Computer Technician Networking Specialist
Day (7½ months)
Evening (15 months)
Do you have an affinity for technology…and who doesn’t these days? If yours is an innovative and creative personality, you want to stay current with the times, and topics like Wi-Fi and cloud computing interest you, this Computer Technician Networking Specialist program is a perfect fit. Understand the inner workings of computers and learn how to take things apart and put them back together in this course of study. Be a problem solver, working through puzzles and seeing how they work.
Computer Technician Networking Specialist program is for people who like to connect things together with keen analysis, logic, and innovation. Being a good communicator is part of the job, too.
Computer Networking Graduates Are Prepared
to Pass the CompTIA A+ Certification Exam
The Computer Technician Networking Specialist program is designed to prepare computer networking students for entry-level positions in the fields of electronics, computer technology, and networking. Computer Technician Networking Specialist students build their own computers and use them in the learning process.
Hunter Business School has successfully trained computer technicians on Long Island for a great many years. Courses cover electrical theory, practical applications, and the installation, maintenance, and repair of computer systems. Of course the planning, installation, and maintenance of local area network (LAN) systems is an essential part of the curriculum.
Computer networking students spend half their time in a hands-on, practical lab environment which emphasizes the material covered in lecture and through homework. They learn to use tools, assemble electronic circuits, and read schematic diagrams. The use of test equipment, such as multimeters and analog/digital lab trainers, assists computer networking students in circuit analysis.
Graduates are prepared to pass the CompTIA (Computing Technology Industry Association) A+ certification exam.
Jobs for Graduates of Computer Technician Networking Specialist
The following list includes, but is not limited to, many of the most common job titles for which this program prepares students and requires the use of the skills learned as a predominant component of the job.
- Field Service Technician
- Copier Technician
- Field Service Engineer
- ATM Technician
- Customer Service Engineer
- Control Technician
- Computer Repair Technician
- Field Engineer
- Electrical Technician
CTNS100 (150 hours)
Understanding modern electronic devices today requires an understanding of basic electronics principles. During this course, computer technician networking students will be taught the foundations of those principles which are rooted in electronics theory and practices and will be able to prove these theories through experimentation in circuit construction, test equipment, structured labs, and data analysis. Computer technician networking students will also develop technical skills through classroom and laboratory work throughout the course including soldering techniques, reading of schematic diagrams, and circuit troubleshooting which are all integral to the learning of these principles. Prerequisite: None (The CTNS100 sequence can be given before or after the 200 sequence.)
Digital and Binary Electronics/Computers
CTNS110 (90 hours)
The very basis for information technology itself lies within the foundation of digital logic and binary circuits. This Computer Technician Networking course is designed to teach students the principles of binary number systems, logic gates, shift registers, memory, logic counters, and clock and timing circuits. During this Computer Technician Networking course students will also learn the construction of digital logic circuits from very simple counters to complex microprocessors and discover how simple logic gates can be used to produce complex digital systems. Prerequisite: CTNS100
Introduction to Computers, Service, and Support
CTNS200 (90 hours)
Modern computer systems today are complex electronic devices that accomplish their tasks by connecting smaller systems together, called subsystems. During this course, Computer Technician Networking students will learn how each subsystem accomplishes its tasks and is connected to form a complete computer system. This course introduces Computer Technician Networking students to hardware components, such as motherboards, processors, storage systems, power supplies, expansion cards, and more. How hardware and software interface with each other is also explored to give a complete understanding of the various ways they interact. Prerequisite: None
Motherboards, Form Factors, Processors, and Memory
CTNS210 (120 hours)
During this Computer Technician Networking course, the components of the personal computer will be examined and explored in detail. Computer Technician Networking students will learn what it takes to assemble, disassemble, and reassemble a computer. The relationship between motherboard and microprocessor, RAM (random access memory), peripherals, form factors, firmware, installation techniques, and optimization methods will also be explored and performed. In addition, support for motherboards, processors, RAM, improving system performance, upgrading, and configuration options will be defined and practiced along with standardized methods of troubleshooting. Prerequisite: CTNS200
I/O Device Support, Hard Drives, Multimedia, Maintenance, and Troubleshooting
CTNS220 (120 hours)
This Computer Technician Networking course covers how a computer gets the information it processes and how it outputs that data through the ports of a computer. Ports are where external devices connect for I/O (input/output) operations. During this course, Computer Technician Networking students will study these port technologies which include video (VGA, S-Video, DVI, HDMI), audio, network (wired and wireless), PS/2, FireWire, serial, parallel, eSATA, SCSI, and more. Secondary storage devices such as hard disk drives, optical drives, floppy drives, RAID systems, and disk subsystem installation, maintenance, repair and upgrading will also be covered. Prerequisite: CTNS210
Installing, Maintaining, Troubleshooting, and Optimizing Windows
CTNS230 (150 hours)
All components of a modern computer system must be under the control of an operating system (OS) which allows the various subsystems in today’s computers to communicate with each other. During this course, Computer Technician Networking students will learn how to install an OS and how to set up their computer to run more than one OS. Computer Technician Networking students will also learn system maintenance, backups, disaster recovery, data restoration, disk cleanups, system and application updates, antivirus and antimalware methodologies, user account management, and more. Prerequisite: CTNS220
Networking/Security Essentials and Practices
CTNS240 (132 hours)
Using the Internet today means being connected to and sharing resources of a network. During this course students will learn how hardware is used for networking, the various types of networks, how to network computers, and how to troubleshoot network connections. In addition, managing networks and their various interconnections, such as Wi-Fi and SOHO (small office home office) using TCP/IP and other networking protocols will be taught. Students will also study the fundamentals of network troubleshooting in workgroups, client/server setups, hubs, switches, routers, and more. Prerequisite: CTNS230
Supporting Notebooks and Printers
CTNS250 (48 hours)
Portable devices, such as laptops, notebooks, and netbooks, give users mobility and flexibility in our IT based world. During this Computer Technician Networking course their maintenance, repair, troubleshooting, networking, and more will be taught and practiced. Printers will also be covered, including their ability to support a variety of devices such as desktops and laptops, as well as the various technologies in use, management of consumables, networking, troubleshooting, and selection criteria to choose the right printer for the right job. Prerequisite: CTNS240
All sections of this 900-hour Computer Technician Networking Specialist program were developed to provide students with the practical, hands-on experience necessary for working in this field and to prepare students for industry certification. Career development knowledge, skills, and abilities are part of the foundation of this program and have been integrated throughout so that Computer Technician Networking students are properly prepared for the employment process. During the CTNS program, students will prepare for their job search, which includes the following: preparation of résumés, job applications, cover letters, and thank you letters; interview techniques; professional use of the telephone and fax; employment testing; and office behavior and etiquette.
- Job placement statistics relate only to the Computer Technician Networking Specialist program and related fields of study.
- Figures may not include jobs secured by students in their field of study who did not report their employment.
- Job placement rates are those reported to the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.
- These rates have been reported also to the New York State Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision.
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