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General Communications Technician Training

Matt Lunati  (Senior Field Engineer, IWA Technical Services, Inc.)

Chris Miller  (Professor & Program Coordinator, Heartland Community College)

Location: TBD

Date: Monday, September 27

Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Track: ETA Training

Vault Recording: TBD

This is a multi-day course that takes place on Monday and Tuesday.

The General Communications Technician-Level 1 certification program introduces the attendee to basic elements of various communications concepts and technologies. This includes basic electronics, fundamentals of radio, tools, test equipment, power systems, cabling and installations, environmental systems, antennas, transmission lines, operating principles and details on radios and radio systems, serial data and IP networks, basics of fiber optic lines and systems, telephony, satellite communications, physical plant considerations, site procedures and safety practices. LMR communications, satellite, telephone, data, and computer technologies used in incident response and planned events.

General Communications Technician-Level 1 trains technicians on the practices and procedures common to radio communication technicians. This course will help communications technicians work within the Incident Command System (ICS) organizational structure. It is intended beginning technician or anyone that needs a technical understanding of communications systems. This course is ideal for federal, state, local, and tribal emergency response professionals and coordination/support personnel with communications backgrounds. Individuals who are responsible for managing a Strategic Technology Reserve (radio cache, mobile communications vehicle, or other deployable communications assets) are encouraged to attend. GCT1 is modeled after communication systems basics and expands on the US Department of Homeland Security's Communications Technician program. These areas include: basic electronics, fundamentals of radio, tools, test equipment, power systems, cabling and installations, environmental systems, antennas, transmission lines, towers, operating principles and details on radios and radio systems, serial data and IP networks, basics of fiber optic lines and systems, telephony, satellite communications, physical plant considerations, site procedures and safety practices.

Certification: ETA International General Communications Technician-Level 1 (GTC 1)
Certification Test: included in the price of the workshop