My name is Shawn Dobkins,
I graduated from Deer Park, Texas in 1997. At this time, I was already trained in basic rigging, residential wiring, raceway boxes, fittings, and basic hand tools & power tools.
I joined the Marines Jan. 26, 1998 and started my training in Basic Electronics, Soldering, and then advanced on to Telephone Switchboard repair course. I received my cable splicing training through the 782nd Training Group Sheppard AFB, Texas. I Graduated as a Communications Cables Systems Apprentice with (44 hrs. of training) & (CCAF:21hrs) recognize by nationally accredited Colleges around the nation.
For the next 5 years of my service contract I spliced, installed, and maintained the copper and fiber optic infrastructure aboard the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. After 2 years on active duty, I was meritoriously promoted to Corporal (before time in grade), receiving a couple letters of appreciation, Good Conduct Metal, being rewarded the Navy & Marine Corp Achievement Metal, and a National Defense Metal, for serving our country in a time of War. Before completing my service contract, I attended BICSI Classes- BICSI OSP-101, 102, &103. These were classes were paid for, and offered to the Active Duty Marines in the Industry, wanting to expand their knowledge in Telecommunications. Students were elected by a board of senior Marines they had done through evaluation process. Earned opportunity it was not just given to everyone.
I returned home to Deer Park, TX, then went to school and became a Registered BICSI Technician, at Montgomery College. I was taking night classes while working for J.W. Gray Electric. I attended Global Knowledge's school In Richardson,TX for the Meridian 1 Communications server 1000 & Data Base Configurations and Management. From there I became FOI certified(ETA). The FOI certification expired, after 7yrs, due to not being able to make it out of "Bush" Alaska. These were new required CEC, that were not required the year prior, for re-certification in 2011. The card was lost, but I assure you, my knowledge and 6 years of consecutive work experience in fiber optics was not.