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Manchester Community College

NCMI124M Fire Alarm Technician

with Bryant Abbott


Purpose: Fire alarm systems require technicians that are well versed in basic electronics, computer software applications, as well as knowledge of a variety of devices and auxiliary systems that interface to fire panels. 

Course Layout:

Day 1:   Alarm panel basics for power supplies and basic I/O devices.

  1. Set up the alarm panel, connect power
  2. Connect and program keypad
  3. Bringing the panel on line from the keypad
  4. Device input/output types

Day 2:   Computer software for panel programming

  1. Student will apply basics from previous class to set up panel
  2. Loading software on computer
  3. Program panel for basic I/O operations

Day 3:   Central Station setup and communication and power calculations

  1. Central Station communications
  2. Panel programming for communications
  3. Digital radio communicators

Day 4:   Auxiliary control systems

  1. Elevator alternate floor
  2. HVAC shutdown and reset
  3. Duct detectors

           Specialty Software

  1. LiteConfig system design application
  2. Battery power configuration

Each session will be allotted 4 hours. Structure will be a 1 hour class, short break followed by a 3 hour lab session

Requirements for Class:  Students will be required to supply the following

  •  Small diagonal cutters (5-6 inch)
  •  Long nose pliers (small point)
  •  Wire strippers (18GA to 24GA)
  •  #2 Phillips screwdrivers
  •   Slotted screwdriver(s)
  •   Small slotted and Phillips screwdrivers (such as Ideal 35-1301)
  •   Multi-meter (must measure DC current, AC/DC voltage, resistance)




  • CRN TBA: Nov 30 - Dec 28th, 2021
    Tue for 4 weeks from 5:00 - 9:00 pm

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