The Broadband Telecom program prepares students for employment in the evolving industry of broadband-related technologies. Students train in copper and fiber optic cabling, home and business phone systems, computer hardware and software, networking, customer relations, outside plant construction, and central office switching. Specific skills include installation, maintenance, and safety of these various technologies. Students prepare to take industry-standard certification exams as part of the curriculum.
The Broadband Technician certificate prepares students for entry-level positions in the broadband telecommunications industry. Students receive an introduction to telecom basics, telecom electronics, cable splicing, station installation, structured cabling systems, networking fundamentals, and fiber optics. This program consists of three stackable micro-certificates.
The Combination Technician micro-certificate is designed to help students gain experience as broadband combination technicians. Students will learn to install copper and fiber optic services to businesses and homes. This will include experience installing and configuring network interface devices (NID), optical network terminals (ONT), and maintaining a service vehicle. Troubleshooting and diagnosing various problems experienced by combination technicians will also be covered.
This micro-certificate is designed to help students gain experience in basic computer hardware, software, and networking as it relates to broadband technology. Students will learn to work with various types of computers, cabling, and networking equipment including installation, troubleshooting, and maintenance. Students also have the opportunity to take the industry recognized CompTIA IT Fundamentals certification test as part of this micro-certificate.
The Outside Plant Technician micro-certificate is designed to help students gain experience as broadband outside plant technicians. Students will learn to install and splice copper and fiber optic cabling. Students will also have the opportunity to obtain the nationally recognized Certified Fiber Optic Technician (CFOT) certificate, through the Fiber Optic Association, as part of the coursework. Students will be trained on heavy equipment, which includes, bucket truck, derrick digger, and plow operation and maintenance.