S&C JATC Instructors Share Varied Experiences With Their StudentsEach of the instructors who teach in the NorCal Sound and Communication JATC program brings decades of skill to the classroom. The members of our experienced and dedicated staff include Brian Gaines; Basil Romero; Thomas Frenzel; Michael Sheriff; and Chris Cowan.
Brian Gaines, Instructor
Bio: Brian began working in the Sound and Communication Industry in 1997, graduating from the S&C Apprenticeship in 2000. He has built a strong background in professional audio and theatrical sound systems since childhood. While working with one of our signatory contractors for 16 years, he gained installation field experience in Fire/Life Safety; Intrusion; CCTV; Voice Data; Access Control; Master Clock and Paging Systems. He is excited to share his expertise in programming, testing, commissioning, and end-user training techniques in the classroom.
Apprentice Subjects Taught: Security, Fire Alarm, CCTV, VDV & Fire/Life Safety, Audio Visual, CATV
Installer/Technician Subjects Taught: Security, Fire Alarm, CCTV, VDV & Fire/Life Safety
Let’s excel at finishing the job in a way that exceeds the customer’s expectations.
Thomas Frenzel, Instructor
Bio: Thomas got his start in the electrical field while still in high school working for a residential/commercial electrical shop. He joined IBEW Local 595 in 2002, and completed the Apprenticeship program in 2005. Thomas has worked for a NECA/IBEW contractor as a senior technician installing and servicing a wide variety of communication programs. Thomas comes to NorCal with experience and a lot of drive to share his knowledge with our members.
Apprentice Subjects Taught: Codes & Practices, DC Theory, AC Theory, Fire Alarm, Fire/Life Safety, Master Clock, Nurse Call, Computer Literacy, Audio Visual
Installer/Technician Subjects Taught: Fire Alarm, AC DC Theory, Nurse Call, VDV exam prep
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Mike Sheriff, Special Projects Supervisor
Bio: Mike started his career in the Sound and Communication industry in June 1989. A recent graduate of Chabot College, Mike worked for a NECA contractor for over 18 years. Throughout his career, Mike has installed a variety of systems. He joined the NorCal JATC in February 2008 as the regional curriculum supervisor.
Duties: Curriculum development, Class scheduling, Upgrade class instructor, Back up instructor
Installer/Technician Subjects Taught: VDV exam prep, Fire/Life Safety exam prep, CPR First Aid, Fire Alarm Systems, DC Theory
Everyone here is dedicated to providing the best education for Apprentices and Installer/Technicians. Every student comes first. I am proud to be a part of this organization.
Chris Cowan, Special Projects Coordinator
Bio: Chris brings a wide variety of field experience to the program as well as tenure as a former electrician in the military. From 1995 to 1999, Chris served in the Navy as an electrician mate, cargo elevator technician, damage control/electrical isolation electrician, and electrical tool safety officer. In 2004, Chris joined IBEW Local 595, where he was able to work on many communication systems. He graduated from the Apprenticeship program in 2007. With his ability to adapt, sense of humor, and his dedication to the students, Chris is committed to the constant improvement of the training provided by the JATC.
Duties: Online curriculum development, Upgrade class instructor, Back up instructor
Installer/Technician Subjects Taught: BICSI, VDV exam prep, CPR First Aid, OSHA 10/30, Fire Alarm Systems, Security Systems
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