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Telecommunications Tower Technician 1 - Certificate

The Telecommunications Tower Technician 1 Certificate 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, and spectrum management.

Program Code: 614512 New at NWTC
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Area of Study: Energy

Reach higher in a telecom tower technician career

Gain hands-on skills for a great career in the growing wireless industry. As telecom technology providers deploy and expand 5G networks, skilled technicians are needed to build, climb, and maintain cell towers.

After completing this 14-credit certificate, you can jump into a tower technician career – or you can continue your education and increase your employment opportunities with these new programs:

Program Costs & Financial Aid

Tuition: $2,572, Books: $150, Supplies: $0

Total Approximate Costs
$2,722

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

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Curriculum

The Telecommunications Tower Technician 1 Certificate 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, and spectrum management.

Total Credits 16

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.