Ashland University 5G Wireless Technology Workforce Training

Contact Us

If you are interested in participating in the 5G Readiness Pilot Program, or for additional informational information, please email us at 5G@ashland.edu.

Apply

  1. Complete the inquiry application
  2. Complete the 60-minute interest assessment called MyInnerGenius and send your results to: 5G@ashland.edu
  3. You will receive an email within 48 hours with your acceptance into the program, or indication that you were not accepted or have been placed on the waiting list. If you are accepted into the program, you will be sent a link to complete the official registration form.
  4. When you’ve completed the official registration form, you will receive an email with information about the program, the instructors, the course content, and how to get started with the first self-paced e-learning modules. Now, get excited to start learning and then look for a welcome box surprise delivered to you in the next few weeks!

How much? FREE! The Office of Workforce Transformation, through a grant received by Ashland University, will be covering the tuition for the first cohort of 25 students.

Career Opportunities

The following is a sample of the jobs available within this industry:

"Cognitive" Jobs

  • Precision agriculture software developer
  • Remote construction database developer
  • Smart grid analyst
  • Digital manufacturing platform developer
  • Mobile logistics analyst
  • Online learning platform specialist
  • Health cloud information security specialist
  • Government database privacy specialist

"Cognitive Physical" Skilled Jobs

  • Field sensor technician
  • Construction drone operator
  • Household smart meter maintenance
  • Robotics maintenance
  • Autonomous vehicle maintenance
  • Elementary-high school telecom help desk
  • Telehealth installer
  • Tactical communications specialist
  • Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer
  • Distributed Antenna System (DAS) Design Engineer
  • Drive Test Data Analyst
  • IoT Engineer
  • Edge and Cloud Analyst
  • Wi-Fi Design Engineer
  • Wireless Systems Engineer
  • Field Design Engineer
  • Drive Test Technician
  • Small Cell Technician
  • Fiber Optic Technician
  • Wi-Fi Installation Technician
  • Telecom Project Manager
  • Wireless Technician

“Today, the median wage for telecommunications equipment installers and repairers is 45 percent higher than the overall median wage, according to figures from the BLS. As 5G becomes an integral part of business operations, we would expect such jobs to become more valuable rather than less.” - Source: Progressive Policy Institute

Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis

Illustrative Example of Career Path within the Wireless Industry

It is not uncommon in the wireless industry for employees to start at the technician level and then progress to better paying mid and upper-management positions as they acquire additional training, education, and experience. One example is the case of a Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer, who may start with limited skills (Drive Test Technician I) and progress to an RF  Engineering position, then on to a senior engineering or management position (e.g. RF  Manager) where responsibilities include managing an entire market, region or nationwide  deployment. The following is a list of position levels and examples of the responsibilities at each  level:

Examples of position levels and responsibilities within WIA's TEC Training

Drive Test Technician I: Collect data from existing or test cell sites. Requires minimal training to  operate equipment. Must be able to drive a planned route while data is collected. Salary: $35K- $40K

Drive Test Technician II: Collects data from existing or test cell sites. Should be familiar with  equipment operation. Must have some technical training (engineering background desired) to  be able to plan routes for testing. Can also test indoor equipment (walk-testing). Requires  Associate’s degree or 2-3 years of experience. Salary: $45K-$55K

Drive Test Data Engineer (Entry Level): Receives data from drive test technicians, imports data  into propagation tools/analysis tools. Runs analyses using tools to assist in deployment  planning. Must be trained to operate tools, etc. Prior training required. 2 years of experience as  Drive Test Tech II. Bachelor’s degree desired. Salary: $55K-$65K

Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer I and II: Receives data from drive test technicians, imports data  into propagation tools/analysis tools. Runs analyses using tools and responsible for proper site  design. Should be familiar with propagation and data analysis tools. Be able to translate  physical changes at the cell site into optimization software. Be able to create RF Data Sheets  and plumbing diagrams. Must have a Bachelor's degree as well as 2 years of experience. Salary:  $65K-$75K for Level I and $75K-$85K for Level II. 

Sr. RF Deployment Engineer: Reviews analyses of other engineers and is responsible for proper  site design across the deployment area. Expert in using tools and understands required  procedures for site deployment. Must have a Bachelor's degree as well as ≤ 5 years of  experience. Salary: $90K-$105K

RF Manager: Responsible for RF operation for the deployment. Directs growth and planning.  Manages all aspects of the RF engineering team. Must have a Bachelor's degree. MS/MBA  degree, as well as managerial experience. Salary ≥ $120K

Course Overview

Course Overview

The training will lead to the competencies required to understand, plan, and implement telecommunications solutions, including mobile broadband and 5G. It also introduces different career pathways toward long and successful careers in wireless. The 5G Readiness training aligns with classroom training requirements for occupations under the Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP). WIA is the national sponsor of TIRAP, which has 63 employer sponsors nationwide.

Program Features

  • Receive a nationally recognized credential from WIA, the world’s leading authority in wireless
  • 80 hours of industry-validated training material including hands-on exercises
  • Leads to competencies required to design and deploy broadband infrastructure, including mobile broadband, 5G and fiber
  • Master theoretical concepts through hands-on exercises
  • Access to course hand-outs and instructor guided quizzes
  • Connection to regional and national companies
  • Visit to a live 5G Cell Site at the end of the training program

Course Topics

  • Fundamentals of Wireless Communications
  • Cell Site Design and Planning
  • 5G Applications and Standards
  • Private Wireless Network Deployment
  • Role of Fiber for Wireless Systems
  • Wi-Fi Integration; RF Awareness and Safety
  • Hardware components of cell towers
  • Troubleshooting of Wireless Systems
  • Site visit to a live 5G Cell Site

Overview of 5G and WIA

Overview of 5G and WIA Introduction

In telecommunications, 5G is the fifth generation technology standard for broadband cellular networks, 5G networks have started being deployed worldwide in 2019.  5G is the planned successor to the 4G networks which provide connectivity to most current cell phones. 5G networks are predicted to have more than 1.7 billion subscribers worldwide by 2025, according to the Global System for Mobile Communications Association.  5G networks are cellular networks, in which the service area is divided into small geographical areas called cells. All 5G wireless devices in a cell are connected to the Internet and telephone network by radio waves through a local antenna in the cell. These new networks will have greater bandwidth, giving higher download speeds, eventually up to 10 gigabits per second (Gbit/s).  Due to the increased bandwidth, it is expected the networks will increasingly be used as general internet service providers (ISPs) for laptops and desktop computers, competing with existing ISPs such as cable internet, and will make it possible for new applications to be developed (i.e. in internet-of-things (IoT) and machine-to-machine areas).  The National Spectrum Consortium and the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) unveiled groundbreaking research that finds that the 5G revolution will create 4.6 million jobs through 2034 as part of a new wave of mobility and innovation. Additionally, the study finds that current 5G build-out and engineering activities have created 106,000 jobs as of April/May 2020, helping in a modest way to offset the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

WIA’s Telecommunications Education Center (TEC)is the industry’s leading resource for wireless education and training. WIA’s “5G-Readiness” training equips students with the competencies required to design and deploy broadband infrastructure, including mobile broadband, 5G and fiber. It consists of 80 hours of industry-validated training material including hands-on exercises. Students will have the opportunity to visit a live 5G cell site at the end of the program where they can see cellular and wireless theories come to life.

The training has been designed by 5G subject matter experts from the industry and academia. Participants will earn “5G Readiness” certificate from WIA that bundles more than ten industry-recognized certificates from WIA’s Telecommunications Education Center.

News

Ohio Lt. Governor Husted announces local initiative to grow broadband and 5G jobs

Husted announced the launch of the Broadband and 5G Sector Partnership Grant application, as well as the launch of 5G Readiness Programs at Youngstown State University and Ashland University.

Broadband Ohio

Stock photo of a broadband worker

Ohio has committed $500 million to create 1250 jobs, train new 5G/Broadband workers and ensure Ohio has universal broadband access across the state.

Ashland University

Rikin Thakker of the WIA, Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted, Ashland President Carlos Campo, and Youngstown State President Jim Tressel

The Ashland University College of Online and Adult Studies is piloting a new 5G Readiness training program to equip new workers.

Press Release

Contact Us

Contact Us

If you are interested in participating in the 5G Readiness Pilot Program, or for additional informational information, please email us at 5G@ashland.edu.

Apply

Apply

  1. Complete the inquiry application
  2. Complete the 60-minute interest assessment called MyInnerGenius and send your results to: 5G@ashland.edu
  3. You will receive an email within 48 hours with your acceptance into the program, or indication that you were not accepted or have been placed on the waiting list. If you are accepted into the program, you will be sent a link to complete the official registration form.
  4. When you’ve completed the official registration form, you will receive an email with information about the program, the instructors, the course content, and how to get started with the first self-paced e-learning modules. Now, get excited to start learning and then look for a welcome box surprise delivered to you in the next few weeks!

How much? FREE! The Office of Workforce Transformation, through a grant received by Ashland University, will be covering the tuition for the first cohort of 25 students.

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

The following is a sample of the jobs available within this industry:

"Cognitive" Jobs

  • Precision agriculture software developer
  • Remote construction database developer
  • Smart grid analyst
  • Digital manufacturing platform developer
  • Mobile logistics analyst
  • Online learning platform specialist
  • Health cloud information security specialist
  • Government database privacy specialist

"Cognitive Physical" Skilled Jobs

  • Field sensor technician
  • Construction drone operator
  • Household smart meter maintenance
  • Robotics maintenance
  • Autonomous vehicle maintenance
  • Elementary-high school telecom help desk
  • Telehealth installer
  • Tactical communications specialist
  • Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer
  • Distributed Antenna System (DAS) Design Engineer
  • Drive Test Data Analyst
  • IoT Engineer
  • Edge and Cloud Analyst
  • Wi-Fi Design Engineer
  • Wireless Systems Engineer
  • Field Design Engineer
  • Drive Test Technician
  • Small Cell Technician
  • Fiber Optic Technician
  • Wi-Fi Installation Technician
  • Telecom Project Manager
  • Wireless Technician

“Today, the median wage for telecommunications equipment installers and repairers is 45 percent higher than the overall median wage, according to figures from the BLS. As 5G becomes an integral part of business operations, we would expect such jobs to become more valuable rather than less.” - Source: Progressive Policy Institute

Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis

Illustrative Example of Career Path within the Wireless Industry

It is not uncommon in the wireless industry for employees to start at the technician level and then progress to better paying mid and upper-management positions as they acquire additional training, education, and experience. One example is the case of a Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer, who may start with limited skills (Drive Test Technician I) and progress to an RF  Engineering position, then on to a senior engineering or management position (e.g. RF  Manager) where responsibilities include managing an entire market, region or nationwide  deployment. The following is a list of position levels and examples of the responsibilities at each  level:

Examples of position levels and responsibilities within WIA's TEC Training

Drive Test Technician I: Collect data from existing or test cell sites. Requires minimal training to  operate equipment. Must be able to drive a planned route while data is collected. Salary: $35K- $40K

Drive Test Technician II: Collects data from existing or test cell sites. Should be familiar with  equipment operation. Must have some technical training (engineering background desired) to  be able to plan routes for testing. Can also test indoor equipment (walk-testing). Requires  Associate’s degree or 2-3 years of experience. Salary: $45K-$55K

Drive Test Data Engineer (Entry Level): Receives data from drive test technicians, imports data  into propagation tools/analysis tools. Runs analyses using tools to assist in deployment  planning. Must be trained to operate tools, etc. Prior training required. 2 years of experience as  Drive Test Tech II. Bachelor’s degree desired. Salary: $55K-$65K

Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer I and II: Receives data from drive test technicians, imports data  into propagation tools/analysis tools. Runs analyses using tools and responsible for proper site  design. Should be familiar with propagation and data analysis tools. Be able to translate  physical changes at the cell site into optimization software. Be able to create RF Data Sheets  and plumbing diagrams. Must have a Bachelor's degree as well as 2 years of experience. Salary:  $65K-$75K for Level I and $75K-$85K for Level II. 

Sr. RF Deployment Engineer: Reviews analyses of other engineers and is responsible for proper  site design across the deployment area. Expert in using tools and understands required  procedures for site deployment. Must have a Bachelor's degree as well as ≤ 5 years of  experience. Salary: $90K-$105K

RF Manager: Responsible for RF operation for the deployment. Directs growth and planning.  Manages all aspects of the RF engineering team. Must have a Bachelor's degree. MS/MBA  degree, as well as managerial experience. Salary ≥ $120K

Course Overview

Course Overview

Course Overview

The training will lead to the competencies required to understand, plan, and implement telecommunications solutions, including mobile broadband and 5G. It also introduces different career pathways toward long and successful careers in wireless. The 5G Readiness training aligns with classroom training requirements for occupations under the Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP). WIA is the national sponsor of TIRAP, which has 63 employer sponsors nationwide.

Program Features

  • Receive a nationally recognized credential from WIA, the world’s leading authority in wireless
  • 80 hours of industry-validated training material including hands-on exercises
  • Leads to competencies required to design and deploy broadband infrastructure, including mobile broadband, 5G and fiber
  • Master theoretical concepts through hands-on exercises
  • Access to course hand-outs and instructor guided quizzes
  • Connection to regional and national companies
  • Visit to a live 5G Cell Site at the end of the training program

Course Topics

  • Fundamentals of Wireless Communications
  • Cell Site Design and Planning
  • 5G Applications and Standards
  • Private Wireless Network Deployment
  • Role of Fiber for Wireless Systems
  • Wi-Fi Integration; RF Awareness and Safety
  • Hardware components of cell towers
  • Troubleshooting of Wireless Systems
  • Site visit to a live 5G Cell Site

Overview of 5G and WIA

Overview of 5G and WIA

Overview of 5G and WIA Introduction

In telecommunications, 5G is the fifth generation technology standard for broadband cellular networks, 5G networks have started being deployed worldwide in 2019.  5G is the planned successor to the 4G networks which provide connectivity to most current cell phones. 5G networks are predicted to have more than 1.7 billion subscribers worldwide by 2025, according to the Global System for Mobile Communications Association.  5G networks are cellular networks, in which the service area is divided into small geographical areas called cells. All 5G wireless devices in a cell are connected to the Internet and telephone network by radio waves through a local antenna in the cell. These new networks will have greater bandwidth, giving higher download speeds, eventually up to 10 gigabits per second (Gbit/s).  Due to the increased bandwidth, it is expected the networks will increasingly be used as general internet service providers (ISPs) for laptops and desktop computers, competing with existing ISPs such as cable internet, and will make it possible for new applications to be developed (i.e. in internet-of-things (IoT) and machine-to-machine areas).  The National Spectrum Consortium and the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) unveiled groundbreaking research that finds that the 5G revolution will create 4.6 million jobs through 2034 as part of a new wave of mobility and innovation. Additionally, the study finds that current 5G build-out and engineering activities have created 106,000 jobs as of April/May 2020, helping in a modest way to offset the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

WIA’s Telecommunications Education Center (TEC)is the industry’s leading resource for wireless education and training. WIA’s “5G-Readiness” training equips students with the competencies required to design and deploy broadband infrastructure, including mobile broadband, 5G and fiber. It consists of 80 hours of industry-validated training material including hands-on exercises. Students will have the opportunity to visit a live 5G cell site at the end of the program where they can see cellular and wireless theories come to life.

The training has been designed by 5G subject matter experts from the industry and academia. Participants will earn “5G Readiness” certificate from WIA that bundles more than ten industry-recognized certificates from WIA’s Telecommunications Education Center.

News

News

Ohio Lt. Governor Husted announces local initiative to grow broadband and 5G jobs

Husted announced the launch of the Broadband and 5G Sector Partnership Grant application, as well as the launch of 5G Readiness Programs at Youngstown State University and Ashland University.

Broadband Ohio

Stock photo of a broadband worker

Ohio has committed $500 million to create 1250 jobs, train new 5G/Broadband workers and ensure Ohio has universal broadband access across the state.

Ashland University

Rikin Thakker of the WIA, Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted, Ashland President Carlos Campo, and Youngstown State President Jim Tressel

The Ashland University College of Online and Adult Studies is piloting a new 5G Readiness training program to equip new workers.

Press Release

 

5G Readiness Informational Webinar

Are you a potential student interested in learning more about the 5G Readiness Training Program? WIA will provide a short informational presentation and we will go over the schedule and process for applying and registration.

About the 5G Readiness Training Course

What: 5G Readiness Training Course

When: The February 14 through April 7 th Pilot Program has Started. The schedule can be seen below.

Why: To earn an industry recognized certification from the Wireless Infrastructure Network as you begin or enhance a career in the telecommunication industry

How:

  1. Pilot program participants were selected on a first come first serve basis.
  2. Participants completed an inventory called MyInnerGenius.
  3. Participants started the self-paced programming on Feb. 14 and will end finish the program on April 7.

How much? FREE! The Office of Workforce Transformation, through a grant received by Ashland University, will be covering the tuition for the first cohort of 25 students.

Overview and Schedule

The training will lead to the competencies required to understand, plan, and implement telecommunications solutions, including mobile broadband and 5G. It also introduces different career pathways toward long and successful careers in wireless. The 5G Readiness training aligns with classroom training requirements for occupations under the Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP). WIA is the national sponsor of TIRAP, which has 63 employer sponsors nationwide.

Week 1: February 14th, 2022

Learning modality and dates/times

Module 1: Get Up to Speed with 5G

Self-Paced Online

Module 2: Wireless 101

Self-Paced Online

Module 3: Cellular Communication Theories

Saturday, February 19

8:00 am- 2:00 pm

Live Online via Zoom

Week 2: February 21st

Learning modality and dates/times

Module 4: Macro Site Fundamental

Self-Paced Online

Module 5: Spectrum Fundamentals

Thursday, February 24th

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Live Online via Zoom

Moule 6: Cell Site Design and Planning

Saturday, February 26

8:00 am- 2:00 pm

Live Online via Zoom

Week 3: February 28th

Learning modality and dates/times

Module 7: Fiber for Wireless

Thursday, March 3rd

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Live Online via Zoom

Module 8: Your Future with 5G

Self-Paced Online

Module 9: Wi-Fi Integration

Saturday, March 5

8:00 am- 2:00 pm

Live Online via Zoom

Week 4: March 7th

Learning modality and dates/times

Module 10: DAS and Small Cell Basics

Self-Paced Online

Module 11: RF Safety And Awareness

Self-Paced Online

Module 11: 5G Ecosystem Overview

Self-Paced Online

Week 5: March 14th

Learning modality and dates/times

Module 12: Edge Computing, CBRS, and Private Networks

Thursday, March 17th

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Live Online via Zoom

Module 13: Line Sweeping and  PIM Testing

Saturday, March19

8:00 am- 2:00 pm

IN-PERSON AT ASHLAND UNIVERSITY

Week 6: March 21st

Learning modality and dates/times

Module 14: In Building Wireless Solutions, part 1

Thursday, March 24th

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Live Online via Zoom

Module 15: In Building Wireless Solutions, part 2

Saturday, March 26th

8:00 am- 2:00 pm

IN-PERSON AT ASHLAND UNIVERSITY

Week 7: March 28th

Learning modality and dates/times

Module 16: Fundamentals of RF Engineering

Thursday, March 31st

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Live Online via Zoom

Module 17: Network and Drive Testing Fundamentals

Saturday, April 2nd

8:00 am- 2:00 pm

Live Online via Zoom

Week 8: April 4th

Learning modality and dates/times

Module 18: Industry Day/Employers’ Session

Wednesday, April 6thOR Thursday, April 7th

6:00 – 8:00 pm

Live Online via Zoom

Module 19: Cell Site Visit/Field Trip and GRADUATION

Saturday, April 9

8:00 am- 2:00 pm

IN-PERSON AT ASHLAND UNIVERSITY

Wireless Infrastructure Association Telecommunications Education Center 5G Readiness

WIA’s Telecommunications Education Center (TEC) is the industry’s leading resource for wireless education and training.