Expanding Knowledge in Emerging Computer Technologies


MicroComputer Technology

Anyone can hack;

           it's defending the system that's cool.....


890 clock-hours (48 weeks) 50% Lab, 50% Lecture, including an 90-hour internship/externship


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday (9:00AM until 4:15PM)

Evening classes are likely.  Schedules are subject to change!


Leechburg Campus


Call for scheduled dates

Total Cost:

$13,235 (Please see Financial Aid Programs)

This cost includes tuition, 90-hour internship, and two certification tests ($12,300), admission fees ($35), books ($800), equipment and materials ($100).

General Information Sessions: Call (724) 845-5100 for dates

Program Objective

The MicroComputer Technology program will provide skills, responsibilities and tasks required for employment as a Computer Technician, PC Assembler, Computer Network Technician, Network Support Assistant and Help Desk Support.

The program will also prepare the student to pass the A+ and Network + Certification Examinations, thereby increasing their employment opportunities.  This program is not vendor specific.

Program Overview

MicroComputer Technology offered by Allegheny Valley Institute of Technology is a 890-hour hands-on training program that teaches students the fundamentals of becoming a Network Administrator, Computer Technician, PC Assembler, Computer Network Technician, Network Support Assistant or Help Desk Support Technician.

CompTIA's A+ and Network + Certifications are vendor neutral certifications that certify the competency of service and support technicians in the computer industry. Most major computer hardware and software vendors, distributors, resellers, and publications back the program.

As a member of the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), Allegheny Valley Institute of Technology has courseware material that follows CompTIA's newest examination objectives to help the student gain the knowledge they need. At the Allegheny Valley Institute of Technology, students receive quality training from certified professionals in state-of-the art classrooms.  In addition, since the Allegheny Valley Institute of Technology is an Authorized Prometric Testing Center™ (APTC), students can take their examinations at this facility.  The Allegheny Valley Institute of Technology Network + Courseware Kit provides the student with  exam assessment and preparation software giving students the study tools they need to pass the test.

Entrance Criteria

A high school diploma or general equivalency diploma is required for admission to this Program.  Applicants must also successfully pass the Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (WBST) with a minimum score of 280 in both the verbal and quantitative categories at the General Education Development (GED) Level 2, in order to be admitted into this program.


The certification consists of the Network Plus examination. This examination is given at the school. Allegheny Valley Institute of Technology® has vouchers for this test available at no cost to the enrolled student.  All students are responsible for certification examination costs incurred beyond the one test included with the program.

MicroComputer Technology program content

 1st Semester (24 weeks) 400 contact hours 

MS113            Microsoft Word

MS122            Microsoft Excel

CT 101            Computer Components and Architectures        

CT104             Peripheral Devices 

            Mid-semester Break 

CT110             Hardware Configuration and Upgrading

CT113             Diagnosing and Troubleshooting Hardware

CT122             Installing and Supporting Windows Windows 7

CT125             Maintaining and Troubleshooting Operating Systems 

GS101             Interpersonal Communication Skills in the Workplace


2nd Semester (24 weeks) 446 contact hours 

CT203             Networking Essential

CT204             Introduction to Virtualization

CT205             File Systems and Partitions

CT207             TCP/IP Protocols

CT210             Installing and Administering Microsoft Windows 2008 Server with Active Directory

            Mid-semester Break

 CT220            Installing and Administering Linux

CT225             Routing and Remote Access

CT227             Network Auditing, Security and Disaster Recovery

CP220             Introduction to Visual Basic Programming

CT701             Computer Networking Internship/Externship (90-hours)


    Note:   The 90-hour, on-the-job, internship/externship (CT701) is optional for this Program.


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