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C446
OSP Technician (TELCS )
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Program Overview:
The purpose of this certificate is to prepare the student for work at a communications firm as a lineman, cable splicer, I & R technician, or fiber optic tech. Typically, work is performed outdoors in construction, splicing, troubleshooting and maintaining copper and fiber optic communication lines. Employees will work with voice, data, and video circuits. Employers include telephone companies, CLECs, Cable TV companies, and telecom contractors.

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Semester 1
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SU2017
FA2017
GEN 1221
Occupational Safety
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This course is a study of the general safety requirements for using and operating tools and equipment in high technology industry. It stresses the importance of each individual's attitudes, work habits, and responsibility in promoting safety on the job.

TEL 1266
Fundamentals of Telecom
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This course presents an overview of the telecommunications industry from its telegraphic origins to current fiber and wireless technology. Topics include technical terms, the color code, cable and splice types, POTS loops, CO functions transmission modes and cable termination methods. A variety of occupational opportunities are discussed.

TEL 1276
Working Aloft
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This course is an introduction to the methods, materials, tools and safety practices used in various aspects of working aloft in telecommunications industry outside plant. It includes experiences in pole climbing, splicer's platform, and the ladder sling, seat and 28-ft. ladder.

TEL 2264
Introduction to Fiber Optics
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This course will study the aspects of fiber optics as they relate to telecommunications and computer interconnect. Topics such as connectors, fusion and mechanical splicing, splice closures, cable installation, and maintenance will be covered. The theory and technology involved in the use of fiber optics is also covered. This course will give the student the opportunity to achieve industry certification from the Fiber Optic Association.

TEL 2281
Outside Plant Construction
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This course will focus on the placement of aerial, buried and underground cables and the locating of buried facilities. Emphasis will be placed on directional boring techniques and underground confined spaces safety. Some aerial placement will be studied.

Term Total
14
Semester 2
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SU2017
FA2017
GEN 2297
Employment Skills
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This course prepares the student for job interviews, job placement, and employment. Verbal and written communication skills are implemented through assigned reports. Topics of discussion and debate range from securing and keeping a job to individual attitudes, work habits, work ethics, and interviewing skills. The student will be required to prepare a written resume and to apply communication skills in practical situations.

TEL 1271
Basic Cable Splicing
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This course provides a hands-on approach to outside plant cable splicing. Students will apply free-breathing, pressurized, and buried closures. Pedestal splicing will also be performed. Students will gain hands-on experience in the use of splicing machines as well as cable testing equipment and troubleshooting techniques. Optical fiber splicing is also covered.

TEL 1274
Station Installation
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This hands-on course instructs students in the skills of installing residential communication system wiring from the cable terminal to the jack. Topics covered include planning the install, aerial and buried drop services, cat 3, 5e and 6 cabling, fishing walls, terminating jacks, testing various telecom services, and troubleshooting POTS loops. The installation of "Triple Play" vdv services is also covered.

TEL 2291
OSP Cable Maintenance
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This course is designed to teach the student the skills needed to troubleshoot, repair and maintain OSP telecom cables. Topics covered will include electrical parameters, fault analysis, test equipment selection, fault locating, section analysis, pressurized cables, and cable repair techniques.

TEL 2299
Advanced Cable Splicing
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This course will study advanced tasks assigned to telecom cable splicers. Topics will include cable transfers, qualifying pairs for ADSL, cable pair treatments, application of advanced closures, and fiber splicing & testing.

Term Total
15
Program Total
29


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