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Mission Critical Operations Data Center

Quick Facts

  • Program: Information Technology
  • Pathway: STEM
  • Campus: South

Mission critical operations require 24/7 operation and supervision of systems to combat threats of critical infrastructure failure.

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Job Titles & Career Info

Our Program

Why choose Mission Critical Operations Data Center?

  • Work in a growing field: Mission critical operators who can keep systems functioning & protected are in demand
  • Specialize in specific mission critical environments, operations technology, or maintenance
  • Have variety in your work. You may:
    • Install network equipment
    • Verify data security procedures
    • Monitor data center climactic conditions
    • Optimize data center operations
    • Regulate energy use

Prepare for what you will do at work

  • Distinguish between mission critical & non-mission critical scenarios
  • Manage security & safety in critical operations sites
  • Evaluate storage architectures & key data center elements in classic, virtualized & cloud environments
  • Describe contingency plans for backup, replication & archiving

Marketable skills you will learn

  • Critical thinking
  • Reasoning
  • Communication
  • Personal & social responsibility
  • Teamwork
  • Computer literacy

Before you enroll, think about:

  • Working in mission critical operations requires a high level of responsibility, dependability & flexibility.
  • Being a lifelong learner will help you advance in your career because you must always stay current with the latest security technologies and data center practices to determine which are the most effective options for your organization.
  • 3 skills or work style traits that will help you succeed in this field:
    • Analytical thinking
    • Problem-solving skills
    • Cooperation

Need a boost to get ready for college?

Talk to your advisor about Developmental Studies if your TSI scores say you need some help in math or reading and writing.

Degrees & Certificates



Level I

How Much Time & Money to Finish?

Degree or Certificate Program Title Hours Total Tuition & Fees
AAS Information Technology-Mission Critical Data Center 60 $3,840
CRT1 Data Center Operations 30 $1,920


  • Tuition is based on in-state, in-county rates.
  • Totals do not include textbooks and other materials.

Non-Credit Programs

Time commitments and fees vary depending on the course.

Earn More Choices & More Money

Transfer to a college or university to continue your studies. Earning a bachelor’s degree opens the door to promotion opportunities.

Next steps

Start on Your Pathway!


South Campus

Michael A. Jackson
Assistant Professor & Department Chair

Call 817-515-4578


Updated September 07, 2021