The Computer Systems Technician (CST) Program provides students with abilities and expertise to support the use of computers and networks. Graduates are able to work individually or as part of a team to implement and maintain information technology solutions that correspond to the day-to-day requirements of individuals and organizations.
From repairing desktop computer to monitoring network operations and beyond, graduates work in a board range of employment setting in a variety of sectors in both large and small organizations.
The program focuses on technical aspect of commonly used components and troubleshooting techniques for computer hardware, operating system, networking technologies, system administration, and a suite of related support and application software package. It also supports students in developing their communication and administration skills, including the ability to work in team and utilize project management and customer service techniques.
Requirements and subject matter found in certifications such as Comp TIA’s (Computer Technology Industry Association) A+ and Network+, Link+, and Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) are used in
this program. Although actual certification is not part of this program, students will be prepared to write related certification exam.
The CST program has dedicated lab, which has been updated to provide each student with a spacious workstation. Students in good standing will complete a 6-8 week work practicum each year.
Graduates may find employment as technical support specialist for PC and networks in a wide variety of corporate environments in the industrial, governmental and service sectors. Positions may also include: system administration and maintenance for LAN/WAN (Local Area Network/Wide Area Network), Internet/Intranet and Unix/Linux environments; hardware/software sales representatives; customer service support representatives; technical support specialists; network installation and implementation specialist.
Applicants wishing to apply to this program must:
- Have a Nunavut High School diploma (general or advanced), ABE Math 150 and ABE English 150, or equivalent.
- Be 17 years of age or older.
- Must submit a letter detailing their interest in the program and reasons for applying.
- Must submit a recent resume detailing work history supported by a letter of reference from an
employer or community organization to be considered under the NAC’s Prior Learning Assessment Policy.
- May challenge courses needed for program entry if they have significant work experience.
Applications will be assessed based on submission of the above eligibility criteria. Preference may be given to those who have keen interest in detailed technical work and can articulate their future plans.
Telephone interviews will be conducted with potential candidates who meet the admission requirements. Applicants should understand that IT professional work requires intense concentration and long hours.