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Associate in Applied Science

Computer Engineering Technology (Computer Technician) (A173)

Like a high-tech SWAT Team, well-trained computer technicians are fully loaded with the unique skills needed to install, configure and troubleshoot the complex operating systems and basic networks that keep the rest of us wired, wireless and connected.

The Computer Engineer Technology program focuses on diagnostic analyses, repairs, team problem solving in a business environment and customer support. There is an emphasis on hands-on instruction with industry-standard equipment. Electives in other platforms, hardware and operating systems also prepare you for certification exams in A+, Network+ and various Microsoft certification exams.

A technical certificate, Microcomputer Repairer/Installer, is included as an option within this degree program. Students may choose to pursue an A.A.S. degree and earn technical certificates while completing the requirements for the degree, or pursue one or more certificate programs to develop or upgrade their skills in a particular field. Students may complete a degree in only one of the two specialty tracks, Cisco CCNP or Computer Technician. Students who wish to add a second area of specialization after completing a degree should pursue a technical certificate in that area.

Students who have completed the Computer Support Technician or the Network Support Services workforce certificate programs may apply to have their coursework evaluated for college credit and applied to these programs. Contact an advisor or counselor to determine the career education path that is best for you.

Florida Community College partners with manufacturers and employers to develop a workforce certified by Oracle, Microsoft and Cisco. Programs are designed to match industry demands and provide intensive hands-on experience to ensure you’re ready for the job.

The program offers a 60-hour internship to help you obtain real-world experience. (Extensive work experience may fulfill this requirement.)

Career Opportunities, Rapid Placement
Our partnerships with Cisco Systems, Dell, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and Sun Microsystems provide career connections. An FCCJ intranet site posts jobs targeting our students. Graduates are regularly employed by CSX, JEA, Blue Cross Blue Shield, City of Jacksonville, Medtronic, Mayo Clinic and other regional employers including the government and military.

Expected Job Outlook and Earnings
The job outlook for individuals who graduate from this program is excellent. Growth in expected to be much faster than average. Prospects are best for college graduates up to date with the latest skills, and some work experience is a plus.

Certification and Licensing
The Computer Technician subspecialty will prepare you for A+, Network+ and various Microsoft certification exams.

Application Procedure
To apply you must have an official high school transcript or a copy of your high school equivalency degree. Students are admitted in the fall and spring terms. You must meet with the instructor or program director before enrolling in courses.

Estimated cost of tuition is $4,515 (for Florida residents, as of 7/06). Contact program manager for additional costs (books, materials, certification).

Computer Engineering Technology (Computer Technician) (A173)

General Education Courses
ENC 1101 English Composition I 3
MAC 1105 College Algebra 3
  or MAC 1140 Precalculus Algebra (4)  
  *Humanities 3
  *Social and Behavioral Science 3
  *Communications Category B 3
  Credit Hours 15

Professional Courses
CET 2186 Computer Peripherals and Interfacing 3
CET 1514 Desktop Operating Systems 3
CET 2752 Network Administration 3
OST 1581 Professional Development in the Work
CET 1175 Technical Support 3
CET 1742 Introduction to Network Configuration 3
CET 2687 Security+ 3
CET 1630 Fiber, Voice and Data Cabling 3
CET 1520 Unix Fundamentals 3
CET 2179 A+ Certification Review 2
CET 1943 Internship 3
  Credit Hours 32

Professional Electives
LIS 1002 Information Literacy (online) 1
CET 2485 Network+ Certification Review 2
CET 2600 Cisco I 3
CET 2610 Cisco II 3
CET 2615 Cisco III 3
CET 2620 Cisco IV 3
CET 2626 Building Scalable Networks 3
CET 2628 Building Remote Access Networks 3
CET 2627 Building Multilayer Switched Networks 3
CET 2629 Internetwork Troubleshooting Support 3
CGS 1570 Microcomputer Applications 3
OST 1100 Keyboarding/Introduction to Word
EET 1035 Fundamentals of DC/AC Electricity 3
CET 1114 Digital Fundamentals 3
CET 2662 Techniques of Computer Hacking and
Incident Handling
CET 2521 Unix Administration I 3
CET 2522 Unix Administration II 3
CET 2796 Securing Windows 3
CET 2880 Data Forensics 3
CET 2481 Designing and Building Wireless
CET 2682 Voice over IP (VoIP) 3
CET 2636 Home Integration 3
CET 2660 Managing Network Security 3
CET 2665 Advanced Firewall Administration 3
CET 2623 Deploying Quality of Service 3
CET 2675 IP Telephony 3
CET 2676 Unified Messaging 3
ENC 2210 Technical Report Writing 3
CET 1936 Technical Career Exploration 2
  Credit Hours 21

Total Credit Hours: 68

*Refer to A.S./A.A.S. degree General Education Requirements.


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