Telecommunications Technician apprenticeship

Description of an apprenticeship as a Telecommunications Technician

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Telecommunications Technician apprenticeship

DOT code: 823.281-720, AIMS code: 0618

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Installs, operates, inspects, maintains, repairs and services radios, televisions, videos, recording voice, sound, nurse calls, emergency calls, microwave and visual production, and reproduction apparatus, equipment and appliances used for domestic, commercial, educational and entertainment purposes. Performs all installation and erection of equipment, apparatus or appliance, cables and/or wire, emergency power (batteries) and all directly related work which becomes an integral part of the telecommunication and/or telecommunication related systems repair and service maintenance work of telecommunications systems and devices including, but not limited to, Private Branch Exchanges (PBX-PABX), Key equipment and associated devices, PCM, T1, and/or telephone related systems, customer-owned or employer-owned. Performs the installation, repair, maintenance and operation of hold-up alarms, burglar alarms, surveillance systems, CCTV, CATV, card access, and/or any local area network system associated with computer installation.

Work process schedule

Task Hours
A. Telephonic 2000
B. Data 2000
C. Electronics 2000
D. CATV/alarms 2000
(Every 2,000 hours = one year) total hours: 8000

Related technical instruction

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires 150 hours each year of related technical instruction which must be mastered by the apprentice in order to successfully complete the program. The following is a general listing of instruction topics for this trade. For further information, please call the Division of Apprentice Standards at (617) 626-5409.

Electrical theory and related math
Electronic theory and related math
Electronic circuitry design
Electronic components
Electronic test equipment
Electronic logic fundamentals
Job information and tools

Introduction to telephone equipment
Telephone installation practice
Telephone systems design
Grounding, shielding, and filtering of telephone systems
Integration of related information systems

Basic data and electronic communications
System conversion technics
Data codes and interfaces
Networks and multiple systems
Advanced transmission forms
Modems and modulations
Protocols and hardware

Television and alarms
Introduction to TV systems
TV Signals and transmission

Each course listed represents 38 hours of classroom-related instruction, or 152 hours per year.

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