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March 17, 2002

                             ET News
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                NEWS FOR ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS
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Volume 2 Issue 11                                      3-17-2002
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Contents
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- News
- ET Journal
- Test Dates
- Class Schedule
- Administrivia

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NEWS
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Those of us "straddling" the Columbia River, carry 'Lectrician licenses
from Oregon *and* Washington. For more than 20 years, licensing in both
states has remained essentially unchanged. Once licensed, we attend CEU
classes, pay renewal fees, and walk the straight and narrow.

Apparently it's time for change...

This past week, the Washington State legislature passed House Bill and
Senate Bill 6630 that adds a new license -- "Master Electrician", which
means either "Master Journeyman Electrician" or "Master Specialty
Electrician". This new license combines the Electrician's Certificate
and the Administrator's Certificate into one license. Between now and
2005, when you renew your licenses, you may receive the new 'Master'
license without an exam. The caveat here is that you must hold both the
Electrician's Certificate and the Administrator's Certificate. Bill 6630
is effective in 90 days and was passed on March 11, 2002. Other
highlights of the new bill: new Administrator Certificates are valid for
3 years vs. 2 currently and will require 8 CEUs per year vs. 0
currently.

Source:
http://www.leg.wa.gov/wsladm/billinfo/dspBillSummary.cfm?billnumber=6630
#files

In its last session, the Oregon State legislature passed House Bill and
Senate Bill 2152, which changes the name of the "Journeyman Limited
Energy Electrician" (JLE) license to "Class A Limited Energy Technician"
and changes the name of the "Restricted Energy Technician" (RET) license
to "Class B Limited Energy Technician".
The new law take affect on October 1, 2002. The new licenses are valid
for 3 years and require 24 CEUs per license cycle vs. the 4 CEUs
currently required.

The transition from JLE to Class A *seems* fairly straightforward: pay
the renewal fee and show proof of your CEUs. The transition from RET to
Class B or Class A is not as straightforward. If you're an apprentice,
well, umm..., may I suggest that you attend your next committee meeting
and ask questions.

Source: http://www.leg.state.or.us/orlaws/sess0700.dir/0728ses.html

Some would say that Oregon limited energy 'Lectricians have been demoted
from 'Journeyman Electrician' to 'Technician' and that some Washington
limited energy 'Lectricians have been promoted from 'Specialty
Electrician' to 'Master Electrician'. I find it curious that the two
State licensing programs have moved so far apart from each other. I had
thought that States were working hard to develop reciprocal agreements
and make it easier for people to move across State lines to continue
working in their chosen profession. By renaming the license in Oregon,
all reciprocal agreements are in jeopardy of being cancelled with
Oregon, simply because the technician's license is not an electrician's
license.

All the more reason why NICET certification is so important. Regardless
of the licensing requirements of your State, NICET certification is
recognized, and in many cases, required, across America. That is not to
say that NICET certification takes the place of local licensing
requirements.

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ET JOURNAL
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NICET* Fire Alarm Systems Level I
31011^ BASIC METRIC UNITS AND CONVERSIONS
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31011 DESCRIPTION
Perform conversions to and from basic metric (SI) units. (ASTM E-380)

31011 is a General Core Work element.

The caret (^) following 31010 means generic crossover credit. Once you
pass this exam element, you will receive credit in other
fields/subfields when you first test in the other field/subfield.

31011 is mandatory for certification at Levels II, III and IV.

31011 REFERENCES:
ASTM E-380 (Superceded by ASTM SI 10)
http://global.ihs.com/doc_detail.cfm?customer_id=%21%25HS%2B%0A&shopping
_cart_id=%27%25X3%2FK%40%3CLZ%40%210%0A&country_code=US&lang_code=ENGL&d
ocument_name=ASTM%20SI%2010&input_doc_number=ASTM%20SI%2010&input_doc_ti
tle=

31011 DESCRIPTION BREAKDOWN:
"Perform conversions to and from basic metric (SI [Le Système
International d'Unités]) units."

A *small* sample of conversions:
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1 meter = 39.37 inches
1 ounce = 28 grams
1 centimeter = 0.039 inch
1 KW = 3413 BTU/HR
1 inch = 2.54 centimeters

1 ft^2 = 929.03 cm^2
1 ft^3 = 0.0283 m^3
1 ft^3 = 28.32 liter

MPH X (1.609 kilometer/mile) = KPH

1 HP = 746 watts
1 BTU = 778 FT-LB
1000 watts = 3413 BTU / hr

FT-LB X (1.36 joule/FT-LB) = joule

Centigrade = 0.55 X (Fahrenheit - 31)
Fahrenheit = (C X 1.8) + 32

Link to a metric conversion web page:
http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Metrics/factors.htm

You may also want to consider using a specialty calculator such as the
Radio Shack EC-252.

THE INFORMATION IN ET JOURNAL IS PROVIDED AS A GUIDE ONLY AND IS
INTENDED TO ASSIST YOU IN PREPARING FOR AN EXAM. THE MATERIAL HEREIN IS
NOT INTENDED TO BE INCLUSIVE OF ALL INFORMATION THAT MAY BE ON AN EXAM.

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NICET* TEST DATES
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OREGON
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PCC Sylvania, Portland;
Test 4/20/02. Postmark deadline 3/2/02.
Test 7/27/02. Postmark deadline 6/8/02.

Clackamas Community College, Oregon City;
Test 6/22/02. Postmark deadline 5/4/02.
Test 9/14/02. Postmark deadline 7/27/02.

WASHINGTON
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Bates Technical College, Tacoma;
Test 5/18/02. Postmark deadline 3/30/02.
Test 9/14/02. Postmark deadline 7/27/01.

Walla Walla Community College;
Test 4/20/02. Postmark deadline 3/2/02.
Test 7/27/02. Postmark deadline 6/8/02.

Spokane Community College;
Test 5/18/02. Postmark deadline 3/30/02.
Test 8/24/02. Postmark deadline 7/6/01.

For a complete list of all test centers and test dates, visit
http://63.70.211.210/cfdocs/nicetschedule.cfm

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CLASS SCHEDULE 
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OREGON
------
Clackamas Community College is sponsoring a 16-hour NICET* Test
Preparation Seminar:

>> 4-6-2002 8am - 5pm NICET* Certification application process and Fire
Alarm Systems Level I Element Review.

>> 4-13-2002 8am - 5pm Fire Alarm Systems Level II Element Review.

OUTLINE
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http://65.108.49.140/docs/outline.pdf

LOCATION
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Clackamas Community College
http://www.clackamas.cc.or.us/maps/campus/

INSTRUCTOR
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Michael B. Baker, SET
(503) 209-7345
mailto:mbbaker@etnews.org?subject=seminar_info

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WASHINGTON
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The Washington Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (WBFAA) is sponsoring
two 16-hour CEU seminars:

FIRE ALARM INSTALLATION METHODS:

>> 3-18-2002 8am - 5pm

>> 3-19-2002 8am - 5pm

LIFE SAFETY CODE COURSE & WORKSHOP

>> 3-20-2002 8am - 5pm

>> 3-21-2002 8am - 5pm

CONTACT
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Stella McDonald, WBFAA Executive Director
(800) 248-9272
mailto:smspokane@sisna.com

LOCATION
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Honeywell
9555 SE 36th Street
Mercer Island, WA 98040
http://maps.yahoo.com/py/maps.py?Pyt=Tmap&addr=9555+Se+36th+Street+&csz=
Mercer+Island+WA+&Get%A0Map=Get+Map

INSTRUCTOR
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Robert Sturken

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