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Las Vegas is the center of the gaming industry for both the development and use of slot machines and its related technologies. It is also a center for the education of future technicians to support the industry. The College of Southern Nevada offers:
- A two-year, 69 credit hour associate degree that includes a heavy emphasis on electronics and microprocessors used in the various subsystems comprising the modern slot machine. The degree provides students with the necessary skills to assist in the planning, design, troubleshooting and maintenance of various slot machines and related devices. Instruction includes player tracking and slot management systems, gaming regulations, random number generators, opto-couplers, coin comparators, dollar bill validators, and more. This two-year program provides the student with the slot repair methods and procedures used in the Gaming Industry. Instruction takes place in a hands-on, state-of-the-art environment. The computer networking that is critical to modern slot operations is also covered.
- A certificate of achievement, with 34 credit hours that provides the educational background for an entry level position in the field. The certificate provides an introduction to slot machines and electronics which integrates classroom experience with hands-on lab exercises and covers topics such as planning, design, troubleshooting and maintenance of various slot machines and related devices.
- A series of development course intended to update/enhance the skills of current slot and bench technicians on some of the more challenging subsystems found in slot machines such as LCD monitors and power supplies.
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