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Telecommunications Technology


Engineering Center         Room 101N                      voice: 956-364-4732 voice:800.852.8784

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Dan Bodnar                        Ext. 4732



Daniel Bodnar,      Department Chair
voice: 956.364.4732           fax: 956.364.5157               Email

Arturo Perez                Instructor                        voice: 956-364-4725

David Sanchez                    Lab Assistant voice:956-364-4843

  Mailing Address:
TSTC Harlingen
1902 Loop 499
Harlingen, TX 78550
The Telecommunications    Techonlogy Program is located in the Engineering Center (PM)  Building on Airport Drive        
  Office Hours:
M-F: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat., Sun.: Closed
TSTC Advantage

As the world becomes increasingly dependent on instantaneous, on-demand global communication, opportunity exists for those who can keep the lines open and the messages flowing.

From the transfer of voice, video and data for immediate communication to the use of satellite transmissions for video conferencing … from the infrastructure for the Internet to a variety of other distance learning capabilities, telecommunications technology keeps the world connected.

The Telecommunications program at TSTC provides superior instruction in the latest industry-standard telecommunications skills and equipment.

Once thought of as only telephone wiring and switching, this technology encompasses electronics, computers, fiber optics, broadband transmission and new compression technologies. It includes popular alternatives to traditional telephone service, such as cellular telephones and paging services.

What You’ll Do

  • Design or configure voice and data communications systems, supervise installation, and arrange for post-installation service and maintenance

  • Test and evaluate hardware and software to determine efficiency, reliability or compatibility with existing systems

  • Review and evaluate requests from engineers, managers and technicians for system modifications

  • Provide user support by diagnosing network and device problems, and implementing technical or procedural solutions

  • Instruct in use of voice and data communications systems such as voicemail and videoconferencing systems

  • Implement system renovation projects in collaboration with technical staff, engineering consultants, installers and vendors

  • Implement or perform preventive maintenance, backup or recovery procedures

  • Work with personnel and facilities management staff to install, remove or relocate user connectivity equipment and devices

  • Consult with users, administrators and engineers to identify business and technical requirements for proposed system modifications or technology purchases

  • Assess existing facilities' needs for new or modified telecommunications systems

  • Install, or coordinate installation of, new or modified hardware, software, or programming modules of telecommunications systems

TSTC’s Star Power Prep

  • Five semesters of intensive training in lab settings utilizing equipment and technology used by industry professionals, along with the academics and support courses you need to succeed 

  • Small class size with a strong one-on-one instructional approach

  • Opportunities to gain real hands-on experience by working on industry standard equipment, as well as through an internship or co-ops

  • Experienced staff with industry training guided by an advisory board comprised of field experts


TSTC’s faculty bring to the college years of professional experience in their respective occupations.

Having worked in the field themselves, they know just what employers are seeking and how to equip you with the skills needed to succeed.

Our faculty make individualized instruction a priority in areas of the curriculum such as production operations, field technology, developing new equipment, and the installation and service of existing equipment.

Job Credibility 

Telecommunications graduates can anticipate outstanding career opportunities with many organizations such as private communications companies, public utilities, railroads and more — almost anywhere in the world.

According to the June 2009 edition of Community College Week magazine, TSTC has conferred more Associate degrees than any other public, two-year college in the nation for engineering-related technologies and technicians. Similarly, we’ve presented more Associate degrees within the category of Communication and Information Sciences and Support Services than any other public, two-year college in the state of Texas.

TSTC is an authorized Fujitsu training site for the Fujitsu Certified Network Professional Installer I & II Training and Certification Program. This program provides multimedia training, which includes in-person instruction, videos, computer-based training and hands-on practice in installing telecommunications equipment in an industry simulation of a central office environment.

Small Class Size

At TSTC, our classes average 20 students to ensure instructors have plenty of time to work with them individually.

Hands-on Learning

Compared to other colleges, TSTC students spend a lot less time in the classroom and much more time in work settings, operating the instruments they will use in their respective fields. Students are engaged more than 60 percent of their time in performing the actual work they will do upon graduation. It’s just one of the many ways TSTC ensures you get the depth of instruction you need to succeed in your Telecommunications career.

Advisory Committee

TSTC’s strong programs match industry needs, making it easier for graduates to obtain positions when the time comes to move out into the workforce.

Education by employer design! As industry professionals, our advisory committees assist the college in determining the courses you study, providing a valuable advantage. They can ensure that what we teach matches what industry is seeking.

There are compelling reasons why employers are attracted to TSTC graduates:

  • More than 60 percent of your class time is spent on actual hands-on work in lab settings.

  • Your internship opportunities in actual working environments provide on-the-job experience that is valued by industry employers.

  • TSTC is an authorized Fujitsu training site for the Fujitsu Certified Network Professional Installer I & II Training and Certification Program.

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For more information click on link below:

Link to Bureau Labor and Statistics: Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers

Certifications Offered

Certified Satellite Installer (CSI)

Passive Intermodulation Testing (PIM)
Personal Communications Service-Cellular (PCS-C)
Telecommunications (TCM)

Information Technology
Certified Network Computer Technician (CNCT)
Certified Network Systems Technician (CNST)
Computer Service Technician (CST)
Wireless Network Technician (WNT)

Fiber Optics, Data Cabling, Optics and Photonics
Data Cabling Installer Certification (DCIC)**
Fiber Optics Installer (FOI)**

Renewable Energy
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Photovoltaic Installer (PVI)
Small Wind Installer (SWI)

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Photovoltaic Installer (PVI) Level 1
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Renewable Energy Integrator (REI)- Coming Soon
Small Wind Installer (SWI) Level 1
Small Wind Installer (SWI) Level 2- Coming Soon
Small Wind Installer (SWI) Level 3- Coming Soon

Certified Alarm-Security Technician (CAST)
Electronic Security Networking Technician (ESNT)
Residential Electronics Systems Integrator (RESI)

Other ETA Stand-Alone Certifications
Certified Customer Service Specialist (CSS) (Lifetime certification)
Certified Service Manager (CSM) (Lifetime certification)
Electric Vehicle Technician (EVT)
Gaming & Vending Technician (GVT)
Radio Frequency Identification Technical Specialist (RFID)

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Journeyman Certifications/Competencies
Senior and Master Certifications

Motorola Certifications

FCC Licensing
Certification Rollovers
Renew/Maintain Certifications

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