Tech Topics: New "Installation" Tech Bulletin. See Tech Topics Below.
Product News: Corning promotions, another cleaning kit. See "Product News" Below
Worth Reading: Lennie On OTDRs. See "Worth Reading" below
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New Pemises Cabling Certification
The FOA has added a new certification for our schools and current CFOTs, CPCT for "Certified Premises Cablilng Technician."
Design certification training is starting at FOA-approved schools.
Fiber Optic Lighting
The FOA generally focuses on communications fiber optics but we get lots of questions on lighting. So we've created a Tech Topics Tutorial on Fiber Optic Lighting to inform those interested about using fiber for lighting, how it works and some advice on what can be done. If you are interested in using fiber for lighting, installing it or just becoming knowledgeable about another fiber optic application, read this.
And if you are a current CFOT or student at a FOA-Approved school, you'll soon have the largest reference website about fiber optics at your disposal - from your computer or web-enabled mobile device.
Lennie On OTDRs: For a dozen years now,
FOLS latest newsletter. The latest news from FOLS including a standards update and access to their premises cabling cost model.
What's the biggest security problem most organizations face? The answer might surprise some of you - it's disgruntled employees. Read
New Tech Bulletin On Fiber Optic Installation
The FOA has always used the NECA/FOA-301 standard Installing And Testing Fiber Optic Cables as its reference guide for CFOT certification and of course a reference for installers in the field. Requests for a similar reference document online led to the creation of an FOA Tech Bulletin on Installing Fiber Optic Cable Plants. It's a small PDF file so it's quick to download and print. We think you'll find this one most useful. Download It Now.
Corning "Summer of Value" Promotion
Corning is offering a special promotion for buyers of Unicam kits, Optical Testers and OptiSplice Fusion Splicers. Buy a Unicam kit and get free connectors, testers and get a free cleaning kit and a splicer and get a splicing tool kit. Ask your Corning rep or distributor for details.
Since clean fiber optic connectors are extremely important, we want to bring another cleaning kit to your attention.
Fiber Solutions Inc. is proud to announce a new all-in-one Fiber Optic Cleaning Kit:
(1) QbE Cleaning Platform
(1) Electro-Wash Precision ES810 Cleaner
(1) 2.5mm Foam Fiber Optic Swabs
(1) Lint Free Wipes 6704F
(5) Electro-Wash MX Universal Cleaner Wipes CP421
(1) Set of Detailed Instructions
(1) Rugged Bag with Carabiner Attachment
Have you read the FOA Tech Topics on Cleaning?
More links on cleaning:
Verizon Strikes Deal to Bring Fios Service to the District of Columbia:
Verizon ramping up FiOS build out
By Mike Robuck, CedMagazine.com - June 11, 2008
Despite the sluggish economy, Verizon isn‚t backing off of the gas pedal when it comes to building out its fiber optic FiOS network.
Verizon plans on having FiOS in more than its previously stated goal of 18 million homes by the end of 2010, according to Reuters. Verizon President and COO Denny Strigl said that the company would continue to expand its FiOS network to the tune of more than $20 billion, while doing so at a faster rate than the original plan called for.
Verizon‚s FiOS rollout was initially slower than expected due to a lack of equipment, such as set-top boxes, as well as the regulatory approval process in the states where the telco wanted to rollout the triple-play service.
From the Philly.com web journal.
The old story (not a joke!) about the most likely fiber optic communications system failure being caused by "backhoe fade" reminds us that digging safely is vitally important. The risk is not just interrupting communications, but the life-threatening risk of digging up high voltage or gas lines.
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Manufacturing Engineer, MIL Fiber Optics (8/08)
Linden Photonics is a small company that develops packaging and cable technology. Specializing in fiber optics and using novel extrusion/molding techniques for thermoplastics, Linden focuses on military and other harsh environment markets.
We are looking for a part time manufacturing engineer to help set up our in-house manufacturing and quality procedures as well as assist in the design/set-up/and usage of specialized in-house equipment related to optical technology and cable winding and spooling.
The ideal candidate will have a mix of manufacturing and mechanical experience. Experience with ISO type record keeping is desired and fiber optics experience is a plus.
5 to 10 years experience in manufacturing and a BS in an engineering or equivalent technical degree is desired.
For more information on Linden Photonics, check us out on the web at <http://www.LindenPhotonics.com>www.LindenPhotonics.com
Please send resumes to Stephen O’Riorden, Director of Business Development at <mailto:email@example.com>firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Business Development
Linden Photonics, Inc.
Fiber Optic Instructors (7/08)
Can You Teach? Would you like to?
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Bob Ballard, RCDD, CFOI
BDI DataLynk, LLC
Product Marketing Manager-Fiber Optic Unit (7/08)
Industry: Technology / Telecommunications / Software
Geography: Northeast U.S.
Preference given to someone who has recently worked in product marketing for a company making fiber optic cable, connectors or patchcords.
Position open for a Product Marketing Manger for our Fiber Optic product line. Reporting to the VP/General Manager, the Product Marketing Manager is responsible for managing the P&L for the Fiber business. This manager is responsible for the product portfolio, new product development, pricing, go-to-market strategies, and marketing communications.
Key responsibilities include:
Business Planning and Execution
- Lead the development and implementation of a 3-year strategic product-marketing plan for the Fiber Optic product line. Effectively communicate and lead the implementation of this strategy throughout the organization.
Product Portfolio Management and Execution
- Lead development of a 3 year product roadmap that optimizes Quality, Delivery, Cost and Innovation while addressing key solution gaps outlined in the Market plans through internal product development, partnering and/or acquisitions.
- Coordinate development of future innovative products and technologies in line with strategic goals.
Marketing Communication – Increase sales and the product line through innovative integrated Marketing, PR and advertising plans.
Channel / Customer Business Development
- Work with sales team to develop integrated business plans and sales strategies that are aligned with the annual and 3 year plans.
- Lead the development of price targets and product positioning.
Specific requirements for this position include:
· Senior level product marketing fiber optic experience.
· Process and measurement oriented
· Business or Technical undergraduate degree
· MBA is preferred
They should have experience:
1) Analyzing the product line income statement, analyzing margin mix,
analyzing channels to markets and customers, analyzing pricing,
recommending and taking actions as needed to maximize margins and revenue.
2) Product Road mapping: Long-term product planning - where we take the
products, which markets, pricing, etc. including the business case for new
products and recommendations for product lifecycle.
3) Developing business case for new products or investment going into new
4) Marketing Communications
5) Control of all pricing including in-depth, sophisticated modeling,
competitor analysis, and positioning.
104 S. Main St. Suite 513
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
Account Manager, Optical Fibers
Reports To: Director Marketing and Sales
Position Goals: Provide direct sales representation and technical assistance, as related to the Company’s Specialty Optical Fibers worldwide
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Present and sell company products and services to current and potential customers through customer visits and direct customer interaction
Prepare action plans and schedules to identify specific targets and to project the number of contacts to be made
Follow up on new leads and referrals resulting from field activity, trade shows, advertisements, etc.
Identify sales prospects and contact these and other accounts as assigned
Prepare presentations, proposals and sales contracts
Maintain current knowledge of all products, including technology, pricing, and sales strategies, and able to quote, close, process and support a sale as part of the sales team
Establish and maintain current customer and potential customer relationships
Prepare paperwork to activate and maintain contract services
Manage account services through quality checks and other follow-up
Identify and resolve customer concerns
Prepare a variety of status reports, including activity, closings, follow-up, and adherence to goals
Communicate new product and market opportunities, special developments, information, or feedback gathered through field activity to appropriate company staff
Coordinate company staff to accomplish the work required to close sales
Other duties as assigned
Participate in marketing events such as seminars, trade shows, and telemarketing events
Follow-up for collection or payment
Coordinate shipping schedules and delivery of products and services
Education and Required Skills:
Four (4) year degree, preferably in Engineering
At least Five (5) years direct experience in sales of fiber optics, optoelectronics or photonics
Self motivator with the ability to plan, meet deadlines and work symbiotically with peers, customers and supervisors
Compensation and Benefits:
Competitive base salary plus commission/bonus
Medical and dental
Long term disability
401K participation with company match
Interested applicants may send their resume to: email@example.com
Senior Process Engineer- ADC Corp. (7/08)
LOCATION: Bennington, VT
ABOUT THE COMPANY:
ADC provides the network infrastructure equipment and professional services needed to deliver voice, video, Internet and data communications around the world. Wireline, wireless, cable, enterprise and broadcast network operators rely on ADC‚ADC's offerings to deliver bandwidth intensive, high-speed services to residential, business and mobile subscribers. ADC (NASDAQ: ADCT) has sales into more than 140 countries.
Provide technical support to the manufacturing operation that enhances quality, improves delivery, and reduces costs through product/process improvement, operator training, equipment selection/installation, and product development.
Ensure existing and new products can be manufactured on robust and cost-effective processes by optimizing process settings, tooling, and procedures.
Monitor equipment, and work with vendors to reduce costs.
Troubleshoot and resolve short term and long term manufacturing problems that impede quality or cost effectiveness.
Develop and administer training on new and existing equipment and products for manufacturing personnel to ensure product/ process consistency. Identify, document, and effectively communicate all critical process parameters, tooling, and materials. Development and maintain documentation.
Manage capital projects and provide technical support for the specification, design, purchase, installation, and commissioning of new equipment, retrofits, and tooling.
Manage Product Development projects as assigned to ensure successful release of commercial products in terms of reliability, cost, and manufacturing.
Work with vendors, Marketing, and Operating personnel, Product Management, Sales and/or Customers to meet product requirements.
Develop, improve and implement production/processing methods and business processes that positively impact cost, quality and safety objectives.
Initiate and develop Lean process improvements.
Lead and participate in constructive discussions with management and operating personnel regarding quality/ process problems, cost reduction projects, and training issues. Provide reports as needed.
Ability to influence cross-functionally.
Four Year Degree in Engineering ME/MET, IE/IET
ISO9001:2000 knowledge, ERP familiarity, MS Suite of products, TL9000 QMS
Four-year engineering degree and 7+ years of related process engineering experience in a cable manufacturing environment. Specific experience in polymer extrusion and optical fiber cable is desired
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Demonstrated teamwork, cooperation skills.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations- respond to questions.
Ability to utilize logical and scientific thinking in a variety of circumstances.
Focus on continuous quality improvement.
Ability to understand and follow all safety guidelines.
Flexibility to changing priorities, sensitivity to others feelings, viewpoints.
Ability to take calculated risks.
Travel up to 5% possible.
REASONS TO WORK FOR ADC:
Competitive Compensation and Benefits
Opportunities for Advancement
Fast-Paced and High Energy
Innovative Products and Technology
We Give Back to the Community
Committed to Customer, Quality, Innovation, Teamwork and Integrity
INSURANCE: Health and Dental is effective the first day of employment
PAID TIME OFF (PTO): 20 days for Full-Time, 10 days for Part-Time
PAID HOLIDAYS: 8 days with floating holidays
BASIC LIFE INSURANCE: Two times your base annual earnings
TUITION REIMBURSEMENT: $5,250 per calendar year of eligible expenses
401K MATCH PLAN
EMPLOYEE INCENTIVE PLAN
HOW TO APPLY: Apply directly on-line at <
ADC is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Contractors For "On-Call Restoration" (6/08)
I am in need of at the present time is an individual that can assist my clients as needed. He or she could be called at any time, and there is a 4 hr response time. We’ll pay a decent rate along with a Truck Roll Allowance for the drive. Some of these locations could be up to 200 miles away, but we try to find technicians as close to the location as possible.
George L. Smith, Technical Recruiter
621 W. College Pkwy
Grapevine, TX 76051
Office: 972-929-9000 ext. 513
Toll Free: 877-468-3559
Splicers Needed in Canada (6/08)
Need 2 - 4 splicers immediately
Job is in Calgary ( A Telus Job)
Way paid out to the job.
Air Fare home every 8 weeks
Truck and tools supplied
$35.00 per Hr + overtime
$175 per day living allowance
Contact Gord Smith, Phone: 416-678-7235
CERTIFIED NETWORK INSTALLERS, STRUCTURED CABLING (6/08)
Looking for two individuals or two staff from a private firm for inside premise (ISP) install of CAT6 and Fiber Optic cables. The primary site is a large data center with adjacent offices, all currently under construction. Desire individuals with BICSI or FOA certifications, industry certifications or equivalent experience. Experience with testing CAT5/6 and Fiber desired. This will be a six-month assignment in a safe and friendly foreign country with living conditions equal to the US. All travel and relocation expenses paid. Housing in two-bedroom furnished townhouse close to work site. Cell phone, Internet, cable TV, utilities, medical insurance and vehicle provided. Salary in US dollars with a bonus at completion of project. Employer is a large multinational design and build firm. Desire US installation and NEC code experience.
Please send contact information along with resume or qualifications to:
Kevin Love, <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com
Careers at Verizon:
Your Name, CFOT - It pays to advertise!
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!
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