Estimated Length: 32 seat hours
This four-day instructor-led course features one day of classroom theory that delivers a quick refresher on fiber terminology and technology before diving into FTTx, emergency restoration, fiber characterization and how the latest industry trends may impact field practices. This is followed by three days of hands-on skills training, where attendees build and troubleshoot a passive optical network from patch panel to patch panel through various splice closures with multiple drops.
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- Courses must be purchased at least two weeks in advance to avoid late fees.
- Discounts may be available for this course, please contact NCTI Customer Care at 866.575.7206 to learn more and/or to enroll.
The estimated completion time for this course is 32 hours (four days).
- Qualified to receive the Electronics Technicians Association (ETA) and Fiber Optic Technician-Outside Plant (FOT-OSP) Certifications
- Earn BICSI ITS Continuing Education Credits
- Earn a Light Brigade Certification of Completion
Working with lasers , Visual safety using fiber optic sources, Working with optical fibers , Chemicals
Terminology & Concept Review
Theory, Fiber, Cable, Connectors, Splicing, Fiber and cable management, Installation
Terminology & Concept Review
Theory, fiber, cable, connectors, splicing, fiber, cable management and installation
Trends in Fiber Optics
Outdoor cable styles with ribbon fiber, microduct cables, aerial fiber optic cables, ADSS and OPGW cables, 200 μm fiber, collapsible ribbon, complex architectures, improvements in FTTx and CWDM/DWDM
FTTx defined, FTTx economics, basic FTTx architecture, advanced FTTx architectures, centralized vs distributed splits and FTTx testing
Types of fiber optic damage, frequently-encountered problems, failure rates of fiber optic systems, emergency restoration kit requirements, equipment used in the restoration role, premises restorations and post-restoration recommendations
Introduction to Fiber Characterization
Introduction to fiber characterization, fiber characterization defined, review of conventional testing protocols, chromatic dispersion, polarization mode dispersion and spectral attenuation
Practice safety during the labs for yourself and your fellow participants
Prepare a stranded cable for butt-entry installation into a fiber closure/panel
Secure cables to closure/panel and route blue tube to splice tray
What is a fanout kit and how do I use it?
Splice the blue tube fibers in the splice trays of the closures
Pigtails for Panel 1
Splice the blue tube fibers to pigtails in Panel 1
FuseConnects for Panel 2
Use FuseConnects to terminate the blue tube fibers in Panel 2
Splicer Menu Options
Review key splicer menu options
Mid-entry Cable Preparation
Prepare a stranded cable for mid-entry installation into a fiber closure/panel
Mid-entry Closure Preparation
Secure cables to closure and route blue tube to splice tray
Discuss functions, features, limitations and accessories for effective OTDR usage
Use an OTDR to test and identify issues with the class-built fiber span
Optical Loss Budgets
Create a loss budget for the classroom assembled link
Optical Loss Testing
Determine optical loss for the classroom assembled link and compare to the calculated loss budget
Use a fiber identifier to prevent cutting a live fiber
Use a visual fault locator to find failures in the classroom assembled link
Discuss documentation that may be required on the job
Fusion splice ribbon fiber