Computer Electronics Technician

Computer Electronics Technician

Build your knowledge of computer hardware, software, networks and electronics to maintain and repair computer electronics of all types and sizes.

Start Date:
2 Years
Full-time (In-class)
+Locations & Availability
September 2017 Institute of Technology Campus • Halifax  • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Overview

Computers impact almost every aspect of our lives – from the microprocessor in your smartphone to the networked point-of-sale system in your favourite store. As a Computer Electronics Technician, you have a broad understanding of computer hardware, software, networks and electronics so you can maintain, troubleshoot and repair computer electronics of all types and sizes. If you have an interest in technology and a fascination for how computers and electronics play a role in daily life, this could be the career path for you.

In this program you learn to design, install, administer and troubleshoot computer hardware, operating systems and networks. You develop the skills to design, fabricate and test electronic components and to program microprocessors embedded in modern devices. You are also introduced to evolving technologies, robotics and various programmable devices.

i Student Highlights are comments provided by students about their experiences. Students also share information that they think will help future students learn more about the program. Highlights reflect individual experiences (which can vary by student).

Student Highlights

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    Highlight"Hands-on learning for both hardware and circuits."
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    Why Take It"You touch on everything - programming, web development, physical components, circuits and various computer programs."
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    Project Work"Final networking project where we planned and setup the physical equipment in a logical manner."

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent, including Academic Grade 12 English and Academic Grade 12 Math.
  • If you do not have the required academic credits, NSCC offers a variety of credit courses through the Academic & Career Connections program.

Choose NSCC

  • You benefit from our hands-on approach to learning. We pride ourselves on "teaching by doing," with at least 75% of your time spent physically doing the job. Plus, you're placed in a five-week work term in a real computer electronics environment.
  • You get lots of personal attention from faculty. Our class sizes are kept small just for that purpose.
  • You benefit from expert faculty, who bring years of experience to the classroom so you receive the current, relevant skills employers want from their future employees.
  • Continue your studies at university. This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more.

Employment Opportunities

  • Graduates from this program have skills in electronics, computer hardware and programming. This unique skill set allows them to work in a variety of organizations – from small electronics companies to large IT corporations.
  • Graduates are working in many fields, including testing electronic components, troubleshooting computer networks and programming embedded systems.

Other Info

  • Co-operative Education (Co-op) – This program is eligible for an optional co-op credit course. Co-op provides an opportunity for paid employment (of at least 12 weeks) in a field related to your program between your first and second year.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
CETN 1000   DC Circuits
CETN 1005   High Reliability Soldering
CETN 1015   CAD
CETN 2005   AC Circuits
CETN 2015   Semiconductor Circuits
CETN 2020   Digital Circuits I
CETN 2105   Digital Circuits II
CETN 3001   Embedded Controllers
CETN 3010   Programming II
CETN 3020   Project Planning
CETN 4001   Senior Project
CETN 4500   Work Experience
COMM 1100   Technical Communications
DBAS 1001   Introduction to Database Management Systems
HDWR 1100   Hardware
INFT 1300   Human Relations
INFT 3100   Work Experience
NETW 1100   Introduction to Networking
NETW 1500   Introduction to NOS Administration
NETW 2500   NOS Administration - Windows II
OSYS 1000   Operating Systems - Unix
OSYS 1200   Introduction to Windows Administration
SAAD 1002   Introduction to Systems Analysis and Design (ISM)
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
WEBD 1000   Website Development
    In addition to their required courses, learners will also complete 1.5 units (90 hours) chosen from the following list: PROG 1101, PROG 1102. These cover an introductory programming course in the first semester of the program.

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