ETA Sponsors Telecommunications Cabling Contest at SkillsUSA

Pictured (front L-R): Darnell, Hassard, Secondary Medalists: Ward, Woozley, Paris, Technical Chair Maher, Phelps, (back L-R): Dickerson, Post-Secondary Medalists Carriker, Dionne, Rucker, Joe Maher.

The SkillsUSA T-com Cabling contest recently learned that charter committee member Robert Dickerson will be retiring from the Technical Committee and has set up and torn down his last T-com Cabling contest.

The SkillsUSA Championships have been a premier event since 1967, remaining the largest skill competition in the world. The philosophy of the Championships is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance and to keep training relevant to employers’ needs. This philosophy is the guiding principle that inspires ETA® International to continue to sponsor the National Telecommunications Cabling Championship.

Unique to SkillsUSA, the Telecommunications Cabling Championship utilizes many of the competencies and hands-on skills that make up ETA’s Data Cabling Installer (DCI) and Customer Service Specialist (CSS) certifications. Students interested in voice and data network cabling and installation soon find out that industry indicates 80 percent of the problems in computer networks, security systems installations and others are caused by cabling connector issues and not computers, servers, switches, etc. This competition tests to worldwide industry standards related to cabling for data and voice connections, physical and logical networks and signal transmission. Contestants demonstrate skills in fiber and copper cable termination, pulling and mounting cable, patch panel installation and termination, installing jacks, cable testing and troubleshooting, and providing customer service. Both copper and fiber optics cable are represented. The contest stresses safety in all activities.

The T-com Cabling contestants arrived early in the morning ready for a long day of competition. Divided into groups, they entered their first test area after clothing inspections and tool kits checks. Their hands-on skills were assessed in the areas of 25-pair cable installation, cable termination, copper and fiber cable construction, copper and fiber troubleshooting, and technical…

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