The FOA Board of
Directors at OFC: Bill Graham, Tom Collins, Jim Hayes, Karen
Hayes, Eric Pearson
The FOA board met in Fallbrook,
CA the weekend before the OFC show in Anaheim. Most of the time
was spent on FOA procedures, certifications and standards. Several
items are of interest to FOA CFOTs, schools and instructors:
-Final defiinition of the FOA
FTTx certification program, planning
for definitive reference material and creating a plan for CFxT
availability. The CFxT reference material will be written, reviewed
by a industry technical committee and posted on the FOA website
for use by schools, instructors, students and CFOTs to study
for the CFxT certification. The process should be completed before
-The creation of a new "advanced"
certification, AFOT for Advanced Fiber Optic Technician. The
AFOT program is specifically designed for schools that offer
training beyond the CFOT level, especially to develop termination,
splicing and testing skills. Standards for the certification
and beta-testing will be available shortly.
-A commitment to publish three
new "FOA Guides" which will offer step-by-step procedures
for 1)manufacturers of fiber optic equipment, 2) users choosing
and installing fiber optic equipment and 3)troubleshooting and
restoring fiber optic networks.
After all that work, the group
headed for OFC, where we split up to see the exhibits, looking
for new products and old friends. We'll continue our OFC report
Photonic Crystal Fibers Shift
Researchers at UC San Diego
and Univ. of Rochester using photonic crystal fibers (sometimes
called "holey fibers") have been able to shift the
wavelngth of fiber optic sources. And we're not talking small
shifts, as they showed they could convert 1550 nm to visible
light at 515 and 585 nm. The conversion uses mixing light of
various wavelengths to create new wavlengths. Current interest
is in converting light from wavelengths proper for fiber transmission
to wavelengths for through the air or water transmission, but
one can imagine many other uses.
The FOA has been working with
Verizon to help recruit qualified fiber installers, including
new graduates of FOA-Approved training programs. As you probably
FTTP has become one of the hottest areas in fiber optics. Verizon
asked The FOA to help them in their recruitment efforts, through
our FOA-Approved schools and contacting our current CFOTs. In
the first two months of 2006, Verizon hired 100 techs and expects
to hire 800 in 2006!
Details on the Verizon requirements
are given below
and you can apply online.
Even if you are not looking
for a job, look at the Verizon
website - there are some great videos of FTTH installs around
Loma Linda and FTTH/P
At the Loma
Linda Workshop sponsored by Broadband Properties Magazine,
we saw one city's solution to providing fiber-connected broadband
to their residents.
We attended this seminar because
we heard Loma Linda, CA has specified FTTP in their building
code! James Hettrick, Director of Information Systems, not only
gave us a rundown on the system they are installing, but gave
the attendees a tour of the computer center located in city hall,
a local distribution point and KB Homes gave us a tour of several
Loma Linda is not using a PON
network, but instead opted for an active Ethernet network, not
unlike a corporate LAN. The backbone is capable of 10G and currently
homes are able to connect up to 100M (or lower rates, all priced
according to bandwith delivered.) The system is symmetrical -
equal upload and download speeds.
At the current time, only Internet
access and virtual LANs are supported, but the city is looking
for "triple play" suppliers. Of course, anyone can
now use VoIP services from any supplier.
Loma Linda requires builders
to place conduit in every subdivision, create a "telecom
room," and pull singlemode fiber into every house, along
with tiisted pair phone lines and COAX for CATV. A change in
the future will require 2" conduit for the fiber to allow
pulling preterminated fibers. Each home must have a structured
cabling network with voice, data and video outlets in specific
locations. The city connects to the local fiber via active hardware
placed in the subdivision.
The master bedroom closet in
every house looks like this photo. A UPS is included to make
sure services are not interrupted by power outages. Since the
network is Ethernet, a media converter converts the SM fiber
to Cat 5 for the home. An Ethernet switch provides for multiple
connections in the home, through the patch panel on the top.
Ortronics supplied the cable
hardware, Corning the Cable, Allied Telesin the networking equipment,
and APC the UPSs at the city hall center and the home.
The current program supports
new developments, with 4-5000 new housing units expected in the
near future. This is supported by one metro fiber ring. Three
other rings are planned and support for current neighborhoods
will be done on a demand basis.
Linda Workshop was held April 6-7, 2006 in Loma Linda, CA,
sponsored by Broadband Properties Magazine..
New: FOA Logo Merchandise
FOA has arranged with EmbroidMe
to provide FOA logo merchandies. Identify yourself as a FOA-certified
tech or instructor. The lab coats are super impressive for either
cabling techs and instructors. Check
out the selection.
Looking For Fiber Installers In NE US
Here is the information from
Verizon. Contact them at the website below for applications.
Have a desire to work in a
growing industry with the leader in Fiber to the Premises technology?
Have a background in the Video/Cable
Installation industry (cable splicers/installers)?
Want a Full Time opportunity
to grow in a company that values diversity and a desire to succeed?
If so, Verizon is having
an invitation only information session on February 11th to provide
information and qualify candidates for the over 100 positions
currently available in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Must have Video/Cable splicing/installation
industry experience, basic computer literacy, and/or an equivalent
education in Fiber Optics and Video/Cable.
Must successfully complete Verizon's pre-employment testing. Physical
Requirements: Must meet Verizon medical standards for the job.
Ability to perceive differences in wire and cable colors. Must
meet weight restriction to comply with OSHA/Company safety standards.
Where a Commercial Driver's License is required, the applicant
must pass an alcohol and drug test.
Must have ability to remove ladder from installation truck; carry,
raise, climb and descend ladder, and place ladder on truck.
A valid state driver's license is required and must have ability
to drive vehicle with manual gearshift.
Background check will be conducted on all employees.
This is a Full-Time, regular
position with outstanding benefits! The pay range for these positions
is $569.50/week to $1,103.50/week. Wage credit may be considered
based upon work experience, education, and training. Paid Training
Verizon is an equal opportunity
employer and supports workforce diversity M/F/D/V
Title: Fiber Optic Technician
Location: Carlsbad, CA
L-3 PHOTONICS, a division of L-3 Communications, is a worldwide
leader in the development of optical data link systems for defense
and aerospace applications. Our 30 years of experience in developing
advanced technologies have aided the company in building well-established
customer relationships with branches of the U.S. Armed Forces,
Government agencies and leading companies in the aircraft industry.
L-3 PHOTONICS history of demonstrated growth and profitability
have created outstanding career opportunities.
We are seeking an Technician who will assist in the design, assembly
and test of precision fiber optic components instrumentation.
Selected candidates will work along side experienced engineers
and scientists who will share their diverse technical expertise.
The position offers a competitive salary and benefit package,
along with an excellent chance for advancement and job enrichment.
-Prior experience supporting electronic, mechanical, or optical
-High school diploma and 2+ years of experience. Mechanical,
electronic or fiber optic experience beyond high school including
relevant military experience is considered a big plus.
-Hands-on experience using standard lab equipment.
-Only US citizens eligible for a security clearance will be considered.
L-3 PHOTONICS is proud to be
an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace
and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing and background
checks. Applicants selected will be subject to a government security
investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access
to classified information.
If you are interested in
learning more about career opportunities, please contact:
5957 Landau Court
Carlsbad, CA 92008
0) 760-431-6800, ext. 3442
Position: CABLE REPAIR TECHNICIAN
Location: Onshore in Houston,
Texas and offshore
No sector of the oil and gas
service industry benefits greater from the advance of technology
than companies operating in the geophysical services sector.
On the cutting edge of that technology is VERITAS DGC Inc.,
offering the oil and gas industry a comprehensive suite of integrated
geophysical services designed to manage exploration risk and
enhance drilling and production success worldwide. These services
include seismic survey planning and design, seismic data acquisition
in all environments, data processing, data visualization, data
interpretation, reservoir characterization, data archiving and
extensive non-exclusive seismic data library surveys worldwide.
With over 36 years of operating experience, more than 3,000 employees
in 19 countries on six continents, Veritas is one of the world's
leading providers of advanced geophysical technologies.
We currently have an opportunity
for a Cable Repair Technician to work in our new onshore facility
in Houston, Texas.
Responsibilities Performs damage assessment,
troubleshooting and repair of solid streamer sections and associated
Produces accurate and complete reports / logs of all repairs
Maintenance of handling equipment for Solid Streamer Sections.
Qualifications and Abilities: AS Degree or a minimum
of 2 years in-depth knowledge of geophysical cable repair techniques
or their manufacture (land, marine or ocean bottom).
Technical knowledge and experience with Optical, Mechanical and
Must be proficient with electrical/optical test equipment.
Experience with MS Office Suite and other desktop applications.
Excellent time management and motivational skills.
The ability and willingness to travel, if required.
Interested candidates may
send their resume by email, fax or mail, to;
10300 Town Park Drive
Houston, TX 77072
Fax: (832) 351-8721
Visit our website at http://www.veritasdgc.com.
Veritas is an equal opportunity employer.
Check Recent Job Openings
In Previous Issues of The FOA Newsletter
A new PowerPoint presentation
in Spanish for instructors and anyone else interested has been
posted on the FOA website for free downloading. It is an explanation
of fiber optics in Spanish, created by Francisco Castro Cabrera
of Mexico City, who is starting up our new FOA chapter in Mexico.
It is complementary to our PowerPoint introduction to fiber optics
in English. Here is more information
on the presentation in Spanish.
FOA CFOT Renewals Get Free
Copy of NECA/FOA Installation Standard
Every CFOT renewal will now
receive a free copy of NECA 301-2004,
Installing And Testing Fiber Optic Cables, produced by
The FOA in cooperation with NECA (The National Electrical Contractors
Association). This is an important reference document for defining
the installation and testing of fiber optic cable plants in a
"neat and workmanlike manner."
The FOA feels this is such an
important document that we are giving a free copy (normally priced
at $15) to every active CFOT when they renew their active status.
The FOA has also sent free copies
to all FOA-Approved schools. The new FOA CFOT exam to be used
after August, 2005, will include questions from the standard.
Schools should be including information from the standard in
their classes already.
New PowerPoint Presentation
Introduces Fiber Optics - in English or Spanish!
The FOA has created a short
PowerPoint presentation that introduces you to fiber optics and
talks about job opportunities in the field. It was intended for
instructors to introdcue studnets to the field, but it's a good
introduction for anyone. It's about 3 meg file so it takes a
while to download and you need PowerPoint to view it. See http://www.thefoa.org/ppt/
FOA Website Expands To Support
Fiber Optic Educators
Instructors' Home Page And
New Online Train-The-Trainer Program
The FOA has always focused on creating better educational opportunities
in fiber optics - it's our charter: we're a non-profit educational
organization. We've done two things recently to expand that commitment
- both here on the FOA website.
We have over 120 schools and hundreds
of instructors teaching at those organizations, and we'll notify
them about these new web pages, but we invite any instructor interested
in fiber optics to dig in and use these pages too.
Our online TTT program is the
beginning of qualifying for the FOA CFOS/I Instructor Certification.
Soon we'll have the program set up for instructors to register
to begin qualifying for the certification.
FOA Certification Top Choice
The FOA CFOT and CFOS programs continue to gain momentum in fiber
optics. Over 15,000 CFOTs have been certified by over 120 schools
as the FOA completed its 10th year. Since our founding in July,
1995, we have dedicated ourselves to promoting fiber optics and
professionalism in fiber optics personnel, focusing on education
and certification. We are continuing to add new schools and more
CFOTs as users of fiber optics learn that a CFOT is the indication
of a professional, well-trained fiber optic technician. Now with
FTTH (fiber to the home) finally taking off, demand for CFOTs
is rising and schools are responding by expanding programs rapidly.
The FOA now has approved programs
at 125+ organizations, welcoming new additions like the Joint
Apprenticeship and Training Committee of the International Brotherhood
of Electrical Workers, Corning Cable Systems for their installation
training programs and NASA's Goldstone Tracking Station. The
complete list of FOA-Approved schools is at http://www.thefoa.org/foa_aprv.htm.
Your Name, CFOT - It pays to
The FOA encourages CFOTs to use
the logo on their business cards, letterhead, truck or van, etc.
and provides logo
files on this site for that purpose. But we are also asked
about how to use the CFOT or CFOS certifications. Easy, you can
refer to yourself as "Your Name, CFOT" or "Your
Name, CFOS/T" for example.
Feel free to use the logo and
designations to promote your achievements and professionalism!
Remember To Renew Your Certification
Remember to renew your FOA certification.
All current CFOTs have a ID Card with their certification data
and we keep a database of current CFOTs to answer inquiries regarding
your qualifications if needed. If you forgot to renew, use the
form or the FOA
online store to renew NOW!
The FOA is managed under contract by:
VDV Works LLC
1119 S Mission Road, # 355
Fallbrook, CA 92028
FOA Board of Advisors
Elias Awad, Clerk, Director of Education
F. Douglas Elliot, Past President
William H. Graham
Jim Hayes, President, Treasurer
John Highhouse, Past President
Danny S. Lyall
Eric Y. Loytty
Paul Rosenberg, Past President
Richard James Smith
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Puzzler: The SMA was a non-keyed
connector, so the fiber ends of the ferrules could not touch
or the rotation could cause scratching. The connectors were polished
on a flat plate and to a tightly-specified length that would
get the ferrules close but not touching. the air gap meant that
reflectance was high and precluded SMAs ever getting low loss.
The reflectance loss alone was about 0.3 dB See Tech
Topics Connector Identifier for more info.