Advanced Tower Technician Certificate (15 Week Advanced Course)

Course Curriculum

TELE 001 - Wireless Communication Fundamentals 40 hours

Introduces the student to the basic concepts, equipment, and functionality of Wireless / Cellular and RF systems. Site location considerations and closeout requirements are also discussed. Topics consist of Wireless systems including Cellular methods; Basic RF systems including simplex and duplex systems; Functionality of equipment utilized for Cellular and RF systems including radios, antennas, coaxial cables, fiber optics and related components; Difficulties associated with various communication site locations; Closeout site documentation and the submittal requirements of these items to the customer.

TELE 002 - First Aid, CPR & OSHA 30 40 hours

Familiarizes the student with basic concepts of First Aid, CPR and construction safety. Topics consist of the Red Cross Basic First Aid and CPR course including AED; Basic Construction Safety Practices, a 30 hour course required by OSHA for all crew members working in the communication industry.

TELE 003 - Site & RF Safety Training 8 hours

Provides the student with an understanding of the necessity of safety training. Topics consist of the meeting and site procedures necessary to identify, mitigate and document safety hazards; OSHA required training regarding the different types, levels and limits of RF exposure encountered in the communication industry.

TELE 004 - Tower Climbing Fundamentals 40 hours

Introduces the student to the safety equipment and various climbing components and scenarios encountered in the communication industry. Topics consist of various real-world climbing scenarios and the basic climbing techniques and equipment associated with safe ascent and descent; Self Retracting Lifelines (SRL), controlled descent and other advanced climbing techniques; Emergency situations in elevated environments. Self and assisted rescue techniques are performed; Rigging and hoisting techniques required in the communication industry including both tag line and capstan operations.

TELE 005 - Connector Installation & Cable Testing 48 hours

Familiarizes the student with proper installation and testing of the various connectors on coaxial and fiber optic cables required by the Cellular industry. Topics consist of the proper techniques for fiber testing various wireless components; Use of line sweep equipment; Use of Passive Intermodulation (PIM) testing equipment.

TELE 006 - Antenna Installation & Maintenance 24 hours

Introduces the student to the various antenna types and installation techniques used in the Cellular and RF industry. Topics consist of the particular characteristics of each antenna type; Proper use of Antenna Alignment Tools (AAT); Advantages and disadvantages of the various antenna mounts, sector frames and standoffs utilized are discussed.

TELE 007 - Coax Installation & Grounding 24 hours

Provides the student with an understanding of the implementation of various coaxial and fiber trunk installations used within the Cellular and RF industry. Topics include the National Electrical Code (NEC) requirements for grounding; Required site documentation for Motorola, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile installations. Carrier specific grounding requirements are also discussed; Proper use and implementation of Exothermic welding techniques and practices.

TELE 008 - Carrier Specific Requirements 16 hours

Familiarizes the student with carrier specific requirements. Topics consist of the proper construction practices required by the major cellular carriers as well as the RF fields; The construction practices of small localized cellular companies and their similarities with the major companies.

TELE 009 - Alternative Communication Systems 8 hours

Provides the student with an understanding of alternative communication systems. Topics consist of "High Power" outputs and the challenges associated with the construction and repair of "Extreme" elevated structures, generally in excess of 600'; Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS); "In - Building" and concentrated small areas of cellular communications (Microcell).

TELE 010 - Telecommunications Field Training I 80 hours

Provides the student with an opportunity to observe and perform the daily duties and activities of a Telecommunications Technician. The student will demonstrate and receive critique on their technical knowledge and hands-on skills acquired in the classroom. Students will be exposed to real-world maintenance issues and given the opportunity to troubleshoot equipment failures.

TELE 011 - Tower Assembly, Erection & Maintenance 40 hours

Introduces the student to tower assembly and erection practices and principles. Topics include the assembly and erection of Monopole, Self-Supporting and Guy Wire Towers; Installation, adjustment, and plumb settings of guy wires; Tensioning and replacement of guy wires.

TELE 012 - MS Office Fundamentals 40 hours

Introduces the student to Microsoft office programs necessary for the completion of required work assignments in the wireless industry. Topics include an overview of MS Word, MS Excel and MS Outlook.

TELE 013 - Certified Fiber Optic Technician 80 hours

Provides the student with an extensive knowledge of fiber optics technology and application. Topics include Fiber Optic Communication and Transmission Systems; Optical Fiber and Fiber Optic Cables; Fiber Optic Testing; Fiber Optic Connectors and Splicing; Network Design and Installation.

TELE 014 - Telecommunications Field Training II 80 hours

Provides the student with additional field training in the daily duties and activities of a Telecommunications Technician. The student will demonstrate competence in the technical knowledge and hands-on skills acquired in both the classroom and field. Students will be given the opportunity to improve their troubleshooting expertise on issues of increasing complexity.

TELE 015 - Tower Lighting / FAA Compliance 8 hours

Introduces the student to Tower Lighting and FAA Compliance. Topics include various lighting systems and troubleshooting methods; FAA regulations regarding tower lighting.

TELE 016 - Telecommunications Administrative Fundamentals 24 hours

Introduces the student to basic administrative fundamentals. Topics include closeout document requirements and photographic principles; The basic principles of site drawing review and planning; The proper methods of equipment inspection and documentation; The basic skills for budgeting, tracking and reporting expenses related to job performance; The proper method of documenting and reporting labor time per job and site.

TELE 017 - Telecommunications Job Search Fundamentals 8 hours

Introduces the student to the basic principles of preparing for a job search. Topics include resume preparation, including industry keywords; Interview skills for employment in the wireless industry.

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