Students must be currently working in a registered apprenticeship program in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training. The apprenticeship program prepares the student to earn a journey-level status in Communication Transport Systems, as well as earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Applied Industrial Technology. A four year apprenticeship emphasizes the skill set required to be a highly skilled craftsman. Trade specifics include low voltage wiring, wireless communication transport system and other transmission mediums including fiberglass.

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This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify the Office of the Registrar at RegistrarOffice@tri-c.edu.

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Program Admission Requirements

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • 18 years old; Valid driver's license

​Other Information

  • Students must be currently working in a registered apprenticeship program in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training. A four year apprenticeship emphasizes the skill set required to be a highly skilled craftsperson.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Use active listening and communication skills to ensure that the work is being performed correctly and efficiently.
  2. Communicate the scope of their work with crew members, general contractors, and end users.
  3. Work independently and as a member of a crew that is focused on a common goal within your scope of authority.
  4. Work in accordance with the Communication Workers of America’s (CWA) Code of Ethics.
  5. Use appropriate personal protective equipment, tools and work safely in accordance with OSHA, employer and customer safety protocols, and policies.
  6. Apply basic math and electrical knowledge to transport cabling systems in an efficient manner following industry standards and safe work practices.
  7. Apply math, electrical and mechanical knowledge and interpret prints to install, terminate, test and commission basic copper and fiber transport systems using best practices, industry standards, and safe work practices.
  8. Apply math, electrical, mechanical, equipment and advanced copper and fiber knowledge to install, test, commission, and service end user equipment and systems using best practices, industry standards and safe work practices.
  9. Plan, lead and manage the implementation of the scope of work to complete the project to the end users’ satisfaction.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ATCW-1010 Worker Safety for Communication Transport 2
ATCW-1020 Communications Worker History 2
ATCW-1040 Basic Information Systems 2
ATCW-xxxx Elective2
MATH-1240 Contemporary Mathematics (or higher) 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I  
Honors College Composition I  
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
ATCW-1210 Introduction to Information Transport - Copper 2
ATCW-xxxx Elective2
ISET-1410 Applied Electricity I 3
DEGR-xxxx General Elective (See List Below)3
Select one of the following: 3
BADM-xxxx
Business Elective 
CNST-xxxx
CNST Elective 
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Microcomputer Applications  
Honors Introduction to Microcomputer Applications  
 Credit Hours16
Third Semester
ATCW-1250 Infrastructure Layout 2
ATCW-1270 Grounding and Bonding 1
ATCW-2010 Information Transport - Fiber 2
ATCW-2050 Audio Visual 1
DEGR-xxxx General Elective (See List Below)3
Social & Behavioral Science/Natural and Physical Science requirement (see AAB/AAS Degree Requirements) 3
Select one of the following: 3
BADM-xxxx
Business Elective 
CNST-xxxx
CNST Elective 
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Semester
AIT-2990 Contracting in a Diverse World 3
ATCW-2070 Information Transport Circuits 1
ATCW-2120 Advanced Systems Transport 2
SPCH-1000 Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication 3
DEGR-xxxx General Elective (See List Below)3
Arts & Humanities requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours60

Electives

Recommended courses to fulfill elective requirements:

ACCT-1011Business Math Applications3
BADM-1050Professional Success Strategy3
BADM-1300Small Business Management4
BADM-1210Labor-Management Relations3
CNST-1731Construction Print Reading3
CNST-2130Construction Methods, Materials, and Equipment3
CNST-2631Construction Management Systems3
CNST-2990Construction Estimating & Cost Analysis3
ESCI-1310Physical Geography3
ESCI-1410Physical Geology3
FIN-1061Personal Finance3
GEN-1010Personal Development2
HLTH-1230Standard First Aid and Personal Safety1
HLTH-1100Personal Health Education3
SPCH-1010Fundamentals of Speech Communication3
DEGR-xxxxArts & Hum/Soc & Beh Sci/Nat & Phy Sci