Professional Capacity Building (PCB) for Communication Systems

The goals of this project are to develop a comprehensive curriculum and conduct training for Rural ITS communications. Rural ITS engineers may lack the critical skills for designing and maintaining reliable and robust communication networks for rural ITS field equipment. This project has an educational focus and its primary objective is to have leading subject matter experts provide a hands-on, “nuts and bolts” learning experience for rural ITS engineers and technicians. Learning outcomes are centered on understanding the various communication technologies available and how to best select and implement these technologies, particularly in a rural environment.

California Department of Transportation engineers are participating in the development of this curriculum, were students in the initial pilot module, and will participate in subsequent course development and implementation.

Professional Capacity Building for Communication Systems

Recent Updates:

PCB Project Update, 8/6/2019: Phase 4 Wrap Up PCB Project Update, 7/23/2019: Small Data Center Design, Structured Cabling, and Grounding Training Course PCB Project Update, 4/5/2017: Phase 4 Begins PCB Project Update, 2/8/2016: Phase 3 Completed PCB Project Update, 4/6/2015: Telecom Wireless Fundamentals training course a success! PCB Project Update, 1/8/2015: Phase 3 – Telco Wireless Technologies
Phase 4 Wrap Up
August 6th, 2019
Small Data Center Design, Structured Cabling, and Grounding Training Course
July 23rd, 2019
Phase 4 Begins
April 5th, 2017
Phase 3 Completed
February 8th, 2016
Telecom Wireless Fundamentals training course a success!
April 6th, 2015
Phase 3 – Telco Wireless Technologies
January 8th, 2015

Check back soon for more PCB for Communications updates.


UPDATE: Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

The project team recently wrapped up work on Phase 4 of the Professional Capacity Building (PCB) for Communications project. This phase of the project included development and delivery of a training course on Small Data Center Design, Structured Cabling, and Grounding. The project team also revised the comprehensive training curriculum for transportation communication systems and updated the list of identified training providers.

Course instructor Phil Isaak explains a concept during the October 2018 Small Data Center, Structured Cabling, and Grounding class.

Photo by Leann Koon

The project team completed four tasks and related deliverables: Project Management, Course Selection, Course Delivery, and Evaluation. The training course and evaluation summaries are included in the final report document. The revised Curriculum Scope and Sequence is a separate document.

The following documents can also be found on the PCB Project's Documents page and in the Documents archive.

You can read more about the Small Data Center, Structured Cabling, and Grounding training course in the July 23rd, 2019, PCB project update.

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Project Contacts:

Project Technical Advisory Panel (PTAP)

Caltrans Past Project Manager:

Sean Campbell, P.E.
Chief, ITS Special Projects Branch
Caltrans, Division of Research, Innovation,
and System Information
PO Box 942873
Sacramento, CA 94273-0001
(916) 227-6259
(916) 657-4580 (fax)
sean_campbell "at" dot.ca.gov
www.dot.ca.gov/newtech/

Caltrans Project Champion:

Jeremiah Pearce, P.E.
Chief, Office of ITS Engineering and Support
Caltrans District 2
1657 Riverside Drive
Redding, CA 96001
(530) 225-3320
(530) 225-3255 (fax)
jeremiah.pearce "at" dot.ca.gov
www.dot.ca.gov/dist2/

Caltrans PTAP Member:

Steve Hancock, P.E.
ITS Functional Manager
Caltrans, Office of Technology, ITS Support
1120 N Street, MS-36
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 654-6007
(916) 654-5452 (fax)
steve.hancock "at" dot.ca.gov
www.dot.ca.gov

WTI Past Principal Investigator:

Douglas Galarus
Assistant Professor
Utah State University
4205 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-4205
(435) 797-4136
(435) 797-3265 (fax)
doug.galarus "at" usu.edu

WTI Co-Principal Investigator
and Course Coordinator:

Leann Koon
Research Associate
Systems Engineering, Development & Integration
Western Transportation Institute (WTI)
Montana State University - Bozeman
PO Box 174250
Bozeman, MT 59717-4250
(406) 994-7643
(406) 994-1697 (fax)
leann.koon "at" montana.edu
www.westerntransportationinstitute.org

Caltrans Project Manager:

Jose Perez
Caltrans, Division of Research, Innovation,
and System Information
1727 30th Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 227-7676
jose_d_perez “at” dot.ca.gov
www.dot.ca.gov/newtech/


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