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C486
Broadband Technician (TEL)
LTC 
Program Overview:
The Broadband Technician certificate prepares students for entry-level positions in the evolving industry of broadband-related technologies. Students receive an introduction to telecom basics, telecom electronics, cable splicing, station installation, structured cabling systems, networking fundamentals, and fiber optics. This program is a stackable credential within the Broadband Telecom Associate in Applied Science Degree program. Students successfully completing the Broadband Technician certificate may finish the Associate in Applied Science Degree by completing additional coursework.

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Semester 1
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FA2019
SP2020
TEL 1201
IT Fundamentals
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This course is an introduction to the skills required to become a successful systems support professional. Students will learn preventative maintenance, troubleshooting, and fault resolution skills pertaining to computer systems. Upon completion of this course, students are encouraged to sign up for and take the entry-level CompTIA IT Fundamentals exam.

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 1273
Electronics in Telecom
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This course will provide the basic knowledge of electronics needed by a telecom technician. Topics discussed include DC and AC voltage, current flow, resistance, impedance, Ohm's law, and telecommunications circuits. The use of the VOM meter and other test gear is covered.

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.

Term Total
13
Semester 2
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FA2019
SP2020
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 2263
Structured Cabling Systems
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This course provides instruction in the installation of a variety of communications cabling systems. Routing, termination, and testing of twisted pair UTP, coaxial, and fiber cables will be addressed.

TEL 2284
Networking Fundamentals
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This course is designed to help students learn the fundamental skills and concepts they will use on the job in any type of networking career. Specific topics will require students to identify and describe all of the major networking technologies, systems, skills, and tools in use to manage and maintain wired and wireless networks.

Term Total
13
Program Total
26


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