Thank You 2020 Virtual Education Forum Attendees!

ETA will once again co-locate the 2020 Education Forum with the IWCE conference which will be presented as a virtual show in 2020. The show will be focused on providing training through outside vendors as well as seminars in popular technology areas related to ETA certification.

What is Education Forum?

The ETA Education Forum event offers individuals the opportunity to network, collaborate and train. Event participants are given an opportunity to discuss training demands, recent developments in emerging technologies and industry trends. Those attending the available training sessions will have the opportunity to become certified as part of the class. Certification is important in this competitive job market, and remains a vital part of electronics-related industries.

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Who attends Education Forum?

Attendees at the ETA Education Forum include: faculty in technology programs who want to gain knowledge about new technologies, and how to expand existing programs; college representatives, program development specialists, and counselors who are interested in creating and maintaining electronics programs and in developing strategies for recruiting students; industry trainers and managers who want to gain insight from educators; workforce development personnel from government, labor, business, and education who are involved in shaping electronics programs; individuals concerned with current industry trends, emerging technologies and educational programs.

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Technical Training

ETA International is proud to provide training through outside vendors in popular technology areas related to ETA certification. ETA will provide opportunities to test in each area during IWCE, and will also offer a series of Short Courses. Training courses must be purchased separately and are not part of any IWCE conference package.

5G Technician - An Introduction to 5G (5GT)

Presented by Patrick McNerney, 5GT, Chief Operating Officer - 3D Design & Engineering, Inc.

Wednesday, August 26 * 10:30am–6:30pm

Course Description Certification
This course is aimed at cellular technicians and engineers with basic knowledge of the wireless industry. This course serves as an introduction to 5G and gives cellular technicians the opportunity to earn a certification that has valuable industry application. It will be taught using a variety of media, from helpful videos and other visual aids to written material. Attendees will get a first-hand look at industry standards, real world examples and case studies provided by a committee of subject matter experts with backgrounds in engineering, construction, cell carriers, broadcasting and entertainment. The examination covers a variety of topics including: 5G linguistics, uses of 5G (enterprise, consumers and government systems), 5G equipment specifications, 5G networks, 5G construction best practices, 5G infrastructure design and general design thinking principles and concepts. 5GT

Course Cost: $495 (through 2/21); $549 (2/22 – onsite)

Certification: ETA's 5G for Technicians (5GT)

Certification Cost: included in the price of the workshop

Associate Certified Electronics Technician (CETa)

Presented by Christopher Miller, CETsr, Professor of Technology - Heartland Community College

Wednesday, August 26 * 9:30–6:30 & Thursday, August 27 * 11:30am–6:30pm

Course Description Certification

This is a multi-day course that takes place on Wednesday and Thursday.

This course is designed for practicing electronics technicians needing more in-depth information and expert guidance to enhance their skill level. Discussions and labs include: Electrical Theory, Electronic Components, Soldering, Desoldering Tools, Block Diagrams, Schematics, Wiring Diagrams, Cabling, Power Supplies, Test Equipment & Measurements, Mathematics & Formulas, Radio Communications Technology, Safety Precautions, Amplifiers, Optical Electronics, Electronic Circuits: Series & Parallel, Interfacing of Electronics Products, Digital Concepts & Circuitry, Computer Electronics, Computer Applications, Audio & Visual Systems, and Telecommunications Basics.

Course Cost: $475

Certification: ETA's Associate Certified Electronics Technician (CETa)

Certification Cost: included in the price of the workshop

Cybersecurity and Information Technology Security (ITS)

Presented by Chuck Brooks, Managing Director - eITPrep LLP, and Vice President - Educational Technologies Group

Wednesday, August 26 * 12:00pm–5:00pm & Thursday, August 27 * 12:00pm–4:00pm

Course Description Certification

This is a multi-day course that takes place on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

This course that will give you all of the necessary skills in order to be successful in today's CYBERSECURITY industry. After completing this course, attendees will: Have an in-depth understanding of all ITS domains; Achieve the comprehension of hardware and software of network security; Have a clear awareness of security in relation to wireless networks; Gain the basic understanding of device security such as Bluetooth and IoT; Develop a detailed comprehension of software exploitation and vulnerabilities; Gain a clear awareness of operational policies, standards, and risk assessment; Have a firm grasp of disaster recovery and computer forensics; Understand the fundamentals of cryptography and its relationship with IT infrastructure; and develop a cognizance of social engineering attacks and countermeasures in-depth.

Course Cost: $1099 (through 2/21); $1199 (2/22 – onsite)

Certification: ETA's Information Technology Security (ITS)

Certification Cost: included in the price of the workshop

Microwave Radio Technician (MRT)

Presented by Bill Bailey, PhD, Safety Compliance/Training Facilitator - Dave Tomasch Inc., and Keysight Technologies

Wednesday, August 26 & Thursday, August 27 * 10:30am–6:30pm

Course Description Certification
This is a multi-day course that takes place on Wednesday and Thursday.

This course will take a systems approach in the examination and analysis of microwave radio communication. Participants will be exposed to: RF safety fundamentals, RF spectrum and frequency concepts, microwave radio system configurations, RF modulation schemes (CW, AM, FM & PW), digital microwave coding/decoding techniques, principles of Quadrature Amplitude Modulation and Phase Shift Keying, microwave radio equipment (TX & RX block diagrams, microwave/digital interfaces, performance indicators, bit error rates, microwave timing and synchronization schemes, & radio protection configurations), microwave propagation characteristics (line-of-sight restrictions, electromagnetic waves, path-related anomalies & Fresnel zone clearance), microwave antenna systems, and common microwave test equipment procedures.


Course Cost: $899 (through 2/21); $949 (2/22 – onsite)

Certification: ETA's Microwave Radio Technician (MRT)

Certification Cost: included in the price of the workshop

Practical Antenna Basics (PAB)

Presented by Bill Bailey, PhD, Safety Compliance/Training Facilitator - Dave Tomasch Inc., and Gregg Moffett, Applications Engineer - Bird Technologies

Monday, August 24 & Tuesday, August 25 * 10:30am–6:30pm

Course Description Certification
This is a multi-day course that takes place on Monday and Tuesday.
This course will examine the fundamental principles of RF propagation and explore antennas’ critical roles in wireless communications systems. Discussions and labs include: the evolution of antenna theory (Maxwell’s equations, Faraday’s interaction, polarization & wave-fronts), characteristics of RF propagation (refraction, diffraction, fading & travel path), half-wave dipole antenna development (effects of impedance, radiation & induction), antenna power ratios (dBs and dBms), antenna performance (gain, directivity, reciprocity, radiation fields, beam-width & directionality), antenna feed lines (resonant & non-resonant), antenna design considerations (monopole antennas, antenna arrays & electrical versus physical length), specialized antennas (log-periodic, small-loop, folded di-pole & slot antenna), microwave antennas (horn, parabolic reflector, lens & patch antennas), and common non-proprietary antenna installation, alignment and maintenance practices.


Course Cost: $899 (through 2/21); $949 (2/22 – onsite)

Certification: ETA's Practical Antenna Basics (PAB)

Certification Cost: included in the price of the workshop


ETA will also host sessions in a special ETA Technical Track. These classes provide a one-topic overview from some of ETA's leading instructors. Attendees can participate in the entire track or mix and match ETA Short Courses with IWCE Short Courses. To attend, register for the IWCE Short Course Package or you can select a One-Day Package to attend classes on that day.

Tuesday, August 25th

Understanding Fiber, Millimeter Wave, Microwave for 5G Backhaul

Moderator: Earl Lum, President, EJL Wireless Research

Panelists: Frank Ghassemi, Chief Instructor, Golden Eagle Academy, and David Diaz, Founder, Innov8 Technologies (fiber) JB Groves, Instructor of Computer Science, Wharton County Junior College (mmwave) Rhett Westermann, President and CEO, Deep South Communications (microwaves)

Tuesday, August 25 * 2:00 pm–2:45 pm * VT24 * ETA Technical Education

Session Description
As connectivity needs increase, 5G networks are proliferating. And 5G networks need more connected points – everywhere from connected lightposts to inside buildings, but a lot has to go into the process when building this technology before anything can be deployed. Explore network advances such as fiber, mmWave, microwave, where each makes the most sense, and what equipment is needed to deploy as well as siting.

Thursday, August 27th

Drone Demo and Session: UAS Analytics and Best practices for Optimizing Drone Data

Presented by Douglas Spotted Eagle, Founder, Instructor & sUAS Consultant - Sundance Media Group

Thursday, August 27 * 12:30–2:45

Session Description
Data-capture is the core value in sUAS (drones), and in this session we’ll look at post-flight analysis software, workflow, and interpretation of data. We’ll briefly examine the setup of sensors for best data capture, while diving deeply into the use of software to provide actionable data post-flight. This session is valuable to anyone involved in security, law enforcement, forensics, planning, land/building development, site-evaluation, or those seeking more information on how sUAS are becoming a common tool in virtually every industry.

Congratulations to the ETA and IWCE Wireless Communications Scholarship Winners!

2020 ETA/IWCE Scholarship Winners

Veteran Scholarship - Jonathan Castilaw, GCT1, Radio Systems Specialist for Denton County Sheriff’s Office (TX). A six-year Veteran of the United States Marine Corps, he now has over three years of experience in the wireless/telecommunications industry. As part of his scholarship, Castilaw plans to attend the Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) hands-on training course, sponsored by IWA Technical Services, Inc., which will prepare him to sit for ETA’s accredited DAS certification exam.

“This training would lay the foundation for what I could introduce and build off of in developing new ways to communicate within public safety in the future,” Castilaw said, “as well as closing the gap on those areas where our public safety staff is not able to communicate and I want to learn ways to mitigate these risks.”

Student Scholarship - Joseph Francis Murray, Jr., Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA. While working on his Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering, he is also working full time as a Radio Technician II for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He said he plans to start in a career centered around infrastructure and will take part in the R56 Communications Site Installer training.

“I look forward to learning the proper techniques for installing wireless infrastructure, such as grounding and site design, and to carry those skills into my career,” Murray said. “To me, the real magic of a radio system lies in the backend, made possible by a team working behind the scenes to prevent failures and mitigate them when they do arise.”