PC Maintenance Technology Education and Training Programs

Training for aspiring computer and office machine repair technicians is available through certificate programs, which teach help desk specialists and technicians how to maintain, install and fix computers and office machines.

Essential Information

Through a combination of classroom instruction and lab courses, students in a certification program in computer, ATM and office machine repair technology gain an understanding of the properties of hardware components, networking devices, operating systems, and software applications. Prerequisites include a high school diploma or its equivalent. Programs generally take a year or less, and applicants are encouraged to have strong communication and customer service skills.

Professional Certification in Computer, ATM and Office Machine Repairers Technology

Certificate programs are usually too short for general education courses, and some repairers technology programs include a written and oral exam. The following are possible course topics:

  • Computers introduction
  • Machine repair
  • Network hardware configuration
  • Digital technology
  • Software maintenance
  • Electrical engineering

Employment Outlook and Salary Info

Government agencies, schools, and international companies in nearly every business sector are potential employers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov) predicts that from 2014-2024 employment of computer support specialists will grow 12%, which is faster than the average rate. Computer support specialists earned a median salary of $47,660 as of May 2015, according to data from the BLS.

Continuing Education Information

Many certificate programs are designed to prepare graduates for A+ certification from CompTIA. Computer technicians can earn two levels of certification by passing the relevant exams, A+ Essentials and A+ Practical Application, with scores of at least 675 on the former and 700 on the latter.

Certificate training in computer, ATM and office machine repair technology prepares students to work on installing and fixing computers in nearly every industry. Many programs are intended to help graduates prepare and pass certification exams for computer technicians.

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