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Computer Systems Technician

Algonquin College
2 years
Full time
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
Algonquin College

Program description

Computer Systems Technician

The two-year Computer Systems Technician -Networking Ontario College Diploma program prepares you for a career in information technology, with a focus on network and system administration.

You learn to set up, configure and maintain all components that constitute an effective network: computer hardware, operating systems, networking and virtualization technologies, and security and task automation. In addition, you develop problem-solving skills and troubleshooting techniques to help support an IT infrastructure. Throughout the program, you also develop your oral and written communication skills, customer support, and ethics relevant to the information technology workplace.

As a student in this program, you have access to the latest software and equipment, including Cisco and Aruba hardware labs, network-based operating systems, including Microsoft and GNU/Linux, as well as other industry-standard tools and resources.

Admission requirements

Program Eligibility

  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
  • Mathematics, Grade 12 (MAP4C or equivalent).
  • International applicants must provide proof of the subject-specific requirements noted above along with proof of either: (IELTS / TOEFL) IELTS-International English Language Testing Service (Academic) Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT) Overall 80, with a minimum of 20 in each component: Reading 20; Listening 20; Speaking 20; Writing 20.
  • Applicants with international transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above and may be required to provide proof of language proficiency.

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Have proven problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Enjoy implementing and troubleshooting computer technology, operating systems and networking technology solutions.
  • Enjoy the challenges posed by a constantly evolving field.
  • Can work both independently and in a team environment.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Level: 01

  • Networking Fundamentals
  • Windows Desktop Support
  • GNU/Linux System Support
  • Achieving Success in Changing Environments
  • Communications I
  • Numeracy and Literacy

Level: 02

  • Windows Domain Administration
  • PC System Technology
  • GNU/Linux Server Administration
  • Routing and Switching Fundamentals
  • Technical Communication for Technicians
  • Cooperative Education Readiness

Level: 03

  • Foundation of IT Service Management
  • Database Management and Interfacing
  • Network Services Administration
  • PC Troubleshooting
  • Windows Enterprise Administration
  • Introduction to Enterprise Networking

Level: 04

  • Emerging Technologies
  • Network Security
  • Wireless Network Fundamentals
  • Advanced Enterprise Networking

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

For more information about tuition fees, please visit the college website. 


Diploma; Co-op

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Identify, analyze, develop, implement, verify and document the requirements for a computing environment.
  2. Contribute to the diagnostics, troubleshooting, documenting and monitoring of technical problems, using appropriate methodologies and tools.
  3. Implement and maintain secure computing environments.
  4. Implement robust computing system solutions, through validation testing that aligns with industry best practices.
  5. Communicate and collaborate with team members and stakeholders, to ensure effective working relationships.
  6. Select and apply strategies for personal and professional development to enhance work performance.
  7. Apply project management principles and tools when working on projects within a computing environment.
  8. Adhere to ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements and/or principles in the development and management of computing solutions and systems.
  9. Assist with the implementation of computer systems and cloud solutions.
  10. Install, configure, troubleshoot, maintain, upgrade and decommission information systems infrastructure.
  11. Automate routine tasks using scripting tools and programming languages.
  12. Install and monitor a database management system, in response to specified requirements.
  13. Provide technical support for information system infrastructure that aligns with industry best practice.
  14. Design, deploy and administer robust network infrastructures and cloud solutions.
  15. Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.

Career opportunities

Graduates of this program may find employment as junior system and network installer and/or administrators; technical support specialists; customer service support representatives; computer trainers; and hardware and software sales and support.

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Algonquin College

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Algonquin College

1385 Woodroffe Avenue
K2G 1V8 Ottawa Ontario

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