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As the Information Technology (IT) sector continues to grow in Toronto and our industry partners report skills shortages, George Brown College is helping to meet employer demand by educating IT professionals who understand all aspects of computer systems. Our two-year Computer Systems Technician program provides students with a broad and in-depth technical base, through courses in the high-demand areas of system support, network administration and web technologies. The curriculum prepares graduates with the strong administration, troubleshooting and design skills they need for careers in IT.

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Overview

Program name
Computer Systems Technician
Code
T141
Location
Duration
2 years (4 semesters)
Starting month
September, January
Credential
Ontario College Diploma
Method of study
FT

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2019 Open
Jan. 2020 Open
May 2020 N/A
International students
Sept. 2019 Open
Jan. 2020 Opens Mar 2019
May 2020 N/A

Full Description

As the Information Technology (IT) sector continues to grow in Toronto and our industry partners report skills shortages, George Brown College is helping to meet employer demand by educating IT professionals who understand all aspects of computer systems. Our two-year Computer Systems Technician program provides students with a broad and in-depth technical base, through courses in the high-demand areas of system support, network administration and web technologies. The curriculum prepares graduates with the strong administration, troubleshooting and design skills they need for careers in IT.

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George Brown continues to invest in up-to-date networking, wireless and security lab equipment to help students develop hands-on installation, configuration and troubleshooting skills. Students use the NetLab platform, which enables them with 24/7 remote access to Cisco Systems physical equipment. This investment, along with our hands-on teaching environment, was recognized by Cisco when the college was designated an Area Support Centre and Instructor Training Centre.

Graduates of the Computer Systems Technician program are prepared to write several industry certification exams that are in-demand by employers.

Note: Students who start the program in January (Winter term) will be required to attend classes during the summer months (May to August).

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Analyze and resolve information technology problems through the application of systematic approaches and diagnostic tools.
  2. Support the implementation and administration of computer systems.
  3. Support the implementation and administration of networking solutions.
  4. Install, configure, troubleshoot, maintain, and upgrade components of computer systems.
  5. Install, configure, troubleshoot, maintain, and upgrade components of networks.
  6. Use a variety of scripting tools and languages to automate routine tasks.
  7. Follow, monitor, and document data storage procedures designed to ensure the integrity of information.
  8. Apply knowledge of security issues to the implementation of information technology solutions.
  9. Provide efficient and effective technical support to clients in a manner that promotes safe computing practices and reduces the risk of the issue recurring.
  10. Conform to workplace expectations found in information technology (IT) environments.
  11. Contribute to the successful completion of the project applying the project management principles in use.

Required Courses

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SEMESTER 1

semester courses
CodeCourse name
COMP1151IT Essentials
COMP1176Introduction to Networks - CCNA 1
COMP1223Web Development Fundamentals
GSSC1045Business Applications for Information Technology
MATH1162Mathematics for Computer Technology I
COMM1007College English**

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
CodeCourse name
COMP1203Routing and Switching Essentials - CCNA 2
COMP3044UNIX Essentials
COMP1231Web Programming
COMP1232Operating System Installation and Support
MATH1172Mathematics for Computer Technology II
GSSC1027Personal Finance

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
CodeCourse name
COMP1196Scaling Networks - CCNA 3
COMP2064Windows Servers Active Directory Configuration
COMP2144Web Server Administration
COMP2148Professional Workplace Competencies
COMP3066UNIX System Administration
GNEDGeneral Education Elective

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
CodeCourse name
COMP1197Connecting Networks - CCNA 4
COMP2102Wireless Technology Fundamentals
COMP2141Windows Server Network Infrastructure
COMP2152Open Source Development
COMP3061Computer Security Fundamentals
GNEDGeneral Education Elective

**Based on the results of your placement test, you may be required to take COMM1003 (English Skills) or CESL1003 (English Skills – ESL) before progressing to COMM1007. COMM1003/CESL1003 does not count as a course required for graduation, and you will be charged for this extra course. Please visit georgebrown.ca/assessment for more information.

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Career Options

Computer System Technicians establish, operate, maintain and co-ordinate the use of local and wide area networks (LANs and WANs), software services and related computer equipment. They set up and maintain Internet and Intranet websites and web-server technologies, and monitor and optimize network connectivity and performance. They are employed in Information Technology units throughout the private and public sectors. Supervisors of Computer Network Technicians are included in this group.

Your Career

Graduates can provide client support and network technical support in a wide variety of industries. Opportunities exist in companies that provide computer support services to other businesses, and in organizations that specialize in the sale and installation of computer systems and networks. Graduates may also find employment working directly with business clients, providing training services and ongoing support to assist them in using computer applications effectively.

The curriculum also prepares students to, after graduating from the program, write several of the examinations leading to industry certification in Network Administration and Support.

Future Study Options

Graduates may continue directly into the third year of the Computer Systems Technology program (T147), and earn an Ontario College Advanced Diploma in two additional semesters.

Students who successfully complete this program may qualify for entry into university degree programs. This includes credit towards the Athabasca University BSc-CIS (PD).

For further information on future study options, see georgebrown.ca/transferguide.

Educational/Degree Pathway

Opportunities to receive transfer credits toward further study to attain a degree are available.

Tuition

$4,258.00 *

Additional Cost

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2018. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2019 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U)

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English and Math, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English and Math.

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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Contact Us

School of Computer Technology

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 4287

Email: computertechnology@georgebrown.ca

The office hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Program coordinator: Stephan Caneff
Phone: 416-4155000 x6748
Email: scaneff@georgebrown.ca

For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

Visit Our Campus

The Computer Systems Technician program is offered through our School of Computer Technology from our Casa Loma Campus at 146 Kendal Avenue. Sign up for an Information Session or Campus Tour to learn more about George Brown College and the program. You can also explore our virtual tour.

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