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Network Cabling Specialist – Trade of the Future

September 18, 2019

The Network Cabling Specialist (NCS) trade is ever-growing and expanding. We had eight Network Cabling Specialist apprentices exhibiting their skills at the Skills Ontario Competition 2019 in May. This year’s NCS demonstration at Skills Ontario was sponsored by the ECAO/IBEW. 

The demonstration was a perfect opportunity for apprentices to showcase their knowledge and skills on structured cabling technology. In detail, the NCS demonstration tested apprentices on building and testing voice, data and other low voltage circuits, as well as working from drawings and project scopes. As a part of the demonstration, apprentices were tasked with constructing a Power over Ethernet (PoE) lighting project while following all codes and standards.

Let’s talk about Power over Ethernet. The advancements in PoE applications are changing the world we live in, opening endless possibilities for the adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT).  PoE is a technology that allows wired Ethernet local area networks (LANs) to send the necessary electrical current for the operation of:

  • Wireless Access Points
  • IP Cameras
  • VoIP Phones
  • A/V Equipment
  • Nurse Call Devices
  • Building Automation Systems
  • Lighting and Control

 The most impressive operation is the PoE Lighting and Control.  An independent study by Navigant Research projects a 90% growth in the next 10 years from PoE lighting alone. A PoE light can be equipped with a sensor that gathers other useful information to help manage buildings more efficiently. This information includes occupancy, temperature, and daylight harvesting.

The Network Cabling Specialists will ensure that this infrastructure is installed and maintained to the highest standard. Their apprenticeship will ensure that the work is done to all applicable standards and codes to ensure operability, and to ensure the integrity of the network is not compromised.  

The IBEW Local 353 has been designated a Training Delivery Agent for the NCS trade school curriculum. The first class started at our IBEW Local 353 Toronto Training Centre on September 9th, 2019. This is a very exciting time for the IBEW. We will be training all individuals in the NCS trade, union and non-union. This is one great step in ensuring IBEW’s market share for decades to come. This is the trade of the future and the IBEW will be leading the way.

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