NORCAL Sound and Communication JATC Instructors Bring Decades of Skill to the Classroom
Each of the instructors, who teach in the NORCAL Sound and Communication JATC program, brings a varied background of relevant knowledge, skills, and abilities to share with their students.
Instructor/Trainer: Thomas Frenzel
Subjects Taught (Apprentice): Codes & Practices; DC Theory; AC Theory; Fire Alarm; Fire/Life Safety Prep; Master Clock; Nurse Call; Computer Literacy; Audio Visual
Subjects Taught (Installer/Technician): Fire Alarm; AC/DC Theory; Nurse Call; VDV Exam Prep
BIO: Thomas started in the electrical field while still in High School working for a residential/commercial electrical shop. Thomas joined the IBEW Local 595 in 2002. He completed the apprenticeship program in 2005 and has worked for a NECA/IBEW contractor as a Senior Technician installing and servicing a wide variety of communication projects. Thomas comes to NorCal with experience and a lot of drive to share his knowledge to our members.
Quote: “You make your own luck. The harder you work, the luckier you get”
Special Projects Coordinator: Michael Sheriff
Duties: Curriculum Development; Class Scheduling; Upgrade Class Instructor; Back up Instructor
Subjects Taught (Installer/Technician): VDV Exam Prep; Fire Life Safety Exam Prep; CPR/First Aid; Fire Alarm Systems; DC Theory
BIO: Mike started his career in the Sound and Communication industry in June 1989. A recent graduate of Chabot College, he worked for a NECA contractor for over 18 years. Throughout his career, Mike has installed a variety of systems. He joined NORCAL in February 2008 as the Regional Curriculum Supervisor.
Quote: “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”
Special Projects Coordinator Asst.: Chris Cowan
Duties: Online Curriculum Development; Upgrade Class Instructor; Back up Instructor
Subjects Taught (Installer/Technician): BICSI; VDV Exam Prep; CPR/First Aid; OSHA 10/30; Fire Alarm Systems; Security Systems
BIO: Chris brings a wide variety of field experience as well as a former career as an electrician in the military. From 1995 to 1999, Chris served in the Navy as an Electricians Mate, Cargo Elevator Technician, Damage Control/Electrical Isolation Electrician and Electrical Tool Safety Officer. In 2004, Chris joined the IBEW Local 595, where he was able to work on many communication systems. He graduated from the apprenticeship program in 2006. With his ability to adapt, sense of humor, and his dedication to the students, Chris has become a great addition to the staff.
Quote: “Perfection is something that you should always strive to achieve. It’s a goal that will last throughout your career and never be accomplished”