Coax Splicer Specialist

Description:

The Coax Splicer Specialist course draws upon SCTE·ISBE’s Recommended Practices for Coaxial Construction and Testing.  Topics include hardline coaxial cable connectorization, system design, signals used in a cable system, powering, aerial and underground coaxial cable construction, activation and testing, and relevant field safety topics.  Learners will also understand the field practical skills like how to splice coaxial, connectorized coax, and proper testing techniques.

Recommended Prerequisite:

  • SCTE·ISBE Understanding Cable Technology or equivalent


Target Audience:

  • Coax Splicers
  • Maintenance Technicians
  • Outside Plant Personnel
  • Plant Technicians

 

Included in the Course:

  • In-depth interactive eBook™ modules 
  • CORTEX mobile app to access content modules in the field 
  • Module assessments
  • Course final exam
  • SCTE·ISBE course completion certificate
  • 2 recertification units (RUs) towards SCTE·ISBE certification renewal


Requirements for Successful Course Completion:

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


Format and Schedule:

The course is delivered online via the SCTE·ISBE virtual classroom, during which participants view web-based course materials and complete assessments (quizzes & final) at a time that is convenient for them. Participants may contact the instructor when they have questions.  

It is recommended that participants spend approximately 2 - 3 hours per week over a 12-week period, on average, completing the various course activities in order to maximize the learning benefits. 100% of the schedule is determined by the participant (viewing online materials and completing quizzes).

System Requirements: A high speed Internet connection, Internet browser with flash or HTML5. For tablet access, HTML5 can be used to online content modules.

Course Modules: 

  1. Field Safety
  2. Signaling and Transmission in Cable Networks
  3. System Design
  4. Coax Cable
  5. Coax Connectorization
  6. Powering a Coaxial or HFC System
  7. Aerial Construction
  8. Underground Construction
  9. Activation and Testing

 

Course Learning Objectives:

 

Module 1: Field Safety Refresher

Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Recognize the industry standard safe work practices, for PPE and other job-related tools and equipment.
  • Recognize the industry standard safe work practices with respect to vehicle use.
  • Recognize the industry standard safe work practices with respect to work zone safety.
  • Recognize the industry standard safe work practices with respect to the work environment.

 

Module 2: Signaling and Transmission in Cable Networks

Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Differentiate between the way analog and digital signals are used in an access network.
  • Identify different types of physical transmission media used by operators.
  • Calculate transmission loss and expected signal levels given signal input levels with fiber or cable attenuation.
  • LAB: Determine Expected Signal Levels

 

Module 3: System Design

Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Identify industry-recognized map symbols and the devices that they correspond with in the network.
  • Explain the basic principles used to design and map the coaxial portion of the HFC network.
  • Distinguish between the three types of system maps.

 

Module 4: Coaxial Cable

Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Discuss the electrical characteristics of coaxial cable
  • Explain how the dimensions of coaxial cable affect signal transmission
  • Discuss the relationship between power transfer and coaxial cable impedance
  • Calculate signal attenuation levels
  • Explain how environmental factors affect cable
  • LAB: Measure RF Attenuation and Impedance


Module 5: Coax Connectorization


Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Explain the use and function of coaxial cable preparation tools used in HFC networks.
  • Identify the types of connectors used in HFC networks.
  • Describe connectorization methods in HFC networks.
  • LAB: Coring Hardline and Cable Prep
  • LAB: Coupler Installation
  • LAB: Installation of a Hardline Splice

 

Module 6: Powering a Coaxial or HFC System

Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the function of a line power supply and a standby power supply.
  • Explain how power is inserted onto the coaxial cable.
  • Describe distributed and centralized powering designs.
  • Calculate, using Ohm’s Law, voltage drops across amplifiers to determine whether a 60v or 90v power supply is used.
  • LAB: Determine Voltages in the Access Network

 

Module 7: Aerial Construction

Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the cable and equipment used in aerial cable telecommunications construction, and its proper handling and testing.
  • Explain aerial cable placement considerations, including inspection, clearances, and installation.
    • List clearances necessary for aerial plant construction.
    • Describe proper pole framing.
    • Describe strand installation and guying.
  • Describe cable plant bonding and grounding practices.
    • Outline aerial cable installation procedures.

 

Module 8: Underground Construction

Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the cable and equipment used in underground cable telecommunications construction, and its proper handling and testing
  • Explain underground cable placement considerations, including open trench, boring, and plowing installations
  • Describe the underground enclosures used in cable plant construction
  • Describe trenching considerations
  • Describe typical underground construction methods, including Open trench, Directional boring, Plowing, Duct and conduit system
  • Explain pull line

 

Module 9: Activation and Testing

Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the process of coaxial cable activation and testing for new construction.
  • LAB: Perform the steps for end of line testing.

 


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