Computer Technician (SC)

Computer technician

Computers are instrumental to our way of life. Be the one who knows how to keep them running.

Have you come across an issue with your computer hardware or software where you wished you had someone to call? Be that someone. 

As a computer technician, you will know all the parts of a computer and be able to troubleshoot issues and solve problems for your customers and colleagues. With the knowledge you will gain, you will also be able to give presentations to teach others. You will be able to advise and support companies and clients with what hardware and software would best fit their needs as you work through installations and create networks while examining computers and servers. 

Careers as a Computer Technician

Computer Technicians are also known as Computer Support Specialists and positions in this field can allow you a very flexible work schedule, even one where you can work remotely or have you traveling to business and home sites to help problem-solve, configure, install, repair, and maintain computer systems and software. These careers call for good interpersonal, written, and problem-solving skills for a career that will keep you busy!

Here are some careers and their salaries you could have with a background as a Computer Technician. 

Career information is below taken from bls.gov November 2019. Go to bls.gov for most current career information.

Provide help and advice to computer users and organizations.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Some college $75,640/year 
$36.36/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 10% increase

17,080

Design and build data communication networks, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and Intranets.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $127,500/year
$61.30/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
5 years or more
5% increase

16,650

Research, design, develop, and test computer systems and components.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $131,570/year 
$63.25/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 6% increase

20,720

 

What You’ll Learn at LASC in Computer Technician

You can get a Skill Certificate in LASC’s Computer Technician program where you will:

  • Use your math and critical-thinking skills to understand the components of a computer and how they work together to process data and communications.
  • Learn how to create computer networks to support the data, departments, and operations that occur in your place of business or for your clients on a daily basis.
  • LASC provides internships so you can build your career connections and create community ties for after you graduate.
  • Want to transfer? Meet with an academic counselor to determine the best courses and programs for you to take to ensure a seamless transfer to earn your bachelor’s degree.

Degrees & Courses You Will Take

Review the LASC Skill Certificate in Computer Technician below, along with our required course of study for this program. Go to LASC’s current Course Catalog for specific course information:

Major Code: 934.00
Total Units Required: 16 

Required Courses: Units
ELECTRN 56 Computer Circuits  
3
ELECTRN 57 Computer Circuits Laboratory 1
ELECTRN 111 Introduction to Computer Servicing    4
ELECTRN 112 Computer Operating Systems 4
ELECTRN 113 Computer Networking
4
TOTAL UNITS 16

Skill Certificate in Computer Technician (SC) 

As a student, upon successfully completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Learn to identify and repair the main parts of a computer.
  • Learn how to create compute networks.

Get Ready Before You Start 

If you want to be a computer technician, you can start preparing for your career before your first class starts at LASC:

  • Make an appointment with your LASC academic counselor to review LASC’s program, develop your Student Education Plan (SEP), and discuss support services such as study labs and tutoring that could be beneficial to your academic success. Ask if going to a four-year university would be a good match for your future plans.
  • Still in high school? Find out if your school has an electronics or computer club to join. You’ll gain enormous experience and get to know your teachers and classmates. Research blogs and follow influencers to learn about business and life as a computer technician.
  • Once you’re at LASC, make sure to get involved with on-campus clubs and organizations. You can become a student ambassador or run for student body government. These create new relationships and show potential employers your commitment to building writing, communication, and leadership skills. 

Program Learning Outcomes 

As a student, upon successfully completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Learn to identify and repair the main parts of a computer.
  • Learn how to create compute networks.