Shawn Dobkins

Shawn Dobkins

Education

Education

Certification

Marine Corps Communicatioins and Electronics School

Telephone and Switch Board Electronics, Programming, Troubleshooting, and Repair Sept. 1998–Jan.1999

Telephone System and Personal Computer Repair Course (TSPCRC)

The Telephone Systems Personal Computer Repair Course teaches theory, circuit analysis, operation, troubleshooting, restoration, and repair of telephone systems, computers, computer peripherals, and cryptographic equipment to entry-level Marines.

Sep 2002 - May 2007

Academic Diploma

Deer Park High School, South Campus

High School, Academic Diploma, 2002 – 2007
Mission Statement
To empower all students at Deer Park High School to become successful citizens for the future.
Vision
Deer Park High School is committed to providing excellence in education for all students. The school will design programs and learning experiences that promote academic achievement and the personal and social growth of every student.
Deer Park High School will provide a safe and productive learning environment in which students can communicate effectively, think critically, solve problems and are technologically literate through a variety of curricular and extra-curricular activities.
Deer Park High School students will graduate as lifelong learners who will make valuable contributions to society.

Nov 2003 - Nov 2003

Registered Technician

BICSI-Registered Technician

Registered BICSI Technicain, Telecommunication Design and Distrobution 2003–2003

BICSI Technician candidates are tested on their ability to understand and apply a comprehensive collection of installation-specific information. After you have acquired your Technician designation, you will be able to:

Successfully lead an installation group or team using project management skills.
Perform advanced testing and troubleshooting for both copper and optical fiber installations.
Discuss and evaluate numerous specific applications of ICT cabling installation.
Make recommendations based on applicable codes, standards, and best practices.
Implement the job plan and scope of work as well as perform retrofits and upgrades for existing infrastructure.
Experience
Individuals preparing to sit for the Technician exam must possess at least three years of current and verifiable ICT industry installation experience.

Nov 2002 - Nov 2002

ETA Certification-FOI

The Light Brigade

Fiber Optic Installation and Splicing 2003–2003

A Fiber Optic Installer has a general understanding of optical fiber installation, containerization, splicing, and testing, is familiar with optical fiber, connector, and splice performance characteristics described in TIA/EIA-568B, ITU-T G.671, ITU-T G.652 and Telcordia GR-326 A Fiber Optic Installer can perform connector end face evaluation as described in TIA/EIA-455-57B, is proficient in optical loss testing as described in TIA/EIA-526-14A, and understands the installation requirements described in articles 770 and 250 of the National Electrical Code. A Fiber Optic Installer is proficient at the installation of connectors on various types’ fiber of optic cables using various types of epoxies, and can perform mechanical and fusion splicing.

Sep 2001 - Sep 2001

OSP 103

BICSI

Apply what you have learned through a series of design scenarios such as route design, media selection, planning new OSP cable plant and cost estimation.

This course will benefit you if you plan to make OSP engineering and design your profession. Covers

  • Codes, standards and regulations
  • Bonding and grounding (earthing)
  • Documentation
  • Route design
  • Media selection
  • Cabling topologies
  • Spaces
  • Pathways
  • Right-of-way
  • Splicing
  • Maintenance and restoration
  • Cost estimating
  • PON design
  • Free space optics
  • Project design
Aug 2001 - Aug 2001

OSP 102 Direct buried and Areial Cable distribution

BICSI
Apr 2001 - Apr 2001

Site Survey and Media Selection

BICSI OSP 101

BICSI OPS 101- Site Survey and Media Selection

Outside plant Telecommunications and surveys 2001 – 2001

Learn the proper design techniques for underground, direct-buried and aerial cable plant applications.

Gain the knowledge you need to make wise decisions on outside plant (OSP) projects. Covers elements common to all OSP projects, along with design issues related to underground, direct-buried and aerial cable plant.
• Codes, standards and regulations
• Bonding and grounding (earthing)
• Documentation
• Route design
• Media selection
• Cabling typologies
• Spaces
• Pathways
• Right-of-way
• Splicing
• Maintenance and restoration
• Cost estimating
• PON design
• Free space optics
• Project design

Mar 1998 - Aug 1998

Basic Electronics Course

Communications & Electronics School

Certification, Basic Electronics Course, Electronics and Communications, Troubleshooting and Repair Mar. 1998–Aug. 1998

Basic Electronics Course
The Basic Electronics Course teaches basic electricity, electronics, digital logic, computer operation, circuit principles, troubleshooting, and soldering. It prepares entry-level Marines to attend follow-on electronic equipment repair courses.

Work History

Work History
Jul 2014 - Present

Field Technician

All Star Communications
  • Installing Cisco switches, routers, DSL modems, WAPS, shopper counter, surveillance cameras and making sure they were hooked up to the network for new businesses around town.
  • Wiring commercial office buildings to EIA/TIA standards giving them the fullest capability of their network speeds purchased.
  • Inspecting other Installers work assuring they were up to industry standards, not violating code, and fixing any faults that I found.
  • Installing various types of phone systems for numerous businesses in the Anchorage area.
  • Working with Tech support fixing the errors we found while testing the installation.
  • Installing POS stations, pin pads, printers, and hooking them up to the network for different companies and other business is moving into town.
Nov 2013 - Jul 2014

Journeyman Telecommunications Cable Splicer 

Sturgeon Electric Co.

November 2013 – July 2014  Anchorage, Alaska Area

  • Removing old DLC Housings, cold and hot splicing, and redistribution of cable pairs in the the OSP infrastructure in Anchorage, Ak.
  • Installed, remove, and upgraded different types of splice closures used to house a splice. Removed old lead closures and cables are still present and active here in Anchorage. 
  • Checking and  maintaining the cable pressure readings before and after any closure was cracked and sealed.
  • Confirmed our closures were sealed air tight, by flash testing, soaping, and monitoring after torqued  to the correct in/lbs..
  • Training in Confined space entry and permits and applying it safely in our daily work activities.
  • Used ladders, ladder slings, hooks, and bucket trucks to access splices in the SOW for the day or projects we were working on.
  • Updating the prints for distribution of cable pairs and reporting them back to engineers.
  • Upgrading the DSL standards around the Anchorage area.

Mar 2012 - Oct 2013

Cable Puller

Tekmate

Mar. 2012–Oct. 2013  Anchorage, Alaska

  • Lay down the data cabling infrastructure for Unified Communications.
  • Installed their Mitel Systems in commercial officeses and businesses, around the Anchorage area.
  • Wired and installed Wireless Access point in Various NANA hotels, Office spaces, and public properties in the Anchorage area.
  • Built numerous data/comm closets, installed overhead speaker systems, while providing the best customer support to my ability.
  • Wired the Kotzebue, Ak Nullagvik Hotel, built after the Hospital, to accommodate the housing needed.
  • Numerous trouble calls to fix phone or internet outages due to faulty cabling or other technicians.
May 2011 - Mar 2012

Field Technician

All Star Communications

August 2011 – March 2012 Anchorage Area

  • Installing Cisco switches, routers, DSL modems, WAPS, shopper counter, surveillance cameras.
  • Making sure they were hooked up to the network for new businesses around town.
  • Wiring commercial office buildings to EIA/TIA standards giving them the fullest capability of their network speeds purchased.
  • Inspecting other Installers work assuring they were up to industry standards, not violating code, and fixing any faults that I found.
  • Installing various types of phone systems for numerous businesses in the Anchorage area.
  • Working with Tech support fixing the errors we found while testing the installation.
  • Installing POS stations, pin pads, printers, and hooking them up to the network for different companies and other business is opening businesses into Anchorage.
  • Lead Tech for the upgrade of Lowes AP & VLAN segmentation.
  • Lead Tech for Office Max's project that did plus wired the new stores that was built in Juneau, Ak at the Nugget Mall.
Feb 2011 - May 2011

TekMate

TekMate

February 2011 – August 2011  Anchorage, Alaska

  • Lay down the data cabling infrastructure for Unified Communications.
  • Installed their Mitel Systems in commercial officeses and businesses, around the Anchorage area.
  • Wired and installed numerous WAPS in hotels, Office spaces, and public properties in the Anchorage area.
  • Built numerous data/comm closets, installed overhead speaker systems, while providing the best customer support to my ability.
  • Had to Quit To take care of my mother with Pancreatic Cancer
May 2010 - Jan 2011

Alaska Commercial

Alaska Commercial

Job was a Team Member and I was stocker of the produce section and Deli Help at a local grocery store. Others tasks included.

Temp job I picked up to help speed up my move from King Salmon, Ak  to Anchorage, to get back into playing a productive role in the Telecommunication/IT & Data cabling industry.

Jul 2007 - Oct 2008

Cable Splicer/Telecommunications Technician

Bristol Bay Telephone Cooperative

July 2007 – October 2008 King Salmon, Alaska

  • Keep up the OSP infrastructure In King Salmon, Alaska and the 12 surrounding villages.
  • Troubleshooting the Telecomm. and cable problems as they came into the shop.
  • Plowing in drops to the new HUD homes after they were built.
  • Updating Records and creating as-builts. 
  • Maintaining their cable TV in the village, disconnecting services, doing repairs, installs, and troubleshooting from the headend to the house. 
  • Adjusting every amplifier needed to clear up the Cable signal for the customers.
Nov 2004 - Jun 2007

Telecommunications Mechanic II/Electronics Technician III

Chugach Support Services

November 2004 – June 2007  King Salmon, Alaska

  • Took care of the Air Force Base's Meridian One Opt. 61C, Communications Server.
  • Maintained & PM All UHF, VHF, and LMR Radios aboard base.
  • Assisted with the fire alarm troubleshooting and installations.
  • Installed and wired the living quarters on base for a Dish 500 upgrade for the base's cable television network, to Dish 500.
  • Provided services to 100+ rooms in multiple buildings. Including telephone, dish network, internet, repairs, and troubleshooting of each.
  • Assisted the White Sands Missile Group with the launch of the Interceptor, providing communications  and circuit for their tracking of the missile.
Oct 2003 - Sep 2004

J. W. Grey Electric IES

J. W. Grey Electric IES

October 2003 – August 2004 Houston, Texas

  • Lead Tech holding my Register BICSI Technician card.
  • We wired and pulled cable throughout Houston, Tx and the surrounding college campuses.
  • Wired multiple apartment complexes in the Greater Houston area.
  • Lead a job consisting of 5 buildings, 3 stories per building, at Texas A&M International University, Laredo, Texas.
  • Supervised this 8 month project of pulling all the telephone, data, 18/2, and coaxial cable throughout all 5 buildings.
  • Interconnected them through a series of handholes we installed and OSP copper and fiber optic media. 
  • Worked with the different trades to coordinate our schedules around each other to try and be as efficient as possible, while staying on schedule with GM's set time management schedule.
  • Assisted other crews as needed back in Houston or other campuses.
  • Helped other techs get back on schedule. and meet deadlines. 
Feb 2003 - Sep 2003

Woodlands Network Solutions

Woodlands Network Solutions

          Feb. 2003-Sept. 2003

  • Network installs,  helped pull the CAT5e, 6 and fiber optics cables in numerous schools in Houston.
  • Joined the fiber team shortly after and worked on fiber the rest of the contract.
  • Certified fiber technician along side the lead fiber tech at WNS. 
  • Terminated and tested the fiber optic backbone cables at Houston Independent School district.
  • Woodlands Network Solutions had the contract to upgrade the data cabling in 200+ HISD schools through out the Houston, Tx area.

Jan 1998 - Jan 2003

United States Marine Corps

United States Marine Corps
  • HQ Battalion Bravo Company
  • Training and instructing junior Marines. Instilling discipline by instructions and giving examples from myself, the reflection of my everyday uniform, and leadership traits and principles. Doing any and everything the Marine Corps deemed necessary to get the job done 
  • BRAVO Company-G-6 Communications and Information Systems
  • Provide information technology and telecommunications support as a force enabler in accomplishing the MAGTFTC, MCAGCC mission.
  • The Installations all of the wiring within a building to connect it to the base voice and data network.
  • Part of the Construction section, which handles all wiring between buildings aboard the Combat Center. 
  • They run every kind of wire that carries all types of media allowing the Combat Center to be connected by a high speed voice and data network.
  • Installations of the conduit, Telecomm Cable, CAT5e & 6 wiring, network equipment, and communication closets necessary to ensure a professional installation meeting or exceeding Industry standards.

Skills

Skills

Equipment

PAGING

Telephone

cabling

ISP

Summary of Me

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.