2018 Education Forum

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

ETA will once again co-locate the 2019 Education Forum with the IWCE conference in Las Vegas, Nevada March 4-8, 2019. The show will be focused on providing training through outside vendors as well as and seminars in poplular technology areas related to ETA certification.

What is Education Forum?

The ETA Educators 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.

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.

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Technical Training

ETA International is proud to provide training through outside vendors in popular technology areas related to ETA certification. ETA will provide opportunities to test in each area during 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.

On the IWCE/Education Forum registration page at www.iwceexpo.com/register, scroll down to the ETA Education Forum and click the box to see the schedules and pricing. All Training Courses must be registered for separately and include the ETA Testing Fees.

Registration for any training classes includes access to the IWCE exhibit hall (Wed/Thurs), keynote addresses (Wed), general session (Thurs), Networking Reception (Wed) and town hall meetings. Create an entire week of education by choosing two training classes or add an IWCE One-Day or Short Course Package to your registration! Make sure to check for conflicting timing when combining classes as some overlap.


5G Technician: An Introduction to 5G

Presented by Patrick McNerney, Chief Operating Officer, 3D Design & Engineering, Inc.

Wednesday, March 6 * 8:30am-5:30pm

Course Description Certification
The 5G for Technicians certification is aimed at cellular technicians and engineers with basic knowledge of the wireless industry. The course serves as an introduction to 5G and gives cellular technicians the opportunity to earn a certification that has valuable industry application. This course will be taught using a variety of media, from helpful videos and other visual aids to written material. Attendees will get a first-hand look at industry standards, real world examples and case studies provided by a committee of subject matter experts with backgrounds in engineering, construction, cell carriers, broadcasting and entertainment. The examination covers a variety of topics including: 5G linguistics, uses of 5G (enterprise, consumers and government systems), 5G equipment specifications, 5G networks, 5G construction best practices, 5G infrastructure design and general design thinking principles and concepts.


5GT

Course Cost: $495 (through 1/24/19); $549 (1/25/19 – 3/8/19)

Certification: ETA International 5G for Technicians (5GT)

Certification Test: included in the price of the workshop

Associate Certified Electronics Technician

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

Wednesday, March 6 & Thursday, March 7 * 8:30am-5:30pm

Course Description Certification

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

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 through ETA.
CETa

Course Cost: $495

Certification: ETA International Associate Certified Electronics Technician (CETa)

Certification Test: included in the price of the workshop

Communications Site Installer (R56) Training

Presented by Michael Barton, CETsr, Senior Engineer, Motorola R56 Audit Team, Commdex Consulting

Monday, March 4 & Tuesday, March 5 * 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Wednesday March 6 & Thursday March 7 * 8 – 5:30 pm

Course Description Certification

This is a multi-day course that takes place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
STUDENTS MUST BRING A LAPTOP OR TABLET TO THE CLASS.

The Motorola Site Installation Practices (R56) Workshop course is designed to present the standards and guidelines for installing a Motorola communication system. Participants will understand how a properly installed system can help to ensure a safe and efficient communications system that will reduce system down time. After completing this course, the student will be able to:
  1. List the purposes of grounding, and evaluate their importance in terms of personal safety, and effective system installation and protection;
  2. Apply principles of basic electronics to the installation standards found in the R56 manual;
  3. Determine how an effectively installed ground system protects a communication system from lightning strikes and electrical anomalies;
  4. List the minimum requirements and specifications for: external and internal ground system installation equipment, cables, and documentation for a reliable communication system installation.
R56

Course Cost: $1,299 (through 1/24/19); $1,399 (1/25/19 – 3/8/19)

Certification: ETA International Communications Site Installer (R56)

Certification Test: included in the price of the workshop

Cybersecurity and Information Technology Specialist Training

Presented by Chuck Brooks, Managing Director, eITPrep LLP, and Vice President, Educational Technologies Group

Wednesday, March 6 & Thursday, March 7 * 8:00 am – 5:30 pm & Friday, March 8 * 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Course Description Certification

This is a multi-day course that takes place on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
STUDENTS MUST BRING A LAPTOP OR TABLET TO THE CLASS.

The workshop will prepare attendees to challenge the new ITS certification exam from the ETA International. Each exam domain will be unpacked to provide the attendee with a complete defense in depth strategy for implementing Cyber Security solutions to any network environment - including wireless networks. They also will be aware of attack vectors, tools and techniques used to Pentest network computing environments. After completing this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Have an in depth understanding of all ITS domains:
  2. Achieve the understanding of Hardware and Software of Network Security.
  3. Have a clear understanding of Security in relation to Wireless Networks.
  4. The basic understanding of Device Security such as Bluetooth and IoT.
  5. A detailed understanding of Software exploitation and Vulnerabilities.
  6. Have a clear understanding of Operational Polices, Standards, and Risk Assessment.
  7. Have an understand of Disaster Recovery and Computer Forensics.
  8. Understand the fundamentals of Cryptography and its relationship with IT infrastructure.
  9. Understand Social Engineering attacks and countermeasures in depth.
ITS

Course Cost: $899 (through 1/24/19); $949 (1/25/19 – 3/9/19)

Certification: ETA International Information Technology Security (ITS)

Certification Test: included in the price of the workshop

DAS and BDA Design, Installation and Maintenance

Presented by Ira Wiesenfeld, P.E., CETms, Merle Taylor, CETsr, Joe Delio, CETma IWATSI

Monday, March 4 & Tuesday, March 5 * 9:00am-5:00pm

Course Description Certification

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

This Hands-on Training Hosted by ETA Focuses on the Application and Optimization of Active and Passive Bi-Directional Amplifiers used in Today's Distributed Antenna Systems. This two-day course is for anyone interested in learning the fundamental theories, components, installation, maintenance, and support of in-building DAS. Each attendee will participate in a hands-on training lab concentrating on connector installation, a simple install, a simple antenna design, and how to identify cabling problems. Exposure to RF enery and related safety subjects will also be addressed.

DISCUSSIONS 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 BDAs - Active/Passive • Polarization • Component Selection • Transmission Line Selection • Fiber Optic Connectivity • Antenna Diversity • Splitters, Couplers and Tags • Lightening Protection • Isolation • FCC Licensing Requirements

HANDS-ON EXERCISES INCLUDE:
• Testing Fundamentals • Calibration • Spectrum Analyzers • Connectorization • Reflectometers • RF Wattmeters • Determining Problems • System Sweeps • Distance-to-Fault Measurements • Fiber Optic Test Equipment • Troubleshooting

DAS

Course Cost: $899 (through 1/24/19); $949 (1/25/19 – 3/8/19)

Certification: ETA International Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS)

Certification Test: included in the price of the workshop

General Communications Technician Training, Level 1

Presented by Rob Walker, GCT1, RFIM, Owner, Walker & Associates

Monday, March 4 & Tuesday, March 5 * 9:00am-5:00pm

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.

GCT1

Course Cost: $899 (through 1/24/19); $949 (1/25/19 – 3/8/19)

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

Certification Test: included in the price of the workshop

Line and Antenna Sweep

Presented by Jay Thompson, CETsr, Trainer, Dover Telecommunications Services

Monday, March 4 & Tuesday, March 5 * 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

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 instructor for this class is Jay Thompson, CETsr. The ETA LAS certification test will be available upon completion of this course.

LAS

Course Cost: $899 (through 1/24/19); $949 (1/25/19 – 3/8/19)

Certification: ETA International Line and Antenna Sweep (LAS)

Certification Test: included in the price of the workshop

Microwave Fundamentals

Presented by Tom Dover, President, Dover Telecommunications Services

Monday, March 4 & Tuesday, March 5 * 9:00am-5:00pm

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

Microwave radio is continuing to play an ever-increasing role in wireless communications. As we move towards 5G and FirstNet implementation, microwave frequencies will be used for more applications and new services. This course is newly designed addressing the changes in roles, performance, installation and maintenance of microwave and millimeter wave radios. Students taking this course, along with the ETA certification will learn the importance of microwave and millimeter wave radio systems as we move further into LTE and FirstNet. The theory of microwave propagation, modulation schemes and advances in passing high speed backhaul data using point to point links. Additionally, the use of multiple-in/multiple-out (MIMO) antennas to aggregate data streams will be covered; along with installation and maintenance of conventional microwave parabolic antennas.

Data Speed and capacity are key ingredients to building modern LTE and associated Wireless networks; microwave radio along with fiber optic cables play important roles. Turn-up and maintenance practices, including field proven techniques will be discussed and audience participation is highly encouraged. The use of test equipment, and radio interference at microwave frequencies will round out the course.

The instructor for this course is Tom Dover, President of DTS. Tom has more than 50 years of experience installing, maintaining and teaching microwave radio systems. An ETA certification test is included for those taking this course.

MRT

Course Cost: $899 (through 1/24/19); $949 (1/25/19 – 3/8/19)

Certification: ETA International Microwave Radio Technician (MRT)

Certification Test: included in the price of the workshop

PIM Testing Training

Presented by Tom Dover, President, Dover Telecommunications Services

Thursday, March 7 * 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

Course Description Certification
Passive Intermodulation (PIM) testing is now a standard for many wireless carriers for site commissioning and certification. This one-day course will discuss why PIM has become such a hot topic in some wireless circles. Students attending this training will learn why intermodulation is such a problem in wireless applications and continues to increase with new radio installations. Attendees will learn what PIM is, how it is tested and the difference between PIM testing and other antenna testing techniques. Prerequisites include a general wireless knowledge. Antenna construction practices and antenna line sweep testing are a plus, but not required. Items covered include:
  • Introduction to PIM: Term & definitions, standards defined, PIM defined, why power is important, fixed frequency testing, swept frequency testing.
  • Technology Overview: dB – dBm – dBc, intermodulation overview, spurious emissions, loads and antennas, PIM vs line sweep, methods & procedures
  • How PIM is created: Internal PIM sources, external PIM sources, multiple PIM sources, torque specifications, cleanliness
  • PIM Testing: Safety review – teams, setting up equipment, equipment verification, load vs antenna, taking an outage, conducting the test.
  • Results – Interpretation: Spectrum analysis, reading the numbers, what they mean, troubleshooting, creating reports
PIM

Course Cost: $495 (through 1/24/19); $549 (1/25/19 – 3/8/19)

Certification: ETA International Passive Intermodulation (PIM)

Certification Test: included in the price of the workshop

Radio Frequency Interference Mitigation

Presented by Don Huston, GES Training Manager, Tx/Rx

Wednesday, March 6 & Thursday, March 7 * 8:30am-5:30pm

Course Description Certification
This is a multi-day course that takes place on Wednesday and Thursday.
This course is for anyone who is involved with interference hunting in radio services. It will provide theoretical and practical fundamentals needed to effectively identify and locate radio frequency interference issues in any band or network. It begins with an overview of basic RF principles, signal types, propagation and spectrum allocation. Practical applications include interference hunting tools, the use of monitoring receivers, spectrum analyzers and drive test tools. Methods of radiolocation (direction finding) and signal analysis will be demonstrated using live signal sources and hands-on exercises.
RFIM

Course Cost: $899 (through 1/24/19); $949 (1/25/19 – 3/8/19)

Certification: ETA International Radio Frequency Interference Mitigation (RFIM)

Certification Test: included in the price of the workshop

Smart Buildings Technologies

Presented by J.B. Groves, Wharton County Junior College & Les Campbell, Owner, Pro Lighting and Electrical

Monday, March 4 & Tuesday, March 5 * 9:00 am – 5:00 pm & Wednesday, March 6 * 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

Course Description Certification

This is a multi-day course that takes place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

This class provides an overview to the Electronic Technicians Associations Smart Technology Systems Integrator Certification in order for the participant to develop the knowledge required for entry-level positions within the field of Smart Building Systems and related fields. The following key areas will be discussed:
  • Audio and Video
  • Data Networks and Voice Networks
  • Fire Alarm Systems, Access Control Systems and Video Surveillance Systems
  • Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning Systems and Electric Power Management Systems, Lighting Control/Data Systems
  • Facility Management Systems
Hands on labs will include configuration of Power over Ethernet (PoE) powered devices and systems management software configuration of the devices.
STS

Course Cost: $1099 (through 1/24/19); $1199 (1/25/19 – 3/8/19)

Certification: ETA International Smart Technology Systems (STS)

Certification Test: included in the price of the workshop




Sessions

ETA will also host sessions in a special ETA Technical Track. These classes provide a one-topic overview from some of ETA's leading instructors. Attendees can participate in the entire track or mix and match ETA Short Courses with IWCE Short Courses. To attend, register for the IWCE Short Course Package or you can select a One-Day Package to attend classes on that day.


Advanced Applied UAV/Drone Use: sUAS for Public Safety

Presented by Douglas Spotted Eagle, Sundance Media Group, LLC

Thursday, March 7, 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Session Description
An in-depth look at how LEO & Public Safety Personnel can incorporate UAV into their workflow:
  • Introduction to UAV for Government Infrastructure (Successful implementations)
  • Overview of cost and time savings:
    • An introduction to using thermal imaging for S&R
    • Find lost hikers; locate a lost senior citizen; track a fugitive.
  • Monitor hostile situations from secured/safe vantage points
    • Precision tactical planning with more information available to make decisions
  • UAV Policy considerations

Avoiding Common Fiber Field Problems

Presented by Lee Kellett, Light Brigade

Wednesday, March 6, 10:15 am – 11:30 am

Session Description

Those who are involved with field work have seen many examples of improper practices and poor workmanship. You may not be aware of how common this could be with your own staff. Attend this session to hear about common issues and learn solutions and best practices that could solve these problems. Get details about the causes of the most common problems found with fiber optic link installations from a training organization that has worked with almost 60,000 students.

Learn how specific knowledge can help reduce errors and which field tools and equipment are best to have on hand to quickly troubleshoot or avoid problems altogether. Using real world examples, we will use past experiences to help the audience avoid having costly field errors when dealing with fiber handling and installations.

Basic Antenna Theory – Converting Electrical Energy into Electromagnetic Energy

Presented by William Bailey

Wednesday, March 6, 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Session Description
The efficiency and effectiveness of any wireless communication system will depend greatly upon antenna performance. Simply put, an antenna is a device capable of transitioning electrical energy into electromagnetic energy, but in either direction. The antenna creates a vital link between internal signal processing and free space propagation. This short course, therefore, will provide both technicians and managers working with wireless communication systems the insight needed to understand and evaluate antenna performance. Topics of discussion – basic principle of electromagnetic radiation and induction; antenna characteristics (including resonance, gain, reciprocity, polarization); radiation resistance (ground effect, electric vs. physical length, radiated power); antenna feed-lines (resonant/non-resonant, impedance, and loading effects); and common antenna configuration and applications (half-wave dipole, monopole, arrays, and microwave antenna). Participants will acquire a sound understanding of basic antenna theory.

DWING, Drone Wars, Interactive Next-Gen Gaming

Presented by Vincent Scirocco, CETma, Northeastern University

Friday, March 8, 9:45 am – 11:00 am

Session Description
I am a recent graduate of Veterans Assembled electronics in Providence, RI, where I obtained Master level tech in five months. My teammate and I designed a game in physical spaces that won one of three top designs chosen among hundreds submitted through Northeastern University's Next-Gen Innovation Competition. The team would go over the dynamics of the system; including the electrode-magnetic devices required, the importance of accuracy and timing of wireless communications throughout the systems and possibly the integration of software required to take a real-time drone game to enhance the user's perspective with special effects using and augmented reality feedback loop derived from the input.

Evolution of Mount Analysis: Effects of TIA Rev H and TIA-5053

Presented by Luke Ferguson, Valmont Site Pro 1

Friday, March 8, 8:15 am – 9:30 am

Session Description

The first wave of large LTE antennas in 2013 was when the industry first recognized a widespread need for antenna mount analysis. Prior to this time, mount analysis was virtually unheard of. Since 2013, the antenna size has drastically increased, which has led to mount failures.

TIA Rev G did address this issue by stating that mounts need to be analyzed, but it wasn’t until the recent release of TIA Rev H that there has been an entire chapter dedicated to mount analysis. TIA-5053 is making it easier to compare mount capacities by providing a standard method to classify a mount. Both of these codes are working to increase the prevalence and accuracy of mount analysis in our industry.

Now we have a standard method to rate a mount, but analysis methods still vary greatly in the industry. Analysis assumptions can change the rated mount capacity as much as 100%. The upcoming TIA Mount Analysis White Paper will be a way to streamline this process and ensure that everyone is looking at the mounts equally.

For example, we have found that tieback orientation and leg connections have a huge impact on the capacity of a mount. Our research has shown that tieback orientation can affect the strength of a mount as much as 20 percent. The new tieback information we are providing to carriers and engineering firms will make it easier to take tieback orientation into considerations when looking at a mount.

Overall, I will discuss what everyone should know about TIA Rev H and TIA 5053 and give a sneak peek at what is happening with the TIA Mount Analysis White Paper team. Ultimately, all of this new information will help set a standard to ensure that new mounts being installed today will be able to handle whatever is thrown at them over the next 15 years or more.

Measuring Transmission Line Quality Prior to and During Installation on Towers

Presented by Tom Brinkoetter, RadioSiteTest

Wednesday, March 6, 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Session Description

The quality of the transmission line cable on a tower or DAS system is critical to the performance of the system. Solid conductor hardline cable is often used as it reduces loss, PIM and leakage. But hard line cable is easily damaged as it is spooled in the factory, cut to custom length and re-spooled by distributors, shipped and installed. The cost of installing hard line cable can approach the cost of the cable itself. If defective cable is installed, the cost of replacement project delay can be significant.

It makes good business sense to test the cable as it arrives at the job site and also test the cable as it is installed. This session talks about the tools and methods to easily and accurately test raw spools of cable.

Optical Wireless Communication Demonstrations

Presented by J.B. Groves III, FOI, ITS

Thursday, March 7, 11:45 am – 1:00 pm

Session Description

This session is a demonstration session that introduces the participants to optical wireless communications from its conception to some of the technology available today. The Ever heard the term LiFi? Wonder what this emerging technology is all about? How is it possible to connect to the Internet at 228 Gbps? The answer is by using LED bulbs and a technology called LiFi (Light Fidelity). This session explores the technology and how it is being implemented around the world. Light Fidelity communications is coming! The presenter will communicate what to expect from this technology’s projected $101-billion-dollar market.

This session is a demonstration session that introduces the participants to optical wireless communications from its conception to some of the technology available today. The demonstrations will cover the following concepts and technologies: VLC; LED binary concept of 1s and 0s; Audio OWC Link; OWC Spot and their use; OWC Downlights and computer, tablet, and smartphone interfacing.

The Physics of Lightning and How to Protect Communications Sites Through Effective Grounding

Presented by Mark Pallans, Pallans Communications Associates

Wednesday, March 6, 11:45 am – 1:00 pm

Session Description
Understanding the physics of how lightning works will help you in reducing the potential of lightning strikes, minimizing the damage caused by lightning, protecting against voltage surges and spikes and eliminating ground loop currents and voltage differences in facilities. The class also looks into some of the myths and truths of lighting as well some of good the bad and the ridiculous ways businesses have manufactured equipment used for lighting protection. Learn the mechanics of how lightning works and why it can do so much damage, how to design and build facilities that will best protect the communications equipment from electrical damage, and best practices to be used for grounding and voltage protection.

RF Exposure Awareness for Communication Technicians

Presented by Mark Pallans, Pallans Communications Associates

Friday, March 8, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Session Description
Exposure to RF signals is a fact of life for radio technicians. This class will inform you about the laws related to RF exposure safety, how to prevent and minimize RF exposure to the general public and how to meet FCC and other regulatory agency exposure standards.

The Toxic and Flammable Air We Breathe

Presented by Frank Perrino

Thursday, March 7, 2:15 pm – 3:30 pm

Session Description
  • Highlight Confined and Enclosed spaces and the Toxic gases and chemicals we bring to work.
  • Bring to attention that there are different Standards for General Industry and Construction.
  • Define the acceptable air quality (PEL's, LEL,s IDLH.s) one should be breathing.
  • Discuss air quality and the correct/acceptable oxygen concentrations...with a group exercise.
  • Interactively develop the common gases that are lighter than air (HAHAMICE)...Highlight the common gases and vapors that can get into your lungs.
  • Provide for a small demonstration of gases captured in a workplace/confined space.
  • Participants will leave the fact that they learned something new and an immediate opportunity to test their new information.

Wireless Pipeline Monitoring: IoT Is The Solution

Presented by Greyson Knapp, FOT-OSP, Apex Optics

Thursday, March 7, 10:15 am – 11:30 am

Session Description
  • Brief History of Pipeline Leak Detection: Deteriorating infrastructure · Urban development around pipelines carrying hazardous materials
  • Legacy Leak detection: “Goes inta – Goes outta “ · Wired systems · Ariel / Drive out pipeline surveys
  • Preventative Measures: Cathodic surveys · Sacrificial anodes · Protective coatings
  • Drones: Cameras · Gas sniffers /spectrometers
  • Fiber Optic Leak Detection: How they work · Power requirements · Limitations (Legacy pipes, Branching)
  • IoT solutions: Point sensors +/- · Distribution (Branching, Changing sectional characteristics, Power requirements, Networking)




Education Forum Keynote - 5G and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Patrick McNerney, Chief Operating Officer, 3D Design & Engineering

5G and the Fourth Industrial Revolution are right around the corner, in fact, the wheels are already in motion. Smart Cities, self-driving cars, robotics, artificial intelligence, and connectivity on a scale previously unimaginable will be here before we know it. 5G is not limited to faster speeds and a few new chic consumer technologies, but rather a complete paradigm shift in our society and how we interact with technology. Business operations, our personal relationships, and even the methods in which countries govern themselves will be impacted. The possibilities are nearly limitless.

But first, our industry has the daunting task of getting our infrastructure there. This is already happening with many cities running trials or full roll-outs of 5G. There is a lot that must be done to set the foundation for 5G and it is going to take trained technicians, engineers, site acquisition specialist, carriers, municipalities, and OEMs collaborating to make it happen. Hundreds of thousands of miles of fiber backhaul, the build out of ultra-dense networks, and upgrading existing macro site technologies are an example of some of the work that is ongoing. How will 5G impact the ICT sector, and more importantly what do these changes mean for those who work in the telecommunications industry?

We have the answers to some of those questions and will speculate on others. Let’s discuss this exciting new wave of technology, its impact on end users, and the personnel in our industry.


About Patrick McNerney

Patrick McNerney

Patrick McNerney is the Chief Operating Officer of 3D Design & Engineering which provides civil, structural, geotechnical, and mechanical engineering services specialized to meet the unique needs of the telecommunications industry.

For over a decade Mr. McNerney has been at the forefront of innovation in design specifically regarding telecommunications including Virtual Site Tours, 3D Laser Site Scanning, 3D PDF presentations, and more. 3D Design & Engineering was the first firm in Texas to incorporate 3D design with semi-autonomous heavy machinery for lake projects and one of the few engineering firms in Houston offering 3D laser scanning, photogrammetry, and virtual site tours. 3D Design & Engineering is also specialized in the three-dimensional conception and elaborated engineering applied for the design and analysis of various structures.

Mr. McNerney has an Associate of Science degree specializing in applied engineering technology and holds multiple design certifications including: Autodesk Certified Professional, AVEVA Plant Design Management Systems, and NTT Fiber Optics, as well as being a commercially licensed FAA UAS Pilot (Drone Pilot).

In his free time Mr. McNerney works as a volunteer for the Texas Wireless Association which 3D Design & Engineering is a member of and actively seeks partnerships with organizations that place an emphasis on quality, safety, and innovation. Mr. McNerney also enjoys volunteering at events that are committed to enriching the community in Houston, Texas where 3D Design & Engineering is based.





Student Scholarship Essay Contest

This scholarship is made available by ETA® International and International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE). The scholarship is intended for students interested in a career in the wireless communications field. In your essay, please describe your ideal career in wireless communications. Why is this your ideal field? How will this scholarship benefit you? Why should you be considered for this scholarship?

The Scholarship Includes:

  • One Short Course Package conference pass to IWCE - $549 value
  • One coach class plane ticket to Las Vegas, Nevada - value up to $400
  • Two nights hotel stay (room charge and tax) at IWCE’s host hotel
  • Access to the Job Training & Education Center
  • Access to IWCE’s two-day exhibit hall
  • Dinner with ETA representatives

How to Apply:

  • Submit an essay in 1,000 words (12 point type and double-spaced) or less along with a recent resume, cover letter and picture as separate attachments to mlawson@eta-i.org.

Eligibility:

  • Must have at least a 2.5 GPA
  • Must be a currently enrolled student

Deadline:

  • January 4, 2019
Spencer Williamson

"The scholarship is an irreplaceable opportunity for exposure to the field of wireless communications that cannot be matched. I was honored to receive guidance and experience from the leaders at the forefront of technological innovation."

Spencer Williamson
A&M Consolidated High School
College Station, TX




Veteran Scholarship Essay Contest

This scholarship is made available by ETA® International and International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE). The scholarship is intended for veterans interested in a career in the wireless communications field. In your essay, please describe your ideal career in wireless communications. Why is this your ideal field? How will this scholarship benefit you? Why should you be considered for this scholarship?




The Scholarship Includes:

  • One seat in either the Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) hands-on training workshop conducted by IWATSI, along with ETA's related certification test - a $949 total value
  • Five nights hotel stay (room charge and tax) at IWCE’s host hotel - $1,000 approximate value
  • One Short Course Package conference pass to IWCE - $549 value
  • One coach class plane ticket to Las Vegas, Nevada - value up to $400
  • Access to the Job Training & Education Center along with IWCE’s two-day exhibit hall
  • Recognition during ETA’s annual award banquet

How to Apply:

  • Submit an essay in 1,000 words (12 point type and double-spaced) or less along with a recent resume, cover letter and picture as separate attachments to mlawson@eta-i.org.

Eligibility:

  • Must be an honorably-discharged Veteran of the US Military
  • Veterans with an FCC Amateur Radio License or those with a strong communications background are encouraged to apply

Deadline:

  • January 4, 2019
Lukas Pinson, CETms



"The hands-on training and certification workshop helped me in my pursuit to become a wireless communications expert and set myself apart form some of my colleagues. I used this scholarship opportunity to gain knowledge, collect resources, and get to know the people who are some of the true experts within the field of wireless communications."

Lukas C. Pinson, CETms
Motorola Solultions Systems Technologist
Chandler, AZ

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