• Classes

    Class Dates
    Meeting Times
    Cost
    Details
    TBA M 8am-1pm; T-F 8am-2pm
    $4,340.00
     

    Course Info

    Length
    10 Months (900 Clock Hours)

    Schedule
    Monday 8 am-1 pm; Tuesday-Friday 8 am-2 pm
    (Summer schedule) Monday- Thursday 8 am - 2:45 pm

    Computer Systems and Information Technology Standards
    CASAS (Reading and Math)Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) scores: 239 in Reading, 584 Language and 241 in Math OR meet TABE exemption (refer to Admissions and Testing)

    2020-2021 Curriculum Framework

    The Computer Systems and Information Technology program prepares students for employment as entry level Computer Technician. Students prepare to take CompTIA certification exams. CompTIA ACertification is the starting point for a career in I.T.

    CompTIA Recommendations for Exam Candidates

    •  A+ certification exam candidates should have “9-12 months’ hands-on experience in the lab or field.” The A+ course is 300 hours (about 3-4 months).
    •  Network+ exam candidates should have “CompTIA A+ Certification and at least 9-12 months of networking experience.” The Network+ course is 300 hours (about 3-4 months).
    •  Security+ candidates should have “CompTIA Network+ and two years of experience in IT administration with a security focus.” The Security+ course is 300 hours (about 3-4 months).

    Employment/Career Opportunities
    This program prepares students for employment at the entry level as Computer Technicians, Network Technicians, and Network Administrators.  A history of felony convictions or substance abuse may adversely affect your ability to gain employment in this field.

     

    Salaries
    Salaries for entry-level positions range from $16.46 - $27.12 per hour in the Tampa Bay area.

    Source:  http://www.floridajobs.org

    Program Costs
    The estimated total program cost is $4,340. which includes tuition, books, supplies, fees, and some industry certification exams. Prices are subject to change. See Erwin Technical College Summary Sheet for current cost information.  Financial aid is available for qualifying students.

     

    Class Schedule
    The Computer Systems and Information Technology program begins approximately twice a year.  Classes meet Monday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm and Tuesday - Friday from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.

     

    Program Standards
    Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) scores of 576 in Reading, 584 in Language and 627 in Math are required prior to graduation (some exemptions apply). For current TABE testing schedule, see our website or call Erwin Technical College.  


    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is Information Technology (IT)?
    IT is the development, maintenance, and use of computer systems, software, and networks for the processing and sharing of information.

    What is Network Security?
    A network is a communication system that allows users to share resources and to access information from remote ites. Securing a computer network involves mitigation and deterrent techniques to address network attacks and vulnerabilities.

    Is there a lot of technical reading in this program?
    Yes. Only candidates with strong technical reading, math and critical thinking skills are successful on CompTIA certification exams.

    Is there a lot of technical math in this program?
    Yes. To earn CompTIA certification, exam candidates need strong technical math, reading and critical thinking skills.

    Do students need to be strong computer users to start this program?
    Yes. CompTIA recommends A+ exam candidates have “9-12 months’ hands-on experience in the lab or field.” The A+ course is 300 hours (about 3-4 months).

    Are there other programs students need to take to complete the Networking requirements?
    There are no other programs needed to be employed in this field. Individual companies may require training on specific areas.

    What is the importance of the A+ Certification?
    CompTIA A+ certification is internationally recognized as a credential that demonstrates mastery of installation, preventative maintenance, networking, security and troubleshooting.

    What are the local job opportunities in this field?
    Jobs are plentiful in this field. There are over 500 businesses in the local area that hire people in the computer systems and information technology field.

    What is the salary range for a graduate of this program?
    The starting salary range for entry-level positions range from $16.46 to $27.12 per hour. Graduates can expect to earn $50,000-$60,000 in this field within the first five years.

    Where have graduates found employment?
    Graduates have been employed by MC Gill Engineering, Stream, Bisk Publishing, Verizon Communications, Lockheed Martin, Aerial Communications, Computer Generated Solutions, Dynamic Business Systems, IKON, Comtech, LabTech Software and GFI Software.

    Is job placement available upon graduation?
    Advisory committee representatives and teachers provide students with guidance and recommendations.  When employers notify the school of job openings, those vacancies are posted on Erwin’s online portal (Erwin Online).


    Job Title
    PC TECHNICIAN (A+ Certification preparation is completed in the first term)

    Concentration
    Network Devices

    Current Job Level
    Entry Level

    Job Description
    Maintains, analyzes, troubleshoots, and repairs computer systems, hardware and computer peripherals. Documents, maintains, upgrades or replaces hardware and software systems. Assists in implementing custom configurations. Works under direct supervision. Reports to a manager.

    Current Job Level
    Intermediate Level

    Job Description includes all the Entry Level duties as well as
    Relies on limited experience and judgement to plan and accomplish goals. Custom configurations are designed. Works under general supervision. Typically reports to a manager.

    Current Job Level 
    Senior Level

    Job Description includes all the Entry Level and Intermediate Level duties as well as
    Relies on experience and judgement to plan and accomplish goals. Creativity is required. Custom configurations are frequently designed. Typically reports to a manager.

    Function:

    • Install and Upgrade PC and Network Device Hardware
    • Maintain a Safe and Secure Work Environment
    • Manage, Administer and Secure Local Area Networks
    • Optimize Performance of LAN and Network Devices
    • Provide Customer Service and Support
    • Troubleshoot Problems

    Alternate job titles associated with the critical work functions and skills displayed include:

    • Assembly Specialist
    • Assembly Technician
    • Configuration Specialist
    • Configuration Technician
    • Field Support Technician
    • Hardware & Software Specialist
    • Hardware & Software Technician
    • PC Engineer
    • PC Maintenance Specialist
    • PC Maintenance Technician
    • PC Specialist
    • Service Center Technician

    Job Title
    NETWORK SUPPORT TECHNICIAN

    (Network+ Certification preparation is completed in the third Grading Period)  

    Concentration
    Network Infrastructure

    Current Job Level
    Entry Level

    Job Description
    Monitors and maintains the company’s network systems. Identifies, documents, and implements solutions to problems. Performs network back-ups and measures performance. Works under direct supervision. Typically reports to a manager.

     
    Current Job Level
    Intermediate Level

    Job Description includes all the Entry Level duties as well as
    Troubleshoots network systems when necessary and makes improvements to the network. Relies on limited experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Performs a variety of tasks. Works under general supervision. Typically reports to a manager. 

    Current Job Level
    Senior Level

    Job Description includes all the Entry Level and Intermediate Level duties as well as
    Performs a variety of complicated tasks. Typically reports to a manager. 

    For questions regarding the program please contact:  donna.matassini@hcps.net