Why choose fiber optics? How does one learn about cabling? Some technicians or contractors still resist learning the tools and techniques of working with fiber optic cable. They may be left out of a field filled with opportunity and job potential. Indeed, as more and more cabling technicians become adept at working with fiber optic cable, many commercial and even residential projects are requiring proficiency in both fields.
Fiber-optics is steadily replacing copper wire as an appropriate means of communication signal transmission. They span the long distances between local phone systems as well as providing the backbone for many network systems. Other system users include cable television services, university campuses, office buildings, industrial plants, and electric utility companies. With Fiber to the Desktop on the rise and the recent announcement that three of the nation’s largest telecommunications service providers have adopted a set of standards for Fiber to the Premise, or Fiber to the Home, the demand for skilled technicians is once again on the rise
A fiber-optic system is similar to the copper wire system that fiber-optics is replacing. The difference is that fiber-optics use light pulses to transmit information down fiber lines instead of using electronic pulses to transmit information down copper lines. Looking at the components in a fiber-optic chain will give a better understanding of how the system works in conjunction with wire based systems.
Industry experts agree it's only a matter of time before working with fiber optic cable will be necessary, even in new residential work. Experts estimate 80 percent of large electrical contracting firms already are fiber optic-capable, and telecommunications and computer network installer companies are nearer 100%.
The Fiber Optic Association™ has developed guidelines for course approval and approves training courses meeting their standards. NCTC provides students completing the courses and passing the CFOT exam with a school certificate indicating the student has completed FOA CFOT requirements. The FOA will then send the student an ID card indicating certifications received and the expiration date of certifications.
All courses are taught by industry professionals, and yield industry recognized certifications. We maintain relationships with employers like the Navy, US Marines, Cox, Tel Data, Haliburton, Aerotech and many others to assist in placement for our students. You can learn more about the programs by calling NCTC at 888-434-8181 or click here to visit the Fiber Optic Association's Web site.