Monday, December 26th, 2011

How To Become A Computer Maintenance Technician

Computer Maintenance Technicians

With the current growth in the technology industry, computer maintenance technicians are in very high demand.

Computer maintenance technicians are responsible for installing computer systems and related components (printers, scanners, etc.) operating on a network and maintaining the systems by ensuring that they run efficiently and reliably. Computer maintenance duties are usually called computer service technicians in Canada.

With the current growth in the technology industry, computer maintenance technicians are in very high demand. The Information and Communications Technology Council predicts that due to the vast labour shortage, Canada will need to hire over 100,000 Information and Communications technology specialists.

Your Day-to-Day Tasks will include:

  • Installing, maintaining and upgrading computer systems
  • Running tests and diagnostics to ensure systems are functioning correctly
  • Performing repairs as needed to maintain function of computer systems
  • Adding printers, software, scanners, and other hardware to computers
  • Removing and replacing CPUs, motherboards, and memory

What Do I need to Start with?

A minimum of Grade 12 diploma or mature student status is usually required to enter a computer science program. Some high schools offer the opportunity to take related courses during secondary education.

What Will I Study?

You can study computer maintenance/support technology at schools like:

What Else Do I Need?

You should be willing to travel, even though this trade allows you the ability to work almost anywhere.

Where The Jobs Are?

There are opportunities for computer maintenance technicians in departments of large corporations, with computer manufacturers, or computer retailers such as electronic stores.

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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