This program is designed to provide students with a broad knowledge of telecommunications maintenance, and modifications are necessary for entry‐level employment as a tower technician. The course includes training and certifications in OSHA‐30, CPR, and First Aid, and Tower Technician.
Graduates are prepared for entry‐level positions including, but not limited to, Cell Tower Technician, Communications Tower Technician, Tower Climber, Tower Technician, and Mapping Technician.
Arrangements are provided for air travel to Kansas City, Missouri, lodging, program‐related local transportation, and meals during the boot camp. These costs are included in program tuition. Discretionary incidental expenses are the responsibility of the student. Students should plan to be in Kansas City, Missouri, for ten consecutive days; additional time may be required for travel.
This course also includes resume writing, interviewing, and job search skills.
Explain the basic skills and equipment needed to perform work in the wireless communications industry.
Identify the different types of towers in the industry and their structural components.
Explain various carrier standards.
Successfully obtain Telecommunications Tower Technician 1 (TTT-1) certification, including climber safety protocols, personal protective equipment use, hazard analysis, and rescue types, procedures, and equipment.
Identify various rope types and ratings used in the wireless industry and demonstrate the ability to inspect, maintain, and safely use those ropes in various environments and workloads.
Identify the different types of rigging equipment and discuss how to inspect and use it properly.
Organize a plan of action to properly rig and moving heavy objects safely and reliably, including load calculation.
Explain the history of various antenna system theories, components, and technologies.
Organize a plan of action to install various carrier-specific antennas and other equipment.
Demonstrate the ability to mount/dismount antennas and set azimuths.
Demonstrate the ability to correctly weatherproof cell tower equipment.
Generate closeout packages and reports.
Successfully obtain CPR and First Aid certification.
Successfully obtain OSHA‐30 certification.
At the core of this intensive and challenging capstone course is an 80-hour boot camp in Kansas City, Missouri. This time provides a review of program learning objectives, the opportunity to learn and practice program competencies, and earn OHSA-30, CPR, and First Aid certifications. After the boot camp, students will take the National Wireless Safety Alliance Telecommunication Technician Level 1 Practical exam consisting of the following:
Demonstrating the ability to follow assembly instructions
Proper tool use
Performing work at height weatherproofing