With the dramatic local expansion of casino gaming machines simultaneously joining technological change in the industry, a gaping void exists in available educational opportunities associated with gaming equipment repair. With this certificate program, Erie Community College can plug this void with classes aimed at training students to become gaming machine repair technicians.
This program is designed to provide education and training in the repair and maintenance of casino gaming machines. Its purpose is to prepare individuals for jobs as technicians who will service the gaming industry's sophisticated electronic equipment. Students may include persons new to the industry, as well as employees already in the industry who may wish to upgrade their skills. Individuals already working as electronic technicians may wish to add a new skill set. Moreover, it will make possible another career alternative for students in the Computer Repair Technology Program.
The design of the program recognizes that the CGM repair technician is essentially a computer repair technician, and builds upon the courses that comprise the first year of computer repair technology. Then it adds the missing elements in an additional CGM system maintenance course. It is a 25-credit hour program, designed for full-or part-time study - two semesters full-time or three semesters part-time. The first half of the curriculum includes mathematics, recognition of components, circuit testing and safety issues. The second half deals with advanced electronic skills, computer logic and microprocessors. Electronic troubleshooting is featured in the new course.