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Apprenticeship - Sound and Communication Website | Apprenticeship Division

Apprenticeship - Sound and Communication 2019-2020


One of the primary components of the Sound and Communication Industry (also known as the low voltage industry) is Voice Data Video. Voice Data Video has been the fastest growing category in the Sound and Communication field. Other areas of this industry include Audio Video Systems, Security and Fire/Life Safety Systems, fiber networks, including LAN and WAN, building automation controls, wireless communication systems, television distribution systems, and closed circuit television. It is an evolving field with exciting growth potential. The apprenticeship program is an earn-while-you-learn program involving paid "full time" work and related classes.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students gain expertise and hands-on experience as they work on sound and communication systems to include voice systems, data systems, video systems, fire alarm systems, intrusion systems, access control systems, data networking systems, cabling and automation systems. These specialized skills are acquired through on-the-job training and classroom instruction and lead to employment in the construction and service industry. After three years of classroom and work experience students are recognized as installers in the Sound and Communication trade for the electrical industry.

Career Opportunities:

Upon completion of all course requirements and 4800 hours of on the job training, graduates will be recognized as Sound and Communication Installers. Depending upon the student's career interest and courses taken, graduates may find employment as a: sound and communication installer, telecommunication technician, field installer, sound and communication technician, cable splicer, security and alarm technician, foreman/supervisor, or fiber optics installer.

Units Required

  • Certificate(s): 22
CCC = Career Certificate [Non-Transcriptable].

Certificate Requirements

Sound and Communication Installer Career Certificate

Units: 22 [Non-Transcriptable]

APSC 111 Job Information, Safety, Test Instruments, Structured Cabling, Fiber Optics (3.5 units)
APSC 112 Codes & Practices, Connectors & Raceways, Blueprint Reading, DC Theory (3.5 units)
APSC 121 AC Theory, Master Clock, Nurse Call, Computer Literacy (3.5 units)
APSC 122 Fire Alarm, Paging, Emergency Communication, Mass Notification Systems (3.5 units)
APSC 131 VDV/Fire Life Safety Prep, Networking, CCTV, CATV & DAS (4 units)
APSC 132 Radio Frequencies, Security Systems, Audio-Visual (4 units)

Currently offered at: Northern California.

Control Information:
2019-2020 | Status: Approved | Modified: 2019-04-26 09:25:59 | Dept Code: APSC

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