Computer Repair & Networking

WHAT DOES A COMPUTER SERVICE PROFESSIONAL DO?

A career as a computer service professional supports the rapidly changing ways people and businesses communicate. You may work at a company’s help desk or repair, maintain and install the PCs at a small-to medium sized company. The world relies on computers and it is up to service professionals to keep them working.

WHAT DOES A COMPUTER NETWORKING SPECIALIST DO?

A career in the computer networking field can make you a vital part of any office or facility. Washburn Tech prepares students to install, configure and support an organization’s local area network as well as its wide area network and connection to the Internet. In addition, you might monitor the network to ensure availability and security and monitor website performance to ensure the site is operating correctly and without interruption.

LEARNING AT WASHBURN TECH

The computer repair & networking program at Washburn Tech provides a hands-on introduction to the inner workings of computers. It also provides the opportunity to setup and maintain multiple desktop and network operating systems. Instruction covers compute hardware, Microsoft and Linux network operating systems, directory services, cyber security, Web service, LAN/WAN technologies and messaging services. In addition, you will learn to setup and maintain networking devices such as routers, switches and WAN connections to share data and resources on the network. Attending part-time, students can complete this program in four semesters. Upon successful completion, you’ll earn a 48 credit hour technical certificate and be eligible to complete an associate degree or more advanced degrees at Washburn University.  Additionally, this program prepares students to take the CompTIA A+ Certification and Cisco Certified Network Associate exams.

JOB AND SALARY OUTLOOK

Job prospects in the computer networking field are excellent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, as firms continue to rely on computer networks and invest in new technologies.  Kansas Department of Labor reports the average salary for a network and computer systems administrator spanned from $23.88 an hour or $48,000 annually at the lower end to the mid-range of $32.99 an hour or $68,618 annually. 

Annual wage / salary

Hourly wage

Entry $48,000 $23.88
Average $68,618 $32.99

CERTIFICATIONS

  • CompTIA A+ Certification
  • Microsoft Certificate Solutions Associate (MCSA)
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
  • Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician
  • Comptia Network+
  • Comptia Security+
  • OSHA-10

SCHEDULE

This program begins every August.

Daytime Options:
M-F 8:00a—11:10a (2 year pathway)
M-F 11:45a—2:55p (2 year pathway)
 
Evening Option:
M-TH 5:30-9:30 (2 year pathway)