Thank You 2022 Education Forum Attendees!


See you March 27-30, 2023!

What is Education Forum?

The ETA Education Forum event offers individuals the opportunity to network, collaborate and train. Event participants are given an opportunity to discuss training demands, recent developments in emerging technologies and industry trends. Those attending the available training sessions will have the opportunity to become certified as part of the class. Certification is important in this competitive job market, and remains a vital part of electronics-related industries.

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Who attends Education Forum?

Attendees at the ETA Education Forum include: faculty in technology programs who want to gain knowledge about new technologies, and how to expand existing programs; college representatives, program development specialists, and counselors who are interested in creating and maintaining electronics programs and in developing strategies for recruiting students; industry trainers and managers who want to gain insight from educators; workforce development personnel from government, labor, business, and education who are involved in shaping electronics programs; individuals concerned with current industry trends, emerging technologies and educational programs.

Why attend the Education Forum at IWCE?





2022 Education Forum


2022 Technical Training

ETA International is proud to provide training through outside vendors in popular technology areas leading to ETA certification. ETA will provide opportunities to test in each area during Education Forum/IWCE, and will also offer a series of Short Courses. Training courses must be purchased separately and are not part of any IWCE conference package. Please check back often for updates. Map of North Hall, Las Vegas Convention Center (Level 2).


Associate Certified Electronics Technician (CETa)

Presented by Christopher Miller, CETsr, Professor of Technology - Heartland Community College

Wednesday, March 23 & Thursday, March 24 - 8:00am–5:30pm / Room N241

Course Description Certification

This is a multi-day course that takes place on Wednesday and Thursday.

***Note: Wednesday and Thursday's schedules allow time to visit the IWCE exhibit hall during an extended lunch break. The Associate certification is designed for technicians who have less than two years of experience or trade school training for electronics technicians. Topics covered include: DC Electronics, AC Electronics, Components & Semiconductors, Analog Circuits, Re-cabling & Telecommunications, Digital Circuits & Microprocessors, Troubleshooting, Test Equipment & Repair, Shop & Service Management. Every Certified Electronics Technician (CET) candidate must pass the Associate exam before they can qualify to sit for the full Journeyman certification. Once a technician has completed the four year term, they should specialize and take a Journeyman option. A CETa study guide can be purchased at etai.org.
CETa

Course Cost: $599 or $699 onsite / Test only option $65

Certification: ETA's Associate Certified Electronics Technician (CETa)

Certification Cost: included in the price of the workshop

Distributed Antenna Systems (ERRCS) - Code Compliance (DASC)

Presented by Ira Wiesenfeld, CETms(RF) - IWATSI

Monday, March 21 & Tuesday, March 22 - 9:00am–5:00pm / Room N243

Course Description Certification

This training addresses recent code changes that include requirements needed to approve, design, build, and test procedures as spelled out in the recently updated International Fire Code (IFC) Section 510-2021 Emergency Responder Radio Coverage (ERRC) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1225-2022 code.

This class incorporates specific discussions to ensure that the ERRCS is in compliance with the current standards.

This two-day course is for anyone interested in learning the fundamental theories, components, installation, maintenance and support of in-building Public Safety Distributed Antenna Systems. It also focuses on the application and optimization of active and passive BDA’s used in today’s Public Safety DAS systems. Students completing this course will better understand how DAS systems function and why the design is critical to proper operation. Exposure to RF energy and related safety subjects will be addressed.

Discussions will include:

Antenna types, mounting techniques, propagation, gain and losses, decibels, pattern distortions, return loss, distance-to-fault, range, impedance matching, bandwidth, efficiency, power levels, types of BDA’s, selecting the correct components for optimal results, UL 2524, polarization, transmission line selection, fiber optic connectivity, antenna diversity, splitters, couplers, taps, lightning protection, donor antenna to distribution antenna isolation, FCC licensing requirements, commissioning, optimization, and troubleshooting, along with NFPA 1225-2022 and IFC 510-2021 Code Compliance.

Hands-on demonstrations will include:

Testing fundamentals, connectorization, reflectometers, RF wattmeters, calibration, determining problems, distance-to-fault measurements, system sweeps, spectrum analyzers, fiber optic test equipment, and specific tests required by the new code.

DASC

Course Cost: $899 or $949 onsite / Test only option $105

Certification: ETA's Distributed Antenna Systems - Code Compliance (DASC)

Certification Cost: included in the price of the workshop

General Communications Technician Training, Level 1 (GCT1)

Presented by Matt Lunati, CETms(RF) - IWATSI and Chris Miller, CETsr - Heartland Community College

Monday, March 21 & Tuesday, March 22 * 9:00am–5:00pm / Room N241

Course Description Certification
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. A study guide will be provided.

GCT1

Course Cost: $899 or $949 onsite / Test only option $105

Certification: ETA's General Communications Technician-Level 1 (GCT1)

Certification Cost: included in the price of the workshop

General Communications Technician Training, Level 2 (GCT2)

Presented by AJ Wiesenfeld - IWATSI

Monday, March 21 & Tuesday, March 22 * 9:00am–5:00pm / Room N239

Course Description Certification

The General Communications Technician program is customizable “hands-on” instruction modeled after the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) guidelines that cover all of the disciplines listed in the COMT program and the APCO/ANSI technician standards.

GCT-2 brings the GCT-1 apprentice to the next level on the pathway of becoming a seasoned Certified Electronics Technician by taking a much deeper dive into everyday problems encountered by the field engineer. GCT-2 expands the attendee’s knowledge base to include advanced elements of various communications concepts and technologies. The course focuses on every day activities including, field installation, troubleshooting, and service procedures. A study guide will be provided.

YOU WILL LEARN

  • The critical aspects of LMR that are used daily in the field
  • Applications of radio theory that are easily understandable
  • Hands-On troubleshooting using state-of-the-art test equipment
  • All of the technical competencies contained in the DHS COMT
  • All core competencies found in APCO / ANSI 3.107.1.2015 communications technicians standard
  • FCC / FAA rules and regulations
  • Safety in the work environment

GCT2

Course Cost: $899 or $949 onsite / Test only option $105

Certification: ETA's General Communications Technician-Level 2 (GCT2)

Certification Cost: included in the price of the workshop

Line and Antenna Sweep (LAS)

Presented by Jay Thompson, CETsr, Trainer - TACtical RF

Monday, March 21 & Tuesday, March 22 - 9:00am–5:00pm / Room N237

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

Line and Antenna Sweep (LAS) testing has been with us for more than 50 years but it was primarily lab based. Handheld units now bring line sweeping into the field at a technician level. Carrier and equipment manufacturers develop installation Methods of Procedures to ensure every decibel of signal strength is maximized in the increasingly crowded RF spectrum. Line and antenna sweeping are critical tests for the installation, maintenance and troubleshooting of antenna components and networks. The course is about moving beyond a simple wattmeter test when installing or maintaining any antenna system.

A review of decibels, Return Loss and VSWR along with the standard tests used for LAS will be covered. Many examples will be presented and hands on exercises will be conducted to ensure students are prepared to better understand antenna systems. The ETA LAS certification test will be available upon completion of this course. Knowledge of antenna and coax installation and repair is helpful for this class.

LAS

Course Cost: $899 or $949 onsite / Test only option $105

Certification: ETA's Line and Antenna Sweep (LAS)

Certification Cost: included in the price of the workshop

Microwave Fundamentals - Microwave Radio Technician (MRT)

Presented by Bill Bailey, PhD

Wednesday, March 23 & Thursday, March 24 - 8:00am–5:30pm / Room N240

Course Description Certification
This is a multi-day course that takes place on Wednesday and Thursday. A break for lunch is built into the schedule.

With the explosion of new digital applications in today’s communication networks microwave radio offers many advantages. They are capable of carrying large amounts of information (voice, video, and data); they require smaller antennas than other RF communication bands; microwaves signal easily propagate around objects; and microwave equipment has proven very reliable. The microwave spectrum is generally described as running between 500 MHz and 300 GHz. At these frequencies wave-lengths become relatively short, and measure between 1 cm and 60 cm in length. Microwave systems have proven capable of effectively processing and transmitting both analog and digital intelligence. Microwave technicians, therefore, must be equally versed in frequency modulation (FM) and digital modulation techniques. In this course we will take a system approach in our examination and analysis of microwave radio communication.

Participants will be exposed to: RF safety fundamentals; RF spectrum and frequency concepts; microwave radio system configurations; RF modulation schemes (CW, AM, FM,& PW) ; digital microwave coding/decoding techniques; principles of Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM) and Phase Shift Keying (QPSK); microwave radio equipment (TX & RX block diagrams, microwave/digital interfaces, performance indicators, bit error rates (BIT), microwave timing and synchronization schemes, and radio protection configurations); microwave propagation characteristics (line-of-sight restrictions, electromagnetic waves, path-related anomalies, and Fresnel zone clearance); microwave antenna systems; and common microwave test equipment and procedures. Upon successfully passing ETA’s microwave radio technician (MTR) examination participants will be awarded ETA certification.

MRT

Course Cost: $899 and $949 onsite / Test only option $105

Certification: ETA's Microwave Radio Technician (MRT)

Certification Cost: included in the price of the workshop

Practical Antenna Basics (PAB) - Making Sense of RF Propagation in Everyday Communication Systems

Presented by Bill Bailey, PhD

Monday, March 21 & Tuesday, March 22 * 9:00am–5:00pm / Room N240

Course Description Certification
This is a multi-day course that takes place on Monday and Tuesday. A lunch break is built into the schedule.

In this course participants will be introduced to basic antenna theory. We will examine the fundamental principles of RF propagation and explore the antenna’s critical role in wireless communication systems. A major problem in any wireless communication system is the efficient transformation of internal circuit voltage and current into electromagnetic energy. Encoded and modulated with analog intelligence or digital data, electromagnetic radiation can then be propagated though space. The transformational complexity often results in an over-simplified explanation of an antenna as just a passive device with strange and magical abilities. Those attending this course will learn to dispel any mystical nature and develop a sound practical understanding of how antennas work.

Topics addressed will include: the evolution of antenna theory (Maxwell’s equations, Faraday’s law, Ampere’s law, Marconi and Hertz); electrical to electromagnetic conversion (E and H field interaction, polarization, wave-fronts); characteristics of RF propagation (refraction, diffraction, fading, and travel path); half-wave dipole antenna development (effects of impedance, radiation and induction); antenna power ratios (dB’s and dBm’s); antenna performance (gain, directivity, reciprocity, radiation fields, beam-width, directionality); antenna feed lines (resonant and non-resonant); antenna design considerations (monopole antennas, antenna arrays, and electrical vs. physical length); specialized antennas (log-periodic, small-loop, folded di-pole, and slot antenna); microwave antennas (horn, parabolic reflector, lens and patch antennas); and common non-proprietary antenna installation, alignment, and maintenance practices. Upon successfully passing ETA’s antenna competency examination participants will be awarded ETA’s practical antenna basics (PAB) certification.

PAB

Course Cost: $899 or $949 onsite / Test only option $105

Certification: ETA's Practical Antenna Basics (PAB)

Certification Cost: included in the price of the workshop

Radio Frequency Interference Mitigation (RFIM)

Presented by Tom Brinkoetter, LAS, Owner - Radio Site Test and Rob Rowlands, Senior Account Manager - Gap Wireless

Wednesday, March 23 & Thursday, March 24 - 8:00am–5:30pm / Room N239

Course Description Certification
This is a multi-day course that takes place on Wednesday and Thursday.

This course will give you all of the necessary skills in order to find and correct RF signal interference. The class begins with basic theory of radio and test equipment, concluding with hands-on applications of everyday problems found in the field. Designed to include beginners as well as senior level technicians and engineers, this course goes beyond interference hunting! Discussions include: radio and test equipment fundamentals, common and uncommon types of RFI, decibels, propagation anomalies, causes, measurements and cures, intermodulation, equipment, filters, antennas, blanking, capture, prevention, safety and other fixes. Hands-on exercises include: set-up, calibration and testing fundamentals, locating RFI with service monitors and spectrum analyzers, effective sensitivity receiver measurements, discovering blocking/desense situations, tuning cavity filters, measuring harmonics, practicing direction finding techniques, hunting for power line noise and applying resolutions.

RFIM

Course Cost: $899 or $949 onsite / Test only option $105

Certification: ETA's Radio Frequency Interference Mitigation (RFIM)

Certification Cost: included in the price of the workshop




Congratulations to the 2022 ETA and IWCE Wireless Communications Scholarship Winners!

2020 ETA/IWCE Scholarship Winners

Veteran Scholarship - Jonathan Castilaw, GCT1, Radio Systems Specialist for Denton County Sheriff’s Office (TX). A six-year Veteran of the United States Marine Corps, he now has over three years of experience in the wireless/telecommunications industry. As part of his scholarship, Castilaw plans to attend the Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) hands-on training course, sponsored by IWA Technical Services, Inc., which will prepare him to sit for ETA’s accredited DAS certification exam.

“This training would lay the foundation for what I could introduce and build off of in developing new ways to communicate within public safety in the future,” Castilaw said, “as well as closing the gap on those areas where our public safety staff is not able to communicate and I want to learn ways to mitigate these risks.”


Student Scholarship - Joseph Francis Murray, Jr., Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA. While working on his Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering, he is also working full time as a Radio Technician II for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He said he plans to start in a career centered around infrastructure and will take part in the R56 Communications Site Installer training.

“I look forward to learning the proper techniques for installing wireless infrastructure, such as grounding and site design, and to carry those skills into my career,” Murray said. “To me, the real magic of a radio system lies in the backend, made possible by a team working behind the scenes to prevent failures and mitigate them when they do arise.”