The Computer Engineering/Computer Information System program at the Arkansas Tech
University Career Center covers four major areas: diagnostics, operating systems,
networking and on-the-job training.
In diagnostics, a student learns the major parts of a computer (hard drive, floppy
drives, memory, etc.). Computers are torn down and built back. Students then learn
to properly install peripheral devices.
After mastery of these prerequisites, a student moves on to troubleshooting, repair
and upgrading computers. Once hardware is mastered, the student moves to software. Computer
Engineering currently covers Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 7, VISTA and home networks.
In the second year of the program students design, build and learn to administer networks
using Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 Server. After networks are mastered, students
are given the opportunity to receive on-the-job training.
Although there are textbooks for the program, the majority of what is taught involves
hands-on learning. Most students completing this program go on to college programs
in information technology or computer science. With a basic certification, you can
expect to start at $12 or $16 per hour. Each additional certification increases a
starting salary. After certification the student is eligible for jobs in computer
sales and repair and network administration.
Students who complete this program of study offered at the Career Center may receive
a Certificate of Proficiency in computer information technology.