Register Today for Technology Workshops at ETA’s 2012 Education Forum in Greencastle, Indiana This October 18-19

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ETA International’s Education Forum is a technical engagement that brings together highly accredited technicians, educators and professionals from various technological fields of study. It is a great opportunity to gain both professional and curriculum development, regardless of skill level, as well as earn continuing education credit. As an added convenience, ETA certification examinations can be scheduled to be taken during the Education Forum.

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Several sessions will focus on Wireless Communications and Green Technology, along with other areas of interest.

Several sessions will focus on Wireless Communications and Green Technology, along with other areas of interest.

Tom Dover, FOI, will present “Antenna Testing and the Importance of PIM Testing in Wireless Networks.” Antenna systems have become critical failure points for wireless networks. As more systems are placed into service, the need to increase the quality and performance of the antenna system has taken on new importance. This course corresponds to ETA’s LAS and PIM certifications.    

Don Huston, Bird Technologies, will offer workshops on line sweeping and spectrum analysis. Topics will include basic RF theory, site overview and operation, equipment set-up and use, test and measurement of feedline, antenna system characteristics, and documentation and report analysis. The course is designed to accommodate users across a variety of applications.        

Ira Wiesenfeld, PE, CETsr, will present “Test and Measurement 101.” Topics to be covered in this course are Systems and Fundamentals, Test and Measurements – Using the instrumentation and more. This course would make a sound base of study for taking the ETA Wireless Communications certification.                        

John Baldwin, CETsr, will offer “Cellular Wireless, How We Got Where We Are,” which includes the history of cellular and how systems migrated to what we use today for portable voice, text, and data; the public view of what wireless does and how the provider sees it; what works and what doesn’t; handsets then and now; confusion with wireless terminology and the many choices of technology mix for users to consider; and what a cellular field technician does today.                                                    

Jay Warmke, Blue Rock Station, will present “Teaching Green Technology in your School,” which is filled with information for what you should know before implementing wind, solar, hydro, biofuels, energy auditing and other green technologies. The basics of wind and solar principles and a very basic overview of the concepts within this field will be discussed. The fee for this workshop is an additional $40 for ETA members and $50 non-members. This workshop aligns with ETA’s PV Installer and Small Wind Installer certifications.

Sessions on Industrial Manufacturing and Business Management will also be presented.

For more information on the 2012 ETA Education Forum, including full registration, session descriptions and speaker biographies, call ETA at (800) 288-3824 anytime or visit the website at

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ETA® International - Founded in 1978, the Electronics Technicians Association International is a not-for-profit, professional association promoting excellence in electronics technologies through certifications. The association’s initiatives are to provide a prominent certification program of competency criteria and testing benchmarks that steer international electronic standards and renowned professional electronics credentials. Today, ETA has issued over 115,000 technical certifications covering more than 70 certification programs in a variety of electronics fields. The association consists of over 5,000 members, 625 Subject Matter Experts (SME’s) serving on various Industry Advisory Committees and 1,010 Exam/Certification Administrators (CA’s).


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