Central Office Technician
for program specific employment opportunities.
Outside Plant Technician
According to the US Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for career opportunities from this program is:
The art and science of getting information from Point A to Point B, regardless of whether the information is voice, video or data, is known as Telecommunications. This program is designed to prepare students for the communications industry by teaching installation, operation and maintenance of communication systems using a full range of communication transport systems.
The program provides a thorough examination of state-of-the-art telecommunications technology, as well as a solid foundation in math, electronics and general education. The successful student in this program will demonstrate a variety of skills and abilities including visual color discrimination; finger and manual dexterity; customer and personal service skills; ability to install, operate, repair and maintain electronic equipment; documentation and recording of information; and communication with supervisors, peers and subordinates.
Students apply their basic knowledge of electronics, science and math by performing tests and troubleshooting equipment, working in field service or maintaining sophisticated electronic systems; T1 and DSL equipment; and residential connectivity and commercial telephone networking equipment. Graduates will find employment opportunities all over the world.
Preparing a workforce to compete in this global marketplace is the exciting challenge for the telecommunications industry. This program will give students the education and skills necessary to succeed in the high-tech world of telecom.
Students may elect to enroll in an optional one-year program following their Telecommunications degree. Information Systems Technology is offered for a one-year diploma giving students more skills in information technology and data networking. They may also enroll in Satellite Communications and earn a second AAS degree.
A special note about laptop computers:
This program requires a laptop computer so that you can effectively integrate computing skills with your technical education. Many resources that instructors assign are online or require specialty software. To address these needs, MTI requires that students entering this program purchase their laptops from MTI. The cost for an MTI laptop averages about $1000. Please be aware that our machines come fully loaded with the software required for this program.
Whether it's Microsoft Office, or a specialty software for a technical program, your needs will be met by your MTI laptop. And our laptops are serviced for free by our Technology office. You will not be able to bring a laptop from home into an MTI laptop program as we cannot provide support services for every make and model of laptop. Please consider this carefully before making any laptop purchase and check with the Admissions office for more details.
Graduation Requirement: Students must complete their internship experience before earning their degree.
At the completion of the program, graduates will be able to:
- Construct to customer/industry standard indoor and outdoor telecommunications systems.
- Effectively communicate the language of telecommunications.
- Demonstrate professionalism and related soft skills.
- Perform computer utilization skills.
- Exhibit safety practices and procedures.
- Identify, document and present solutions to technical problems in areas related to telecommunications.
- Develop critical thinking and reasoning skills for troubleshooting technology based systems.
Check out the 2013-14 Annual Program Assessment Review for information on how this program assures that its students are attaining learning outcomes.
Placement and Wage Information
According to 2013 data, the placement rate for graduates in this program was 100%. Starting wages ranged as high as $25.00/hour.
|Program Tuition & Fees*
|(5 semester program/average tuition cost per semester, $2,752.20)
|Other Required Costs
|*All costs listed are estimated and are subject to change at any time. Students will receive final costs at the time of course registration each semester.