Curriculum

  • Class Introduction:  Set the students at ease with a description of your technical background.  Explain the hands on and knowledge requirements that must be met to earn the FOI certification through the FOA
  • Student Introduction
  • Classroom Rules
  • Fiber Optic safety
  • Fiber Optic Course Intro (Syllabus Review)
  • Trace the evolution of light communication
  • Summarize the evolution of optical fiber technology
  • Track the evolution of optical fiber application
  • Describe the role of fiber optics and high-speed internet access
  • Describe the basic parts of a fiber optic link
  • Describe the basic operation of a fiber optic transmitter and receiver
  • Explain the difference between db and dbm
  • Describe light as electromagnetic energy
  • Describe the refraction of light
  • Lab work for the rest of the day
  • Describe the NEC fiber optic cable types
  • Describe the NEC listing requirements for cables
  • Explain the difference between a listed and non-listed fiber optic cable
  • Describe TIA 598 C color coding scheme for premises cable jackets
  • Describe how to read sequential markings and determine cable length
  • Describe intrinsic factors extrinsic factors
  • Explain how a mechanical splice creates a low loss interconnection
  • Explain how a fusion splicer creates a low loss interconnection
  • Describe the basic operation of a fusion splicer
  • Describe how to align the optic fibers in a fusion splicer
  • Explain how to assemble and protect a fusion splice
  • Lab work for rest of the day
  • Describe the basic operation and types of LED light sources used in fiber optic communication
  • Describe the basic operation and types of laser light sources used in fiber optic communication
  • Describe LED performance characteristics
  • Describe laser performance characteristics
  • Describe the difference between a serial and parallel laser transmitter
  • Describe the laser types and wavelengths associated with serial and parallel laser transmitters
  • Explain the safety classification of light sources used in fiber optic communication
  • Describe the basic operation of a photodiode
  • Describe the basic components of a fiber optic receiver
  • Explain dynamic range and operating wavelength
  • Explain why an optical attenuator may be used in a communication link
  • Explain manufacture installation cable specifications
  • Discuss ANSI/TIA 568-C performance specifications for cables recognized in premises cabling:
    • Inside Plant
    • Indoor-Outdoor Cable
    • Outside Plant Cable
    • Drop Cable
  • Describe commonly used installation hardware
  • Lab work for the rest of the day
  • Explain why test equipment calibration should be traceable to NIST calibration standard
  • Describe the types of fiber optic test equipment that can be used to test for continuity
  • Explain the use of a visual fault locator (VFL) when troubleshooting a fiber span
  • Describe the basic operation of a multimode and single-mode OLTS
  • Define the purpose of a mode filter
  • Explain why a single turn 30 mm in diameter loop must be applied to transmit jumper when measuring a single mode link attenuation in accordance with ANSI/TIA 526-7
  • Explain why five small radius nonoverlapping loops around a mandrel may be required on the transmit jumper when measuring multimode link attenuation in accordance with ANSI/TIA-516-14-A
  • Explain why multimode insertion loss measurement require a modal controller on the transmit jumper
  • Summarize the basic overview of an OTDR and what it is used for in fiber optics
  • Prepare for the FOA certification test
  • Take the FOA test
  • Receive your FOA Cert.

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