Information Technology Hardware Technician

Information Technology Hardware Technician
Apprenticeship and Certification Act
Unrestricted TradeTrade Code 634B
NOC 2282


  • Support clients in their use of computer applications and operating systems software
  • Responsible for the installation of network components, hardware and software
  • Troubleshoot information systems
  • Assemble microcomputer systems from components
  • Responsible for troubleshooting and repairing microcomputer hardware
  • Configuring, optimizing and upgrading components and peripherals in microcomputer systems
  • Create and maintain required documentation
  • Train new users
  • Research problems and investigate new software products

Personal Qualities

  • You like working with computers and the latest technology
  • You like problem solving and learning new things
  • You have the stamina to sit at your workstation for hours

Career Opportunities

  • Information technology analysts work for technology service companies, computer stores, all levels of governments, manufacturers, major retail chains, the military, banks, educational institutions and many other businesses
  • Some information technology analysts have their own business

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 12
  • Completion of a 6,420 hour apprenticeship program is required

Training Availability

Apprenticeship Training

Canadore College (program offered by Distance Education)
North Bay

Potential Earnings

  • Apprentices are paid according to the company’s wage scale
  • Wages1 typically range from $12.50 to $29.60 an hour, excluding overtime, with journeypersons usually earning the higher end of the wage scale

Prospects For Employment

  • Employment is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through the year 20092

Financial Incentives

  • Employers who employ first, second and third year apprentices can apply for the Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit