Telecommunications Technician

Program Outline

Instruction Sets
Your Telecommunications Technician Program consists of 13 Instruction Sets designed to take you step-by-step through the knowledge and skills you'll use in your new career.

Here's how it works
You receive the first course as soon as your enrollment has been accepted, and other courses will follow as you complete your exams.

Computer Specifications
You will need access to a Microsoft® Windows®-based computer and high-speed Internet in order to complete your program with Penn Foster.

Here is an overview of what you'll learn and the order in which you'll access your lessons:

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal: The Telecommunications Technician program provides students with a working knowledge of electronics and telecommunications technology to gain employment in the telecom technician field.

Program Outcomes:
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Understand what telecommunications is and describe the job opportunities in the telecommunications field
  • Describe electricity and identify the functions of insulators, conductors, batteries, and resistors
  • Use Ohm's law to identify the amount of current, voltage, or resistance in series and parallel circuits, and explain the function and application of capacitors and inductors in DC circuits.
  • Define alternating current and identify how inductors and capacitors operate in an AC circuit, as well as describe how voltages and currents may be changed by the use of transformers
  • Identify basic electronic devices and explain the function of diodes, basic rectifiers, and transistors, as well as practice taking measurements in DC circuits
  • Explain how computers are used in telecommunications, identify the measurements taken with the multimeter and oscilloscope, and explain how to take the measurements of both AC and DC circuits using these devices
  • Identify various hardware components, explain how some components are used as electronic switches, and describe discrete and surface-mount devices, and the proper soldering of both types of devices
  • Describe the interaction between capacitive and inductive reactance in AC and RF circuits, and how they can be combined to form filters or improve the efficiency of a tuned circuit, as well as explain how RLC circuits work, including bandwidth and Q
  • Identify various rectifier designs and their uses, describe different types of amplifier biasing, and understand basic oscillator and mixer circuits and explain their purpose
  • Understand how the basic electronic components and simple circuits are assembled into building blocks used to create a more complex system, and how the individual parts interact to create transmitted and received signals
  • Apply knowledge of modulation, amplification, audio and R-F circuits, oscillators, waveforms as well as electronic power supply systems by assembling, aligning, and testing an AM radio receiver
  • Describe the process of amplitude modulation transmission and reception, where it is used, and for what purposes, and describe the creation and use of Single Sideband systems
  • Describe the process of frequency modulation reception and explain how telephone systems work and communicate
  • Discuss the purpose of wave formation and propagation and how to match these waves to transmission lines and waveguides.

Instruction Set 1

Starting Your Program
Succeed by learning how to use your Penn Foster program. Understand how to use your Student Portal, including your My Homepage and My Courses pages; access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers; and connect with Penn Foster on various social media sites.

Introduction to Telecommunications

Instruction Set 2

The Nature of Electricity

Insulators, Conductors, and Batteries

Practical Exercise 1

Learning Aids:
• Component Color Code Wheel
• Resistor Parts Kit

Instruction Set 3

Ohm’s Law and Circuit Analysis

Magnetism and Electromagnetism

Capacitors and Inductors

Practical Exercise 2

Learning Aids:
• Telephone Schematic
• Ohm’s Law Parts Kit

Equipment: Analog VOM Meter

Instruction Set 4

Alternating Current in Electronic Circuits

Inductors in AC Circuits

Capacitors in AC Circuits

Transformers for Electronic and Other Applications

Instruction Set 5

Experiments with DC Theory

Rectification and Basic Electronic Devices

Basic Semiconductor Components: Diodes

Basic Semiconductor Components: Transistors

Practical Exercise 3

Learning Aid: Semiconductor Parts Kit

Software: Electronics Workbench® — Student Edition

Instruction Set 6

Computer Applications in Telecommunications

Experiments with Basic AC Theory

Troubleshooting with Meters

Using Basic Oscilloscopes

Experiments with Electronic Measurement and Troubleshooting

Instruction Set 7

Electronic Hardware

Switching Devices

Practical Exercise 4

• Soldering Station
• Soldering Tools
• Diagonal Cutters
• Needle Nose Pliers
• Long Nose Pliers
• Wire Strippers
• Soldering Practice Kit

Instruction Set 8

Reactance and Impedance

Resonant Circuits

Applications and Troubleshooting

Resonant Circuits

Experiments with Resonant Circuits

Practical Exercise 5

Learning Aid: Component Parts Kit

Instruction Set 9

Rectifiers and Power Supplies



Fiber-Optic and Optoelectronic Components

Practical Exercise 6

Learning Aid: Introductory Fiber Optics Kit

Instruction Set 10

Modulation and Detection Circuits

Electronic Devices and Amplification

Audio and R-F Circuits

Oscillators, Feedback, and Waveform Generators

Electronic Power-Supply Systems

Practical Exercise 7

Learning Aid: Solder Evaluation Kit

Instruction Set 11

Introduction to Telecommunications Technology

Amplitude Modulation: Transmission

Amplitude Modulation: Reception

Single-Sideband Communications

Frequency Modulation: Transmission

Textbook: Modern Electronic Communication

Study Guide: Telecommunications Technology, Part 1

Instruction Set 12

Frequency Modulation: Reception

Telephone Technology

Communications Techniques

Digital Communications: Coding Techniques and Transmission

Network Communications

Practical Exercise 8

Learning Aids:
• Telephone Connector Crimper Tool
• Telephone Connector Parts Kit

Study Guide: Telecommunications Technology, Part 2

Instruction Set 13

Transmission Lines

Wave Propagation and Antennas

Waveguides and Radar

Microwaves and Lasers

Fiber Optics

Study Guide: Telecommunications Technology, Part 3

Graduation Set (Shipped when program requirements and financial obligations are met.)

Work Experience Option
• Fluke® Multimeter
• Xcelite® Nut Driver and T-Handle Set
• Technician’s Tool Case


Online Library and Librarian
Students in Penn Foster Career School have access to an online library for use during their studies. Students can use this library to do the required research in the courses they complete or can use it for general reference and links to valuable resources. The library contains helpful research assistance, articles, databases, books, and Web links. A librarian is available to answer questions on general research-related topics via email and to assist students in research activities during their studies with Penn Foster Career School International.

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.

A High School Diploma or GED is required to enroll in this program.

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