New practical course to train data center technicians in Drogheda


The Part-Time Data Center Technician Course is a collaboration between the Drogheda Institute of Further Education and AWS.

A new Data Center Technician course in Drogheda will prepare those looking to break into the ever-growing industry here in Ireland.

The course is delivered by the Drogheda Institute of Further Education (DIFE) in collaboration with industry partner Amazon Web Services (AWS). It includes a scholarship program that will allow successful applicants to complete the program for free.

The course aims to provide a solid foundation for those who wish to apply for data center technician roles.

AWS operates multiple data centers in Ireland and has chosen Drogheda as its investment location. Course participants will have the opportunity to apply for a 14-week paid internship in one of its data centers.

Mark Finlay, Public Sector Manager for the Republic of Ireland at AWS, said the course “will help individuals from the local community and surrounding areas to start a career in technology.”

In June, Finlay told that the company, which employs more than 3,000 people across the country, is “not done growing” here. He said AWS will hire data center technicians as well as many other roles in the cloud services industry in the future.

According to Davy Mc Donnell, Director of DIFE, the new Data Center Technician program “will provide a springboard for local populations to advance on an exciting career path in this emerging industry”.

“The commitment of AWS, a global leader in cloud computing, to support a training program at Drogheda is greatly appreciated and will provide students in the Drogheda community with a unique opportunity to develop the skills relevant to securing in-demand jobs in the industry. region, ”said Mc Donnell.

The course will run from January to August 2022. It will be a part-time course, consisting of three study evenings per week as well as bi-weekly workshops on Saturdays. Paid placement with AWS will begin in May of next year.

Once qualified, graduates will receive dual certification in the latest data center technology. They will learn how to maintain the hardware infrastructure of cloud computing servers, perform diagnostics and troubleshoot problems. They will also work as a team to resolve network hardware and systems issues.

Applications are now open for the program, with course interviews scheduled for late November. You can find more information about the course and the applications for the start of the January 2022 school year on the DIFE website.

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