JATC’s Comprehensive Telecommunications Training Sets Industry Up for Success

Critical data centers are dotted across the DMV region and Washington, D.C. is home to facilities with some of the highest security needs in the world. Installing low voltage—telecommunications, security systems, data/cabling and more—is critical to meeting the demands of the Washington, D.C. construction market. Some Electrical Alliance contractors offer full service solutions that include low voltage while others specialize is this area of the craft.

The Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) is responsible for training the workforce that delivers these essential services around Washington, D.C. Through its three-year telecommunications apprenticeship it trains approximately 15 students a year.

Since 1998, the JATC has been a certified Building Industry Consulting Services International (BICSI) Training site. After completing the four levels of BICSI training—ITS Installer Level 1, ITS Installer Level 2- copper, ITS Level 2- optical fiber, and ITS Technician Level—its apprentices take the corresponding 40-hour block of BICSI training and complete written and hands-on tests in order to become BICSI certified.

“Earning BICSI certification shows a nationally-accepted level of knowledge in regards to low voltage work,” said Mike Miller, assistant director at JATC.

In addition to BICSI training, it offers classes on optical fiber cabling technology; designing security systems that include passive infrared sensors, glass break sensors, magnetic contacts and CCTV; and structured cabling as it relates to coaxial cabling technology, installation practices, hardware, termination and testing.

Beyond the classroom telecommunications apprentices undertake 4,800 hours of hands-on training in the field, working with the region’s top contractors to gain the skills required to deliver quality projects to clients.

“The Communication Technicians that graduate from this three-year program are highly-trained, highly-skilled craftsman who go on to work for the top contractors in the region in order to shape the region’s infrastructure for years to come,” added Miller.

The JATC accepts applications for apprenticeships all year. The deadline for the next apprenticeship class is March 31, 2018. Please direct anyone interested in applying to www.getchargedup.org.

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