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October 28, 2001

                   Northwest NICET Newsletter 
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Volume 1 Issue 18                                     10-28-2001
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        News for Fire Protection Engineering Technicians
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Contents:
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- News
- Tech Stuff
- Test Dates
- Class Schedule
- Administrivia

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NEWS
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18 people attended the first general membership meeting of the Oregon
Automatic Fire Alarm Association http://www.oafaa.org. Thank you EC
Company for the use of your facilities. A Board of Directors will be
elected at the next meeting to be held most likely at noon on January
15, 2002 at the Radisson Hotel, 1441 NE 2nd Ave., Portland, OR.

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TECH STUFF
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Level IV Major Project
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Excerpt from the NICET Fire Alarm Systems Program Detail Manual:

LEVEL IV MAJOR PROJECT
Ten or more years of employment in the certification area, by itself, is
not sufficient for the granting of Level IV. An absolute requirement for
certification at Level IV is senior-level involvement in a major project
that is directly related to the sub field in which Level IV
certification is sought. The major project selected must be completed,
must be recent (within the past 3-4 years), and must have taken place
well into your career in the certification area. A write-up submitted
too early (for example, after only 5 or 6 years in the certification
area) will not be reviewed.

The write-up for a major fire alarm systems project should include the
following information:
-Type of project (medical facility, warehouse, shopping mall, etc.);
-Scope of work (number and type of alarms, detectors, pull stations,
etc. installed);
-Time involvement (start date, end date, number of hours worked);
-Your supervisory responsibilities; and
-Range of your involvement on this project -- hazard analysis, design
calculations, approvals, proposals, system installation, checkout, and
final approval test.

Your write-up must address the Level IV requirement that your level of
responsibility demonstrates independent senior engineering technician
work, including delegated responsibilities and duties for which
engineering precedent exists. You must describe the pertinent work
experience in depth; official job descriptions or testimonials from
others will not be evaluated.

The project write-up must answer these basic questions:
-What was the project?
-How was the candidate involved?
-The project write-up must be a separate document from the work history
-The project must be recent (within the past 3-4 years)
-The write-up must demonstrate independent, senior-level engineering
technician work including delegated responsibilities and duties
-The write-up must include a range of fire alarm system activities*
-The candidate must describe the project; official job descriptions and
testimonials from others will not be evaluated.
-The project write-up must be a concise, detailed, two-to-three page
written description of one* major fire alarm system project.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

-Narrative description of the type and location of project (factory,
warehouse, hotel, medical facility, etc.)
-Size of project (square footage, number of stories, approximate
installation time, etc.)
-Time period (start / stop dates, dates of candidate's involvement,
amount of time candidate spent on project)
-Scope of fire alarm system activities (risers, circuits,
interconnections, spacing of components, etc.)

CANDIDATE'S INVOLVEMENT

-Supervisory responsibilities (number of people and tasks they
performed)
-Range / scope of activities and role in each activity (hazard analysis,
design calculations, approvals, proposals, system installation,
check-out, and final approval test, etc.)

*NOTE: If all of these activities cannot be documented for a single
project, they may be accumulated via several more narrowly focused
projects.


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TEST DATES 
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Oregon
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PCC Sylvania, Portland;
Test 11/19/01. Postmark deadline 9/29/01.
Test TBA/02. Postmark deadline 12/1/01.

Clackamas Community College, Oregon City;
Test 11/19/01. Postmark deadline 9/29/01.
Test 1/26/02. Postmark deadline 12/1/01.

Washington
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Bates Technical College, Tacoma;
Test 11/19/01. Postmark deadline 9/29/01.
Test TBA/02. Postmark deadline 12/1/01.

Walla Walla Community College;
Test 12/14/01. Postmark deadline 10/27/01.
Test TBA/02. Postmark deadline 12/1/01.

Spokane Community College;
Test TBA/02. Postmark deadline 12/1/01.

Idaho
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Boise State University;
Test 11/17/01. Postmark deadline 9/29/01.
Test TBA/02. Postmark deadline 12/1/01.

Ricks College, Rexburg;
Test 12/15/01. Postmark deadline 10/27/01.
Test TBA/02. Postmark deadline 12/1/01.

Montana
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Rocky Mountain College, Billings;
Test TBA/02. Postmark deadline 12/1/01.

Montana Tech, University of Montana, Butte;
Test 11/16/01. Postmark deadline 9/29/01.
Test TBA/02. Postmark deadline 12/1/01.

MT State University, Bozeman;
Test 12/15/01. Postmark deadline 10/27/01.
Test TBA/02. Postmark deadline 12/1/01.

Flathead Valley Community College, Kalispell;
Test 11/17/01. Postmark deadline 9/29/01.
Test TBA/02. Postmark deadline 12/1/01.

For a complete list of all test centers and test dates, point your
favorite http client to -->http://www.nicet.org/tests.shtml

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CLASS SCHEDULE 
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Clackamas Community College is sponsoring a 16-hour Saturday
Seminar(r)in November:

--> 11-10-2001 8am - 5pm NICET Certification application process and
Fire Alarm Systems Level I Element Review.

--> 11-17-2001 8am - 5pm Fire Alarm Systems Level II Element Review.

Visit http://www.lerc.org to register.

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ADMINISTRIVIA 
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I will see some of you in Spokane later this week at the WBFAA trade
show.

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