Aiken Technical College's five-week tower installation certificate program will begin its next session April 14.
The program provides students with the entry-level knowledge and skills to gain an apprentice position in the wireless tower installation industry.
The certificate is offered in partnership with the Warriors 4 Wireless Program to help transition veterans into careers in the growing wireless telecommunications industry. It is estimated that between 8,000 and 10,000 positions need to be filled in the next two years to meet the needs of the growing 4G industry.
Veterans, active military, and civilians are all eligible for the program.
Through the program, students learn about safety, basic rigging and fall protection, electricity, fiber optics, wireless technology, cell components, antenna basics, and spectrum management. Upon completion of the program, students are prepared for a tower apprentice position and are aided by W4W to secure job placement in the field within 90 days.
Daniel Roman, an Army veteran and graduate of the program's first session that began in November, came to the program after two years of unemployment in search of a stable job opportunity. He left the program with a career in a high-demand industry, and now works as a tower installation operator near his hometown outside of Philadelphia.
"The program opened a lot of doors for me. There are so many job openings with companies looking for a good, quality employee," Roman said. "The amount of offers I received with just a few months of experience blew my mind. I'm very grateful for the program, and ultimately, there are a lot of veterans out there who could benefit from it."
Students applying for admission must possess the physical ability and agility to handle activities like climbing heights in excess of 100 feet and carrying tools and equipment that may weigh about 70 pounds. A high school degree or GED is required, but prior telecommunications experience is not required.
For more information about the Applied Science certificate in tower installation, contact ATC's Enrollment Services Center at 803-508-7263. Additional sessions are scheduled to begin every five weeks.