In Fall 2018, NOVA will start offering the Data Center Operations (DCO) specialization of the Engineering Technology A.A.S. degree on the Loudoun Campus.
This program will provide graduates of the Engineering Technology A.A.S. program with the skills and hands-on training necessary to earn an entry-level position working in a data center or as a technician in one of the many companies that support the technology and infrastructure of data centers.
To better understand the impact of this program, you need to know what a data center is -- a data center is a facility that houses a large group of networked computer servers that run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and represents the backbone of the Internet and global economy. Data centers utilize advance power management, cooling and building automation systems to maintain optimal performance of the IT equipment housed in the building. Data centers can be found throughout Northern Virginia, but Loudoun County is home to the largest number of data centers in the world.
Through the DCO curriculum, you will develop teamwork, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, knowledge and hands-on experience working with electricity, electronics, building automation and energy management systems, and HVAC and cabling techniques. Training through this program will also prepare you with the skills necessary to sit for several industry recognized credentials including the Certified Data Center Technician Professional and BICSI's Installer I and Installer 2 credentials.
There is high demand for employees with skills that can support the unique and sophisticated infrastructure needs of data centers. In the current market, entry-level salaries for these positions are very competitive and commensurate with qualifications. Data centers are the future of a rewarding career!
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