Bootcamp Program for
IoT Field Technicians

Learn IoT Skills to Prepare for Emerging IT Careers in the Digital Economy

Working together with Cisco, an Internet of Things industry leader, we have developed a cutting edge networking & field service program where you’ll gain IoT technical expertise and skills. After completing this education-to-industry-based bootcamp, you’ll be better prepared for IoT-driven employment opportunities, have the potential to create positive change for our society, and prepare to thrive in the digital economy.

As an IoT Field Technician, you can bring connectivity to things as diverse as factory-floor machinery, roadways, and consumer electrical grids to help usher in an era of smarter, safer, and more efficient technology solutions. Field Technicians are responsible for installing, maintaining, and troubleshooting critical components of customers’ IoT solutions; including sensor nodes, gateways, convergent networks, and applications. These valuable skills are critical to the IoT revolution across a multitude of industries.



Use technology to improve health and address emergency situations.


Build the foundation for digital inclusion and socioeconomic empowerment.


Expand access to electricity; improve the environment and climate-change resilience.


Optimize resources and improve processes across the supply chain.

Bootcamp Curriculum

Our curriculum enables you to have the technical skills, tools and collaboration experience of an entry-level IoT Field Technician upon the completion of our 26 week bootcamp.

This bootcamp is designed to teach foundational knowledge that is part of the Cisco CCENT and CCNA industry certification exams. In addition, this bootcamp includes test preparation for CCENT and CCNA industry certification exams and vouchers for the first attempt of the exams.


  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Design And Fabrication
  • IoT UX Design
  • Network Computing
  • Connectivity
  • Security
  • Data Engineering and Visualization
  • IoT App Development
  • IoT System Integration


  • Packet Tracer Tools
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Arduino
  • Prototyping Lab Cloud
  • Packet Tracer 7.0
  • RapidMiner
  • RStudio
  • Jasper
  • Software Defined Networking (SDN)
  • Python
  • IPv4 and IPv6
  • Ethernet and WiFi
  • TCP and UDP

*The tools and technologies listed here are trademarks of their respective organizations.

Select Hands-On Skills Development Examples And Program Learning Outcomes

Design, Configure, Program, Install and Troubleshoot:
  • Small end-to-end IoT systems using a variety of hobbyist, commercial tools, including hardware, software, and services from Cisco
  • Programs in Python, IoT APIs and SDKs, and use of Network Device Configuration using Cisco IOS and Cisco IoX
  • Simple wired (Ethernet) and wireless (802.11a/b/g/n/ac; BLE; cellular; LoRA) edge nodes, fog nodes, Internet Transport networks, cloud computing, and simple data centers

Specify product needs and work with other professionals using Cisco network function virtualization (NFV), software defined networking (SDN), and application-centric infrastructure (ACI) technologies.

Manage SMB networks with devices such as Cisco 2901 and 829 routers, 2960 and 3560 switches, 5505 application security appliances, 2504 wireless LAN controllers and 752 lightweight access points.

“Rack and Stack”: Safely install and maintain racked and standalone networking equipment and end devices.

Hackathon Activities May Include: 
  • Fabricating artifacts by hand in wood, plastic, metal, and fabric, and use 3D printing effectively
  • Creating a tangible, detailed business proposal, from business model canvas to pitch, for either internal-entrepreneurship or external venture-capital audiences


Upskilling Pre-Work

Weeks 1-3 (Online; No required meeting times)

Review and brush up on key concepts and skills to ensure you hit the ground running in Phase 1. All bootcamp students are required to complete this pre-work before starting the first phase.


Weeks 4 to 10 (On-campus: TUE 6:30 – 9:30pm, SAT 10am – 4pm; Online: THU 6:30 – 9pm)

Becoming a Digital Artisan
The first phase is designed to teach you the basics of connectivity and digitization through a combination of classroom instruction, labs and skills assessments. Topics include:

  • Introduction to IoT and Digitization
  • Connecting Things
  • Rapid Prototyping


Phase 1 culminates in Hackathon 1, where you will work in teams to develop, prototype, and pitch a business idea for an IoT solution.

Digital Artisan Foundation Progress Assignment
After completing the Digital Artisan Foundation Progress Assessment, you will continue to the next phase.


Weeks 11 to 20 (On-campus: TUE 6:30 – 9:30pm, SAT 10am – 4pm; Online: THU 6:30 – 9pm)

From IoT Literate to Cisco Proficient Technician
The second phase begins with a deeper understanding of IoT systems, including network computing, connectivity, security and system integration. Here you will cover:

  • IoT Systems
  • IoT Connectivity
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Hackathon training


This phase also includes a Hackathon, followed by more advanced IoT Field Technician skills development.

Advanced Skills Progress Assessment
After completing your Advanced Skills Progress Assessment, you’ll be prepared to test your skills on an industry project.


Weeks 21 – 26 (Part-time; 15 hours per week)

Transforming to IoT Field-ready via Industry Projects
The Industry Project is designed to help you go from proficient in the lab to proficient in the field, having tangible industry-based experience applying what you learned as an IoT Field Technician in a live industry context. You’ll gain real world experience and expand your professional contacts working side-by-side with an industry partner to solve a live challenge.

Example schedule of industry project:
  • Industry Project Kickoff
  • Project Planning
  • Work Sprint 1
  • Internal Presentation to instructors and other bootcamp teams
  • Work Sprint 2
  • Demo Presentation with preliminary findings to company stakeholders
  • Work Sprint 3
  • Internal Presentation instructors and other bootcamp teams

Final Project Presentation to Corporate Partners + Graduation

To keep pace with the needs of current students, rapidly changing technologies and market conditions, the specific topics and tools covered in the course are subject to change without notice.


Bootcamp Instructors And Teaching Staff

Our instructors are talented and experienced leaders who have been teaching students in the tech space for many years. We selected them for our bootcamp not only for their technical skills, but also for their teaching and facilitation ability. They are committed to helping you learn and get the level of support you need.


James Karagiannes, Ph.D. Physics
Professor, Engineering & Information Sciences
Faculty Chair, Engineering & Information Sciences Chicagoland Group

Abdulmagid Omar, Ph.D.
Senior Professor, DSP Design Engineer
EET/CET, Chicagoland Group

Kevin Greshock, MBA
Senior Professor
CCNA, CCNA Security, and CCAI, Chicagoland Group

Jeff Daoud, MS
Associate Professor
Comp Tia A+ and Security+CCNA, CCNA Security, CCAI, Chicagoland Group


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