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
|Starting Your Program
Succeed by learning how to use your Penn Foster program.
|PCM101||The Information Age
This course is a brief introduction to the constantly changing world of computer technology in the Information Age.
|PCM103||Introduction to PC Repair
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.
|PCM105||PC Hardware 1
Learn the parts of the computer that are considered the hardware.
|PCM106||PC Hardware 2
This course provides the student with more sophisticated techniques in PC repair.
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.
|INT128||Network Protocols and Internetworking
In this course, you’ll learn how computers communicate with each other and how to form networks.
|Additional Course Material
Textbook: Cisco Networking Essentials
You will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. 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 complete your program with Penn Foster.
In the Penn Foster Career School PC Maintenance and Repair online training program you’ll cover topics such as:
- Elements and function of hardware devices and PC maintenance and repair techniques
- Use of software and an overview of operating systems
- How computers communicate with each other and how they are grouped together to form networks
- Networking protocols and topology
If you love technology and want to take the first steps toward turning your passion for computers into a career, Penn Foster Career School is here to help. Contact us today to learn more about this online program.
State Licensing Information
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 by your Penn Foster Program. You should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where you plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in your Program. Please click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.