The purpose of foreign practices for the profession of mechatronics & IT techniques is to acquire skills in the construction, operation of computer networks. The skills acquired in the workplace will enable the student to better prepare for practical classes related to the operation of industrial networks, the use of PLCs in industry and will expand the knowledge and skills acquired in the school, which will ensure complementary vocational education. The skills acquired during the apprenticeships will also allow to gain valuable professional experience at work, develop the right habits of an employee working with IT devices, use of measuring tools and instruments, and knowledge in the field of health and safety. 


Computer networking practices develop key skills and in line with the  priorities for developing students’ digital competences.

 The aim of the apprenticeships is also to prepare students for life in the modern world, to perform professional work and to actively operate in a changing labour market. 

The English language, in particular the professional language to be used by pupils in communication at the workplace, will allow for the student’s subsequent professional mobility.


Establishments provided for in the practical training process:

The apprenticeship program includes the following LEARNING UNITS:


Unit 1:

Construction and types of computer networks; includes: m.in: 

− IPv4 addresses. 

− IPv4 address types. 

− IPv4 subnet mask. 

− Variable Length Subnet Masking. 

− Network, host, and broadcast address. 

− Division of IPv4 networks into subnets. 

− Group communication addresses. 

− Public and private IPv4 addresses. 

− Special IPv4 addresses. 

− IPv6 addresses. 

− How to write the Address IPv6 address of the IPv6 unicast type. 


Unit 2:

 Configuration of computer networks; of which:

  • Global IPv4 address configuration.

− Division of IPv4 networks into subnets. 

− Coexistence of IPv4 and IPv6 

  • Configuration of ROUTERS and other network devices
  • Unit 3:

Construction, maintenance and diagnostics of computer networks;

Measurements of the local computer network. 

− Network traffic monitoring tools

− Stages of modernization of the computer network. 

− Computer network failures. 

− Methods for finding failures of the local computer network. 

− Connecting the LAN to the Internet using available technologies.



Planned tasks

At the workplace there is a selected element necessary for the construction, configuration and diagnostics of the computer network Then do the work related to the preparation of wires (earning RJ-45 tips), configure the router and computers. Present the result of your work to the mentor. The summary of the work done will be an assessment by the mentor.



Detailed learning outcomes. After completing the classes, the student can:


  • describe the construction of the IPv4 address;
  • Define a subnet mask
  • explain the need for IPv6 addressing;
  • describe the construction of the IPv6 address;
  • Define a subnet prefix;
  • Specify the type of IPv4 addresses;
  • Specify the type of IPv6 addresses;
  • specify the acceptable IPv4 and IPv6 addresses in the sub-systems;
  • compare public and private space addresses;
  • Characterize the address of group communication;
  • to verify the structure of the network in terms of IP addressing;
  • Calculate the number of hosts on a given computer network and their membership in the network;
  • Specify the number of possible subnets on the local computer network
  • calculate the number and range of addresses on a given computer network and their membership in the network;
  • describe the advantages of a variable length of a subnet mask;
  • explain the mechanisms for allocating IPv6 addresses;
  • Configure the network according to the IPv4 address breakdown on the subnet;
  • characterize the types of passive and active measurements and tests of the logical structure of the local computer network;
  • to induminating the construction of the computer network with a view to modernising it;
  • select materials, tools and equipment for the modernisation of the local computer network;
  • Define failures of the local computer network;
  • list methods for finding failures of local computer networks;
  • discuss methods for documenting failures of local computer networks;
  • configures and installs network instrumentation (router, etc.)
  • configures operating systems in terms of network collaboration;
  • prepares wires;
  • recognizes topologies of local computer networks;
  • recognizes and applies standards for structural cabling;
  • Recognizes local area network protocols and wide area network access protocols.
  • Recognizes network devices based on description, graphic symbols, and appearance
  • specifies the functions of the computer network system;
  • selects structural network components, devices and network software;
  • selects instruments and devices for the installation of structural wiring;
  • mounts network cabling;
  • performs measurements of structural wiring;



During the classes, the student will perform:


Work related to the configuration of devices, the construction of the network structure in the room/building, installed the necessary software on computers, configured network devices, determined parameters and performed network analysis.










The student distinguishes, uses computer networks of different types.





The student can:

•        Describe the properties of computer networks

•        Describe the types of computer networks

•        Name, distinguish network hardware i.e. router, switch, modem

•        Describe how to connect to the Internet

•        Indicate differences between different network types

•        Knows network topologies

•        He knows the instruments for measuring efficiency and parameters of computer networks

•        Distinguishes between wires

network systems, knows their use and is able to select

The student can

•        Carry out network cabling work at home and in a small business

•        Configure basic network devices

•        Install network equipment

•        Install the necessary software for network devices

•        Configure the operating system to work with the network

•        Set up an Internet connection

•        Share resources in

local network

•        Set up connections

•        Prepare

and measure their parameters.

The student can:

•        Detect faults when reviewing Ethernet networks, installation components, and devices that are part of local networks

•        Collaborate in a group during team tasks

•        Put into practice

knowledge of the network