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Engineering Technologies Programs

Communications Technology

From smoke signals to vast networks of interrelated computer networks, man is always on the lookout for methods of communicating data and information faster. More efficiently. With less cost.

foaMTC offers an associate degree program, Communications Technology, for individuals interested in careers in communications.
Marion Technical College covers the proper subjects, provides the proper course materials, and provides the certified instructor which has enabled Marion Tech to be approved and certified as a Fiber Optic Association (FOA) training program. The Certified Fiber Optic Technician Certification and Certified Premise Cabling Technician Certification are available via  separate Marion Tech courses.

Skills for technicians that prefer to work outside on the transport lines or work inside the office on the electrical/optical equipment can be obtained though our Communications Technology program

Through a close collaboration with Verizon (formerly GTE) of Marion and research on changing trends within the telecom field, the College has creating a hands-on curriculum based on current-need workplace skills. The curriculum is periodically reviewed by our Advisory Committee made up of local wireline, wireless, and C.A.T.V.  employers, plus various users/providers of communications services.

Core program courses  are delivered in an ever expanding communications Lab and taught by faculty with a variety of backgrounds – all with communications expertise. Additionally, outdoor technology areas  have been developed to simulate actual workplace conditions.

Program graduates will have integrated skills in mathematics, electronics, applied computer skills, basic computer networking, occupational safety, communications, and more.

Internship or work experiences  may be included as part of the program curriculum.communications pic

MTC is the only two-year college in the state of Ohio to offer this type of training. The program has reached an agreement with Verizon to share training materials (the only such arrangement Verizon has ever sanctioned), and has been developed in conjunction with input from certain Ohio Telecom  Association (OTA) members to assure that graduates have ‘‘universal’’ skills applicable to job opportunities throughout the industry.

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Distinguish between circuit-switched and IP based phone systems.
  • Name the different Digital Subscriber Lines (DSL) protocols provided to residential and small business customers.
  • Analyze, troubleshoot, and maintain state-of-the-art data communications equipment found within Ethernet LANS along with Broadband, VoIP and Wireless solutions.
  • Install, troubleshoot, and maintain copper and fiber optic cable systems in outside plant applications.
  • Install, troubleshoot, and maintain UTP, STP, Coaxial and Fiber Optic cabling infrastructures for customer premise applications.
  • Install, program, and maintain the features of Central Office switching systems and transport equipment plus the interconnectivity of these systems.
  • Interpret communication cabling infrastructure diagrams and identification systems including cable pair color coding.
  • Install, maintain, and troubleshoot telephone switching and peripheral devices in residential as well as small business service areas.
  • Safely use ladders, bucket trucks, and other equipment necessary to maintain aerial cabling and/or buried cable infrastructure.
  • Coordinate activities with competitive local exchange carriers and other carriers.
  • Classify the appropriate protocol for present day Cellular voice and broadband networks and their common back-haul technologies.
  • Practice the 5S approach for visual order, organization, cleanliness and standardization.
  • Work both independently and as an integral part of a technical team.
  • Produce concise correspondence, reports, instructions, and proposals that will be effective in a technical work setting.
  • Independently maintain and improve upon both technical skill level and knowledge of current technology.

Career Opportunities:

communications pic 2In the U.S., more than 340,000 individuals are employed by the telecommunications industry as: engineers, installers, testers and maintainers of both the equipment and the infrastructure individuals and companies rely on to survive in the digital world.  A majority of these professionals work for telephone communications companies, while others work for independent installation/repair organizations, small specialty ‘‘shops,’’ or as industry consultants.

Industry-wide, the Communications industry is cycling through highs and lows in employment. Labor data predicts a cumulative national increase in the number of jobs of more than 15 percent through the year 2020.

As new technologies develop, 2 year college education and training opportunities will allow skilled individuals to move into more focused positions, or take advantage of related job fields.

Program Admission:

To apply for acceptance into the Communications Technology program at MTC, applicants must have:

  1. Completed and submitted the MTC Application for Admission and nonrefundable application fee.
  2. Provided official final high school transcript (or GED results) and college transcripts (if applicable).with posted graduation date or passing GED results.
  3. Successful completion of the Basic Skills Assessment (COMPASS) and Technology Skills Test is required. Any college foundation courses recommended by COMPASS results are also required.

Transfer students to MTC must qualify in accordance with current admission criteria.

If required, Foundation Courses are available to help you meet any specialized program admission requirements.

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Cooperative Education:

Cooperative education is a learning experience which integrates the student's academic field of study with work experience in business, industry, government, social service, and/or the professions. An arrangement is established by which students receive college credit for structured, on-the-job learning experiences related to their academic field.

Students in Engineering Technologies are encouraged to pursue co-op opportunities, earning invaluable workplace experience.

Students must gain approval from the Department Dean for co-op coursework/experiences.. Upon successful completion of the co-op course, the credit hours earned will fill elective requirements and/or serve as a course substitution on an approval basis. To learn more about co-op, contact the Department Dean.

To receive more detailed information please send an e-mail to the Office of Admission at

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