Fiber Optic Training Programs

Connecting America: OSUIT's Fiber Optic Training Programs

 

If you're interested in attending one of our fiber technician training programs, please use the links below to apply:

OSUIT Okmulgee Class
OSU-Tulsa Class
...more to come!

If you're interested in our fiber cabling program, please use the links below to apply:

Cheyenne/Arapaho Fiber Cabling - Concho, Okla.

...more to come!

 

You may also email brandon.dinsmore@okstate.edu for more information, or call 918.293.4983

FIBER TECHNICIAN PROGRAM

The below non-credit courses are designed to provide quality training to individuals for high-demand, high-wage job placement. Students will earn digital badges and a micro-credential upon successful completion of the below stackable courses (1-4).  Students will also gain an OSUIT Certificate of Completion and the option to take the ETA FOI exam.

We offer these classes (1-4) consecutively in the form of 4-week training as well as separately for industry and customized training.  We urge industry to consider letting us customize our training to their processes and protocols.

Whatever your needs, we can customize our training to your organization and/or needs, which allows us to alter the duration, depth, and scope of training - our training is fluid.

  1. Fiber Fundamentals:  This course provides a comprehensive exploration of fiber optics, combining theoretical insights with practical training. Students gain a foundational understanding of fiber optics technology and light theory, alongside specialized instruction in residential and commercial fiber splicing techniques. Moreover, the curriculum includes a focus on installing and comprehending Fiber to the Home (FTTH) setups, ensuring learners are equipped to handle diverse fiber optic installations in both residential and commercial environments.

  2. Fiber Optics FTTX Installer & Technician:  This course begins with a concise review of fiber terminology and technology, serving as a primer before delving into Outside Plant (OSP) fiber optics, including FTTX deployments, fiber characterization, network troubleshooting, and emergency restoration techniques. It also explores how current industry trends influence field practices. Incorporating theoretical concepts and hands-on training allows students to construct and troubleshoot a passive optical network, spanning from patch panel to patch panel, and navigating various splice closures with multiple drop points.
  3. OSP (Outside Plant):  This class features classroom theory that delivers a quick refresher of fiber terminology and FTTX technology before diving into OSP, fiber characterization, network troubleshooting, emergency restoration, and how the latest industry trends may impact field practices.  This includes hands-on skills training, where students build and troubleshoot a passive optical network from patch panel to patch panel or drop to drop through various splice closures with multiple connections.
  4. OTDR (Troubleshooting & Diagnostics):  This class provides comprehensive instruction on Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) technology, essential for testing and troubleshooting fiber optic networks. Participants learn to operate OTDR equipment proficiently, interpret test results accurately, and identify issues such as fiber breaks, bends, or attenuation. Additionally, the course covers loss testing methodologies and the use of specialized equipment for measuring signal loss along fiber optic links. Through hands-on exercises and real-world simulations, students gain practical skills in loss testing, OTDR operation, and fault diagnosis. This training equips individuals to optimize network reliability and minimize downtime by efficiently diagnosing and resolving issues in fiber optic infrastructure.
  5. Advanced Fiber Optic Technician CertificationCompletion of all requirements for OSUIT's Advanced Fiber Optic Technician Micro-Credentials Program, which includes successful completion of elements 1-4
  6. ETA Fiber Optic Installer Certification (FOI):  This is an optional certification only available in specific training programs.  The Fiber Optic Installer standalone certification is for individuals trained in the practice of installing fiber optic cabling at premises facilities.
  7. ETA Fiber Optics Technician - Outside Plant (FOT):  This is an optional certification only available in specific training programs.  The FOT certification is for individuals trained in Outside Plant skills and practices, including OTDR use, fiber characterization, and testing.

Other Courses in our Fiber Optic technician program:

  1. ISP (Inside Plant):  This course provides a thorough understanding of strutured cabling, including designing, installing, and maintaining fiber optic networks within buildings and controlled environments. It covers essential topics such as safety protocols, cable management strategies, fusion splicing techniques, testing methodologies, and practical hands-on exercises. Participants gain the skills needed to effectively manage inside plant fiber optic systems in diverse settings, ensuring optimal performance and reliability.
  2. Rack & Stack:  This course is designed to provide targeted instruction on the setup, organization, and upkeep of fiber optic systems within rack-mounted configurations. Students acquire expertise in deploying and maintaining essential components like patch panels, splice trays, and termination modules effectively. Emphasis is placed on implementing optimal cable management practices, labeling protocols, and documentation standards for streamlined operations. Through hands-on exercises, participants gain practical skills in rack mounting, cable routing, and troubleshooting, preparing them to efficiently manage fiber optic infrastructure in diverse settings such as data centers and telecommunications facilities.

AERIAL FIBER CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM

  1. Fiber Optic Cabling Technician: Non-credit workforce training program designed to train individuals in the fiber optics aerial construction trade. This program covers pole climbing, including learning to climb in the power zone; jigging or pulling fiber from start to finish; hanging strand and fiber and lashing them together; hanging self-support and sagging to proper tension; troubleshooting and OSHA 10. This program covers aerial aspects of Outside Plant (OSP) construction. Duration: 8 weeks.
    Fiber Optic Cabling is often implemented as stand-alone training, separate from advanced fiber optic technician training, although we have incorporated both and can accommodate whatever your needs may be.