Computer Systems Technology

MSUB COT computer systems technology program
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Information technology positions in corporate, industrial, educational or government sectors

DEGREE & CERTIFICATE OPTIONS

City College currently offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Systems Technology, an Associate of Science Plan of study in Networking and a one-year networking certificate. Please speak to an advisor to help determine which program will help you meet your goals.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
  • Technicians provide assistance and training to system users as well as administer the computer network.
  • Students learn techniques to investigate and resolve computer problems, both on a client computer and across an entire network.
  • Answer clients' inquiries concerning the use of computer hardware and software.
  • Troubleshoot and support corporate networks.
  • Networking, routing (Cisco Levels 1-8).
  • Applications (Microsoft Office).
  • Operating Systems (Windows Server).
  • Troubleshoot communications and connectivity issues.
  • Approximately 40% of the classes contain hands-on training to provide the student with real-world experience.
  • Prepare to take industry certification tests such as CCNA, CCNP, MCP, and MCSE.
TOOLS/SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Before a student can be accepted into the Computer Systems Technology AAS degree program, competency in mathematics and computers must be demonstrated. This may be done by:

  • Passing the Math Placement Test
  • Transfer of appropriate credits
  • Current ACT/SAT scores in the required range
  • Taking the necessary prerequisite English, math, and/or computer classes identified in the catalog
CAREER CLOSEUP
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Job Outlook and Pay Info

Median Wage (MT)* $54,853.33
Median Wage (US)* $70,870.00
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Average entry-level wage, COT grads (2006-2010) $35,874.00
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Expected growth (MT)*
(projection through 2016)
29%
Expected growth (US)*
(projection through 2018)
31%
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*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Employment Projections; MT Dept. of Labor and Industry, Research and Analysis Bureau
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SKILLS, TRAITS, PREPARATORY CLASSES THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL
  • Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents
  • Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
  • The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events)
  • The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations)
  • The ability to see things in the mind's eye and understand a system's inner workings
PROGRAM COST AND COMPLETION INFORMATION


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