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Telecommunications Installation and Maintenance

The Telecommunications Program and the Network Technologies Program are offered at The North Carolina School of Telecommunications. The NCST is located at 5910 Clyde Rhyne Drive, Sanford, North Carolina and is at the heart of the Lee County Industrial Park. The NCST, a division of Central Carolina Community College, is designed specifically for Hands-On / High-Touch learning. These converged communication programs provide needed experience and training expected by today's professionals. Additionally a strong partnership exists between the North Carolina Telecommunication Industry Association and the NCST. This partnership offers NCST students a unique connection with industry leaders and insight into emerging technologies before they enter day-to-day operations.

You can be a part of an industry that is at the core of all communications. We live in the information age and the sharing of information is essential in business, manufacturing, education, government, and the military. Information is stored, sent, and accessed primarily via the telecommunications industry.

CCCC, in partnership with the telecommunications industry, developed the instructional program that prepares people for jobs in this important and growing industry. Telecommunications Installation and Maintenance is an exciting technical program that requires problem solving skills, a good work ethic, and a steady hand.

Instruction offered by the North Carolina School of Telecommunications in Sanford utilizes state-of-the-art equipment. For example, students learn on modern industry-standard cable splicers, fault locators, fiber testers, and a DMS-10 central office switch. Instruction centers on hands-on activities in a real world setting.

A division of Central Carolina Community College, the North Carolina School of Telecommunications is a unique instructional program growing from a partnership with the NC Telecommunications Industry Association.

In its spacious new facility completed in 2004 at the Lee County Industrial Park in Sanford, NCST offers a wide range of telecommunications courses for full-time curriculum students, as well as continuing education and specialized training for employees of telecommunications and technology companies throughout the United States.

With over 100 years of combined teaching and industry experience, NCST faculty teach students the fundamentals of electricity, cable splicing, fiber optics, data cabling, and other high-tech topics. New course materials are constantly being added to the curriculum. Utilizing the latest equipment, students fine-tune their skills with practical applications.

In 1999, CCCC and its School of Telecommunications became one of the first community colleges in the nation to become a BICSI authorized training center. All students are now taught this international industry standard and are eligible to test for BICSI certification.

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Because the NCST was founded through a partnership with the NC Telecommunications Industry Association, the program has maintained a strong relationship with the industry, which aids graduates in their job search.

Students can find employment virtually anywhere, whether they work in outside cabling operations, with central office equipment or in business telecommunications systems.

Graduates are employed as telecommunications technicians, cable splicers, telecommunication equipment installers and more. A willingness to relocate is helpful for initial job placement and advancement within the industry.

Salaries in this profession have a wide range. Students who work hard and prove their abilities will rapidly move up the ladder and pay scale.

The telecommunications facility, features eight traditional classrooms, two BICSI classroom labs, a telephone switch classroom, a working / live Main Distribution Facility a student lounge, networking classrooms and labs, and an outdoor training facility.

Students can choose either a one-semester certificate program or a more comprehensive three-semester diploma program. Additionally students have a path into the Network Technology program.

For additional information via email: ncst@cccc.edu

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What Students Learn

Students successfully completing the Telecommunication Installation and Repair Program will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast the similarities and differences of AC /DC electricity.
  • Analyze and critique parallel and complex circuits.
  • Differentiate and assess utilization of single and multimode fiber optic media.
  • Analyze and evaluate fiber optic amplitude and pulse code modulation.
  • Splice, terminate and test fiber optic and copper cable, connectors and connections.
  • Ground and bond cables, test, and evaluate the electrical grounds based on local, state, national, and industry code and standards.
  • Appraise, evaluate, and test the physical and electrical properties of copper and/or fiber optic cables.
  • Analyze, select, and install appropriate cable support systems.
  • Assess, choose and utilize the correct fire stop material based on local, state, national, and industry codes and standards.
  • Synthesize, justify and explain local, state, national, and industrial code and standards.
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