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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.

EPME

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.

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

Curriculum Outline

IT Fundamentals 8 Days

This unit focuses on the basic fundamentals of: Everyday Safety, Electricity Basics, Circuit Components, Corrective and preventive maintenance techniques, and a good understanding of Customer Service

Premise Distribution 23 Days

This unit focuses on 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 unit, 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.

Fiber 9 Days

Upon completion of this unit, students posses an 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.

Capstone 1 2 Days

This unit provides a culminating class that combines the first 3 units of training, providing hands on, real world Coast Guard IT experience. Students work in teams under the guidance of an instructor to complete Work Orders and Incident Tickets in a simulated environment that reflects a large base, small boat station, and cutters moored at the pier.

Computer Basics 20 Days

This unit focuses on the fundamentals of computer technology, installation and configuration of PCs, laptops, related hardware, and basic networking. It also covers provides the skills required to install and configure PC operating systems.

Telephone Systems 27 Days

This unit provides telephony training using Avaya Communication Server 1000E and CallPilot Voice-mail systems. Students who complete this posses the skill required to program, administer, and maintain a customer database and associated hardware. A total of sixteen lessons are presented ranging from telephone installations to digital trunking facilities configuration and implementation. Public Address System troubleshooting and Voice-mail administration are introduced.

Capstone 2 3 Days

This unit provides a culminating class that combines units 1-5 of training, providing hands on, real world Coast Guard IT experience. Students work in teams under the guidance of an instructor to complete Work Orders and Incident Tickets in a simulated environment that reflects a large base, small boat station, and cutters moored at the pier.

Coast Guard Networks 12 Days

This unit will provide a basic understanding of the Coast Guard Network and how it works. It will cover Network Switch configuration, Routing, High Bit-Rate Digital Subscriber Line (HDSL) Equipment, Media Conversion, Tactical Local Area Connection Encryption (TACLANE), Video Teleconferencing (VTC) and how they all connect together; along with Network Concepts, Management and Security.

System Administration 20 Days

Network and computer system installation and administration. Training is provided on the following topics: 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, resources, and how to manage remedy tickets in the CGFixIT system.

Capstone 3 3 Days

This unit provides a culminating class that combines all units 1-7 of training, providing hands on, real world Coast Guard IT experience. Students work in teams under the guidance of an instructor to complete Work Orders and Incident Tickets in a simulated environment that reflects a large base, small boat station, and cutters moored at the pier.

Network+ - 15 Days

This is a certification course that is used to teach you the skills required to be a network technician Topics include network hardware, connections, software, the OSI Reference model, and different protocols used in local area networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs).

Last Modified 3/22/2016