software (OSS) with an emphasis on common web, file and database servers found in industry; the history of the open source movement. Configure OSS operating systems to support common client-servers, Web hosting, and other services commonly found at the enterprise and ISP levels of industry. In-depth coverage of technologies related to hosting websites including programming language support, database support/connectivity, and remote access. Portions of this course help to prepare for the Red Hat Certified Engineer exam.

CNTS2131 | Virtualization | Lecture/Laboratory (3 Credits)

Install, configure, maintain, and manage a variety of virtualization software; examine the underlying principles of virtualization; create a virtual IT infrastructure; advantages and disadvantages of moving to a virtualized environment; comparison of major virtualization software systems. Portions of this course help to prepare for the Professional VMware vSphere Exam.

CWEB1114 | Introduction to Application Dev | Lecture/Laboratory (2 Credits)

Code responsive, secure web app using HTML, CSS, JavaScript and server-side language while understanding the Software development life cycle and modern development methodologies.

CWEB1123 | Data Fundamentals | Lecture/Laboratory (2 Credits)

Examine the concepts of data and logical structures of data. Explore database types including relational, hierarchical, and graph data structures, and common search algorithms and query structures. Build a relational database using MySQL workbench. Utilize Structured Query Language (SQL) core skills (Queries, operators and keys).

MATH1000 | Algebra & Trigonometry | Lecture (3 Credits)

Real numbers and polynomials, exponents and radicals, fractional equations; proportions and linear equations; trigonometric functions, solutions of triangles, radians, trig functions graphs, vectors, and basic identities.

General Education: Mathematics

MATH1300 | Boolean Algebra & Number Systems | Lecture (2 Credits)

Binary, octal and hexadecimal number systems. Boolean algebra and mapping.

General Education: Mathematics

MATH2250 | Statistics | Lecture (3 Credits)

Descriptive and inferential statistics, frequency distributions, probability theory, and issues related to gathering data; computer spreadsheets facilitate the organization, analysis and display of data.

General Education: Mathematics

PHIL2450 | Social Ethics | Lecture (3 Credits)

Introduction to the practice of philosophy via the exploration of moral philosophy. Develop the ability to recognize, analyze, and discuss the moral problems which arise in life through the critical examination of ethical theories and their application to the issues of contemporary society. Topics to be considered will vary based on current events and student interest.

General Education: Humanities

PSYC1000 | Psychology | Lecture (3 Credits)

The science of human behavior; the history of the discipline, biological foundations, personality, measurement, learning, stress and mental disorders.

General Education: Social Sciences

WRIT2010 | Technical Writing | Lecture (3 Credits)

Technical writing applications are studied for format, style, voice, and point of view; considered for purpose, audience, and subject. Critical thinking and developed expertise are employed to analyze, interpret, evaluate, summarize and generate various technical documents, individually and within teams.

General Education: Communications