- PC Support Specialist
$35,000 – $66,000
Information from PayScale Canada
- PC Support Specialist
$35,000 – $66,000
Information from PayScale Canada
Skilled PC Support Specialists are in high demand in today’s highly skilled environment. Virtually all organizations with multiple computers require the skills of PC Support Specialist which can become invaluable members of a management team.
The PC Support Specialist program prepares students to deal with the problems they may encounter when supporting Personal Computers in an office environment. It provides in-depth knowledge of both computer hardware and software and prepares students to take the CompTIA A+ certification exam. Students will have practical hands-on experience in troubleshooting computer problems and assembling a computer.
Duties with PC Support Specialist may include:
- Providing technical support within small to medium sized
- Troubleshooting hardware and software
- Replacing and installing a new computer
- Keeping up-to-date on new trends in personal computing
- Must be proficient in all aspects of computer software applications and operating
- Must have in-depth knowledge of how computer systems work
Students are required to take some elective courses from prescribed study areas.
Tuition fees include all materials and student manuals. Financial assistance may be available to qualified students.
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Topics of Study
In this course, students obtain the skills and knowledge required to assemble components based on customer requirements; install, configure, and maintain devices, PCs, and software for end users; understand the basics of networking and security/forensics; and properly and safely diagnose, resolve, and document common hardware and software issues while applying troubleshooting skills. Students will also be able to provide appropriate customer support, and understand the basics of virtualization, desktop imaging, and deployment.
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