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COE FACULTY ON IMMERSION TRAINING WITH SMART COMMUNICATIONS

Engr. Romel Remolador, a faculty of the Electronics and Communications Department of the College of Engineering, underwent an immersion training program with SMART Communications, Inc. last May 23 to June 4, 2010. He was deployed in SMART's local field operations here in Bohol. SMART's faculty immersion is in line with the SMART Wireless Engineering Education Program (SWEEP).

The said program of SWEEP aims to teach the faculty-participant critical tasks to perform the role productively, demonstrate the correct way of performing such critical tasks, and to act on the critical task immediately after the practice days.

Among the critical tasks of this year's immersion program were learning sessions on 2G and 3G, which refer to the second and third generation of cellular communications, respectively; High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) and SMART Bro; performing actual Bit Error Rate (BER) test in telecom transmission; exposure and usage of Optical Time-Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) which is an optoelectronic instrument used to characterize an optical fiber and Data Tester used to check the Data Distribution Frame (DDF) turn where all signals pass and the SWEEP Tester.

Moreover, Engr. Remolador also conducted Preventive Maintenance Routine (PMR) on Basic Transceiver Station (BTS), transmission equipment, and support facilities. He also underwent field operations activities such as set up and installations, microwave antenna recovery, In-site transceiver troubleshooting, and battery replacement of power supply units. These are the application of concepts and all of these are mentored by Smart's local engineering team.

The faculty participant was given a daily allowance by SMART to subsidize his daily expenses during the two-week immersion program.



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