Wi-Fi & Broadband Technologies

Overview

careers

  • Installer/Repairer – Business Services

  • New Service Delivery/Provisioning Specialist

  • Security Systems Installer

  • Network Analyst

  • Outside Plant Technician

  • Service Technician

  • Installer/Repairer – Residential Services

  • Fiber Optic Installer

  • Combination Technician

  • Video Data Technician

  • Copper & Fiber Optic Cable Repair Technician

  • Field Service Technician

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If you use the internet, Wi-Fi, cell phones, and streaming video, have you ever wondered how these technologies work? You can be an important part of this industry when you learn to install, operate and maintain modern communication networks. Consider a career in Wi-Fi and Broadband Technologies (Telecommunications).

Modern broadband networks carry voice, video and data traffic across town and across the world. An Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Wi-Fi and Broadband Technologies will prepare you to work with and configure these modern, high tech networks. Your education will teach you in-depth knowledge in areas like Wi-Fi, data switching and routing, fiber optics, Voice over IP (VoIP), streaming video, IoT (Internet of Things) and other emerging technologies.

Career opportunities are on the rise and students will find exciting opportunities with telecom companies, as well as in many other industries like electrical cooperatives, financial institutions, health care facilities, schools and  anywhere communication networks are needed.

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Curriculum

Award: AAS Degree

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Semesters
First Semester
CIS167IT Essentials3 credits
EC105Data Cabling3 credits
EC112Electrical Circuits3 credits
IST156Information Security I2 credits
MATH162Digital Math3 credits
WBT100Introduction Broadband 2 credits
SSS100Student Success1 credit
Total Semester Hours17 credits
Second Semester
EC113Electronic Theory3 credits
WBT151Broadband Lab I3 credits
WBT211Wi-Fi & Wireless Technologies3 credits
WBT249Outside Plant3 credits
Communications Elective3 credits
Total Semester Hours15 credits
Third Semester
WBT290Internship6 credits
Total Semester Hours6 credits
Fourth Semester
CIS 130Networking Essentials3 credits
WBT120Video Distribution Technologies3 credits
WBT210Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)3 credits
WBT251Broadband Lab II4 credits
Behavioral Science Elective3 credits
Total Semester Hours16 credits
Fifth Semester
BUS204Customer Service3 credits
PAT102Principles of GPS/GIS2 credits
WBT246Central Office Transport3 credits
WBT257Broadband Lab III5 credits
General Education Elective3 credits
Total Semester Hours16 credits

Requirements

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete their internship experience before earning their degree. 

Computer Requirements

This program requires a laptop computer so that you can effectively integrate computing skills with your technical education. Many resources that instructors assign are online or require specialty software. To address these needs, Mitchell Tech requires that students entering this program purchase their laptops from Mitchell Tech. The cost for an Mitchell Tech laptop averages about $1,000 for this program. Please be aware that our machines come fully loaded with the software required for this program.

Whether it’s Microsoft Office, or a specialty software for a technical program, your needs will be met by your Mitchell Tech laptop.  And our laptops are serviced for free by our Technology office. You will not be able to bring a laptop from home into an Mitchell Tech laptop program as we cannot provide support services for every make and model of laptop. Please consider this carefully before making any laptop purchase and check with the Admissions office for more details.

Outcomes

At the completion of the program, graduates will be able to:
  • Construct to customer/industry standard indoor and outdoor broadband systems
  • Exhibit safety practices and procedures
  • Identify, document and present solutions to technical problems in areas related to broadband technologies
  • Discover connectivity methods for transmitting media using fiber, copper and wireless networks within industry standards
Annual Program Review

Check out the 2023-24 Annual Program Review for information on how faculty ensure the quality and effectiveness of the program.

Faculty

Jesse Royston

Instructor

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Michael Benjamin

Program Director / Instructor

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Cost

$ 4000
Program Tuition & Fees ⓘ

Other Required Costs

Laptop/Software $1,150
Books/Tools (estimated) $734

Scholarships

$500

1 AVAIL.

Rod Bowar Memorial Scholarship

Rod owned Kennebec Telephone Company, providers of telephone, cable TV and internet service to Kennebec, Presho and rural Lyman County. He joined the company in 1977 and purchased it in 1998. Rod was passionate about providing the best opportunities possible for his family and community. He served on many different boards and committees, including serving on the Mitchell Technical College Foundation Board. Two of Rod's children were Mitchell Tech grads, and his businesses employ multiple Mitchell Tech graduates.
2.5 GPA or greater

$500

1 AVAIL.

Bryan Roth Memorial Scholarship

Roth Family

2.5 GPA Wi-Fi Broadband Technology student

$750

1 AVAIL.

SD Municipal Electric Association Energy Production & Transmission Scholarship

SD Municipal Electric Association

All programs eligible.
Must be a resident of the SD Municipal Electric Association service area.

$750

1 AVAIL.

Harv and Peggy Kelley Endowed Scholarship

Incoming Student
Wi-Fi and Broadband/Telecommunications
Applicant must currently be an accepted Incoming full-time student enrolled in the Wi-Fi and Broadband/Telecommunications program Applicant must be a resident of a community within a 50-mile radius of Mitchell. Applicant must demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA (universal financial aid application form) Applicant must maintain 3.0 or higher GPA Applicant must complete the MTC Online Incoming student application to be eligible for this scholarship.

$1000

2 AVAIL.

South Dakota Wheat Commission

South Dakota Wheat Commission

The South Dakota Wheat Commission began offering scholarships for Culinary Academy of South Dakota, Animal Science, Ag Business, Agronomy, Precision Technology, and SD Center for Farm and Ranch Management program students in 2014. The Commission has been an active supporter of several Mitchell Technical College programs for several years and has provided financial support for equipment and program development.
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Animal Science
Culinary Academy of South Dakota
Precision Ag Technology
Applicants must be currently enrolled as first year full-time students in the Culinary Academy of South Dakota or Agronomy programs, with second choice being Ag Business, Animal Science or Precision Technology Applicants must complete the MTC current student online application during the open enrollment period as instructed to be eligible for this scholarship Applicant must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher Award considerations include academic performance, financial need, responses to essay questions and recommendations from instructors. Ag award preference would be to someone who comes from or has plans to go into production agriculture, specifically wheat production Culinary Academy of South Dakota award preference would be students interested in the baking side of the program

$1000

1 AVAIL.

South Dakota Assoc. of Cooperatives Scholarship

The scholarship was established in 2013.
Accounting
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Animal Science
Business Management
Diesel Power - Ag Power Technology
Electrical Construction & Maintenance
Electrical Utilities & Substation Technology
Power Line Construction & Maintenance
Wi-Fi & Broadband Technologies
Wind Turbine Technology
Applicant must be an accepted full-time student enrolled at MTC in one of the programs mentioned Applicant must complete the MTC scholarship application during the open application period as instructed to be eligible for this scholarship First priority will be given to students with ties to a SDAC member cooperative Essay responses will be a large part of the recipient decision

Contact Admissions

For information about any of our programs, application, or any of our other student services please contact us:

Admissions Office
Mitchell Technical College
1800 E. Spruce St.
Mitchell, SD 57301

800.684.1969
605.995.3025
fax: 605.995.3067
[email protected]

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