Coaxial Construction

Description:
The Coax Construction course draws upon SCTE·ISBE’s Recommended Practices for Coaxial Construction and Testing. Topics include system design, coaxial cable connectorization, powering, aerial and underground coaxial cable construction, activation and testing, and relevant field safety topics.

Prerequisite:
  • SCTE·ISBE Broadband Distribution Specialist

    or

  • SCTE·ISBE Maintenance Technology Level 1
  • SCTE·ISBE Network Testing and Maintenance Level 1

Target Audience:

  • Maintenance Technicians
  • Outside Plant Personnel
  • Plant Technicians

Included in the Course:

  • Engaging and Interactive LightningMod™ to prepare learner for training 
  • In-depth interactive eBook modules 
  • CORTEX® mobile app to access content modules in the field 
  • Apply module knowledge with real life experiences in a simulated environment 
    • 2 NetworkSims Included
  • Module assessments
  • Course final exam
  • Fun VirtuGame™ to improve absorption and retention of competencies 
  • SCTE·ISBE course completion certificate
  • 1 recertification units (RUs) towards SCTE·ISBE certification renewal

Requirements for Successful Course Completion:

  • Module quizzes 70% or higher
  • Course final test 70% or higher

You may take the course final test up to 3 times.


Format:

Self-paced interactive Online Course: Learners start the SCTE·ISBE VirtuLearn™ course at any time, study at their own pace, and have access to dynamic online content after they register. On average, learners will spend approximately 11 hours completing course activities. SCTE·ISBE provides access to the course for 3 years from date of purchase.

System Requirements: A high speed Internet (HSI) connection, Internet browser with HTML 5 support. For tablet or smartphone access, HTML 5 may be used for online eBook content.

Course access information will be emailed when the course is purchased.

Course Modules:

Module 01: Field Safety Refresher
Module 02: System Design
Module 03: Coax Connectorization
Module 04: Powering a Coaxial or HFC System
Module 05: Aerial Construction
Module 06: Underground Construction
Module 07: Activation and Testing

Course Objectives:

Module 01: Field Safety Refresher

  • Recognize the industry standard safe work practices, for PPE and other job-related tools and equipment.
  • Recognize the industry standard safe work practices with respect to vehicle use.
  • Recognize the industry standard safe work practices with respect to work zone safety.
  • Recognize the industry standard safe work practices with respect to the work environment.

Module 02: System Design

  • Identify and describe the following passive devices, their corresponding map symbols, and level calculations.
  • Explain the basic principles used to design and map the coaxial portion of the HFC network.
  • Distinguish between the three types of system maps.

Module 03: Coax Connectorization

  • Explain the use and function of coaxial cable preparation tools used in HFC networks.
  • Identify the types of connectors used in HFC networks.
  • Describe connectorization methods in HFC networks.

       Perform Hard-line Connectorization and Splicing

Module 04: Powering a Coaxial or HFC System

  • Describe the function of a line power supply and a standby power supply.
  • Explain how power is inserted onto the coaxial cable.
  • Describe Distributed and Centralized powering designs.
  • Calculate, using Ohm's Law, voltage drops across amplifiers to determine whether a 60V or 90V power supply is used.

Module 05: Aerial Construction

  • Describe the cable and equipment used in aerial cable telecommunications construction, and its proper handling and testing
  • Explain aerial cable placement considerations, including inspection, clearances, and installation.
    • List clearances necessary for aerial plant construction.
    • Describe proper pole framing.
    • Describe strand installation and guying.
  • Describe cable plant bonding and grounding practices.
  • Outline aerial cable installation procedures.

Module 06: Underground Construction

  • Describe the cable and equipment used in underground cable telecommunications construction, and its proper handling and testing
  • Explain underground cable placement considerations, including open trench, boring, and plowing installations
  • Describe the underground enclosures used in cable plant construction
  • Describe trenching considerations
  • Describe typical underground construction methods, including Open trench, Directional boring, Plowing, Duct and conduit system
  • Explain pull line

Module 07: Activation and Testing

  • Describe the process of coaxial cable activation and testing for new construction.



       Install and activate a fiber optic cable, trunk and feeder coaxial cables

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