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IT "A" School Course Description

Course Overview

IT "A" School Eligibility

  • Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB): MK + EI + GS = 172, with a minimum AR of 52 or an AFCT=65. (For guaranteed school 175/60).
  • Students must have normal color perception to distinguish cable color coding
  • Students must be eligible for a final SECRET clearance.


The E-PME test will be administered while you are onboard at TRACEN Petaluma. A passing score must be obtained in order for advancement upon graduation. During "A" school you will have an opportunity to complete your E-3 and E-4 performance qualifications, if you have not completed them already.

Because IT "A" School can be challenging, it is advisable for each student to make efforts to complete their EPME Performance, Knowledge Qualifications and test prior to their arrival.

If you would like a more information regarding your EPME you can visit the EPME website or contact your unit ESO.

Applying for School

Route a Special Request Authorization (chit) though your chain of command.pedastal

Curriculm Outline

NIDA - 35 days

Basic electronics training provides training on the following topics:

DC circuits, AC circuits, Power supplies, Transistor theory, Corrective and preventive maintenance techniques, Administrative procedures. 

Premise Distribution - 14 Days

This course trains cabling installation, splicing, and testing; Confined Space safety; hazardous material safety; and basic telephony knowledge and skills.  Learn the proper of industry standard tools and practices. At the end of the module, you will be able to install and test horizontal and backbone cabling systems, Shore Ties, and analog and digital telephone and data circuits to communication closets and work areas.

Telephone Systems - 32 Days

This course consists of two Private Branch Exchange (PBX) modules.  The first module trains on the eOn DCBS system and includes the EKS configuration and VoiceMail.  The second module trains on the Nortel Succession PBX.  These courses cover the programming, installation and repair of analog and digital phones and trunks.  Trouble-shooting and disaster recovery are emphasized.

Special Circuits - 18 days

Understanding Analog and digital Telecommunications as they are used for distant or remote communications.  Students will be using all equipment necessary to install and create working circuits and maintain them with the proper test equipment.  Training is provided on the following topics:

Digital theory, T1 communication, ISDN, SF Signaling, Hybrid theory, Time Division Multiplexing, and Voice over IP.

Fiber - 7 days

Understanding of fiber optic theory and fiber optic cable plant installation.  Training is provided on the following topics:

Fiber Optic Technology, cable construction, cable characteristics, standards, safety procedures, cable handling and pulling, cable splicing, cable termination, testing and troubleshooting.

SysAdmin - 26 days

Network and computer system installation and administration.  Training is provided on the following topics:

Installation, configuration and troubleshooting of UPS, switch, router and HDSL equipment; installation, configuration and upgrading of USCG servers, workstations, laptops, and peripheral devices; system administration of users, groups, passwords, anti-virus software, backups, preventive maintenance, Exchange server mailboxes, distribution lists, public folders; use of testing and troubleshooting tools, procedures, and resources.

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Last Modified 9/19/2013