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New Facility to Train Power Professionals—It’s All About the People

Alpha Power Training Facility

Alpha Power Training Facility

Executives with Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox, Bright House, SCTE, and host Alpha Technologies convened to celebrate the grand opening of the new Alpha Training Center near Atlanta on Feb. 11.

At SCTE, I am fortunate to work with top engineers in our industry in the development of ANSI/SCTE standards and operational practices, particularly those stemming from SCTE Energy 2020 efforts. Energy 2020 is painting the picture of what energy will look like for cable operators by the year 2020. Partner companies like Alpha Technologies are contributing significant brushstrokes. The never-ending quest for reducing trouble tickets requires an ever-increasing number of training opportunities to prevent human errors that can affect the availability of power at critical facilities.

In keeping with SCTE’s mission as standards developer and technical trainer for the cable industry, I relished the opportunity to meet with several cable operators at a brand-new, state-of-the-art, hands-on power training facility at Alpha Technologies just outside Atlanta in February.

Along with celebrating the grand opening with the ribbon-cutting, we discussed the curricula for an upcoming DC power training course to be provided by SCTE and hosted by this new Alpha training facility. DC power leverages a resilient train of thought that strives for availability in the use of batteries and rectification. Toward continuously improving power availability for facilities, the new training will look to deepen the trainee’s mastery of:

  • DC Fundamentals
  • Electrical Safety and Theory
  • Batteries
  • Distribution
  • Monitoring
  • System Sizing and Design
  • Grounding
  • Surge
  • DC Equipment

When working with power equipment, both theoretical training and hands-on training are important given the safety implications. This new Alpha facility will offer the cable professional both opportunities at a single location. Tools such as meters, crimpers, fasteners, and wire manipulation devices will be provided to the student. SCTE is delighted to have Alpha’s strong support in raising the fundamental knowledge of our industry’s general need for power and, in particular, DC powering essentials that will continue to play a pivotal role in our critical facilities.

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