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.