Estimated Length: 16 seat hours
Please call to enroll: 866.575.7206
This two-day class contains 16 hours of hands-on labs to provide practical understanding and skills required to properly design, install, and maintain fiber optic networks. Applicable for fiber optic communications systems in Telco, Broadband, and Premises (LAN) applications. Students will use the latest fiber optic technology and equipment to learn how to splice, connectorize, test, and troubleshoot optical fiber networks in order to increase efficiency, reliability and on-the-job safety as well as reduce cost and downtime. Upon successful completion, students will receive an industry recognized NCTI certificate of graduation and a Light Brigade certificate of completion.
Students will break into groups led by one instructor per group – this low ratio ensures each student receives the one-on-one training necessary to fully understand and learn how to perform fiber-optic installation, testing and troubleshooting in the field. Students spend approximately 3-4 hours at workstations, rotating through until all tasks are completed.
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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 16 hours (two days).
Hands-on Skills Learning: Connectors
Prepare a simplex jacketed fiber for termination, Prepare a simplex 900-micron fiber for termination, Build a hand-polished anaerobic connector, Clean a fiber connector endface, Use inspection scopes to view a connector endface, Use a light source and power meter to measure loss on a mated connector pair, Prepare and install a mechanical splice-on connector, Use a visual fault locator to identify nearby bends and breaks, Assemble an ETA-compliant patch-cord, Practice proper tool usage for connector preparation, Recognize acceptable hand-polished endface conditions.
Hands-on Skills Learning: Cable Preparation for Termination
Practice proper tool usage for cable and buffer tube preparation, Identify fiber optic cable and jacket types, Prepare a stranded cable for installation into a fiber closure/panel, Prepare buffer tube for a splice tray, Prepare a fanout kit.
Hands-on Skills Learning: Splicing and OTDRs
Clean the test port and all connectors of an OTDR, Modify typical OTDR settings to obtain a clear interpretable trace, Recognize and interpret events depicted by an OTDR, Use an OTDR to test and identify events in a span, Use a launch box to enable identification of events close to the OTDR, Join fibers with a mechanical splice, Strip and cleave an optical fiber, Modify typical splicer settings to obtain a high- quality splice, Perform arc calibration on a fusion splicer, Create a fusion splice, Learn how to install a fusion splice-on connector
Hands-on Skills Learning: Optical Loss Testing
Inspect and identify connector contamination, Clean connector endfaces using wet and dry cleaning methods, Clean connectors using commercially-available fiber optic cleaning products, Identify damaged connectors, Use a light source and power meter to observe the effects of a macrobend and microbend on a fiber, Learn one-, two- and three-cord reference testing, Create a loss budget for sample span of fiber, Measure optical loss for a span of fiber and compare to the calculated loss budget, Use a fiber identifier to detect active fibers