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Lethbridge Community College

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- one year certificate
- starts in September
- an A+ Training Provider


  • Construction
  • Testing
  • Set-up
  • Sales
  • Maintenance
  • Repairs
  • Customer Service
  • Communications
  • Small Business

The Electronics Technician - Personal Computer Service specialty is a one - year certificate program that prepares the student for employment in servicing and sales of personal computers and computer related equipment.

In order to meet the challenges of today's job market, graduates are expected to be proficient in all aspects of the computer service industry. The Computing Technology Industry Association( has established the A+ Certification which is an industry-wide standard for technical and customer service skills. It is accepted by service centres across North America. IBM, Packard Bell/NEC and MicroAge have now made A+ Certification mandatory for all their service technicians. As an A+ Training provider, our program fully prepares graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully obtain this critical and highly recognized industry credential.




Fees Due August 4, 1999 Nov. 29, 1999
Lectures Begin Sep. 1, 1999 Jan. 4, 2000
Add/Drop Period Sep. 1-9, 1999 Jan. 4-11, 2000
Last day to Withdraw Nov. 17, 1999 March 28, 2000
Last Day of Lectures December 13, 1999 April 20, 2000
No Classes Sep.6, Oct.11, Nov.11 Feb. 21-25, 2000
Field Trips n/a n/a
Practicum Placement n/a n/a
Final Exams Dec. 14-17, 1999 April 24-27, 2000


Academic Requirements
Applicants are required to have an Alberta High School Diploma or equivalent.

Alternate Admission applicants are required to achieve a minimum 50th percentile on the Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra and Sentence Skills sections of the Computerized Placement Test or equivalent.

Medical Requirements
Applicants should have their colour vision tested. Although colour vision deficiencies do not prevent a successful career in electronics, some employers may require normal colour vision.


Studentsı Association
$ 95
Books and Supplies
$ 900

All fees are approximate and are based on a full credit load for each program (the number of credits may depend upon the elective courses selected) and is subject to change. Costs of books and supplies are estimated. Supply costs include only the specialized materials and equipment needed for the program and not basic stationery supplies. The LCC Studentsı Association fees are subject to change. For more detailed information on tuition fee calculation and other fees, students are advised to consult the FEES section of this Calendar.


Students accepted into this program have the opportunity to apply related employment, volunteer, educational or training experiences toward the completion of the program. For information on Prior Learning Assessment, students should contact the Registrarıs Office.


Upon completion of all program requirements, students are awarded a Certificate in Electronics Technician - PC Service Specialty.


Our graduates are able to construct, install, upgrade, configure and sell personal computer systems. PC Service technicians are employed by computer sales and service firms, computer consulting firms, and large organizations such as government departments and major corporations. New opportunities for our highly skilled graduates are constantly emerging. Some graduates may choose to establish their own small business.


None applicable.


Part I: Basic Electronics component (Fall semester)
Students gain fundamental electronics concepts and troubleshooting skills in a traditional lecture/lab setting. A new course, Introduction to Computer Systems Fundamentals explores the breadth of the computer industry.

Part II - PC Service Specialty component (Winter semester)
Students learn personal computer hardware and software fundamentals through print (text and modules) and instructor demonstrations. Computer diagnostic software and troubleshooting practices are utilized throughout. Theory is directed toward completion of highly relevant projects in a service centre environment.

The curriculum for this portion was formulated by industry specialists to ensure appropriate learning outcomes. Significant time is devoted to the construction, testing, setup, maintenance, repair and sales of computers. Courses are delivered in an experiential, project-based delivery style. Students work with actual customers on many projects. For example, some assignments have them build or repair computers for college staff. Other projects directly support the Community Computer Recycling Initiative. This is a community partnership that places refurbished computers in schools, not-for-profit organizations and persons with special needs. Students also learn effective communications and small business procedures.

Fall Term Hours Credits
ETC 108 Intro to Electricity and Electronics (3-3) 6
ETC 109 Digital Electronics for PC Service (3-3) 6
ETC 110 Microprocessors for PC Service (3-3) 6
ETC 125 Intro to Computer System Fund. (3-3) 6
Total 24 credits

Winter Term Hours Credits
BUS 110 Business Skills for PC Technicians(3-0) 3
ENG 111 Electronics Documentation (3-0) 3
ETC 120 PC Hardware (2-3) 5
ETC 121 Operating Systems (2-3) 5
ETC 122 System Troubleshooting and Maintenance (1-4) 5
ETC 123 Consulting and System Service (0-5) 5

Total 26 credits





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