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Basic Fiber Optic Installation

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By attending Basic Fiber Optic Installation, a hands-on installation training program, you learn how to install fiber optic cables, connectors, splices and achieve the three goals of installation. These three goals: minimum power loss, maximum reliability, and minimum cost, require knowledge of the specific procedures and compliance with the unique rules of fiber optic communication products. You learn this knowledge and these rules from the lectures and hands on activities of this comprehensive and well-developed program.

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
• Install fiber optic cables without damage
• End preparation of both loose and tight tube cables
• Install low loss, reliable, multimode and singlemode connectors
• Inspect connectors to determine installation quality
• Install low loss fusion and mechanical splices
• Properly test insertion loss, OTDR and reflectance
• Calculate acceptance values for all tests
• Certify and troubleshoot installed links for maximum reliability

Who Should Take This Course


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Outline


Day 1 – Overview of Networks, The Language of Light, Fiber, Cable, Cable Installation Rules
Day 2 – Connectors, Principles of Connector Installation
Day 3 – Connector Inspection, Splices
Day 4 – Testing Principles, Optoelectronics
Day 5 – Network Certification for Maximum Reliability, Network Certification and


  1. Overview f Networks
    1. Topologies
    2. Link and Components
  2. The Language of Light
    1. Three Descriptions of Behavior
    2. Seven Properties
    3. Wavelength
    4. Spectral Width
    5. Index of Refraction
    6. Power
    7. Reflection
    8. Numerical Aperture
    9. Refraction
    10. Dispersion
  3. Fiber
    1. Three Structural Regions and Functions
    2. Three Types
    3. Two Performance Specifications
    4. Dispersion
    5. Attenuation
    6. Hands-on Activities
      1. Determine Fiber Handling Rule for Tension
      2. Determine Fiber Handling Rule for Bending
      3. Determine Fiber Preparation Rule
      4. Determine Fiber Insertion Rule
      5. Practice Fiber Strength Check
  1. Cable
    1. Structure
    2. Types
    3. Installation Specifications
    4. Environmental Specifications
    5. Hands-on Activities
      1. Prepare Loose Tube Cable End
      2. Prepare Tight Tube Cable End
      3. The Continuity Test
  1. Cable Installation Rules
    1. Environmental Limits
    2. Installation Limits
    3. Cable Placement
    4. Planning and Management Issues
    5. Safety Issues
    6. End Preparation

6. Connectors

    1. Function
    2. Structures
    3. Specifications
    4. Features
    5. Types
    6. Installation Methods

7. Principles of Connector Installation

    1. Adhesive Use
    2. Crimping
    3. Polishing
    4. Cleaning
    5. Cleaving
    6. Hands-on Activities
      1. Install 2 polish type connectors
      2. Install 2 Unicam® Connectors
      3. Optional replacement for connector installation: install 4 pigtail connectors
  1. Connector Inspection
    1. Inspection Criteria
    2. Core
    3. Cladding
    4. Ferrule Surface
    5. Hands-on Activities
      1. Inspect and Rate Connectors
      2. Use Visual Fault Finder with No Polish Connectors

9. Splices

  1. Locations
  2. Type Options
  3. Structure
  4. Specifications
  5. Hands-on Activities
    1. Fusion Splicing- midspan
    2. Fusion Splicing- ribbon[optional]
    3. Mechanical Splicing- midspan
    4. Measure Loss- midspan fusion splice
    5. Measure Loss- midspan mechanical splice

10. Testing Principles

    1. General Principles
    2. TIA/EIA-568 B Requirements
    3. Insertion Loss Testing
    4. Hands-on Activities
      1. Method B Test
      2. EF Method B Test
      3. Test Directional Effects
      4. Test Repeatability and Range
      5. Correlate Microscopic Appearance with Loss
      6. Correlate VFL Results with Loss
      7. Troubleshoot Testing Problems

5. Optical Time Domain Reflectometry

      1. Theory
      2. Three Typical Traces
      3. Measurement Methods
        1. Length
        2. Connection Loss
        3. Attenuation Rate

4. Hands-on Activities

        1. Identify Measurements
        2. Identify Features

5. Reflectance

  1. Optoelectronics
    1. Design Concerns
    2. Light Sources and Detectors
    3. Specification Options
      1. Optical Power Budget (Available)
      2. Minimum Required Loss
      3. Wavelength
      4. Spectral Width
      5. Connector Type
  1. Network Certification for Maximum Reliability
    1. Certification with Maximum Loss Values
      1. Advantage
      2. Disadvantage

2. Develop Certification Strategy for Maximum Reliability

1. Acceptance Values for 850 nm Premises Riser Network

3. Hands-on Activities

      1. Calculate Acceptance Values For 1300 nm Premises Network
      2. Calculate Acceptance Values For 1310 nm OSP Network

13. Network Certification and Troubleshooting

        1. Hands-on Activities
          1. Calculate Acceptance Values
            1. Insertion Loss
            2. OTDR
        2. Perform Insertion Loss Test
        3. Perform OTDR Tests
            1. Length
            2. Connector Loss
            3. Attenuation Rate
            4. Uniformity of Segment
            5. Determine Location of Defective Installation

     4.Recognize Proper Cursor Placement

     5. Interpret OTDR Traces

     6. Write Certification Summary

2. Review Questions [for FOA certification programs]


Is there a discount available for current students?

UMBC students and alumni, as well as students who have previously taken a public training course with UMBC Training Centers are eligible for a 10% discount, capped at $250. Please provide a copy of your UMBC student ID or an unofficial transcript or the name of the UMBC Training Centers course you have completed. Asynchronous courses are excluded from this offer.

What is the cancellation and refund policy?

Student will receive a refund of paid registration fees only if UMBC Training Centers receives a notice of cancellation at least 10 business days prior to the class start date for classes or the exam date for exams.

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