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 Telecommunications program prepares students for employment as technicians in many areas of electronic communications (digital, broadband, analog, microwave, wireless, etc.). Graduates find employment opportunities in various geographic locations. Technicians apply their knowledge of electronics, science, and math by assisting engineers, performing tests on equipment, working in field service or maintaining sophisticated electronic systems to include data transport systems; radio and video systems; industrial controls; T1 and DSL equipment; and residential/commercial telephone equipment.
The program begins with electronic fundamentals and moves to advanced electronic systems. Students will be trained on a wide range of equipment currently used in the communications industry. Some of the equipment on which students will receive hands-on training includes central office switch programming and maintenance; signal strength and reflection test equipment; network components and routers; computer and data communications equipment; and video imaging and distribution systems.
Graduates are employed with many of the nation’s largest and most prestigious communication companies. Job opportunities range from local telephone companies to national industries dependent on communication technology infrastructures.
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.
Telecommunications Program Spring 2012 Newsletter
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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 2012-13 Telecommunications Assessment Review for information on how this program assures that its students are attaining learning outcomes.
Placement and Wage Information
According to 2012 data, the placement rate for graduates in this program was 88%. Starting wages ranged as high as $22.50/hour.
|Program Tuition & Fees*
|(5 semester program/average tuition cost per semester, $2,629.40)
|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.