Safety, Training, Accountability and Reliability (STAR) are the foundation for NATE members participating in this initiative for improving safety and recognizing qualified contractors.
NATE Progress Update on the Development of the National Wireless Skills-Based Training Standard
(Watertown, SD) - The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today provided a progress update on the Wireless Industry Safety Task Force’s National Wireless Skills-Based Training Standard that is currently under development. The Task Force’s Skills-Based Training Subcommittee has completed development of a Skills-Based Training standard that outlines the minimum competencies and skills required for five foundational categories of workers in the industry: 1) Helper/Ground Worker; 2) Ground Technician; 3) Telecommunications Tower Technician I; 4) Telecommunications Tower Technician II; 5) Lead/Foreman.
Additionally, NATE announced that the Task Force is making tremendous progress developing three specialized foreman tracks that will be added to the National Wireless Skills-Based Training Standard. The three specialized foreman tracks include the worker categories of Antenna & Line Foreman, Tower Construction (Stacking Foreman) and Structural Modifications Foreman.
“Upon completion, the National Wireless Skills-Based Training Standard will serve as the foundation for what future tower technicians at the designated worker categories outlined in the standard need to be trained to in order to work in the industry,” said Executive Director Todd Schlekeway. “This premier skills-based worker standard is being developed by NATE’s leading subject matter experts and has been a by-product of collaboration between the Association and the wireless carriers, tower owners, OEM’s and turnkey management firms who are represented on the Wireless Industry Safety Task Force,” Schlekeway stated.
A comprehensive update on the National Wireless Skills-Based Training Competencies Standard and the various ongoing initiatives of the Wireless Industry Safety Task Force will be provided to Task Force members at a meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 26 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida in conjunction with the NATE UNITE 2015 Conference and Exposition.
Participating Wireless Industry Safety Task Force companies and organizations include:
Alcatel-Lucent, American Tower, AT&T, Bechtel, Black & Veatch, BlueStream Professional Services, Crown Castle, Ericsson, General Dynamics, Goodman Networks, Jacobs, MasTec Network Solutions, Motorola Solutions, National Association of Tower Erectors, Nexius, Nokia Networks, SAI Communications, Samsung, SBA Communications Inc., Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Velocitel Inc., Verizon Wireless.
About National Association of Tower Erectors
National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) is a not-for-profit trade association in the wireless infrastructure industry providing a unified voice for tower erection, service and maintenance companies. Today the Association boasts over 735 member companies located throughout the United States, Australia, Bahamas, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Ghana, India, Italy, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago and the United Arab Emirates. For additional information on NATE, please visit www.natehome.com.
About the Wireless Industry Safety Task Force
The Wireless Industry Safety Task Force consists of top safety and operations executives representing wireless carriers, tower owners, OEM’s, turnkey/construction management firms and National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE). The Task Force has been established in order to collaborate on best practice solutions to achieve sustainable safety improvements in the industry.
January/February 2015• Volume 21 • Issue 1