Computer Maintenance Schools with Training and Certification Info

Prospective computer maintenance professionals generally study electronics technology. Students should look for electronics technology programs that highlight training in computer maintenance and repair.

Computer maintenance involves the installation, upkeep, repair, and security of computer equipment and networks. Students who want to become computer maintenance professionals usually obtain an associate's degree or certificate in electronics technology, with general course topics including troubleshooting and repair, digital electronics, microprocessors, industrial electronics, and electronic circuits.

10 Schools with Computer Maintenance Programs

College/University Location Institution Type Programs Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
Northampton Community College Bethlehem, PA 2-year, Public Associate's degree $8,700 in-state
$12,840 out-of-state
Lorain County Community College Elyria, OH 2-year, Public Associate's degree $3,679 in-state
$7,302 out-of-state
Heartland Community College Normal, IL 2-year, Public Certificate $8,250 in-state
$12,240 out-of-state
Paradise Valley Community College Phoenix, AZ 2-year, Public Certificate $2,046 in-state
$7,830 out-of-state
Bucks County Community College Newtown, PA 2-year, Public Certificate $7,658 in-state
$11,138 out-of-state
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Asheville, NC 2-year, Public Certificate $2,419 in-state
$8,563 out-of-state
Saddleback College Mission Viejo, CA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's degree $1,326 in-state
$5,750 out-of-state
Cuyahoga Community College Cleveland, OH 2-year, Public Certificate $3,953 in-state
$7,648 out-of-state

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Some considerations when choosing the right school for you include:

  • Students should consider programs that allow them to work towards a certificate in computer maintenance and an associate's degree at the same time.
  • Consider a school with a program that allows considerable hands-on with modern equipment.
  • Because electronics technology is a broad field, students need to make sure the program they select emphasizes computer maintenance.
  • Students also need to make sure the equipment they will be training on is up-to-date.

Training and Certification

Apart from degree programs, computer maintenance professionals may also complete training at a vocational school, in the military or through a manufacturer's training program. Coursework usually includes math, computer technology, computer maintenance basics, system troubleshooting, network fundamentals, installation, and repair.

Many organizations offer certification for computer maintenance professionals. For example, CompTIA, a global IT trade association, offers A+ certification. Held as the industry standard, A+ certification helps employers determine a worker's level of skill and knowledge in computer support.

Many schools offer certificates and associate's degrees in computer maintenance, some of which can be earned congruently. These programs teach students to repair and maintain the latest in computer technology through hands-on work, preparing them for professional certification and a variety of job opportunities in technology.

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