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With today’s high speed fiber optic networks providing the bandwidth required for working remotely, distance learning and medical monitoring, it is the role of the professional fiber optic technician to provide the quality workmanship required for these networks. This course provides future technicians with the knowledge and skills required while potentially opening the door for a professional career with organizations such as telecommunications service providers, Internet service providers and contractors.

 

Course Description

Build and develop the skills required for entry-level employment as a fiber optic technician. This course covers the fundamental principles of how to properly install, test and maintain FTTx networks. The class will consist of 144 hours of classroom instruction and hands-on skills training. Individuals completing the course may be eligible for an internship or registered U.S. Department of Labor apprenticeship (2,000 hours) with a communications service provider or installation contractor.

Upon satisfactory course completion, graduates will be eligible for the Fiber Broadband Association’s OpTIC PathTM  3-year certification, plus 1 year complimentary FBA membership, access to additional FBA content and networking opportunities with masters in the field.  

About the Program

The FBA has developed content for the course and is  partnering with Community and Technical Colleges and Veteran programs nationwide. 

The course is designed using a building block format so that novices to the technology can follow easily. Integrated skills training follows the classroom knowledge chapters. By the completion of the course graduates will be able to install, test, and troubleshoot components to completed systems, including at subscriber's FTTH locations.

The Fiber Broadband Association's Fiber Optic Technician Certification course, FBA OpTIC PathTM ; Optical Telecom Installation Certification program is a program that will be offered at various vocational schools and community colleges around the country. We created this course to fill a skills gap to help accelerate fiber deployments across North America!

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We completed the pilot course at Wilson Community College in Wilson, NC.

Here’s what we’re doing and why!

Graduates will receive a Certificate from the Fiber Broadband Association upon completion of the course and will be required to retest after 3 years from the date of issue. 

We Are Working With Colleges & Veterans Programs Nationwide!

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If you are a service provider or contractor looking for fiber optic technicians, a local community or technical college or part of a veteran program interested in offering the program, contact Deborah Kish by clicking here

What Students Will Learn

SAFETY SKILLS

  • Personal safety equipment and training
  • Introductory training mandatory by apprenticeship partner organization
  • Fiber handling safety
  • PPE
  • Cable stripping tool safety
  • Fiber and shard handling safety
  • Eye protection
  • MSDS Review
  • Construction and building codes
    • Flame retardancy of various materials

TECHNICAL SKILLS/ INTRODUCTION TO FIBER

  • Articulate why FTTH is a preferred medium versus metal cables and wireless
    • Bandwidth
    • Attenuation
    • OpEx
    • Reliability
  • Identify what types of fibers are typically used in different FTTH types
    • Trunk and distribution
    • Home and MDU
  • Articulate how to tell the difference between fiber and cable types in the field
  • Discuss how fiber geometry affects splice loss
  • Articulate why different cable types are used in different environments
  • Articulate differences between different network architectures
 

CABLE PREPARATION

  • Trunk cables – Shielded versus all dielectric
  • Loose tube and ADSS
  • Micro cables
  • Central tube ribbon
  • Central tube partially bonded ribbon
  • Loose tube ribbon
  • Loose tube partially bonded ribbon
  • Drop cables (Dielectric and grounded, tonable vs non-tonable)
  • Flat drop
  • Round drop
  • Pushable
  • Indoor cables

INTRODUCTION TO SPLICING

  • Splicer and Cleaver set up
  • Cleaning
  • Operation
  • Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Labeling and documentation
 

FIBER OPTIC TERMINAL, PEDESTAL, AND CLOSURE PREP

  • Identify terminal and closures for different applications
  • Demonstration the following skills in the following closure types – Randomly chosen manufacturer products
  • Mid-span closure, butt splice closure, wall-mount enclosure, rack mounted enclosure, terminal, pedestals
  • Tube routing and preparation
  • Window cutting
  • Bare fiber routing
  • Flat ribbon routing
  • Partially bonded ribbon routing
  • Sealing
  • Central member security
  • Final assembly
  • Grounding
  • Labeling and documentation
  • Accessory selection for a given closure type and application
  • Closure and terminal troubleshooting and testing
  • High fiber count cable splicing (>432)

FIBER TESTING

  • Complete optical budget for sample backhaul and PON systems
  • Identify expected optical power available at a given location
  • Understand how to use all below (Exfo, Viavi to help with exercises)
  • OTDR, proper setup and use, including software packages
  • Identify lengths
  • Light source / Power Meter
  • Fiber Identifier
  • Visual Fault Locator
  • What goes wrong?
  • Identify common installation issues
  • Identify OTDR traces associated with various problems
  • Troubleshooting exercises
  • Breaks
  • Microbends
  • Macrobends
  • Ghosts
  • Gainers
  • Additional OTDR exercises
  • Setup using launch box
  • Pulse width exercises
  • Testing through splitters
  • Testing at OLTs and ONTs
  • Schedule review with test eq vendors
 

CUSTOMER INSTALLATION

  • Drop to the home
  • Recognize common drops to the home
  • Understand differences in fiber types typically used to and in the home
  • Equipment in the home
  • Install outdoor ONTs
  • Install outdoor NIDs
  • Install indoor ONTs
  • Familiarization with MDU install methods
  • Fiber in the home
  • Install fiber around and in the home
  • Powering in the home
  • Battery backup wiring
  • Outdoor and indoor versions
  • Wireless
  • Common wireless troubleshooting?