Computer Technician A+

Computer Technician A+

Potential earnings range:
Per year after graduation

Do you enjoy working with operating systems and using basic math skills?  

Then you may be a good fit for Job Corps’ Computer Technician A+ program. 

On the job, you will ... 

  • Install, maintain and repair computer operating systems  
  • Perform maintenance on computer hardware and other associated systems 
  • Integrate and operate equipment such as printers and scanners   
  • Reassemble machines after making repairs or replacing parts 
  • Identify software impacts to computer networks 
  • Be able to work on mobile devices, GPS, VPN and more 

Some of the career options you will have ... 

Most Computer Technician A+ Job Corps graduates go to work for midsize to large companies that have extensive computer networks, or they work for computer repair contracting companies. On the job, you will be expected to display integrity and dependability, listening, attention to detail, and problem-solving.  

Upon completing your basic training, students may go on to study in the many Advanced Training paths for Information Technology, including Advanced Cisco-Certified Network Associate Cyber Security Ops, Advanced A+ Administration, Advanced Computer Systems Administrator and Advanced A+ Microsoft MCSE. 

The credentials you will earn ... 

This is the first level of basic training offered in the Computer Technician series. Students who complete the Computer Technician A+ training program can earn industry-recognized credentials from organizations such as the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) and Cisco. Credentials such as these show that students are ready for positions in computer programming and repair. 

Students specialize in one of three focus areas: IT Technician, Remote Support Technician or Depot Technician. 

Students should also earn a state-issued learner’s permit and driver’s license upon completion of the program. 

What you’ll need to start training ... 

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent (can be earned at all Job Corps centers) 
  • Completion of all introductory and career preparation courses 
  • Passing scores on all written and performance tests 
  • Meet academic (math and reading) requirements 
* Salary information comes from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics Program and is provided for planning purposes only. Actual salary will depend on student skill level, credentials earned, experience level and location.
Meet your instructors

Meet your instructors

Ryan Weatherbee
Ryan Weatherbee
Ryan Weatherbee is an instructor for the Computer Services Technician course at Earle C. Clements Job Corps. With a background in elementary education and five years of experience in the field as a service technician with Geek Squad and Best Buy, Ryan possesses the skills required to dedicate his time, knowledge and resources to learning and preparing the next line of certified techs. 
Jonathan Joyner
Jonathan Joyner
Jonathan Joyner Jonathan Joyner, Computer Service Technician instructor, is A+ certified and has a degree in applied science from Southeastern Illinois College, where he also completed the Cisco program for CCNT and CCNA. Before coming to Earle C. Clements Job Corps Center, Jonathan was the system administrator for the Williamson County Government in Marion, Ill. Jonathan enjoys teaching at Job Corps because it gives him the ability to help others have a better opportunity at growing and creating a better life for themselves. 
David Hayes
David Hayes
David Hayes has been with Earle C. Clements Job Corps for seven years, teaching in the Computer Service Technician program. He has a bachelor’s degree from University of Dubuque and a master’s degree in history from American Public University. David has helped hundreds of students learn about the computing world and become certified. David loves to help students learn and to show them they can do things they never thought possible.