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Jason Ruane

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Intel

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Possibly useful qualities/interests:

A predisposition towards technical problems, such as puzzles or machinery. An interest in the nature of how things work, such as the desire to disassemble machinery/gadgetry to unlock its inner workings.

An inventive side; one who uses the parts of other gadgets, to make a new personalised gadget. Interested in high tech gear: gadgetry of all forms.

A capacity to learn processes for oneself e.g. seeing a puzzle solved and then repeating it.

Skills: Technical subjects such as Maths or electronics. Programming is very accessible to anyone with a basic home PC and some internet connection so try it out and see if you like it.

Values: If you value the solving of an intricate, convoluted problem, for it's own sake and find that rewarding, then any engineering job will come easily.

Education: Firm basis in Maths and the sciences. People are hired into engineering positions here from backgrounds such as science and computing primarily.

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Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Education

Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Education


 

Computer Systems Technician


Course Code(s):  5M0536 6M0695
QQI Award Code:  5M0536 Computer Systems and Networks
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
This two-year course is designed to build the students confidence and skills in Networking, Computer Maintenance, Web Authoring and Electronics. The course has a high practical content to maximise and develop new skills.

 

What you will Study...
These are the main subject modules available in this course. Note: Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands.

Year 1:
Computer Systems Hardware
Networking Essentials
Operating Systems
Maths for Computers
Customer Service
Work Experience
Virtualisation Support
Programming and Design Principals
CISCO CCNA 1

Year 2:
Physical and Logical Networking
Systems Software
Information Technology Administration
Network Infrastructure
Customer Service
Personal and Professional Development
Network Security
Distributed Systems
CCNA 1 & 2

 

Important: Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

 

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Sample Careers...
If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
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Progression Routes

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