Course Length: 2 to 3 Days


None, however a fundamental understanding of telecommunications transmission principles will be
useful for students taking this course. This course can be customized or combined to meet specific system

Course Objectives:

This course is for technical and non-technical students who are new to fiber optic cable and transmission. This course will cover fiber optic cable types, modes, construction, installation and maintenance and testing. Much of the course is hands-on and will include proper handling, splicing, connector installation, inspection, and performance testing.

Optical Basics

Fiber Optic Safety

Splicing and Termination

  • Background and Industry
  • Glass vs. Plastic
  • Light Wave Transmission
  • Multimode vs. Single Mode
  • Standards, specifications & terminology
  • Cable Types
  • Cable Performance
  • Loss and Dispersion
  • Understanding Loss Budgeting
  • Light Sources – LASER & LED
  • Dangers of Light Transmission
  • Disposal of Fiber optic cables
  • Connector Types
  • Making connections
  • Cleaning
  • Cleaving
  • Mechanical Splicing
  • Fusion Splicing

Termination Devices

Installation & Testing

Fiber Test Equipment

  • Splice trays
  • Patch Panels
  • Fiber Distribution Hubs
  • Optical Bridges
  • Optical Splitters
  • Cable Tests
  • Reel Test
  • Splicing Installation test, Acceptance
  • Fiber Acceptance Criteria
  • Bit Error Rate Test (BERT)
  • Receiver Threshold Test
  • Non-Service Affecting Maintenance
  • Service-Affecting Maintenance
  • Power Meters – RX
  • OTDR Testing
  • Optical Return Loss (ORL) Measurements
  • Optical Spectrum analyzers
  • Visible light sources
  • Fiber Scopes