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Telecommunications Junior Engineer Exam

Coordination and Procedures | Subjects | Reference Listing Coordination and Procedures Once your Telecommunications Certification application and testing fee is received, iNARTE will effect the necessary coordination and arrangements for a testing date, time, location and point of contact. See the TEST CENTER LISTING for locations. This exam is "open book" thus any books or notes can be used. Calculators and laptops are allowed, but you must provide your own battery power. No power outlet or data/internet connection is permitted. The Junior Engineer exam is composed of two sections. Examinees are allowed a maximum of four hours per section. There is a total of 70 multiplechoice questions. Exams are graded at iNARTE. The candidate will be advised of their results within 15 days. (Passing score is 75% or higher). Should a candidate fail the examination, a retake is permissible following a 90 day period. Examinations may be retaken any number of times, however, an examination processing fee is required each time the exam is taken. Subjects: The iNARTE Junior Engineer exam is primarily intended for students who are graduating from a 4-year university program with a telecommunications specialty, however, differential equations are not needed for this exam. This exam is oriented much more toward "systems" than "circuits" so as to reflect the special needs of the telecommunications users. The Junior Engineer Exam consists of 70 multiple-choice questions divided among the following subjects: SUBJECT TELECOM PRINCIPLES Applications. Definitions. Transmission media. Units. Communication theory (Nyquist, Shannon etc.). Noise. Analog modulations (AM, SSB, FM, PM). Digital modulations (ASK, FSK, PSK, QAM ...) TRANSMITTER AND RECEIVER CIRCUITS Analysis of circuit diagrams. Calculation of voltages and currents in a circuit. Transistors and power tubes. DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS PAM, PCM, ADPCM, TDM, line codes (NRZ, RTZ, polar, bipolar, pseudo-ternary ...), channel codes (BnZS, ZBTSI...) DATA COMMUNICATIONS Codes (Baudot, ASCII...). Serial communication. SDLC. HDLC. Error correcting codes. Modems. Packet switching. X.25. OSI. LAN. OPTO-ELECTRONICS Optical fibers. Laser diodes. LED. Photo-detectors... MICROWAVE LINKS Antennas. Propagation. Power budgets (link calculations). FDM. Basic FCC rules. SATELLITE LINKS Antennas. Power budgets. Multiple-access methods (FDMA, TDMA). TRANSMISSION-LINES PRINCIPLES Impedances. Matching. SWR. Return Loss... HF AND VHF LINKS Antennas. Propagation. Receivers and Transmitters (from a block diagram point of view). ENGINEERING ECONOMY Present worth. PWAC. Benefit/cost ratio. PERCENTAGE

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References: Studying the following books would be a useful review for the Junior Engineer exam:

Radio System Design for Telecommunications by R.L. Freeman, Published by Wiley & Sons, NY, NY, 1987 ISBN# 0471162604 Digital Telephony and Network Integration by B.E. Keiser & E. Strange, Published by Van Nostrand Reinhold, NY, NY, 1985 ISBN# 0442009011 Electronic Communication Techniques by P.H. Young, Published by Merril Publishing, Columbus, OH, 1985 Data and Computer Communications by W. Stallings, Published by MacMillan Publishing, NY, Third Edition, 1990 All four books have sample problems with answers. Any equivalents (i.e. other books covering the same subjects) are, of course, just as good for studying purposes.