Learning Alliance (LAC) of Tampa, Fla. has announced the launch of its two-week wireless integration program. The new Broadband Wireless Digital Installer (BWDI) course covers the protocols, technical knowledge and techniques needed to work as a technician in the broadband wireless field.
In the program, students are introduced to wireless antenna systems at the small cell, distributed antenna systems, and CBRS base level systems. Significant focus is given to data center-based structured wiring that corresponds to the edge computing requirements that new 5G systems are implementing.
Students also learn the difference between spectrum options, how that spectrum is allocated and what type of distributed systems work best with each segment of the spectrum.
"Our new wireless program aligns with the Department of Labor standards for Telecommunications Equipment Installers,” noted Fred Arnold, executive director of Learning Alliance. "Each student performs 112 hours of instruction in a pre-apprenticeship format to obtain skills required to be central office installers, DAS technicians, and in-building RF technicians."
In the program, students also become familiar with the different aspects of microcell sites, their components and how data is transmitted from antennas to base stations to backhaul systems.
Attendees see how fiber-optic cabling has been introduced to fiber to the antenna (FTTA) systems to create faster low-loss networks. The course also demonstrates how to utilize wiring guides, schematics, and other required documents to build out wireless-based systems.
Upon completion of the program, students receive the Professional Installer, NCTI Wireless Installer certification, as well as LAC’s diploma, which includes points for Dot Flagging, Bucket Truck, Small Cell, Lacing and Labeling, Lockout Tag Out and Schematics Readings.
“We are excited to be offering this new program that prepares students for several opportunities that use or operate with Ethernet and wireless devices, IT, servers, data centers, wireless installations, wire harnesses, and more,” concluded Derrick Francis, director of education at LAC.