Course Descriptions

Telecommunications Course Descriptions

Below is a listing of recommended courses to include within a Telecommunications Apprenticeship Program:

TPC 207 - Single Phase Systems
Covers the types and operating principles of common single-phase motors. Explains NEMA motor standards. Explains how to identify motor leads on split-phase, capacitor-start, capacitor-run, permanent split capacitor, and repulsion motors. Also covers universal motors, shaded-pole motors, and other special types, including synchro and servo systems. Gives general maintenance procedures on all single-phase motors.

TPC 208 - Three Phase Systems
Covers three-phase motor principles for induction, synchronous and multi-speed dual-voltage motors. Gives recommended maintenance practices for large AC motors. Covers principles of three-phase motor starters, part winding, reversing, jogging, alternator principles and operation. Describes three-phase power distribution.

APP 150 - Reading Electrical Diagrams I
This course gives students an introduction to the different schematics used in power plant operations and electrical transmission and distribution systems. Students will gain an understanding of the standard symbols used in the various systems schematics and how to read them. Students learn how to read basic piping and instrumentation diagrams, and how to interpret single line electrical diagrams. Students finish the course by studying electrical system diagrams beginning at the generator and following through to the distribution system.

APP 151 - Reading Electrical Diagrams II
This course covers advanced electrical prints used to navigate complex electrical systems and feeder maps. Students also study schematics that are used when working with electronic systems and system instrumentation that is used to control and monitor the flow of electricity through the electrical system. Students also learn to use the diagrams to troubleshoot system problems and to safely isolate sections of the electrical system.

APP 160 - Electrical System Fundamentals
This course will begin with a look at several types of power generation stations, such as large fossil fired power plants, hydroelectric power plants, gas turbine and combined cycle generating stations and finally a brief look at wind generation. After the introduction to power generation, students will study how the power is delivered from the power station to the consumer. This course will cover transmission lines and related components within a typical transmission system, such as step-up and step-down transformers, circuit breakers, disconnects and protective relaying.

TPC 210 - Electrical Troubleshooting
Covers use of schematic diagrams, determining sequence of operation, and use of building diagrams and single-line diagrams. Includes troubleshooting procedures for control circuits and combination starters. Explains troubleshooting practices on DC and AC motors, identifying unmarked leads on three-phase delta and Y-connected motors, and troubleshooting lighting systems.

APP 167 - DC Power Systems
This course will begin with discussing types, efficiency and advantages and disadvantages of each batteries and chargers.  Next the students will learn and describe the parts, properties and advantages of transformers. The course then covers positive ground and the importance of good grounding.  DC power systems troubleshooting practices, testing procedures and specifications are also covered.

TELEC 101 - Microwave Fundamentals
This course is designed to provide the participant with an understanding of the theoretical and practical fundamentals of microwave behavior and system structure. Some of the concepts the students should understand when completed with this course are the operating characteristics and theory of antennas, space diversity, signal propagation, fade margin and the transmission of a microwave signal in what is referred to a point to point communications. Other topic such as modulation rates and spread spectrum methods, repeaters, receiver performance tests and hot standby are covered.

TELEC 102 - Digital Hierarchy
In this course you will cover the basics of the Digital Transmission System including the following areas: DS0, DS1/T1, DS3, OC3-OC196.

TELEC 103 - Multiplex Equipment
This course is designed to give you an introduction to multiplexers and to describe some of the common input/output devices that are connected to them. We use the T1 system to demonstrate some of the features of a time division multiplexing system. While discussing the T1 system we will describe the methods of encoding data, error checking of data and the alarm system that T1 uses to give you an indication of its operating status.

TELEC 104 - Fiber Optics
This course is designed to give you a basic understanding of how fiber optics work, how they are installed and some of the basic test equipment used to test and install fiber optic cable.

TELEC 120 - Antenna Systems
This course is intended to provide the student with the theory of operation and applications of antennas as found in the communications industry. Some of the topics covered are basic antenna operation and characteristics, antenna configurations, radiation resistance, gain, directivity, beam-width, front to back ratio, impedance and polarization just to mention some of the topics covered. Where appropriate, theory is reinforced with problem solving to support the concepts at hand.

TELEC 121 - Filter Systems
This course is an introduction to transmitters, receivers, and radio waves. It will cover the key elements in transmitter/receiver systems specifically antennas, filters, and power amplifiers.  Next students will study test equipment used in testing of transmission systems and their components.  Lastly, the course will focus on specific test procedure and most important tests of these systems.

TELEC 122 - Grounding Systems
This course is designed to give students an introduction to grounding systems while doing it safely. Covered in this course is grounding for DC 48v systems, AC grounding, tower and site grounding, single point grounding, and soil resistivity testing as well as lightning protection. The course is based on current National Electrical Safety Code.

TELEC 123 - GPS
This course is intended to introduce students to Global Positioning Systems (GPS). GPS is used to determine our location, to help us navigate between locations, to track the movement of people and things, to create maps, and to provide precise timing.

TELEC 130 - PBX
In this course we will cover a basic overview of PBX (private branch exchange), PSTN (public switched telephone network), SS7 (signaling system 7), and PBX routing tables.

TELEC 131 - VOIP
This course is a basic introduction to VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) and QOS. Students will learn about communication protocols and transmission technologies for delivery of voice communications and multimedia over Internet Protocol networks such as the internet.

TELEC 132 - Key Systems
This course is a basic introduction and history to key systems. Key systems are primarily defined by their individual line selection buttons for each connected phone line, a feature shared with hybrid systems.

TELEC 133 - Ethernet
This course also covers basic routing and many other networking devices; it is designed to give you a "basic" understanding of how the entire network works.

TELEC 140 - SCADA
This course is intended to introduce students to SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) and the processes involved in gathering information from remote locations and using that information to build historical data, monitor and control systems in various industries.

TELEC 141 - SNMP
This course will cover the basics of SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol). We will start with the basics of SNMP and how it works, covering technical elements such as OIDs, MIBs, community strings, and traps. Students will also how to use SNMP to keep track of what your network is doing. The course will focus on practical system and network administration, how to configure SNMP agents and network management stations.

TELEC 142 - Microsoft Visio
This course teaches the basic functions and features of Visio 2007. Students will learn how to use stencils, scale and resize objects, draw basic shapes, manipulate compound lines, and distribute and group objects. They will also learn how to create diagrams, work with text, format shapes and lines, and apply a background page.

TELEC 143 - AutoCAD
In AutoCAD, you will be introduced to computer-aided drafting and design, with an emphasis on two-dimensional drafting. Towards the end of the course, we will briefly touch on three-dimensional drafting. Drafting will be done with the aid of microcomputers using AutoCAD computer-aided drafting and modeling software.