TELECOMMUNICATION (SOUND TECHNICIAN) APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM
This program is a 4-year training program approved by the Division of Apprenticeship Standards for the State of California. The program requires that each apprentice receive a minimum of 6400 hours of on-the-job training in the electrical construction industry with the supervision of a journeyman sound electrician. During the course of the apprenticeship, each apprentice is transferred on a yearly basis to a new contractor. This allows the apprentice to receive a varied and in-depth experience of work while in the apprenticeship. The Training Center makes all placements with contractors.
While in the training program, apprentices are required to attend 800 hours of classroom related instruction. Apprentices attend school two evenings a week - one night for lecture and one night for hands-on applications of their skills. Apprentices are required to pass various competency assessments to successfully complete their classes.
Graduates of the Telecommunication apprenticeship program become Journeyman Sound Technicians. Sound Technicians are variously known as technicians, installers, and system designers. The types of systems they work on are:
- Entertainment (audio, video, multimedia, and home and corporate theater)
- Communications (telephone, fax, modem, Internet, local area networks, paging, intercoms, and public address systems)
- Life safety (access control, burglar and fire alarms, video surveillance, and nurse call)
- Control of indoor, outdoor, and specialty lighting
- Other forms of home and building security, control and automation
In general, the systems Sound Technicians design, install, and maintain are placed permanently, as opposed to being portable. While Sound Technicians make use of a home or building's 120V AC power to activate control panels, audio and video sources, and signal amplifiers, their work focuses on the distribution of low-voltage signals among microprocessor-based devices and controls. Thus, a common set of skills applies to Sound Technician's work on all of those functions.
Major duties of a Sound Technician include:
- Installing, connecting, calibrating, and servicing products that move voice, video, audio, and data signals around premises
- Installing, connecting, calibrating, and servicing products that control signals
- Installing, connecting, calibrating, and servicing products that use signals to control mechanical and electrical apparatuses
Apprentices receive pay increases during the course of their apprenticeship based on the amount of work hours they have successfully completed in the program, successful school performance and maintaining a current CPR/Multimedia First Aid certificate. Those raises are set in the following increments:
All apprenticeship classes taken at our training center are accredited through Palomar College. Thus, upon completion of the program, the apprentice will receive a Certificate of Achievement - Sound and Communication System Installer.
The rate of pay for an individual who completes the four-year apprenticeship program and becomes a journeyman sound technician in I.B.E.W. Local 569 is $27.57 per hour plus paid benefits.
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