Fiber To The Premises/Home
Is Real - And Offers Real Jobs @ Verizon
The FOA is 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. We have been contacted
by Verizon to help them in their recruitment efforts, through
our FOA-Approved schools and contacting our current CFOTs. 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
Fiber vs Copper Controversy,
The Wire Journal International,
January, 2006, had an article on the "fiber vs. copper"
issue. It was a nice article, but some remarks require clarification.
Here's the comments The FOA sent to the magazine:
It was stated that electrical
contractors install Cat 5e and Cat 6, but few work with fiber
optics. NECA (The National Electrical Contractors Association)
surveys their member contractors every two years. Recent surveys
showed over 80% of the larger contractors work with both fiber
and copper. Even many of the smaller family contractors now install
Furthermore, the IBEW telecom
apprenticeship program includes fiber as well as copper. The
Fiber Optic Association is partnering with the IBEW to offer
our certifications through their apprenticeship. Even the non-union
electrical contractor organizations have fiber optics in their
Speaking of the FOA, we now
have over 140 schools that have certified over 16,000 technicians
since 1995, so our organization alone has helped alleviate the
problem of finding qualified fiber optic installers.
To help match up users and
installers, the FOA has created a free online searchable database
of FOA-certified technicians where end users can find installers
or consultants for their projects (www.thefoa.org.)
FOA and NECA have written
the first installation standard for fiber optics (NECA-301) which
was recently updated. The FOA will gladly send a copy to anyone
Finally, in their book "The
22 Immutable Laws of Marketing", Al Ries and Jack Trout,
the gurus of marketing who invented "positioning,"
note that real change is not sent out in a press release for
the evening news, but sneaks up in the middle of the night and
While structured cabling
types argue about fiber to the desk, an application that will
not become widely used as long as PCs come with a free Cat 5e
jack for network connection, fiber has taken over the LAN backbone,
security monitoring business, remote displays (like in sports
arenas and on the strip in Vegas - see below), computer storage
networks for mainframes, and even terminals and surveillance
cameras in retail stores. The telcos are hiring every tech they
can find for fiber to the premises installs. Now home theater
is using some fiber, an application that will grow fast with
the takeover of large screen digital TVs.
We're the professional society
of fiber optics and we're in the middle of it. We know how well
fiber is doing in the marketplace and we are pleased!
Fiber Optic Media Converters
Drive Giant Displays, Even Home Theater Systems.
Ever wonder how you control
one of those giant screen displays you see in sports arenas,
on the Strip in Vegas or in casinos? How about the ones at car
dealers showing you the photos of the latest cars or logos and
prices? Well, at a home electronics show recently, we found out
how many of these work. They are just big versions of a computer
screen or TV and are driven from a PC in an room far away, with
the signals being sent over fiber optics. The company we saw
selling these interfaces was Gefen,
based in Woodland Hills, CA. They offer fiber optic interfaces
for DVI (computer monitors) or HDMI (high definition displays)
that can allow the controlling PC to be located up to 500 meters
away. Thus the person programming the display can sit at a PC
with a local monitor to see what the display looks like and drive
the remote monitor with the same display. Gefen also offers a
simple cable with built-in fiber optic converters that realy
simplifies the application, and at a price that has led to applications
in home theater where controlling cable messes is important in
making an attractive installation.
Singlemode Fiber Use In Premises
Networks Up to 40%
An increasing number of high
speed LANs are migrating to SMF instead of laser-optimized MMF
(OM3.) A recent
article in Lightwave quotes Sumitomo and Mohawk/CDT as agreeing
that SMF is now 40% of the market and MMF 60%. While many users
have been installing hybrid cables with both SMF and MMF for
years, planning on using SMF for the higher speed upgrades, such
a high percentage is surprising. However, it also is important
to note that short SMF links are sensitive to reflections at
connections, requiring quality terminations, preferably APC or
PC pigtails spliced on to the backbone cables.
Looking For Fiber Installers
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 Premise 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
Manufacturer or specialty optical
fiber, North Grafton, MA
Oversight of key accounts
· Quote development
· Generating new leads
and managing the sales pipeline
· Efficient management
of sales operations, including generating quotes
· Travel for client
meetings and trade shows
A Bachelor's degree
· 1-3 years of experience
in sales and marketing
· Must be self-motivated,
organized, competitive, possess high-energy, and enjoy driving
toward a quantitative goal
Exceptional presentation and communication skills
· A background in
fiberoptics is desired
This is a full-time, salaried
role with benefits, on-site in our North Grafton Office.
Manufacturing Test Technician
- 2nd Shift
Optical and mechanical testing
of fibers, documentation of test results, work procedures and
shipment documents using fiber optic industry equipment. Requires
AA in a technical discipline; 1-3 years of fiber draw/fiber optics
experience; positive attitude, team player, ability to work independently
with little supervision and attention to detail. Ability to adapt
to changing schedule and overtime.
- Fiber Draw - 2nd Shift
Operation of fiber draw, ancillary
test and production qualification equipment, periodic maintenance
of the described equipment and purchasing of manufacturing supplies.
1-3 years of fiber draw/fiber optics experience. Requires AA
in a technical discipline; 1-3 years of fiber draw/fiber optics
experience; positive attitude, team player, ability to work independently
with little supervision and attention to detail.
Please e-mail resume to <email@example.com>
or fax to 508-839-6688.
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!
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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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