NTIA Fiber Technician Program

Through a grant from the NTIA (National Telecommunications and Information Administration) OSUIT and the Workforce and Economic Development department have established a 10 week program designed for under-represented individuals in the community with the goal of creating a pipeline of skilled workers for the growing fiber industry.

The below non-credit courses are designed to provide quality training to individuals for in-demand, high-wage job placement. Students will earn digital badges and a micro-credential upon successful completion of the below stackable courses. 

  1. Fiber Optic Fundamentals: This course addresses fiber optic fundamentals and combines classroom theory with hands-on skills training to provide a basic understanding of fiber optics technology. Students will be introduced to residential and commercial fiber splicing and learn to splice fiber using mechanical and fusion splicing techniques.
  2. Fiber Optic FTTX Installer & Technician: This course begins with a review of fundamental fiber and component information related to fiber to the home consideration. The course covers best practices for product selection and ideal placement of point-to-point, decentralized and centralized split return options. This course will provide technical knowledge and the skills needed to install and test the physical layer for active Ethernet and passive optical networks (PON). Students will gain practical knowledge and hands-on skills in all aspects of FTTX deployments, including specific issues such as testing, splitters, wave division multiplex devices (WDM), measuring reflectance, and bi-directional testing unique to FXXT networks.
  3. Fiber Optic Outside Plant: This class features classroom theory that delivers a quick refresher on fiber terminology and technology before diving into FTTx, emergency restoration, fiber characterization, and how the latest industry trends may impact field practices. This is followed by hands-on skills training, where attendees build and troubleshoot a passive optical network from patch panel to patch panel through various splice closures with multiple drops.
  4. Fiber Optic OTDR & Emergency Restoration: This class focuses on field testing and troubleshooting fiber optic spans/links and explains the various types of equipment and tools needed for acceptance testing, documenting performance, and finding problems in a physical fiber plant. The emphasis is on understanding proper OTDR settings, testing, and evaluating results. This class also focuses on fault location, troubleshooting, and test equipment with a heavy emphasis on hands-on skills training that simulates actual field restorations for retrievable and non-retrievable slack scenarios. Attendees will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to help build their organizations to better deal with outages.

Advanced Fiber Optic Technician: Completing all requirements for OSUIT's Advanced Fiber Optic Technician Micro-Credentials Program.

To apply for this program, CLICK HERE