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Computer Systems Technician

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Computer Systems Technician

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Computer Systems Technician

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Computer Systems Technician

Computer Systems Technician

The Computer Systems Technician program is the perfect vehicle to launch a rewarding career in computer assembly, installation, configuration and troubleshooting. Graduates will be able to help support computer users throughout an entire organization by deploying desktop and laptop systems, assisting users with day to day tasks, supporting help desk environments, troubleshooting networking issues and rolling out emerging technologies that will give their organization a competitive advantage.

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Program Description (Laptop program)

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program are required to purchase their own laptop. For specific hardware and software requirements for this program click here.

This program will provide you with the technical skills and expertise required to work in the high-demand world of personal computers, networking and application support to meet the information technology (IT) needs of modern organizations.

The program curriculum addresses the technical aspects of commonly used components and troubleshooting techniques for:

  • Computer hardware
  • Networking technologies
  • Operating systems
  • Security
  • System administration

You will also learn how to develop your communication and administrative skills and be trained in critical-thinking skills designed to help you respond to many technical challenges. As a graduate, you will be able to:

  • Challenge for industry-recognized certifications (e.g. Cisco CCNA, Microsoft MCP, CompTIA, A+, Net+)
  • Install and configure system software and network devices
  • Troubleshoot computer system and network issues.

Note: To ensure you make an informed decision about your IT career path, a common first semester is offered for the Computer Systems Technician, Computer Systems Technology, Computer Programmer and Computer Programmer Analyst programs. This approach will give you an opportunity to explore the systems/programming applications and networking/hardware applications of the IT sector.

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Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Mature Student Status
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 mathematics (C, M or U)
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Career Options


  • Call centre support
  • Computer service technician
  • Help desk technician
  • IT consultant
  • IT specialist
  • Information systems administrator
  • Network technician
  • Security administrator
  • Technical consultant


  • Banks
  • Colleges and universities
  • Computer and network support companies
  • Government
  • Retail corporations
  • Software companies
  • Publishing companies
  • Telecommunications companies
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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Compulsory Ancillary


Program Incidental$350$350
Total Fees:$4,341$14,513

Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Laptop Learning

Students enrolled in laptop programs will enjoy an exceptional learning experience through the use of technology. The advanced technical skills and knowledge that employers look for in graduates will provide students with a decided advantage when entering the workforce. Please pay close attention to the hardware and software requirements of your program as the requirements are not the same for all laptop programs.

How laptop learning works:

  • Review your specific program page for hardware and software requirements
  • Acquire your own laptop from a vendor of your choosing including all of the hardware and software components listed below

Please note: Some software may be included in tuition fees for some programs. Please ensure that you are required to buy software before making a purchase.

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Laptop Requirements

Minimum Recommended Hardware

  • Intel I7 processor with chipset that must support Intel Virtualization Technology
  • 8 GB of ram (16 GB preferred)
  • 1 TB hard drive
  • CDRW/DVDRW combo drive
  • 10/100 Auto Sensing Network Card
  • 10/100 A/G/N Standard card (one of these standards will suffice)
  • Discrete Video Chipset 256 MB or Shared 512 MB
  • One USB 3.0 port (two preferred)

Software Requirements

  • Windows 10 or Windows 8.1 professional editions.
  • Microsoft Office 2010 or Office 2013. In either case look for a version that includes Access, (student license).
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  • code: CSTC
  • Program length: Four semester (6 semester option)
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Diploma
  • Location: Oshawa
  • School: School of Business, IT & Management (BITM)
  • Domestic tuition: $2,851 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
    • Program intake status is Open Open: January 2018
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
    • Program intake status is Closed Closed: January 2018
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