Oklahoma State University Offers Telecommunications Training

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OSU Institute of Technology’s Division of Workforce & Economic Development announced it’s offering a new Tower Technician Certificate Program in partnership with Texoma Contracting, Inc.

The first class will begin February 1, and run for six weeks. The non-credit, two-part program will take place mainly on the OSUIT campus in Okmulgee with some specialty courses, such as Tower Rescue, at Texoma Contracting in Muskogee. 

“Texoma Contracting contacted us in response to our outreach through the Industrial & Aviation Technologies Training Center (IATTC),” said Na-komas Blackford, workforce training coordinator at OSUIT. “They expressed a critical need in their industry for telecommunications technicians and said that there was not currently a training program for this. The IATTC grant staff worked with them to develop a training program to fit their needs.”

Successful completion of the program will enable students to enter the telecommunications field at an entry-level position with the beginning certifications required to advance in the industry.

Each student will take 12 courses. The following are the core certificates for Tower Technician I:

  • Introduction of the telecommunications tower industry
  • Introduction to tower safety/fall prevention class
  • Climber/rescue certifications
  • CPR/First Aid
  • OSHA 10-HR Construction Safety & Health
  • RF awareness course to meet OSHA requirements
  • Introduction of electrical safety
  • Principles of Rigging I and signal person
  • Capstan hoist training
  • Defensive driver training program
  • NWSA TTT1 certification preparation class
  • Summary, review and testing

OSUIT’s Industrial & Aviation Technologies Training Center is made possible by an extension of a multiphase Department of Defense grant that was originally awarded to OSUIT’s Division of Workforce & Economic Development in 2014. The training center focuses on 11 technologies fundamental to DoD contractors and subcontractors, aeronautics manufacturers and general industry

The Tower Technician certificate program is open to anyone wanting to train in the telecommunications field. Interested participants may enroll here.

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