Elite Cloud Engineering Program

Launch yourself into Cloud engineer jobs at top-tier tech companies with confidence, technical skills and a strong portfolio.

Cloud Engineer Program

About Our DevOps/Cloud Engineer Program

Qwasar’s DevOps/Cloud Engineer program focuses on architecture, infrastructure, monitoring, automation, and network programming, as well as strong fundamentals in data structures and algorithms. Our comprehensive, elite program is entirely project-based, meaning learners develop a strong technical portfolio using cloud technologies and scalable infrastructures as well as desired hard and soft skills.

 

Overall, our DevOps/Cloud Engineering program is designed to train learners to become a DevOps/cloud engineer capable of working on enterprise-level infrastructure and who are unrelenting, dependable problem solvers.

Program Options Available

Full-time and part-time programs available remotely.

Remote Part-time Weekday

18 months

Tues/Thurs meetings

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Start dates:

12 Mar 2024

7 May 2024

9 July 2024

10 Sept 2024

Remote Part-time Saturdays

18 months

Saturday meetings

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Start dates:

16 Mar 2024

11 May 2024

13 July 2024

14 Sept 2024

Remote Full-time Weekdays

12 months

Mon – Fri meetings

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Start dates:

12 Mar 2024

7 May 2024

9 July 2024

10 Sept 2024

  • Join a specific cohort
  • Virtual meetings 1-3x per day
  • Learn in a community
  • 100% hands-on learning
  • Accountability & motivation
  • Live coding sessions
  • Interviews with industry SWEs

Pricing/Program Costs

Qwasar programs are $2,400 in total and can be paid upfront or in monthly payments. The first two months are due after enrolling and before your start date. This is non-refundable.

Once enrolled in Qwasar programs, you will be sent an enrollment contract.

If you enroll on a part-time basis, you pay $100 per month until you gain an internship, apprenticeship, or employment, at which point you pay the final remaining sum up to a total of $2,400 which can be paid one-off or monthly at $200/mo.

If you’re full-time, you pay $200 per month until you gain an internship, apprenticeship, or employment, at which point you pay the final remaining sum up to a total of $2,400 which can be paid one-off or monthly at $200/mo. 

Prices are in US Dollars and are for learners in North America. Please see our pricing page for more information.

Set Yourself on a Path for Top Cloud Engineer Jobs

Companies are pretty clear about what they want in their candidates.

You should be asking the question, “How does our curriculum align with the job description of companies I want to work for one day?”

Here’s a list of companies or types or companies looking for candidates with the specific skill set and experience that aligns with this program’s curriculum:

  • Financial industry – Capital One, Wells Fargo, Federal Reserve, etc.
  • Automotive – Tesla, Lucid Motors, etc.
  • Defense: Lockheed Martin, Leidos, Northrop Grumman, etc.
  • Tech: Adobe, Pinterest, Intel, Nintendo, etc.

Languages and Tools

Languages and tools covered throughout the full stack developer program:

python
SQL
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terraform
ci:cd pipeline
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load balancer
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DevOps/Cloud Engineering Program Curriculum

What you’ll cover throughout your learning journey.

Introduction to Programming

Begin to use and become familiar with everyday programming tools and terms – the terminal, the command line, Git, folders, filers and repositories

Cover the fundamentals of web programming and programming as a concept, including functions, variables, different types of variables, multiple variables, etc.

Build your first small project in Python and begin fundamentals of debugging and problem solving

Introduction to Problem Solving

Build a web scraper to collect information that can be used for finding an apartment, or buying concert tickets

  • Breakdown a large project into smaller, more manageable tasks and functions
  • Introduction to data lifecycle

    Cloud Engineering Program Curriculum

    What you’ll cover throughout your learning journey. Direct entry to Seasons is available.

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    INTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMMING

    Cover basic software engineering principles: variables, functions, loop statements, if statements, basic algorithms and data structures. Begin using an IDE and the terminal. This track is the equivalent of a coding bootcamp.

     

    Languages:
    Python

    Cloud Engineer Program season 1

    DATA STRUCTURES AND ALGORITHMS (Optional)

    Cover fundamental computer programming concepts and learn the basics of C. Build a solid foundation in back-end programming including pointers, arrays, strings, algorithms, data structures, data types, and software architecture.

     

    Languages:
    C

    Cloud Engineer Program season 2

    CLOUD TOOLS, CI/CD, AND SERVERLESS

    Learners begin discovering web architecture and setup, including using DNS, AWS/GCP/Azure, web hosting, scripting and monitoring systems, web servers and configurations, virtual machines, and finally, different types of databases (SQL, noSQL, Redis).

     

    Track tech stack:

    Python
    SQL
    Redis

    Cloud Engineer Program season 3

    MONITORING AND INFRASTRUCTURE

    Cover software architecture and infrastructure that’s scalable and robust, databases, web databases, Docker, Kubernetes, virtual machines, logs, CI/CD, Terraform, Puppet, Ansible, Chef, Jenkins, network programming, and code automation in a public IaaS cloud infrastructure.

     

    Track tech stack:

    Terraform, Puppet, Ansible, Chef, Jenkins

    YOUR LEARNING JOURNEY

    Learning Top Skills is Tough

    Learning skills is like learning a sport, a musical instrument, or cooking: it takes time, learning by doing, trial and error, and lots of practice. NBA players don’t get good by watching lectures or videos. Skills-based learning at Qwasar is TOUGH.

    DO NOT GIVE UP
    The key to our programs is to not give up. No matter how difficult the problem is in front of you, do not give up. Great engineers do not give up but instead apply structured problem solving.

    EARN AN ELITE CERTIFICATE
    After your hard work and upon completing the program, learners will earn a certificate from Qwasar Silicon Valley for the Elite Cloud Engineering Program.

    Cloud Engineer Program learning journey

    How Learning Works

    What you will be doing throughout the program.

    Cloud Engineer Program projects

    PROJECTS

    Each season has a series of projects to complete that last 1 day to up to 3 months. These are problems and challenges to build software based on certain requirements and restrictions.

    One example of a project would be to build a task-management software with tags, permissions, and a basic user interface.

    Cloud Engineer Program exercises

    EXERCISES

    Each week, participants will have 1-5 coding exercises to complete. These are accessed through our software and your code is auto-graded to ensure it’s is up to speed and functioning. This is part of the learning process. We have over 800 exercises in our library with thousands of test cases!

    Cloud Engineer Program role play

    ROLE PLAY

    We use role play to develop soft skills such as job negotiations or conflict resolution. We also use role play in technical interview practice where participants will both be the interviewee and the interviewer. This dual-sided perspective is unique to our program & helps build better interviewees.

    Cloud Engineer Program gamification

    GAMIFICATION

    Our system is gamified, meaning that you will earn and spend “Qpoints.” As you complete peer code reviews, you earn points and as you submit your projects for review, you will spend Qpoints.

    What Sets Us Apart

    Silicon Valley Standards

    We train to standards set by Silicon Valley for cloud engineers. This means the level is much higher than that of bootcamps, and higher than that of CS degrees. Your specialty is being an elite engineer at a world-renown level.

    Technical Skills & Knowledge

    Thanks to the depth and breadth of our program curriculum, you acquire a level of technical skills and knowledge that learners in other programs or bootcamps simply never acquire.

    Strong Back-end Skills

    The vast majority of bootcamps don’t cover data structures or algorithms. CS degrees don’t cover hands-on application of theory or actually developing software architecture. We cover both and your strong back-end skills and experience with databases, data structures, and algorithms will set you apart from other candidates.

    Depth of Technical Portfolio

    Learners develop a technical portfolio that has depth and shows the extent of their technical skills and ability to handle databases, deployments, and development. Neither bootcamps nor CS degrees offer this.

    Why Qwasar

    Why pay more, study less, and then spend 6-12 months trying to find a job (at a bootcamp or CS degree), when you could pay less, study more, and give yourself a much higher chance of gaining employment at (or before graduation)?

    Unlike others, our learning model is backed by significant learning science and the learning experience is rooted in learning by doing and in a learning community.

    Our employment rates are within 2 months of graduating, not 6 or 12, and most learners gain employment before they finish the curriculum.

    We’re way cheaper than other options, and offer flexible learning opportunities.

    We list some of the reasons why you should consider Qwasar:

    • Train to Silicon Valley standards

    • MUCH greater depth of fundamentals, data structures, algorithms

    • Freedom and flexibility in learning – i.e. time to learn what you don’t understand

    • Hugely diverse and welcoming learning community

    • Depth and breadth of languages, technical skills, and frameworks covered

    • Extensive technical interview, resume, and profile training/resources

    • Industry-leading coding and learning management platform

    • Access to alumni network for referrals to jobs

    Real Employer Partnerships and High Employment Rates

    Qwasar works directly with employers and hiring partners who recruit from our programs. Partners include LinkedIn, Capgemini, Workday, Claris, Accenture, Crowdstrike, and more.

    Many employers have reached out to us to recruit directly from our programs. Qwasar is recognized in industry for its superior programs, curriculum, and graduates, and as a result, our learners often have significantly better opportunities for recruitment into jobs, internships, and apprenticeships compared to bootcamp grads.

    As of June 2022, our programs have a 95% employment rate for learners who finish the program, with most learners gaining employment before they finish the program. The employment rate is calculated within 6 weeks of graduation, NOT 6-12 months after graduation.

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    Career Support

    Our entire program is designed to make you a great candidate. Qwasar has created a career support track and community called Technical Interview Preparation Program (TIPP), which students join in Season 2. This includes:

    Interview Preparation and Practice

    • Complete 20-40 technical interview role plays
    • Better understand the interviewer perspective by living it
    • Complete HackerRank challenges
    • Practice answering behavioral interview questions

    Resume and Profile Preparation

    • Technical resume help, review, and feedback
    • LinkedIn profile review and feedback
    • Resume and profile keyword suggestions
    • Resume format requirements for optimal application responses

    Technical Portfolio Development

    • Develop a strong technical portfolio as you complete the progra
    • Review and publish your code for your resume’s portfolio

    Useful Resources

    • Technical resume templates
    • Behavioral interview worksheet
    • “Tell me about yourself” 2-min pitch worksheet
    • Job application tracking system
    • TIPP community meetings and support
    • Access to unique hiring platforms with jobs from companies looking for candidates without a computer science degree

    INNOVATIVE LEARNING

    What to Expect

     

    At Qwasar, you are responsible for your learning, just as you would be responsible for your work in a job. Problem-based learning involves finding, trying, and building solutions. With no single source of truth and no answers provided, it’s up to you to figure out how to make your code work, when and how to ask for help, and how to successfully build software in a team.

    Cloud Engineer Program what to expect

    Attend an Information Session

    Join us for a session on what learning is like at Qwasar. Sign up to learn more about our program options and how each cohort works:

    "I deployed my first front end without backend then added lambda. And it worked well. I’m so happy, I’m the god of the cloud! With AWS you have a lot of free stuff with which you can experiment; it’s a great place to try."
    Qwasar Student

    Award-Winning Program

    Intelligent.com recently named our Elite Cloud Engineering Program one of the Top 10 Best Cloud Computing Bootcamps of 2021. We are so proud to offer industry-leading tech talent programs in cloud computing. Some of the criteria used by Intelligent were prerequisites needed, certificate upon completion, flexible schedule, and time to complete.

    Intelligent.com

    Join an Outstanding Learning Community!

    Joining Qwasar is about joining a learning community. Learning on your own is hard, watching online videos can be boring, and sharing your learning journey (and certainly lots of jokes) with others is important.

     

    Our platform and Discord chat, as well as our program meetings, are all about building and participating in the community. When you join our programs, you have access to:

    • Group debugging sessions
    • Small group sessions
    • Virtual coworking rooms
    • Sophisticated peer code review system
    • Coding collaboration workshops and pair programming
    • Our lively Discord online chat (with a tech news section and a meme section)

    Transitioning Careers? Join the Club!

    Qwasar is a hive of career switchers. We have people who are or were: baristas, retail associates, medical assistants, accountants, professional musicians, biomedical researchers, teachers, finance directors, IT support professionals, network engineers, mechanical engineers, college students in non-technical fields, business analysts, writers, translators, and more.

    We also have career returners and veterans in the community.

    Chances are high that you’ve got transferable skills. Here’s an example we put together for people transitioning from accounting:

    A 6-Step Guide on How to Transition From Accounting to Tech
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    Check Job Descriptions: Our Curriculum Aligns to Employer Demands

    Our curriculum is based on what employers are looking for in cloud engineers.
    Other programs don’t cover the minimal level required by Tier 1 tech companies.

    Here’s how we stack up:

     

    Qwasar

    Bootcamps

    CS Degree

    Good at structured problem solving to efficiently debug code and to anticipate potential problems

    X

    X

    Experience developing and managing CI/CD pipeline as well as automating testing

    X

    X

    Proficiency with UNIX/Linux systems

    X

    X

    Proven experience using cloud tools to design, deploy and maintain cloud-based systems and infrastructure (AWS/GCP/Azure, Kubernetes, Python, PostgreSQL, Redis, etc.)

    X

    X

    Experience in administration, installation, and configuration of a development environment

    X

    X

    Experience with VMs and containerization

    X

    X

    Strong communication and collaboration skills yet able to work independently

    Limited

    Limited

           

    Application Process

    To apply to our DevOps and Cloud Engineer Program, expect the following steps:

    Step 1: Submit your application online.

    Step 2: We review your application.

    Step 3: You will be invited to schedule a virtual interview.

    Step 4: Following the interview, if accepted, you will be invited to enroll.

    Step 5: You will receive an email with a link to the enrollment form.

    Step 6: You complete the enrollment form.

     

    Following a successful application and enrollment, you will be expected to attend orientation, virtually of course!

    Student Brochure

    Download a copy of our student brochure for detailed information about our program options, policies, and logistics.

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    Information Sessions

    Join us for a session on what learning is like at Qwasar. Sign up to learn more about our program options and how each cohort works.

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    Qwasar vs. Others

    How do Qwasar programs compare to other tech training options out there? Find out how we stack up.

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