College Credit: 2 credit hours
Estimated Length: 28 seat hours
Price: $750.00 Course Assessment/Equivalency Exam: $110.00
The estimated completion time for this course is 28 hours. The maximum allotted time is four months from enrollment.
- earn two hours of college credit
- receive credit toward NCTI Master Technician certification
- receive an industry-recognized NCTI certificate of graduation
Upon completing this course, students will be able to:
- Identify the optical spectrum and wavelengths of light waves used for fiber-optics communications.
- Describe the optical sources and receivers used for fiber-optics communications.
- Describe safety materials and procedures for handling and splicing optical fibers.
- Recognize common standards used in fiber‐optic transmission systems.
- Describe the different optical fiber types and factors that determine how well light waves are transported through the fiber.
- Identify different types of fiber-optic cable and their applications.
- Describe optical connectors, patch panels, and ancillary optical devices such as splitters, pigtails, and attenuators.
- Explain the procedures to prepare a splice closure and a fiber‐optic splice tray.
- Describe how to splice fiber-optic cable.
- Explain the considerations and specifications for proper installation of fiber‐optic cable.
- Describe the different types of optical modulation and optical detection.
- Explain the differences in coarse wavelength division multiplexing, wide wavelength division multiplexing, and dense wavelength division multiplexing technologies.
- Identify optical network architectures and topologies, including fiber-to-the-user (FTTx) networks.
- List the steps in the setup of an optical transmitter and receiver.
- Define and give examples of an optical power budget.
- Discuss the application and operation of centralized and distributed node powering.
- Recognize the different passive optical network (PON) access architectures.
1. Fiber-Optic Technology
Fiber-optic technology basics, light sources, and optical receivers
2. Fiber-Optic Cable Properties
Optical fiber types, fiber performance, and optical fiber dimension tolerances
3. Introduction to Fiber-Optic Networks
Basic HFC architecture, optical nodes, fiber-optic services, fiber transmission standards, and fiber safety
4. Fiber-Optic Network Design
Network design guidelines, network design route, and network documentation
5. Fiber-Optic Network Architectures and Topologies
Fiber-optic network architecture, FTTx networks, and passive optical networks
6. Passive Optical Networks
Passive optical networks, PON architectures, and next-generation access
7. Optical Transmission Systems
Optical modulation techniques, optical detection and demodulation, and wavelength division multiplexing
8. Optical Signal Transmitting and Receiving
Optical transmitters, optical receivers, and optical transport elements
9. Fiber-Optic Cable Construction Techniques
Safety overview and fiber-optic cable outside plant installation
10. Fiber-Optic Node Powering
Optical network powering, outside plant power distribution, and node equipment
11. Outside Plant Fiber-Optic Cable Installation
Aerial fiber-optic cable installation and underground fiber-optic cable installation
12. Fiber-Optic Components and Terminations
Optical cabling standards and elements, optical connectors, and optical patch panels and ancillary devices
13. Fiber-Optic Cable Splicing Preparation
Fiber-optic cable splicing and splice closures
14. Fiber-Optic Cable Splicing and Terminating
Splicing techniques and facility terminations