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Fiber Optic Inspector Course

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This course is designed for Quality Control Inspectors, Project Managers, Field Supervisors, Consultants and Owner Representatives who must review and approved contractors or subcontractors installation and testing practices. It covers all aspects of basic fiber applications from receipt inspection and cable pull inspection to various forms of termination inspection criteria. With an emphasis on WAN, ITS, security and power generation systems, this class is ideal for METRO communications, utilities workers and Traffic Management personnel. Upon Successful completion of this course, the candidate will be able to complete basic inspections and the associated documentation. This course also prepares the individual for Inspector Level II which presents more advanced applications and practices within the industry.


Class Outline:

Tuition: $850.00
Prerequisites - Fiber Optic Installer
Duration - 16 hours
CEU Award - 1.5 semester credits
Certification - FNT
BICSI Award – 14 for RCDD/12 for Installer

  1. Fiber Optic Theory, Standards and Applications Review
    1. Course Objectives
    2. Introduction
    3. The History of Fiber Optics
    4. Why Fiber Optics are so Popular
    5. Fiber Optic Theory and the Properties of Light
    6. Fiber Optic Light Sources and Their Wavelengths
    7. The Electromagnetic Spectrum
    8. Refraction and Reflection
  2. Optical Fiber Construction
    1. The Fiber Core
    2. The Cladding Layer
    3. Soft Adhesive Layer
    4. The Buffer Layer(s)
  3. Fiber Optic Cable Construction Review
    1. Classification of Fiber Types
    2. Fiber Core Sizes, Their Characteristics and Their Capabilities
    3. Numerical Aperture
    4. Selecting or Validating the Right Fiber for your Application
    5. Propagation Principles
    6. Dispersion Categories
      1. Modal dispersion
      2. Pulse dispersion
      3. Chromatic dispersion
      4. How dispersion categories affect transmission capabilities and fiber characteristics
    7. Attenuation Principles
    8. Spectral Attenuation
  4. The Fiber Optic Link Review
    1. Optical Transmitters
    2. Transfer Mediums
    3. The Optical and Hybrid Transceiver
    4. Splices and Connections
    5. Power Budget Calculation for the Designer and the Inspector
    6. Codes and Standards that Apply to Fiber Optic Cable and Equipment
    7. Summary, Definitions and Applicable Codes and Standards
  5. Inspection Lab
    1. Cable Management and Receipt Inspection
    2. Monitoring Cable Pulls as an In-process Inspection
    3. Connector Installation Inspection
    4. Connector Finishing Inspection
    5. Microscope Views, The Difference Between a Good and a Bad Polish
    6. Allowances for Repair of a Connector
    7. Basic Testing Procedures and How to Evaluate Test Reports
    8. Summary, Written Certification Exam and Final In-Class Inspection Criteria Evaluation

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