Network Cabling Specialist Pre-Apprenticeship (Estimation Track) Courses


Signals and Wires/Copper Media

This module discusses the fundamentals of signal generation and transmission. Basic electrical theory is introduced to educate the cable installer on how signals are generated and travel on copper wire. An introduction to optical and wireless signals is also presented. Troubleshooting a wiring problem is much easier if a cable installer understands how the signals are propagated on the media. Problems that negatively affect network performance are also discussed. Finally, this module provides an introduction to electric signals on high-bandwidth networking components

Fiber-optic Media/Introduction to Cabling

This module explains the basics of fiber-optic cable including how it works, its construction and the type of connectors it uses. This module also shows how fiber-optic technology can provide significant advantages over copper in some implementations. It is important to understand how fiber optic cable operates in order to work around it and install it. At the end of this module students will have a better understanding of many factors of a fiber-optic cable system.

Structured Cabling/Tools of the Trade

 This module is an overview of the tools and devices used in preparing and testing cable connections.Students will learn about tools for stripping, terminating and crimping cables. Diagnostic tools such as testers, meters and sensors are also presented. In addition to tools, there is a section that deals with the safe use of tools and hazardous materials to ensure that cable installers will be protected on the job. Furthermore, tips for maintaining a professional demeanor while on the job site will be given.

Cabling Installation Process/Cabling Rough In

The focus of the module is on the first phase of the project, the presales and sales phase. Students will learn how requests for proposals are found, understand more about how estimators determine the costs of a project and determine margins. Students will also learn about how to conduct site surveys and create bid proposals. Tips on conflict is avoidance and information on the conflict resolution process will also be given.

Trim Out Phase/Finish Phase

In this module the trim out phase of the installation process is explained. Trimming includes cutting cables to length, terminating cables and installing jacks and wall plates. This module teaches the student how to trim cables to meet industry specifications.

Summative & Final Evaluations 

 Final practical project which includes all the different practical and lab techniques learned and the use of different industry related materials and tools to complete an assigned installation.

Cabling and Safety Overview/Networking

 This module covers the history of communication, safety standards and practices. Starting with the first wired network, this module discusses the evolution of cabling to the present day and for the future. In addition, the skills and tasks associated with most positions in the cabling industry are discussed. The remainder of the module focuses on safety in the classroom lab and on the job. Among the topics covered are the organizations responsible for establishing and maintaining safety codes and standards, safety around electricity, lab and workplace safety practice, and personal safety equipment. All installers are expected to follow the practices and guidelines outlined in this module.

Small Business Management 

 This module is designed to aid students in managing their own companies, are contemplating starting their own businesses, or work for a small business. This program will provide basic knowledge in the fields of accounting, marketing, management and customer service.

Cabling Rough-In 

 Rough-in is the step in the cable installation process when cable installers pull the cable from the telecommunications room to the telecommunications outlets throughout a building. Pulls can be both horizontal and vertical with each requiring different tools and techniques, which will be discussed in detail. Procedures for routing cable through firewalls will also be covered. Throughout this module the best methods for installing cabling will be explained so as to prevent damage to the cables.

Fundamentals of an Estimator

Students will understand the role of an estimator. They will be introduced to the role of an estimator and learn what basic assistance they will be providing in a junior position; rom calculating various statistical data to researching historical data. Students will be exposed to a full estimating procedure from start to finish. This module will also review necessary mathematical skills for the estimating sector.

Estimating and Takeoffs

In this course students will learn how to calculate various statistical data, quantity takeoffs, material pricelist, labor costs, and equipment. They will learn how junior estimators assist with obtaining scopes of work and pricing from sub-contractors and suppliers. Students learn how to make estimates and take-offs from all sources of material, blueprints, manual drawings and electronic simulations.


  • Minimum of a Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, or a mature student
  • Pass an entrance test administrated by PAT
  • Be interviewed in detail regarding interest in the field
  • Meet any additional program specific entrance requirements

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