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PC Maintenance and Repair Career Diploma Course Details

Penn Foster Career School’s online PC Maintenance and Repair Career Diploma Program consists of courses to help you gain the knowledge and skills employers are looking for. Our online repair school will help you learn to understand pc hardware, operating systems, network protocols and internetworking, and more!

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

The PC Maintenance and Repair career diploma program prepares students for a career as an entry-level PC maintenance and repair technician, teaching such skills as hardware repair and replacement, Windows and Apple operating systems, troubleshooting, and networking.

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to...
  • List technology careers and recognize the interpersonal and business skills necessary to succeed as a PC technician
  • Identify the tools and test equipment associated with PC repair and maintenance activity, know how hardware and software work together in the operation of a PC, and outline the process for assembling a personal computer
  • Identify different types of removable media devices, name the physical components of a hard drive and know the function of each, as well as know how to maintain disks and systems
  • Identify electrical terms and symbols, and describe how to recognize a failed power supply and how to replace it, as well as describe a multimeter and its functions
  • Identify various operating systems along with their characteristics, features, discuss the processes required to install hardware and software using Windows XP, Vista, and 7, and Mac operating systems
  • Identify different types of system boards, list the physical components of memory, and describe how memory is accessed
  • Describe how to solve basic computer problems, define the differences between a virus, worm, and a Trojan horse, and identify the types of threats against a computer system
  • Describe how PCs communicate with each other, identify the typical input/output devices encountered in a computer system, and describe the process of configuring routers, switches, as well as static and dynamic routing schemes

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Objectives:

  • Understand how to use your Student Portal.
  • Access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers.
  • Connect with Penn Foster on various social media sites.
This course is a brief introduction to the constantly changing world of computer technology in the Information Age.

Objectives:

  • Describe the social and professional impact and importance of technology.
  • Recognize some basics of the language technology.
  • Identify career opportunities related to technology.

This course provides the student with a broad view of PC Maintenance and Repair, focusing on the essential elements of hardware and software, as well as the importance of safety.

Objectives:

  • Describe the physical parts (hardware) and the programs that run the computer (software).
  • Understand how hardware and software work together.
  • Identify the essential knowledge and skills to be a successful computer support technician.

Learn the parts of the computer that are considered the hardware.

Objective:

  • Identify and describe the system board, central processing unit, read-only and random access memory, disk drives, hard drive, and CD and DVD drives.

This course provides the student with more sophisticated techniques in PC repair.

Objectives:

  • Support mobile computing devices such as laptops, netbooks, smart phones, tablets, and iPads.
  • Purchase and build PCs.
  • Troubleshoot, support, protect, and recover PCs.

Prerequisite: PC Hardware 1

Discover how operating systems communicate with each computer hardware device, display data on the monitor, and retrieve and store information on the disk drive.

Objectives:

  • Perform standard operating and maintenance procedures.
  • Learn about computer viruses and how to avoid them.
  • Examine how Windows® and Apple® operating systems work.
  • Configure Windows® with simulation software.

In this course, you’ll learn how computers communicate with each other and how to form networks.

Objectives:

  • Learn network fundamentals.
  • Discover how local area networks and wide area networks work.
  • Understand how to maintain, troubleshoot, and secure a network.
  • Become familiar with the devices used for connecting networks.
Additional Course Material

Textbook: Cisco Networking Essentials

Additional Details

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in this field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered in the Penn Foster Program. Prospective students should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where they plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in this Program. Click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

Penn Foster Career School Accreditation & Licensing Details

Penn Foster has been accredited for over 50 years. Penn Foster Career School has been thoroughly reviewed and has earned several important accreditations, certifications, and licensing. Most importantly, Penn Foster Career School is both regionally and nationally accredited.

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Progress Tracking and Goal Setting Tools

Our customizable goal-setting tools will help you create a schedule and stick to it. Need some extra time to complete a lesson or take an exam? Not a problem — you can adjust your study plan at any time to set a pace that works for you.
Progress Tracking and Goal Setting Tools
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Sample PC Maintenance & Repair Lesson

Penn Foster courses are written in a way that is easy to understand, and materials are broken down into manageable lessons. Take a look at what a PC Maintenance & Repair course would look like.
PC Repair Sample Lesson
Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.
We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.
Microsoft and Windows are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation registered in the United States of America and/or other jurisdictions.
Apple, Mac, and OS X are trademarks of Apple, Inc. registered in the United States of America and/or other jurisdictions.
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