Local 3207 Partnership Information
Employment Security Partnership
CWA and AT&T Southeast
Article 24 BST Agreement,
Section 9 of the UFO Addendum
Article 9 in the Utility Ops Contract
|What is Partnership?
||Partnership, short for Employment Security Partnership, is a joint effort between CWA and AT&T Southeast to assist AT&T Southeast Employees covered under the Core collective bargaining agreement with career development, preparation and transitional services.
|Who is eligible?
||All regular and regular part-time employees with at least six(6) months seniority who are covered under the Core Southeast Bargaining Agreement Article 24, UFO Addendum Article 9 and Utility OPS Article 9 are eligible to participate in the Partnership Program.
|What does Partnership offer?
||The Partnership program consists of several components:
- Career Counseling and Assessment
The Partnership Office offers all Southeast Core employees one career counseling session on company time per contract period. An additional session may be scheduled for any Core employee who has been declared surplus. The counseling session is tailored to each individual. The counselor will assist you in finding career opportunities, job interests, and career goals. You may also bring your resume to the session for advice. Follow up sessions on the employees own time is also available at no charge. To schedule a session, call HR ONEStop 1-888-722-1787 and say "Partnership"
- Internal Job/Career Development Plan
Once you have identified your job skills and interests, Partnership will assist your career development by making a plan, or if you are surplus, to train for another position if available.
- Educational Assistance
When your future career plans call for more schooling, Partnership offers classes to covered employees and tuition aid for classes offered in institutions of higher learning.
|What classes are offered?
||The following Customized Courses are currently being offered on a virtual learning basis only.
- Network+ - 40 Class Hours - Equips the student with the knowledge and skills needed to prepare for entry level networking careers. This course is a hands-on, career-oriented e-learning solution that emphasizes practical experience. It is a blended curriculum with both online and classroom learning. Network+ aims to develop an in-depth understanding of networking principles as well as the tools and configurations required to design a network. Various types of hands-on labs provide practical experience, including procedural and troubleshooting labs, skills integration challenges, and model building. All hands-on labs in the course can be completed via PacketTracer. Most chapters include Packet Tracer-based skills integration challenges that are cumulative throughout the course.
- TKT II The TKT II course is designed to prepare the student for the TKT II exam. The TKT II is designed to measure an individual's knowledge of technical concepts required for certain technical jobs in AT&T. This course provides a basic understanding of electrical and electronic fundamentals, computer hardware/software, and digital technologies as they apply to the telecommunications industry. Upon completion of the course students will be able to analyze AC and DC electrical series and parallel circuits and the electrical and electronic components they are comprised of. Fundamentals of digital communications are covered, including analog to digital conversion, line coding, framing modulation, multiplexing, transmission media, as well as the T-Carrier and SONET data rates. Digital and analog test instruments and the related measuring procedures will be introduced as well as the electrical safety rules to be followed. Binary numbering system and principles of computer architecture are presented. The course also provides a review of mathematic operations commonly used for basic electricity and electronics including Scientific notation and the use of exponents, multipliers, and electrical prefixes.
- Wireless Network Technician W/5G Intro - 30 Class Hours - Wireless communications technologies have been seamlessly integrated into many of our daily personal and professional activities. Using a remote-control device, accessing the internet, and interacting with our smart phone are all activities we are familiar with that use wireless technology. However, there is a plethora of other applications that also use wireless communications that we might not even be aware of. This course provides students with an introduction to the world of wireless communication technology that is impacting every sector of our interconnected world today. The fundamental knowledge of RF technology used in wireless communicationsand how intelligent information is communicated for specific applications along with system design components and their requirements is presented. Antenna theory, transmission lines, RF propagation, and modulation schemes are discussed. The course continues with an exploration of wireless solutions and standards used today in Personal, Local, Metropolitan, and Wide Area Networks. This includes solutions for both fixed wireless and mobile wireless applications. An in-depth look into Wi-Fi technology (802.11), the predominant technology used for Local Area Networks (LANs) is presented. The course also provides a comprehensive study of Wide Area Network technology including microwave and satellite solutions. More importantly, the course explores the word of mobile wireless with a focus on 4G/LTE and 5G. This includes a discussion on the impact of 5G from both a technological and economic level. This course is a prerequisite for the 5G Technician course
5G Technician - 28 Class Hours - It is being said that as a global community we are now entering into the 4th Industrial Revolution and that 5G is essential to paving the way. 5G is the fundamental communications platform for which the 4th Industrial Revolution is made possible. This course unveils the world of 5G with a focus on information beneficial to technicians working within the telecommunications industry. The course begins with a look at the path from 1G to 5G wireless mobile communications. Standards organizations and the role they play in the development of cellular technology is also explored. The 5G “use cases” defined by ITU (International Telecommunications Union) that describe what 5G must be capable of providing are discussed along with technical requirements such as frequencies bandwidth, and delay. Also presented are the existing and new technologies that enable deployment of 5G networks such as millimeter wave, antenna beamforming and MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output). The course then goes on to discuss the 5G network elements and their functions beginning with a look at the 4G/LTE network and the role it plays in the development of 5G networks. An in-depth look at 5G cells and antennas and how they are deployed is presented along with safety considerations the technician needs to be aware of when working around antennas.
- Command Spanish - 30 Class Hours - Command Spanish is to provide high quality occupational Spanish language toEnglish-speakers related to AT&T technicians. Improved and increasedcommunication between AT&T® and clients also provides better customer service and improves safety. This online course is facilitated by a certified Spanish instructor providing purposeful learning opportunities and continual support during the lessons.
- Fiber Optics Installer - 30 Class Hours - Provides the fundamentals of fiber optic systems utilized by the telecommunications industry. The course begins with an in-depth look at optical theory, light propagation and how light waves are used to carry information. The course continues with detailed descriptions of fiber system components such as photodiodes, light sources, receivers, multi-mode and single mode fibers, connectors, and the various types of fiber cables. Fiber splicing and connectorization techniques are presented along with a presentation of the various test instruments used to measure fiber optic system performance. Fiber optic system design criteria necessary to ensure fiber links meet performance requirements are discussed, including power and loss budget calculations. The course continues with the procedures used to successfully splice fiber cables, install connectors, and perform Tier 1 acceptance testing along with the safety rules that must be followed when working with fibers. The course concludes with an overview of fiber optic system applications used to transport voice, data and video services. Students will engage in a hands-on lab providing the opportunity to demonstrate fiber splicing, connectorization and Tier 1 testing techniques learned in the course.
- Fiber Optics Technician - 30 Class Hours - Begins with a review of optical theory, light propagation and how light waves are used to carry intelligent information. The course continues with detailed descriptions of primary fiber system components from the light sources to the photodetectors at the receiver, including connectors, and the various types of fiber cables designed for particular environments. Also included are the techniques and requirements for conducting fiber splicing. Fiber optic system design criteria necessary to ensure fiber links meet performance requirements are presented, including power and loss budget calculations. The course then proceeds with an in- depth look at the requirements and procedures to conduct Tier 1 acceptance testing and Tier 2 fault location testing of fiber links and the various test instruments used to conduct testing. The course concludes with a survey of optical transport systems such as SONET, OTN, FTTx architectures, and Passive Optical Networks used to implement broadband fiber access networks. Students will engage in a hands-on lab providing the opportunity to demonstrate Tier 1 and Tier 2 testing techniques learned in the course
- Basic Electricity - 30 Class Hours - Provides a basic understanding of DC (Direct Current) and AC (Alternating Current) concepts, laws and formulas that apply to electrical circuits. This includes Ohm’s Law, Power formulas, Kirchhoff’s Laws, and the rules governing series and parallel circuits. The operation of capacitors and inductors is explained as well as how they behave as reactive components in AC circuits including the formulas used to calculate reactance and impedance. Transformers, Power Factor, resonant circuits, and frequency filters are also discussed. Digital and Analog testing instruments are presented along with how to perform resistance, voltage, and current measurements of electrical circuits. Best troubleshooting practices are covered along with safety considerations and rules when working with electrical power. The course concludes with a presentation on decimal, binary, octal, and hexadecimal numbering systems as well as how to convert values from one numbering system to another. Addition and subtraction of binary numbers is also included. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate how to build AC and DC circuits, calculate circuit values and perform measurements to validate their calculations. This will be accomplished in a series of hands-lab exercises designed to reinforce concepts learned throughout the cours
- Basic Electronics - 30 Class Hours - This course provides a basic understanding of electronic components, e.g. diodes and transistors, and the various types of circuits and devices employing these components. The semiconductor theory that explains their operation is discussed. Digital logic gates and computer fundamentals are also covered. An overview of telecommunications systems including Digital Signal Processing performed on voice and data signals before being transmitted (A/D conversion, modulation, line encoding, and multiplexing) and the description of transmission media currently in use (copper pair, optical fibers, wireless over air interface) are provided. T-carrier system and SONET standards and related hierarchies are also introduced. The course includes hands-on labs designed to reinforce the concepts learned throughout the course.
- FCC GROL - 24 Class Hours - The FCC General Radio Operator's License course provides the knowledge students require to pass the FCC General Radio Operator's License exam. The course provides basic radio law and equipment operating practices for ships, aircrafts, and other FCC licensed radio communications equipment. It also provides general electrical and electronic knowledge required to operate, repair, and maintain radio transmitters and receivers. The General Radio Operator's License is recognized by several employers as evidence of knowledge in the radio telecommunications field. Typically this is delivered in 3hr class periods, 2 times a week, for 4 weeks. This course prepares employees for the FCC GROL element 1 and element 3 certification. There is no prerequisite to take the FCC GROL course.
|How do I signup?
||For the Partnership Courses stated above, please call your Local Partnership Representative. For Local 3207, call MIke Leonard, 803-443-8314 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Partnership approved courses stated above are taken on your own time but at no cost to you. For other learning institutions using Tuition Aid, call HR Onestop at 1-888-722-2787 and say "Tuition Aid".
|Classes coming up:
Classes coming up for early 2023:
FCC GROL (General Radio Operators License)
Wireless Network Technician
Please contact us if you would like to be added to the roster for one of those classes. Classes will be held Tuesday and Thursday evening on a virtual basis.
||CWA/NETT Click here for information about enhancing your testing skills. For example, you can read about the TKTII test here
Click here for a list of practice exams
CWA Members in AT&T Mobility are not part of the Partnership program, but are invited to utilize trainings in the CWA/NETT. Click here for more information.
This page was last updated on December 1, 2022