On the Job Training and Related Supplemental Instruction
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The IBEW/NECA Sound and Communication training program, offered through the NORCAL JATC, includes 480 hours of classroom instruction (160 hours a year for three years), along with 4,800 hours of On the Job Training, under the supervision of an experienced installer/technician.
The classroom program focuses on the four disciplines of Data/Telephone Systems; Sound and Pro-Audio Systems; Security Systems, and Fire/Life Safety Systems. Upon completion of the training, apprentices will have been trained to install, maintain, and integrate a wide variety of systems found in the Sound and Communication industry. Over 300 students are currently enrolled in the program.
During the first year, apprentices study various topics such as: safety, structured cabling, telecommunications, basic cabling, fiber optics, the metric system, the National Electric Code, DC theory, wiring devices, instruments, and electrical industry terms.
The second year of study includes: AC theory, circuit calculation, inductance, capacitance, fire alarm systems, grounding and bonding fundamentals, wiring methods, communication circuits, security systems, and fundamentals of telephony.
During the third year, apprentices move to more advanced topics including: audio and video theory, semiconductors, nurse call systems, CCTV fundamentals, and fire and life safety systems. The apprentices are also prepared for the California State VDV/Fire Life Safety exams.
While participating in on-the-job training, under the supervision of experienced installer/technicians, apprentices are trained on skills required to install, maintain, and troubleshoot various sound and communication systems.