There are different kinds of computer technicians, PC, Mac repair and data recovery technician. A PC technician is the one who is trained for PC or laptop repair. This repair could be a software or hardware repair. A software repair includes fixing operating system or application related problems. A hardware repair is mainly related to parts in the PC or laptop. There is no limit on how much computer education the person should have. On the lower side if he has a computer technician diploma then he can start work as computer technician. Usually A+ certification (This course includes Microsoft and other related certifications)
Other kind of technician is a Mac technician. Let me differentiate between two plate forms that are mainly used these days. One is Windows and the other one is Macintosh. Microsoft makes windows and Apple develops Mac. All the operating systems developed by Microsoft (Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Minimum, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows vista and Windows 7) are called windows plate forms. On the other side, Panther, Tiger, Leopard and snow leopard are the operating systems written by Apple engineers. Apple operating system only works at their own hardware that means Apple make their own computer machines to be used with their plate form. Windows operating system runs on PC (personal computer), laptop or net book. There are other platforms that are very rarely used like UNIX and Linux. To become a Mac technician, one must be an Apple certified. Obviously experience is required after certification.
It’s a trend that a PC technician would not work on Mac machine. The reason in my opinion is Mac machines are more delicate and sensitive when it comes to repair these machines. The software platform is totally different than Windows system. The other reason could be the cost of these machines. Mac computers are expensive and personal computer technicians do not want to take risk. Another reason is parts for Mac computers are not available everywhere like PC parts are.
The next kind of computer technician is data recovery tech. This is the most high tech job. There are two important steps to become a computer this kind of specialist. First, one must have expert knowledge of storage media e.g. opening a hard drives and must be trained to understand how hard disk or data storages work. A hard drive repair course or hard disk repair course is must for data recovery technicians. Data recovery job involves using different type of equipment. A hard disk expert is trained on how to use the data recovery equipment. Data recovery expert must use this kind of technology. The recovery process is not simple to follow especially using these machines. Whether it is PC, Mac or data recovery technician, one must be certified and experienced to do the job properly.
This article explains how many types of technicians are out there and what is needed to become a personal computer, Mac or data recovery technician.
Microsoft certified, MCSE, A+, Apple Certified