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Put your analytical, problem solver brain to work and build a rewarding career in the busy IT industry as a Computer Systems Technician

12 to 18 Month* Hands-On Computer Systems Technician Training Programs

Become the backbone of today’s companies with IT training. Combine your people skills with your interest in computer technology to become a successful Computer Systems Technician. You will learn how to problem solve, evaluate network or system performance, and communicate clearly with other administrators and co-workers.

Next Start Date: Jan 9thComputer Systems Technician IntelliTec College - Albuquerque 4575 San Mateo Blvd NE - Suite K Albuquerque NM USA 87109 Turn your passion for computers into a career in IT. With job-focused training at IntelliTec College, you can learn to set up and maintain networks and keep routers and servers functioning. Program length is 12-19 months*.https://intellitec.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/computer-systems-hero.jpgIntelliTec College


Computer Network Systems Technician

$62,760 median national annual salary***


  • Graduates have been hired by government, military, & private sectors
  • 6 Certification Options

*** https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes151231.htm visited on Nov. 28, 2022. Salary source for computer network support specialist with lowest 10% of workers earning $38,560 to the highest 10% of workers earning $102,410.  Median Annual Colorado Salary & Median Annual New Mexico Salary

What Does a Computer Systems Technician Do?

A Computer Systems Technician (CST) is responsible for setting up Internet connections, establishing different types of networks like LAN (local area network) or WAN (wide area network) for bigger organizations and connecting them. CSTs are also responsible for establishing and keeping routers and servers functioning and continuing to provide support for the company. They ensure systems are functioning and when systems malfunction, they have to find solutions quickly without paralyzing the other computers and equipment in the network. They may also provide help and advice to people and organizations using computer software or equipment.

Computer Systems Technician Job Opportunities

  • Information Technology Associate
  • Help Desk Support Specialist
  • PC Support Technician or Specialist
  • Technical Field Support Specialist
  • Network Systems Administrator (junior level)
  • Computer Systems Administrator

  • Network Technician
  • Networking Administrator
  • Mobile Device Specialist
  • Information Security/Assurance Analyst (entry-level)
  • and more!


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Certificate & Degree Options

IntelliTec College offers a 12-month* Computer Systems Technician Certificate program for those who wish to take a shorter program and quickly start a career. Alternatively, you can take the remaining courses to complete the 18-month* Computer Network Systems Technician: Administration Associate’s Degree program, which could lead to increased opportunities and a wider breadth of knowledge.

At IntelliTec College, we offer two Computer Systems Technician programs:

Computer Systems Technician – Certificate (12 Months*):

If you are looking to quickly start a career in IT, consider our 12-month* Certificate program. This program is intended for those who wish to take a faster approach to becoming a Computer Systems Technology professional.

Computer Network Systems Technician: Administration – Associate Degree (18 Months*):

In the 18-month* Associate Degree program, you may find more opportunities for advancement with the additional skills you will gain. You will receive the knowledge and hands-on training you need to help prepare you for an entry-level career in a wide array of technological environments. Upon completion of this program, you will feel fully prepared to start a career as an IT professional.

Computer Systems Technician Salary Potential

IntelliTec College provides career-training programs for entry-level positions. Salaries vary depending on geographic location, economic conditions, and willingness to relocate. Salaries by occupation and specific location can be found on the O*NET website. National figures for labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy are available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. You can also visit the campus career services department to learn where IntelliTec College graduates work and the beginning salaries in their respective careers.

How Is the Job Outlook for the Next 10 Years?

According to the US Department of Labor, job opportunities for qualified applicants with computer and electronics familiarity and good troubleshooting skills will have the best opportunities as employers continue to have difficulty finding qualified technicians to install, maintain, and repair complex new systems.

When Do Computer Systems Technicians Usually Work?

Most workers have full-time work schedules; however, many do not work typical 9-to-5 jobs. Because computer support is important for businesses, many employees must be available 24 hours a day. As a result, working nights or weekends is likely.

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Computer Systems Technician Certificate Program

Upon successful completion of this certificate program, the graduate should possess skills and knowledge required for employment as an entry-level Information Technologist, functional in a wide array of technological environments, such as helpdesk technician, computer systems/desktop support technician, and network systems administrator at the junior level, in a variety of operating environments.

Students will prepare for and can take the following exams:

  • CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+)
  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • CompTIA Linux+
  • Microsoft Technology Associate: Windows Server or CompTIA Server+

Computer Systems Technician Certificate

Locations:

Program length: 12 months*

Award: Certificate

Credit hours: 61.5

Computer Network Systems Technician: Administration Associate Degree Program

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will possess skills and knowledge required for employment as an Information Technologist, functional in a wide array of technological environments, such as help desk technician, computer systems/desktop support technician, and network systems administrator, in a variety of operating environments.

Students will receive the opportunity to sit for the following certifications:

  • CompTIA Transformation Award BadgeCompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+)
  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • CompTIA Linux+
  • CompTIA Cloud+
  • Microsoft Technology Associate: Windows Server or CompTIA Server+

Computer Network Systems Technician: Administration Associate’s Degree

Locations:

Program length: 18 months*

Award: Occupational Associates Degree

Credit hours: 91.5

Through your course work at IntelliTec College, you will grow many vital skills that will help you thrive in the computer technology field. You will:

  • Take advantage of hands-on IT training in a computer lab from a CompTIA Authorized Academy
  • Receive entry-level IT skills and training to become part of an IT problem-solving department – or work individually for a smaller business
  • Complete courses aligned with industry-recognized certification objectives
  • Receive personalized instruction from qualified instructors centered on your success
  • Prepare to sit for CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+), CompTIA A+ Certified Technician, CompTIA Network+, Certified Professional, CompTIA Security+ Certified Professional, Microsoft Technology Associate in Windows Server, CompTIA Server+ and Linux Essentials exams while also earning your certificate or degree.

Here’s what will you learn in the Computer Systems Technician Certificate program:

Introduction to IT Fundamentals

CN-100 Introduction to IT Fundamentals

The student will learn the necessary information to identify and explain basic computer components, set up a basic workstation, conduct basic software installation, establish basic network connectivity, identify compatibility issues, and identify/prevent basic security risks.

Credit Hours: 7.5
Prerequisite(s): None

Computer Systems Hardware

CN-101 Computer Systems Hardware

This course will provide the student with the knowledge to identify hardware compatibility, install, upgrade, troubleshoot and repair, and maintain personal computer systems. Students will develop their ability to understand computer architecture, diagnose faults, install operating systems, network, and maintain PC level security. This course is designed to begin preparing the student for the CompTIA A+ Hardware examination.

Credit Hours: 7.5
Prerequisite(s): None

Computer Systems Software

CN-102 Computer Systems Software

This course will provide skills required to install, configure, upgrade, and maintain PC workstations, various operating systems, and SOHO networks. Students will utilize troubleshooting techniques and tools to effectively and efficiently resolve PC, OS, and network connectivity issues and implement security practices. Students will also learn the concepts of good customer service and help center documentation, the course is designed to begin preparing the student for the CompTIA A+ Software examination.

Credit Hours: 7.5
Prerequisite(s): None

Networking Principles

CN-110 Networking Principles

After successful completion of this course, the students should be able to troubleshoot, configure, and manage common network wireless and wired devices, establish basic network design and connectivity, understand and maintain network documentation, identify network limitations and weaknesses, and implement network security, standards, and protocols. The student should have a basic understanding of emerging technologies including unified communications, mobile, cloud, and virtualization technologies.

Credit Hours: 7.5
Prerequisite(s): CN-101 and CN-102, or current CompTIA A+ Certification

Microsoft Server Fundamentals

CN-115 Microsoft Server Fundamentals

This course will provide the student with the foundational knowledge of the Windows Server operating system environment. The student will be exposed to installation and configuration of Windows Server, role and feature management, Active Directory and Storage management, as well as server performance, and system monitoring. This course is designed to begin preparing the student for the MTA Windows Server Administration Fundamentals (98-365) Exam.

Credit Hours: 7.5
Prerequisite(s): CN-110 or current CompTIA Network+ Certification

Linux System Fundamentals

CN-120 Linux System Fundamentals

This course will provide the student with the foundational knowledge of the Linux operating system environment. The student will be exposed to file operations, shell script programming, as well as installation of different Linux operating systems, packages, and applications. The course is designed to begin preparing the student for the LPI Linux Essentials examination.

Credit Hours: 7.5
Prerequisite(s): CN-110 or current CompTIA Network+ Certification

Network Security

CN-125 Network Security

This course will provide the student with the foundational knowledge to understand, design, implement, and maintain security within a network infrastructure. This course teaches the principles of network security through the study of the concepts of confidentiality, integrity, and availability as the foundation for analyzing threats, devising countermeasures, and protecting resources against attack. The course is designed to begin preparing the student for the CompTIA Security+ examination.

Credit Hours: 7.5
Prerequisite(s): CN-101, CN-102 and CN-110 or CompTIA Network + and A+ Certifications

College and Career Readiness

CCR-100 College and Career Readiness

College and Career Readiness is the first six-week course designed to prepare students for Career Training Success. Classes meet 20 hours per week, Monday through Thursday. Class times available are either 9:00am – 2:00pm for day time students and 5:00pm – 10:00pm for night time students.

Credit Hours: 8
Prerequisite(s): None

Advanced Career Development

ACD-150 Advanced Career Development

Advanced Career Development is offered toward the end of your program and is designed to prepare students for Career Success. Classes meet for a total of 15 hours during the scheduled term.

Credit Hours: 1
Prerequisite(s): None

Here’s what will you learn in the Computer Network Systems Technician: Administration Associate Degree program:

College and Career Readiness

CCR-100 College and Career Readiness

This course is designed to prepare students for Career Training Success. It will introduce skills to prepare students for personal growth and success in their career. Emphasis will be placed on aiding students in the development of a variety of soft skills necessary for success in their career field and classroom interactions to include Stress Management, Effective Study Skills, Time Management, Leadership Development, Team Building, Financial Literacy, Effective Communication Skills, Diversity and Conflict Resolution, Career Readiness and Overcoming Road Blocks to Success. Students will also participate in activities to help develop the necessary skills to cope with and manage common obstacles that may arise in the workplace. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be ready to begin their educational journey in their chosen program feeling confident and prepared to engage in the classroom and lab setting.

Credit Hours: 8
Prerequisite(s): None

Introduction to IT Fundamentals

CN-100 Introduction to IT Fundamentals

The student will learn the necessary information to identify and explain basic computer components, set up a basic workstation, conduct basic software installation, establish basic network connectivity, identify compatibility issues, and identify/prevent basic security risks.

Credit Hours: 7.5
Prerequisite: CCR-100

Computer Systems Hardware

CN-101 Computer Systems Hardware

This course will provide the student with the knowledge to identify hardware compatibility, install, upgrade, troubleshoot and repair, and maintain personal computer systems. Students will develop their ability to understand computer architecture, diagnose faults, install operating systems, networks, and maintain PC level security. This course is designed to begin preparing the student for the CompTIA A+ Hardware examination.

Credit Hours: 7.5
Prerequisite: CCR-100

Computer Systems Software

CNT-102 Computer Systems Software

This course will provide skills required to install, configure, upgrade, and maintain PC workstations, various operating systems, and SOHO networks. Students will utilize troubleshooting techniques and tools to effectively and efficiently resolve PC, OS, and network connectivity issues and implement security practices. Students will also learn the concepts of good customer service and help center documentation, the course is designed to begin preparing the student for the CompTIA A+ Software examination.

Credit Hours: 7.5
Prerequisite: CCR-100

Networking Principles

CN-110 Networking Principles

After successful completion of this course, the students should be able to troubleshoot, configure, and manage common network wireless and wired devices, establish basic network design and connectivity, understand and maintain network documentation, identify network limitations and weaknesses, and implement network security, standards, and protocols. The student should have a basic understanding of emerging technologies including unified communications, mobile, cloud, and virtualization technologies.

Credit Hours: 7.5
Prerequisite(s): CN-101 and CN-102, or current CompTIA A+ Certification

Microsoft Server Fundamentals

CN-115 Microsoft Server Fundamentals
This course will provide the student with the foundational knowledge of the Windows Server operating system environment. The student will be exposed to installation and configuration of Windows Server, role and feature management, Active Directory and Storage management, as well as server performance, and system monitoring. This course is designed to begin preparing the student for the MTA Windows Server Administration Fundamentals (98-365) Exam.

Credit Hours: 7.5
Prerequisite(s): CN-110 or current CompTIA Network+ Certification

Linux System Fundamentals

CN-120 Linux System Fundamentals

This course will provide the student with the foundational knowledge of the Linux operating system environment. The student will be exposed to file operations, shell script programming, as well as installation of different Linux operating systems, packages, and applications. The course is designed to begin preparing the student for the LPI Linux Essentials examination.

Credit Hours: 7.5
Prerequisite(s): CN-110 or current CompTIA Network+ Certification

Network Security

CN-125 Network Security

This course will provide the student with the foundational knowledge to understand, design, implement, and maintain security within a network infrastructure. This course teaches the principles of network security through the study of the concepts of confidentiality, integrity, and availability as the foundation for analyzing threats, devising countermeasures, and protecting resources against attack. The course is designed to begin preparing the student for the CompTIA Security+ examination.

Credit Hours: 7.5
Prerequisite(s): CN-101, CN-102 and CN-110 or CompTIA Net- work + and A+ Certifications

Cloud Technology

CN-130 Cloud Technology

After successful completion of this course, the students should be able to evaluate and implement standard cloud deployments, implement, maintain, and deliver cloud technologies including network, storage, and virtualization technologies to create cloud solutions. The successful student will manage workload migrations, manage cloud vendors to control costs, use automation and orchestration to bring business value from cloud solutions, and ensure security of cloud implementations through the use of cybersecurity best practices. The course is designed to help prepare the student for the CompTIA Cloud+ (CV0-002) examination.

Credit Hours: 7.5
Prerequisite(s): CN-101, CN-102 and CN-110 or CompTIA Net- work + and A+ Certifications

Advanced Career Development

ACD-150 Advanced Career Development

During this course students will learn and develop their skills in various aspects that will contribute to career success. They will learn how to empower themselves for their career through preparation and proper goal setting. Students will learn how to properly develop an effective resume and cover letter, how to appropriately prepare for the interview process, what to expect during an interview, and how to follow up once the interview is completed. They will specifically focus on developing understanding of the hiring process, the role of social media and networking play, how to search for jobs, what their worth is and what the job market is like. Students will also have the opportunity to perform a mock interview, focusing on how to answer common questions, as well as gain, develop their professionalism as it relates to the interview process and ultimately their career.

Credit Hours: 1
Prerequisite(s): None

Leadership

LE-150 Leadership

Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate an understanding of the importance of leadership as it relates to working for an organization and leading a team. This course has an emphasis on preparing students to focus on their leadership qualities and characteristics in an effort to be a contributing member of their organization.

Credit Hours: 8.5
Prerequisite: CCR-100

Critical Thinking

CT-201 Critical Thinking

This introductory level course presents a variety of topics essential to a student’s development in critical thinking. Students are introduced to concepts essential to the comprehension, analysis, and creation of arguments: induction, deduction, informal fallacies, Aristotelian and symbolic logic, modes of persuasion, perspective and bias, language and meaning, culminating in the development of reasonable strategies for belief formation.

Credit Hours: 3.5
Prerequisite: CCR-100

Business Communication

BC-201 Business Communication

This course provides the foundations of all types of business communication including letters, memos, electronic communication, written reports, oral presentations, and interpersonal communication. The course also includes topics of resumes, application letters, interviewing tips, and employment follow-up documents.

Credit Hours: 3.5
Prerequisite: CCR-100

Introduction to Business

IB-215 Introduction to Business

This course provides students with an overview of business in an increasingly global society serving as an introduction to business terminology, concepts, environments, systems, strategies, and current issues. Topics include an overview of the business environment, business ethics, entrepreneurship and global business, management, marketing, production, information systems, and financial elements of business. This course provides a solid business foundation for more detailed and higher-level study in subsequent courses.

Credit Hours: 3.5
Prerequisite: CCR-100

American Government

AG-255 American Government

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of American government and politics focusing on the historical evolution of government and policies, the major institutions, and the major processes.

Credit Hours: 3.5
Prerequisite: CCR-100

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