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Telecommunications Field Technician - Technical Diploma

The Telecommunications Field Technician is intended to provide students with the necessary theory and hands-on educational experience necessary to receive a job in the Telecommunications field. Students will learn safety, basic rigging and fall protection, principles of electricity, fiber optics, wireless technology, cell components, antenna basics, spectrum management, and project data collection procedures. Students can progress towards the Telecommunications Engineering Technician Associate degree.

Program Code: 314513 New at NWTC
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Area of Study: Energy

Prepare for a telecom field technician career

As broadband and cellular network providers expand access and deploy new 5G networks, field technicians are in high demand. This program allows you to start your career after one year of studies, or progress your education with the Telecommunications Engineering Technician associate degree.


Program Costs & Financial Aid

Tuition: $5,079, Books: $198, Supplies: $0

Total Approximate Costs
$5,277

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

Estimates based on in-state residency. Learn more about tuition and fees.

What are my courses?

Curriculum

The Telecommunications Field Technician is intended to provide students with the necessary theory and hands-on educational experience necessary to receive a job in the Telecommunications field. Students will learn safety, basic rigging and fall protection, principles of electricity, fiber optics, wireless technology, cell components, antenna basics, spectrum management, and project data collection procedures. Students can progress towards the Telecommunications Engineering Technician Associate degree.

Total Credits 31

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the fundamental aspects of fall protection and rescue theory and practical application to tower safety practices for a competent worker.
  • Apply the basic principles of overhead tower construction including safe work habits, protective equipment and tower climbing techniques.
  • Apply the fundamentals of cable accessories and carrier installation standards for a broad cross section of wireless construction.
  • Identify the basic fundamental elements of wireless technology relevant to tower installation including wireless networks, application, service and a basic technical overview of spectrum principles.
  • Apply the basic principles of electricity and safety standards in the Telecommunications industry.
  • Demonstrate an ability to climb towers and work comfortably at heights.
  • Demonstrate an ability to function effectively as a member of a technical team.
Online

Classes wherever you have an internet connection. 

  • An in-person career experience, such as an internship, practicum, or credit for prior learning, may be required.
  • Some online courses may be held at specific dates/times.
Day
Classes between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Evening
Classes between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Weekend
A combination of online classes and Saturday and/or Sunday classes.
Full-time
12 or more credits per term.
Part-time
Fewer than 12 credits per term.