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This course is ideal for those entering the field as well as seasoned telecom technicians interested in enhancing their knowledge of basic fiber principles and applications. Fiber Optic Installer is also ideal for Network Managers and Information Technology (I.T.) personnel who are contemplating fiber build-outs. This course enables the student to confidently design, cost estimate, and install network fiber links in new and existing copper or coaxial environments.

This is a pre-requisite course for Advanced Technician Certification which immediately follows each course presentation. Those who have already completed fiber theory and basic link applications from an accredited organization may comp-out of this course by taking a comparable exam in advance. Ask the course administrator for details.

Fiber Optic Installer

Class Outline:

Factory Certification - 3M Telecom Systems Division
Tuition: $600.00
Prerequisites - None
Duration - 16 hours (Two 8-hour days)
  NOTE: Evenings/Saturday classes also available
BICSI Installer - 16 CEC Award
CEU Award - 1.5 semester credits
Lecture - 8 hours
Lab - 8 hours hands-on connectorization lab
Lunches and breaks - (2 hours total)
Directed Home Study - 1 hour

Lecture on Fiber Optic Network Theory -- Day One (8 hours)

    I. Introductions
      A. Discussion of course content
      B. Review of course objectives

    II. The History of Fiber Optics

      A. Fiber applications
      B. Benefits of fiber
      C. Deployment of hybrid fiber/conventional cable networks

    III. Theory and Principles of Fiber Transmission

      A. Properties of light
      B. Fiber transmission light sources
      C. The electromagnetic spectrum
      D. Transmission frequencies
      E. Understanding refraction and reflection

    IV. Construction and Fiber Classifications

      A. Fiber optic cable construction
      B. Classification of fiber types and uses
      1. Multi-mode Step Index (MMSI)
      2. Multi-mode Graded Index (MMGI)
      3. Single Mode Step Index (SMSI)
      C. Fiber core sizes and characteristics
      1. Numerical aperture
      2. Selecting correct fiber for the job
      3. The importance of propagation
      4. The effects of dispersion on a fiber loop and dispersion types

    V. What Affects Fiber Performance

      A. What is attenuation in a fiber installation
      B. Measuring attenuation
      C. Establishing preventive maintenance plans

    VI. Design of Fiber Loops and Systems

      A. Identify basic components of a fiber optic loop
      B. Power Budget Calculations
      C. Power Budget Calculation exercises

    VII. Review and Examination Standards

      A. Course objectives review

Lab -- Day Two (8 hours)
    A. Raceway-cable installation

    B. Identification Standards, BICSI Methods and TIA 568A, B Standards

    1. Cable marking
    2. Color codes

    C. Basic Fiber Termination

    1. ST Connectorization process
        a) Standard epoxy method
        b) 6100 HotMelt method
    2. SC Connectorization process
        a) 6300 HotMelt method
Learning Termination Basics

Lecture and Exam Prep

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