Computer Repair and Networking


WRVC is proud to offer motivated students the opportunity to develop skills in the challenging and rewarding field of Information Technology (IT) support. Students enrolled in this program will be concurrently enrolled in Cisco Networking Academy, which offers students opportunities in basic network troubleshooting and design.  The Computer Repair and Networking program will prepare students for either an entry level IT job or post-secondary educational opportunities.

 

 

YEAR I CURRICULUM
Students will learn how to install, build, upgrade and repair personal computers

Intro to Computer Hardware
This course is an introduction to personal computer hardware. Student activities will include disassembly, reassembly, and configuration of X86 based microcomputer systems. Topics investigated during this course: microcomputer hardware components including CPU’s, hard drives, memory, CPU sockets, video cards, sound cards, network interface cards, monitors and printers.  There are no prerequisites. Lecture/Lab

Robotics
Students will integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics to design, build and program Lego NXT 32-bit CPU powered Robots. Programming is accomplished using icons and is drag and drop.  No programming experience required.  Course follows the Engineering 1 curriculum developed by the Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Academy for secondary schools.  There are no prerequisites. Lecture/Lab

Cisco Academy I
This basic course introduces networking, network terminology and networking standards.  Instruction and training are provided in the proper care, maintenance, and use of networking tools and equipment.  Students will build simple peer to peer and client/server networks. Topics include how to make networking cables, installing networking devices and building a network server. There are no prerequisites. Lecture/Lab

Cisco Academy II
Networking for home and small business.  Using Cisco networking devices (routers, switches) students will learn advanced skills in designing, managing, and securing both wired and wireless computer networks.  Eligible students will be encouraged to take the Cisco Academy certification exam in Networking for Home and Small Business. Prerequisite: “C” or higher in Cisco Academy I

 

YEAR II CURRICULUM
Upgrade and repair computers or create your own network in our Cisco-certified lab

Computer Maintenance and Repair I
Focus is on computer repair and preventative maintenance of personal computer systems.  Current Microsoft Operating System software and third party utilities (Malware, Spybot, AVG Antivirus, etc) will be used for troubleshooting and diagnosing common computer system problems. Course is designed to prepare students for the CompTIA A+ Certification exams. Lecture/lab

Computer Maintenance and Repair II
Advanced topics in Computer Repair and Maintenance including network troubleshooting and printer repair.  Eligible student will be encouraged to take the CompTIA A+ Certification exam in Computer Repair in June. Prerequisite: “C” or higher in Computer Maintenance and Repair I.

Open Source Operating Systems and Applications
Just say no to Microsoft.  This course will provide the student with a chance to explore an open source, Linux-based operating system and applications.  The student will develop skills in using the command line for maintenance of users, files, directories and permissions. The student will learn to create print servers, troubleshoot system problems, setup network connectivity and seamlessly integrate an Open Source server with Windows clients. This course will provide the student with online reference materials and hands-on exercises based on real world examples.  There are no prerequisites. Lecture/Lab

Network and Computer Security
Learn how to provide a safe internet browsing environment for your home computer or network. This course is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to secure computers and computer networks from unauthorized access and malicious software attacks.  Students will learn  how to secure Linksys wireless routers, the basics of firewall protection and proactive use of other software and hardware security systems.

Instructor: Robert Jaime

 

Professional Licenses/Certifications

Course Activities
Build your own lab PCs
Design and build an ethernet network
Upgrade memory, hard drives, install operating systems and OS updates
Secure wireless access points
Configure routers and switches
Replace laptop screens, keyboards, memory, network card, etc.
Configure virtual reality software/hardware for best performance (Oculus)

 

Skills/Knowledge Acquired
Design and troubleshoot ethernet networks
Learn how to terminate and run CAT5e cables
Repair and upgrade customer computers
Configure, install and upgrade operating systems including Linux, iOS, and Android
Troubleshoot and repair/upgrade common computer and network issues
Implement cybersecurity controls appropriate to help desk and tech support roles
Plan and install home or small business networks using wireless technologies
Develop critical thinking and problem solving using Cisco Packet Tracer software
Verify and troubleshoot network and internet connectivity
Recognize and mitigate security threats to a home network

 

Entry Level Career Opportunities
IT Support Level 1 Help Desk ​​​
Network Technician
Field PC Repair Technician​​​​
Help Desk Technician

 

Career Opportunities (with further education)
IT Administrator​​​​​
Cyber Security specialist
Network Administrator