The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) announced today that Jim Coleman, National Tower Safety Manager at AT&T and Paul Roberts, Vice President of Compliance at American Tower Corporation, have been appointed to serve as Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively, of the organization’s Board of Governors.
NWSA also announced that J. John Barker, Partner of Barker MacEntee PLLC, Richard Cullum, Director of Safety at Crown Castle, and Nick Wilkerson, Director of Safety at SBA Communications Corporation, have been added as new members of the Alliance’s Board of Governors.
Additionally, NWSA announced that five incumbent Governors were recently ratified by the organization’s Board of Directors to serve a new 5-year term through October 31, 2023. The reappointed Governors include Chris Mallon, TowerMRL, Inc., Kevin Schmidt, Sioux Falls Tower & Communications, Jose Tarafa, MasTec Network Solutions, Gary Trent, US Cellular and Jocko Vermillion, CITCA.
“NWSA is excited to have both Jim and Paul serve in their new leadership roles with the Board of Governors and we are also thrilled to add the talents of Jay, Richard and Nick as Governors,” said Executive Director Duane MacEntee. “Additionally, the ratification of the five incumbent Governors to serve another 5-year term will help provide continuity at a critical time in order for NWSA to continue developing and offering our national, portable and independent worker certification programs,” added MacEntee.
NWSA, headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, is a national non-profit assessment and certification organization established to provide thorough, independent assessments of knowledge and skills and provide verifiable worker certification in order to enhance safety, reduce workplace risk, improve quality, encourage training, and recognize the skilled professionals who work on towers and other non-standard communication structures.
The NWSA Board of Governors consists of representatives from a broad cross-section of the industry and is tasked with developing policy and overseeing the activities of the various committees that will serve under their jurisdiction.
NWSA currently offers two industry-wide certification programs: Telecommunications Tower Technician 1 (TTT-1) and Telecommunications Tower Technician 2 (TTT-2). Additionally, the NWSA Telecommunication Tower Foreman certification is slated to be unveiled during the first quarter of 2019. This new certification will create a credentialing system for industry workers who supervise crews that work on communications structures, whether they are antenna and line crews, construction crews, or structural modification crews.
Other assessment and certification programs NWSA will likely unveil in the future include Rigging, Small Cell/DAS Technician, Structural Modifications, Gin Pole Operations and Broadcast Tall Tower Technician.
Industry workers, companies and stakeholders are encouraged to visit the NWSA website at www.nws-a.org to learn more about the organization and how to begin the process of obtaining certification.
Women of NATE (WON) is proud to announce the debut of our innovative mentoring program designed to help all NATE members climb higher together. The WON Mentorship Program is designed to foster an exchange of ideas, expertise, and camaraderie among NATE members at all levels. From emerging professionals to industry veterans, participants can grow both professionally and personally by learning from each other’s perspectives, discussing professional issues and supporting their peers in the resolution of their challenges.
If you look back in your career, you may remember a handful of people who had a huge impact on you. Who took an interest in you? Who did you look to for advice? This is a mentor. The formal definition of a mentor is someone who offers their knowledge, wisdom and advice to someone with less experience. It might not have been a formal mentoring program, but they were your mentors.
“Every great mentor I’ve had has taught me to find my voice, stretch my mind to possibilities, learn to dream and unearth my highest potential,” stated Women of NATE Committee Chairwoman Andrea (Andy) Lee. “Women of NATE is honored to launch the WON Mentorship Program. This is an excellent opportunity to develop relationships for professional development,” added Lee.
Mentoring improves employee satisfaction and retention, makes your company more appealing to recruits and trains your leaders. This mentoring program is FREE to all NATE members. With the demand for skilled employees increasing, it’s critical we assist NATE members in attracting, retaining and growing their teams.
“I am so excited we are launching this program. If you ask any successful person, all of them had someone who helped them. We all need mentors and to continue helping others thru being a mentor,” stated WON Mentorship Team Leader Miranda Allen. “I firmly believe we receive what we give so I’m looking forward to being both a mentor and mentee,” added Allen.
This goal-oriented program is designed for participants to speak via phone one to two times a month for a year. During these calls, mentors and mentees will work through goals and establish new goals based on the call. Interested participants are asked to fill out a short questionnaire and return it to the NATE office.
Both the mentor and mentee receive substantial benefits. In every field, a mentor can be the difference-maker in a career. The majority of accomplished professionals can point to a specific person who invested time, energy and support in helping them navigate the workplace.
Applications for mentors are currently being accepted. To learn more about this program or to apply HERE.
NATE today unveiled a video entitled “Tower Modifications: It’s All About the Sequence” that focuses on the do’s and dont’s of performing proper tower modifications. The video was unveiled as part of Volume 3 of the Association’s acclaimed Climber Connection series.
The informative video includes an interview with an experienced industry construction manager who articulates the importance of strictly adhering to the appropriate sequencing when conducting tower modification activities on communication structures, highlighting the information contained in the ANSI/ASSE A10.48 and ANSI/TIA 322 Standards related to tower modifications and emphasizing working in accordance with rigging plans for tower modification work.
“The release of this video is timely as tower modification activities continue to be on the rise throughout the industry as structures age,” said Ross Royer from NATE member company Tower MRL, Inc. in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. “I would encourage all tower crews to utilize this video as guide to ensure that they perform tower modification activities consistent with applicable industry standards and in a safe and quality manner,” added Royer.
Click HERE to watch the Tower Modifications video. NATE encourages tower technicians and industry stakeholders to actively participate in this campaign by posting the video on their respective social networking platforms using the hashtag #ClimberConnection. NATE also encourages industry workers to share their comments on the video through social interaction on the Association’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
The Climber Connection Volume 3 campaign was developed by the NATE Member Services Committee in conjunction with the NATE Safety & Education Committee and is designed to provide specific resources and communicate the Association’s message directly to the industry’s workforce.
National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) invites you to attend the NATE UNITE 2019 annual event which will be held February 4-7, 2019 at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas. To take advantage of Early Bird Registration rates, register by November 30.
Maximize your time during the NATE UNITE 2019 event February 4-7 in Grapevine, Texas by receiving additional training all in one location. Whether you are a seasoned professional or a first-time attendee, these courses offer additional training at a reasonable cost.
At this year’s NATE UNITE event, the optional courses being offered include: Trauma on the Tower, PIM Test Equipment Training, RF Safety, Fall Protection on Roofs, and Fiber Optic, CPRI, and RFoCPRI Testing. Participants must register in advance with a full or one-day conference registration pass. All courses have a limited number of participants and registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. For further course information, review the Pre Show Planner.
Trauma on the Tower – Maximum 40 Participants
Thursday, February 7 • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The $100 fee includes beverages.
PIM Testing Equipment Training – Maximum 15 Participants
This course is being offered twice to allow for greater participation.
Thursday, February 7 • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Session 1)
Thursday, February 7 • 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Session 2)
The $275 fee includes beverages.
Fall Protection on Roofs – Maximum 25 Participants
Thursday, February 7 • 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The $395 fee includes beverages and working lunch.
Fiber Optic, CPRI, and RFoCPRI Testing – Maximum 25 Participants
Thursday, February 7 • 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The $125 fee includes beverages and working lunch.
RF Safety – Maximum 40 Participants
Thursday, February 7 • 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The $165 fee includes beverages.
The inaugural NATE Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Operations “Field Day Showcase” was held this week at a Crown Castle tower site located in Gainesville, Virginia, near Washington, D.C., educating representatives of federal government agencies, industry and media with drone flight demonstrations.
Additionally, UAS (or drone) and aviation subject matter experts discussed the impact that drones are having on the wireless industry and how the regulatory environment can be improved to facilitate the growth of drown use in the future.
“We wanted to bring people together to showcase the potential of drones as talk about the regulatory challenges that still may exist,” said Todd Schlekeway, NATE CEO. “We need to get drones to scale in our industry. As the regulatory environment gets better, on the heels of the FAA reauthorization and the training gets better, drones will continue to scale in our industry.”
ETAK Systems; Talon Aerolytics; Ehresmann Engineering; and B+T Group, conducted the demonstrations that showed applications and use cases for drones from the perspectives of wireless carriers, vertical realtors, contractors and technicians in real time directly from the tower-site.
“The FAA plays a major role in the increased use of drones through regulation and the ease at which waivers are available,” Schlekeway said. “But industry also plays a major role through its vetting processes to clear companies to fly drones at their sites.”
The idea for the Field Day Showcase was formed at the NATE UAS Summit in Detroit last August as an opportunity to educate government on the challenges of flying drones next to towers and pilot training that is needed.
“The timing of this UAS Showcase event could not have been better given the fact that it was held in the immediate aftermath of the passing of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 legislation,” stated NATE UAS Committee Chairman Jimmy Miller. “The showcase enabled influential stakeholders from both the public and private sectors the platform to witness first-hand the power of the drone and facilitate discussions that will ultimately help get commercial UAS operations to scale in our diverse industry.”
NATE Lobbies Congress, FCC
The Field Day Showcase was one day out of a busy week for NATE as it paid visits to Congress, including representatives of the Senate Commerce Committee, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the House Aviation Subcommittee, the House Natural Resources Committee on Federal Lands.
“Our topics of discussion include workforce development and the need for more workers; how private industry and public entities can form partnerships, safety is always a major component,” Schlekeway said. “Streamlining deployment is always a big part of our agenda, because it speeds work to our members. Spectrum access for the carriers also gives our companies work.”
Accompanying Schlekeway on the Hill visits include Jim Goldwater, NATE; Jim Tracy, Legacy Telecommunications; Jimmy Miller, MillerCo; John Paul Jones, Tower & Turbine Technologies; and Shama Ray, Above All Tower Climbing.