TECU 0024: Fiber Optic Technician - Outside Plant

Learn how to properly terminate, test, and troubleshoot single-mode fiber optic communication systems.

Program Overview

This course is designed for fiber optic technicians working in the outside plant environment.  Students will learn how to properly terminate, test, and troubleshoot single-mode fiber optic communication systems. This includes the various types of termination techniques applicable to high-speed laser-based systems including SONET, DWDM, FTTx, and CATV networks using ITU-T G.652 and G.655 single-mode fibers. Disciplines include mechanical and fusion splicing per the TIA-758, GR-765 and GR-20 standards, and the preparation of fiber optical cables and cable management products.


Testing and troubleshooting techniques per the TIA-526-7 standard are discussed for fiber optic communication systems, including optical loss testing of fiber links and OTDR testing practices required for both acceptance testing and troubleshooting. This includes addressing the roles of attenuation, dispersion, and reflectance in single-mode fiber systems and how to identify and troubleshoot each of these conditions.

Additionally, students will learn the importance of optical loss budgets requirements, the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC®), National Electrical Code (NEC®), and all safety conditions specific to the outside plant environment and the applicable transmission equipment. 


Approximately 24 hours

Estimated Tuition


Ways to Learn



2 PDUs

Graduate Level Professional Development Credit

Live Online Format

This course is also taught with UMass Global’s LIVE ONLINE training format using a video communications software. Students receive the same high-quality training as found in a traditional classroom setting. Join us from anywhere with an internet connection.

Course Schedule

Location: Live Online
Dates: August 8-18, 2022 | Registration Deadline: August 3, 2022
Meets: Monday – Thursday from 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Pacific
Students will be emailed course information on Friday prior to the start of class.
For more information, contact: [email protected]

LIVE ONLINE training includes:

  • Delivered in real time by an instructor
  • Full access to course presentations and documents
  • Live interaction with classmates and instructor using a collaborative learning platform
  • Play back recording of any class for later review

Upon successful mastery of this course, you will be able to

  • Explain how the Index of refractions and Total Internal Reflection enable light to be propagated through a fiber.
  • Define the physical characteristics of single-mode fibers and describe what dispersion and scattering are and their effects.
  • Identify the primary passive and active components of a fiber optic system and discuss their characteristics.
  • Identify the main parts of a fiber optic cable and differentiate the various types of cables and their applications.
  • Demonstrate how to successfully conduct fusion and mechanical splicing and how to prepare a splice tray and splice enclosure.
  • Demonstrate how to calculate fiber link power budget, system margin, and loss budget utilizing dB and dBm calculations and explain their importance in designing a fiber system.
  • Explain and demonstrate the correct procedures for conducting Tier 1 and Tier 2 testing of fiber optic links and systems.

Tuition covers only the cost of the course. Nothing else is provided to the student.

This course is
part of the 
Fiber Optics Communications Program

Fiber Optics Installer

Fiber Optics Technician


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