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Telecommunications Technician
Apprenticeship Special Systems

 

The telecommunication technician apprenticeship covers the following areas.

  • Basic Electrical Theory

  • Structured Cabling

  • Audio Visual

  • Intercom and Public Address

  • Fire Alarm

  • Nurse Call

  • CATV

  • CCTV Access

  • Security

  • Fiber Optics

  • Safety

 

The Telecommunications Technician Apprenticeship Program is maintained by IEC (Northern New Mexico Independent Electrical Contractors) which is a contractor member organization.   NNMIEC has conducted their telecommunications technician apprenticeship program since 2007 under standards approved by the New Mexico State Apprenticeship Council and the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship.

NNMIEC’s apprenticeship program is in place to help individuals receive an education that leads them to a career in a trade that they can use for the rest of their lives. In the process of completing the telecommunication technician apprenticeship program the apprentice will also be developing self-esteem and the ability to have a positive impact on themselves, their families and the community.

Apprenticeship training is a form of education that incorporates workplace training with technical in-school training. Since 1972, National IEC has conducted apprenticeship training programs under standards approved by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship. 

 
WHAT MAKES IEC's PROGRAM SO SUCCESSFUL?
  • IEC's three year program curriculum is recognized by the US. Department of Labor's, Office of Apprenticeship.
  • The NNMIEC’s telecommunication technician apprenticeship program is also recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs which allows the apprentice/veteran to access their GI Bill benefits.
  • 150 hours of classroom training per year with lectures, demonstrations, labs and homework, and a comprehensive final that must be passed prior to graduating to the next level.
  • 6,000 hours On-The-Job training throughout the program.
  • Dedicated professional staff to assist apprentices in progressing through the program.
  • Gives support to third year apprentices in obtaining ES3 or ES7 license prior to their graduation.

Through this combination of education, training, and hands-on experience, students not only learn an understanding of theory, operation, and code, they also learn how to develop management and leadership skills.
 

WHAT IS A TECHNICIAN?
A technician is a skilled tradesperson who combines electrical theory with the knowledge of the operating characteristics of electrical equipment and devices. Along with this knowledge and the necessary job skills, this individual safely and correctly wires commercial, industrial, residential and other types of building facilities. Thus, the technician performs a service which enables the consumer to use electrical energy for such purposes as audio visual, intercom, public address, fire alarm, nurse call, CATV, CCTV access, security and fiber optics.

WHY BECOME A TECHNICIAN?
Technicians earn high hourly wages and experienced men and women are always in demand. Many who complete their apprenticeship move up the career ladder as estimators, supervisors and superintendents. You might even own your own company someday.

WHAT IS THE APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM FOR TECHNICIANS?
The apprenticeship program is a combination of classroom and on the job training over a three year period of time. The program is designed to provide the apprentice with the necessary theory and practical training to earn the status of technician. For completion, 450 hours of classroom instruction and 6,000 on the job training hours are required. Those apprentices, who satisfactorily complete the requirements, will receive a Completion Certificate from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, State Apprenticeship Council (SAC) and the National IEC.

WHAT ARE THE JOB OPPORTUNITIES?
During the training period, the apprentice will be employed by special systems contractor members of the association. After the training period and when the apprentice has achieved technician status, job opportunities will exist locally and nationally. The demand for an technician's services will be in direct proportion to attitude and eagerness to produce quality, useful work.

WHAT PAY CAN AN APPRENTICE EXPECT?
The minimum pay an apprentice can expect is 50% of the hourly rate of pay for a special systems technician. This rate is determined by the Apprenticeship and Training Committee and approved by State Apprenticeship Council (SAC). The apprentice has the ability to receive hourly pay increases for every 1000 hours worked, when successfully completing the corresponding semester of related classroom instruction with a minimum of 75% grade, and attending the required number of related classroom instruction hours throughout the training.  When the apprentice has successfully completed the apprenticeship program they will have their ES7 or ES3 license.

 

IS THERE A COST TO THE APPRENTICE?
Apprentices are required to purchase text books and their tools.

WHO CAN APPLY TO THE PROGRAM?
Any person at least 18 years of age can apply. The Apprenticeship & Training Committee will review results of applicant’s educational background, references and whatever related work experience they may have, if any.

WHAT ARE THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR CONSIDERATION AND THE PROCEDURE TO APPLY FOR THE APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM?
To qualify for an interview and to be placed on the ranking list, applicants must meet the following requirements. IEC charges a $20.00 fee for the application.

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Complete an application provided by the sponsor and accurately respond to all questions and items including statements that indicate they are able to perform the essential function of the trade.
  • Submit a valid ID.
  • Applicants must complete the math section of the Accuplacer Exam at an approved facility. Official test scores must be submitted with a completed application to the IEC office.
  • Applicants are responsible for reliable transportation to the employer’s place of business, job site and classroom related instruction. 

 

What Are You Waiting For?

Call our office today to pick up an application
and start your path to a wonderful career.

 

NNMIEC, Inc.
5031 Indian School Road NE, Suite 100
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Tel: 505.266.6458
Fax: 505.266.6557

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