Optical Fiber Construction

Description:
The Optical Fiber Construction course is based upon SCTE·ISBE’s Recommended Practices for Optical Fiber Construction and Testing. Topics include fiber design and application, optical power budgets, cable preparation, splices and connectors, optical cable construction and restoration, leakage/LTE Interference measurement, conducting acceptance testing of a broadband optical link, and relevant field safety topics.


Recommended Prerequisite:

  • Broadband Transport Specialist
  • Network Testing and Maintenance Level 2

Target Audience:

  • Broadband Premises Installers / Technicians
  • Technical Operations
  • Hybrid Fiber Coax (HFC) or Access Network Technicians
  • Outside Plant (OSP) Technicians
  • Maintenance Technician, System Technician or equivalent
  • Headend or Hub Engineers

Included in the Course:

  • Engaging and Interactive LightningMod™ to prepare learner for training 
  • In-depth interactive eBook modules 
  • CORTEX® mobile app to access content modules in the field 
  • Apply module knowledge with real life experiences in a simulated environment 
    • 1 NetworkSim Included
  • Module assessments
  • Course final exam
  • Fun VirtuGame™ to improve absorption and retention of competencies 
  • SCTE·ISBE course completion certificate
  • 3 recertification units (RUs) towards SCTE·ISBE certification renewal

Requirements for Successful Course Completion:

  • Module quizzes 70% or higher
  • Course final test 70% or higher

You may take the course final test up to 3 times.

Format and Schedule:

Self-paced interactive Online Course: Learners start the SCTE·ISBE VirtuLearn™ course at any time, study at their own pace, and have access to dynamic online content after they register. On average, learners will spend approximately 4 hours per week over 12 weeks completing course activities. SCTE·ISBE provides access to the course for 3 years from date of purchase.

System Requirements: A high speed Internet (HSI) connection, Internet browser with HTML 5 support. For tablet or smartphone access, HTML 5 may be used for online eBook content.

Instructor-Led Onsite Boot Camp Course: The SCTE·ISBE VirtuLearn course may be delivered as an onsite boot camp over 5 days.

Course access information will be emailed when the course is purchased.

Course Modules:

Module 01: Optical Safety
Module 02: Fiber Design and Application
Module 03: Optical Power Budgets
Module 04: Cable Preparation
Module 05: Splices and Connectors
Module 06: OSP Optical Cable Construction
Module 07: Fiber Restoration Techniques
Module 08: SDV Install, Addressing and Network Review
Module 09: Signal Leakage Effects on Optical
Module 10: Conducting Acceptance Testing of a Broadband Optical Link

Course Objectives:

Module 01: Optical Safety
Upon completion of this module the participant will be able to:

  • Define OSHA role as it related to optical fiber.
  • Apply safe work practices when working with optical fibers.
  • Apply safe work practices when working with related optical equipment.
  • Examine the inherent hazards when handling fibers and LASERs.

Module 02: Fiber Design and Application
Upon completion of this module the participant will be able to:

  • Classify the basic operation of the components found in a fiber-optic network.
  • Recognize common fiber network topologies.
  • Review symbology and documentation as part of a system's design.
  • Locate the losses that occur as part of a system's design.

Module 03: Optical Power Budgets
Upon completion of this module the participant will be able to:

  • Calculate link power loss budgets.
  • Calculate optical loss budget for FTTx applications.
  • Practice several link power loss budgets examples.
  • Describe the power losses of an optical link such as total lose, splice averaging, power margin, etc...

Module 04: Cable Preparation
Upon completion of this module the participant will be able to:

  • Identify the steps necessary to open a fiber cable.
  • Explain the functions of a fiber enclosure and how it is used to store and protect the exposed fiber.

Module 05: Splices and Connectors
Upon completion of this module the participant will be able to:

  • Contrast the splicing types used by cable operators.
  • Recognize the process to properly install mechanical and fusion splices on single-mode fiber.
  • Classify common connector types and polishes used by cable operators.
  • Explain the losses associated with a splice or connector

Module 06: OSP Optical Cable Construction
Upon completion of this module the participant will be able to:

  • Explain recommended construction practices for placing aerial cables.
  • Explain recommended construction practices for placing underground optical fiber cables.
  • Recognize the hazards and considerations of both aerial and underground installations.

Module 07: Fiber Restoration Techniques
Upon completion of this module the participant will be able to:

  • Explain recommended restoration practices and procedures used by cable operators.
  • Develop an optical restoration plan.


Perform Emergency Fiber Restoration

Module 08: SDV Install, Addressing and Network Review
Upon completion of this module the participant will be able to:

  • Calculate service group size and number of node splits required for a given scenario.
  • Define the SDV channel lineup needed for the SDV tier.
  • Identify the power requirements, rack space and cable wiring needed for new service groups.
  • Determine the IP network addressing and readiness for SDV.

Module 09: Signal Leakage Effects on Optical
Upon completion of this module the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the key aspects of LTE cellular signals that relate to cable networks.
  • Describe the recommended practices and test methods for locating and correcting instances of LTE interference found in the cable plant.
  • Describe the recommended practices to prevent LTE signals from getting into HFC networks in headends, hubs, and plant actives.
  • Describe the recommended practices for minimizing the amount of egress of cable signals into the air and interfering with LTE signals.

Module 10: Conducting Acceptance Testing of a Broadband Optical Link
Upon completion of this module the participant will be able to:

  • Understand the process for pre-installation cable testing while it's still on the reel
  • Describe the process for post-installation cable testing to ensure no damage occurred during placement
  • Describe the process for final acceptance testing of the placed, spliced, cable from end to end.This is likely to be the most comprehensive step in the process but because it typically occurs as a hand-off from one department to another or from a contractor to the network owner, it is a demarcation point in time and thus the most critical step.
  • Understand the methods and tools available for periodic maintenance testing or monitoring
  • Understand the basic methods and procedures for troubleshooting

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