|New FOA Technical Information and New Ways to View/Read It
summer has been busy for us here at the FOA. Last month we announced
our third reference book on OSP fiber optics (see below.) This month,
the FOA adds more new information for your reference:
New OSP Reference Section on the FOA Reference Guide website
Joining our basic fiber optics and premises cabling sections on the FOA
Reference Guide website is a new outside plant reference section that
covers materials like that in our new textbook. The material is ready
for use and will be followed shortly by a self-study guide.
Both the OSP textbook and website are being prepared as references for the new FOA CFospT outside plant technician certification, due this fall.
Do You Have an Apple iPad or Amazon Kindle? FOA has a book for you!
The basic FOA textbook, FOA Reference Guide to Fiber Optics, is now available on the Apple Store for the iPad and iPhone for $11.95. It is also available on the Amazon Kindle for only $9.95!
If you already have one of these devices, you know how great they are
for storing and reading books, and they are even better for reference
books like FOA Reference Guide to
Fiber Optics since you can bookmark important passages and add notes on
each page. If you already have an iPad and
iPhone, you know all about apps. You might have enen thought about how
some basic fiber works might make a good app - well, we have thought
that too. Keep watching this space for the news on new FOA projects!
Installation Videos Now on
The FOA has established a You Tube channel "thefoainc" to post free installation videos for fiber optics and premises cabling. We already had some fiber videos online,
but they are using old technology and needed updating. We started on
YouTube with a subject we get requests for often - UTP copper
termination for the FOA premises cabling certification (CPCT) and will
be adding lots of fiber videos shortly.
Here is the FOA YouTube channel.
New FOA Jobs Website
- Job Openings
get many questions from CFOTs, students at FOA-Approved schools and
others contemplating getting into the fiber optic business regarding
jobs in fiber optics - and how to find them - so
we’ve created a new web page to share some information we've gathered
about jobs in our industry. The information is designed to help you
understand what jobs are available in fiber optics, how to find them
and apply for them.
While the overall economy is pretty bad - you've
probably heard that there are 5 times as many people unemployed in the
US as there are jobs available, telecom is a bright spot - broadband is
a major focus of stimulus spending in the US and countries around the
world are building fiber networks as fast as possible. Even wireless
companies have to build fiber for their backhaul. Cities are installing
fiber linked surveillance cameras and smart traffic lights. Fiber is
the link making Smart Grid possible. Companies like Allied Fiber are
building large private networks. Telecom is one of the fastest growing
If you are looking for a job in fiber optics, here is the FOA's guide to jobs.
The FOA has created a group on
expressly to help our CFOTs find employment and contracting
opportunities. If you are a CFOT and are interested in participating,
join us on . If you have job openings, let us post them on .
A list of 10 ways to get your resume noticed from Marketplace on NPR
Jobs Created As Part of Stimulus-Funded Projects
federal government is spending 7.2 billion dollars on the Broadband
Technology Opportunities Program. This money is working it's way
into the economy and hopefully will provide jobs. You can track
recovery dollars and look for job opportunities on this website: www.recovery.gov
Go to "opportinities" link then "jobs". You will see a section
“find recovery jobs” – enter “fiber optic jobs California” or wherever
you are and review what comes up.
Infrastructure Installation Technician (8/2010)
installation, termination and assist in signal loss testing of Fiber
Optic SM and MM, Categories 3, 5 and 6, RG6 and RG11 cabling to
industry standards and NSA specifications.
knowledge of both Single Mode and Multi Mode MTRJ, FC, LC, SC and ST
fiber connections, shielded twisted pair copper (STP), and Un-shielded
twisted pair copper (UTP) RJ-45 connections, RG6, RG11 connectors and
wire wrap connections.
Experience with and capable of
installation of metallic and plastic conduit _” up to 2”,
communications racks, cable tray, and grounding with supervision.
be required to assist in the installation, removal of network devices
in communications racks including switches, routers, fiber shelves, and
cryptographic equipment, etc.
Safe operations and use of hand and power tools.
Must be capable of lifting 65 lbs.
end user equipment installation in an office environment to include
multiple CPU and monitor interconnection using analog and digital
switching devices, printers, plotters, faxes, analog, digital and IP
phones, digital senders, etc. with minimal supervision. BS degree
required or 3 additional years of experience.
1-3 Years of experience.
Fiber Optic (CFOT) certification preferred.
Experience working with the Military is a plus.
This position requires a TS/SCI Security Clearance.
An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
Scientific Research Corporation
1101 Remount Road, Suite 500
North Charleston, SC 29406
Manager System Test Verification: Reporting to the VP of Engineering - 8/2010
ideal Manager, Systems Test Verification candidate must possess +8
years of complex hands on telecommunications Data/IP systems industry
experience within the telecommunications capital equipment industry to
include +5 years direct system test engineering management experience.
This individual must possess a working knowledge of TDM networks and
practical experience in deploying triple play services (data, video,
voice) and includes how to troubleshoot fiber related issues as
well as how to use tools for testing data, voice, and video services in
a lab environment. As an engineer possessing strong engineering skills,
this individual must be a domain expert in GPON with associated
expertise in OMCI technologies and SNMP PON Management protocols. This
individual is currently in a Systems Test Verification like role within
the telecommunications Data/IP carrier access capital equipment
industry. Also open to candidates possessing large Tier-1 Telco
Provider Lab Trial experience.
Michael A. Rothstein
Executive Advantage Group
Fiber/Communications Field Technician (7/2010)
paced communications cabling company in Glendale needs an individual
with experience in the field of fiber optics installation and testing.
Candidates must have experience in working with OTDR's and Fluke DTX testers and must know fusion splicing.
Need good communication, leadership and customer service skills.
Please call our human resources department at 818-241-6009 x 219 or email resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org
Pinnacle Networking Services
SALES REPRESENTATIVE OPENING AT DIAMOND USA (7-10)
Promotes and sells Diamond USA products within New England & NY to all markets as outlined in the corporate marketing plan.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
lists of prospective customers for use as sales leads, based on
contacts given from Diamond USA sales office, information from
newspapers, business directories, industry ads, trade shows, Internet
Web sites, and other sources.
Travels throughout New England
& NY to call on regular and prospective customers to solicit
orders, or talks with customers on sales floor or by phone.
Maintains personal contact with key customers in assigned markets.
Displays or demonstrates product, using samples or catalog, and emphasizes features and benefits.
prices and credit terms and prepares sales contracts for orders
obtained in conjunction with inside sales representatives and/or New
Business Development Manager.
Communicates date of delivery to customer, based on information given by inside sales representatives.
Develops and maintains relationships with purchasing contacts.
Investigates and resolves customer problems with deliveries.
Attends trade shows as assigned.
Participates in sales meetings as requested, offering information on trends in historical product sales.
Recommends pricing strategies and promotional programs for key customers in assigned territory.
Assists in developing sales plans and strategies for review and approval.
May be required to host visiting customers at Diamond USA facility or Diamond SA.
communicates with New Business Development Manager to discuss business
activity and reports expected sales trends that may influence buying
Prepares reports of business transactions and keeps expense accounts.
Works with inside sales representatives to keep account activities and literature up to date.
Reviews and enters new customer data and other sales data for current customers into computer database.
Handles any other duties so prescribed by the New Business Development Manager.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform
each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below
are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability
required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable
individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
College degree or equivalent experience.
Minimum of 5 years technical sales experience, preferably with fiber optics products or a related field.
Valid state motor vehicle operator's license.
Willingness to travel extensively in assigned territory.
Strong communication skills-verbal, presentation, and writing.
to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and
maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write
routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively
before groups of customers or employees of organization.
to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest,
commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and
volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished
in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems
involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
FAX OR EMAIL RESUME TO:
Manager of Sales and Technical Support
Engineering/Project Manager-Fiber Optics (7-10)
Photonics is a small company that develops technologies related to the
fiber optic markets. Specializing in fiber optics and using novel
extrusion/molding techniques for thermoplastics, Linden focuses on
military and other harsh environment markets.
They are currently
searching for a full time employee to fill an important position in
this growing small business. The ideal candidate will have a
strong background in engineering and project management. This
position will be largely responsible for handling the management and
execution of a 2+ year contract to develop a specialty product.
Job duties will include product development, managing a network of
subcontractors, and successful commercialization of the finished
product. Additional job duties will include growing the
commercial side of the business and may include some technical sales
and a small amount of travel.
5 to 10 years experience in manufacturing and a BS in an engineering or equivalent technical degree is desired.
of fiber optics is essential. Experience with distribution and/or
disposables/consumables fiber optic market is a plus. Must
display entrepreneurial qualities and have a proven record of
analytically solving specific engineering problems.
For more information on Linden Photonics, check out on the web at www.LindenPhotonics.com
Please send resumes to Stephen O’Riorden, Director of Business Development at email@example.com
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