In today’s world of personal computers, networking and applications, computer systems technicians are in high demand. After acquiring the expertise required to build, maintain and repair the latest in technology, you will test-drive new ideas and restore old favourites to working order. You will learn in state-of-the-art labs from professors who are connected to industry. This program is built on partnerships with some of the most influential names in networking today, including Cisco, AWS, IBM and Microsoft.
NOTE: Students enrolling in this program are required to purchase their own laptop. For specific hardware and software requirements for this program click here.
This program was created by Durham College and Ontario Tech for individuals who plan to take Ontario Tech’s Bachelor of Information Technology (Hons) degree program, majoring in Networking and IT Security. The bridging courses required for admission to the degree program are embedded in the curriculum and if you achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 in each semester of your Durham College courses and no grade below C in your Ontario Tech courses, you can apply directly to the third year of the degree program. In order to participate in this program, you are required to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 and complete an application to Ontario Tech in the first semester. The Ontario Tech embedded courses are flexible and subject to change by Ontario Tech. Academic planning assistance will be offered to you by a student advisor representative.
As a student participating in this program, you will be registered at Durham College and at Ontario Tech. Ontario Tech offers classes in the evenings and the annual calendars including reading week are generally different. Students are expected to attend all classes that are scheduled. In addition the two institutions use different learning management systems.
For more information please visit the Computer Systems Technician - Transfer to Ontario Tech Bachelor of Information Technology (Hons) Frequently Asked Questions.
Please note: You will apply to the Computer Systems Technician program at www.ontariocolleges.ca using the CSTU application code. Upon meeting the selection criteria, you may be eligible to complete your Bachelor of Information Technology (Hons) degree at Ontario Tech.
- This program enables students to complete the Computer Systems Technician diploma at Durham College (DC) and the Ontario Tech Bachelor of Information Technology (Hons) degree at the Ontario Tech University (Ontario Tech) in four years for qualifying students, and at less cost than a four-year degree program.
- This program provides students with the option of proceeding in second year with the college-only curriculum to complete the standard two-year Computer Systems Technician diploma, or proceeding to complete the two-year University Transfer, which will include five university credits. Students who choose to complete the standard college diploma will be required to take one additional General Education elective.
- This unique pathway is available on a shared campus with exposure to college and university faculty, information and opportunities. Students can transfer to the Computer Programmer, Computer Programmer Analyst, or Computer Systems Technology programs at DC after the first semester; leave after first year with a Computer Foundations certificate; or leave after second year with a Computer Systems Technician diploma. Students who choose to return to complete the Computer Systems Technology program would receive advanced standing.
For more information about the Computer Systems Technician - Transfer to Ontario Tech Bachelor of Information Technology (Hons) program please visit our frequently asked questions webpage.
Students may choose to pursue the following industry certifications, which could require additional exams and/or related work experience to qualify:
- CompTIA – A+
- CompTIA Network+
- Linux LPIC-1
- Cisco CCNA
- Microsoft MCP Server Certifications
Program Learning Outcomes
- Identify, analyze, develop, implement, verify and document the requirements for a computing environment.
- Contribute to the diagnostics, troubleshooting, documenting and monitoring of technical problems using appropriate methodologies and tools.
- Implement and maintain secure computing environments.
- Implement robust computing system solutions through validation testing that aligns
with industry best practices.
- Communicate and collaborate with team members and stakeholders to ensure
effective working relationships.
- Select and apply strategies for personal and professional development to enhance
- Apply project management principles and tools when working on projects within a
- Adhere to ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements and/or principles in the
development and management of computing solutions and systems.
- Assist with the implementation of computer systems and cloud solutions.
- Install, configure, troubleshoot, maintain, upgrade and decommission computing
- Automate routine tasks using scripting tools and programming languages.
- Install and monitor a database management system in response to specified
- Provide technical support for computing system infrastructures that aligns with
industry best practice.
Student may choose to pursue the following industry certifications, which could require additional exams and/or related work experience to qualify:
- CompTIA- Network+
- Cisco CCNA
- MS MCP (Server)