Congressmen Dave Loebsack, (D-IA) and Markwayne Mullin, (R-OK), reintroduced bipartisan legislation on March 21 that would create a program through the FCC to establish job training programs for communications tower service, construction and maintenance.
The “Communications Jobs Training Act of 2019” would provide up to $20 million in competitive grants for various universities, community colleges and technical education programs to develop and administer the training.
The bill was endorsed by NATE, “which continues to strongly support the Communications Jobs Training Act, and eagerly looks forward to its enactment in the 116th Congress,” said NATE Chairman Jimmy Miller. “We are extremely proud of our collaboration with Congressmen Loebsack and Mullin on this important legislation, which will provide key assistance in educating and training tower workers so critical to meeting our nation’s demand for greater and greater communications services. NATE commends the congressmen for their leadership and commitment.”
Loebsack said he was pleased to partner with Congressman Mullin and NATE to champion the Communications Jobs Training Act.
“As our nation begins to transition to what is known in the wireless industry as 5G, which will bring consumers even faster mobile internet services, we will need to build and retrofit communication towers to be able to handle the new technology. Because of this, Iowans will see new towers popping up across the state and it will be important that we have a workforce trained to erect and maintain these towers,” he said.
The “Communications Jobs Training Act of 2019” developed bipartisan support as a result of a hearing last Congress in the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Communications and Technology Subcommittee, where the importance of having a well-trained workforce was a major theme.
Mullin noted increased demand for wireless increases the need for a skilled workforce to meet infrastructure needs. “The Communications Jobs Training Act of 2019 will create grant programs for career and technical schools to train workers for the construction, service, and maintenance of communications towers,” he said.
NATE today unveiled a video showcasing the sights and sounds from the successful NATE UNITE 2019 Conference in Grapevine, Texas. The video is the second to debut in Volume 4 of the Association’s popular Climber Connection series.
The video provides testimonial interviews with NATE UNITE 2019 attendees and recaps the popular educational sessions, training opportunities, keynote luncheons, vendor displays, social activities and networking receptions that contributed to this record-breaking event.
“NATE UNITE 2019 provided an invaluable forum for our employees in attendance to receive professional development opportunities at the technical educational sessions and view all of the new product and equipment lines that were unveiled by vendors on the trade show floor,” said Robert Walker, President of Teltronic Towers, Inc. in Capitol Heights, Maryland. “Our team at Teltronic Towers is already looking forward to NATE UNITE 2020 in Raleigh, North Carolina,” added Walker.
Click HERE to watch the NATE UNITE 2019 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 4 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.
On Thursday, March 28 at 10:00 a.m. CDT, Marco Restani, Professor Emeritus and Senior Raptor Scientist for Cell Tower Osprey Management, will conduct a live NATE webinar entitledClimbing in the Bird-Tower Environment.
This webinar will provide an overview of:
1.) Why and where this problem is increasing;
2.) The legal protections afforded birds;
3.) Suggestions to climb safely in the bird-tower environment;
4.) The biology of nesting birds; and
5.) The role of government agency and consulting biologists.
To register please go to:
Throughout 2019, NATE will be facilitating 12 Advanced Rigging Principles Courses nationwide. NATE is pleased to offer these courses free of charge to industry employees and employers due to a Susan Harwood Training Grant (SH-05018-SH8) from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor.
Upcoming complimentary, grant-enabled training sessions will be hosted in Tustin, California; Phoenix, Arizona; Urbana, Iowa; Glen Allen, Virginia; Kenner, Louisiana; Bellevue, Washington; St. Louis, Missouri; Mukwonago, Wisconsin and Needham, Massachusetts.
The Advanced Rigging Principles curriculum will be tailored specifically to the communication tower industry and include detailed instruction on advanced industry rigging principles workers need to know such as synthetic rope, rope inspection, rigging forces and lift systems, and communication and execution of hoisting operations per the ANSI/ASSP 10.48 Standard. The training is organized into six sections that include the following subject topics:
• Section 1: Introduction to NATE and OSHA
• Section 2: State of the Industry
• Section 3: Primary Regulations, Codes, Standards, and Policies
• Section 4: Synthetic Rope
• Section 5: Rigging Forces and Lift Systems
• Section 6: Communication and Execution of Hoisting Operations
The course will also include information regarding employee and employer rights and responsibilities under the OSH Act of 1970, whistleblower complaint procedures and protection provisions.
Interested participants should complete the accompanying Advanced Rigging Principles Training registration forms for the training location in their region on the Association’s 2019 Worker Training Course website page today.
NATE today released the first #ClimberConversation video of 2019, shining a spotlight on the camaraderie that develops between tower technician crews. The video was released at the 2019 International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) in Las Vegas, Nevada, a conference that NATE is actively participating in this week.
The #ClimberConversation volume is a companion series to the Association’s popular #ClimberConnection campaign and is a vital component of NATE’s workforce development outreach to promote the profession and attract new pipeline of workers into the industry.
The video, entitled “Band of Brothers” includes testimonial footage from tower technicians talking about the special family type bonds that occur when working at tower sites and traveling around the country with their fellow crew members. Click HERE to watch the 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 #ClimberConversation.
NATE also encourages industry workers to share their comments through social interaction on the Association’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Visit HERE to watch the previous videos released in the #ClimberConversation series. For more information on NATE, visit www.natehome.com today.