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COMPUTER TECHNICIAN

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Computer technicians install, maintain and repair computers and networks. They also set up computer security measures, configure computer networks, and offer technical support on-site or via phone or email.

Career Details

Skills

Students in Computer Technician are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Installing, maintaining, and repairing computer operating systems
  • Performing maintenance on computer hardware and other associated systems
  • Integrating and operating equipment such as printers and scanners
  • Reassembling machines after making repairs or replacing parts
  • Identifying how software impacts computer networks
  • Specializing in one of three focus areas: A+, Network+, or Security+

Career Options

Most Computer Technician graduates go to work for mid-size to large companies that have extensive computer networks or computer repair contractors. Computer technicians typically work normal business hours but may be on call at night or on the weekends to make repairs for clients or to handle emergencies.

Requirements

Before entering the Computer Technician program, students must:

  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Credentials

As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Students who complete a program in the Information Technology training area can earn nationally recognized credentials from organizations such as Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), the national standard in computer science training and credentialing.

Credentials such as these show that students are ready for positions in computer programming and repair.  

Computer Technician Numbers to Know

$37K

National average earning potential for this career

8-12

Months to complete career training program

Expectations

While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:


Attention to detail
Concentration
Dependability
Integrity
Listening skills
Problem-solving skills