Broadband Transport Specialist

“Maintenance Technician Fiber”

Description:
The Broadband Transport Specialist (BTS) course focuses on optical signal distribution in the access and transport network architectures, while continuing to reach closer to a fiber deep deployment strategy in order to meet the customer’s bandwidth demands.

A learner will have the knowledge of fiber optic light theory, optical network troubleshooting, fiber system preventive maintenance, construction, fiber optic components and equipment; and restoration in the access network.

Additionally, the course will explore equipment diagnostic screens for a "real world" feel for the optical equipment that is used to splice, monitor, test and install fiber optic cable and equipment. In addition, the course explores the issues surrounding inside and outside plant safety.

Recommend Prerequisite:

  • SCTE·ISBE Broadband Distribution Specialist (BDS) Course

Target Audience:

  • Technical Operations
  • Hybrid Fiber Coax (HFC) or Access Network Technicians
  • Outside Plant (OSP) Technicians
  • Maintenance Technician, System Technician or equivalent
  • Headend or Hub Engineers

Certification Exam Information:

Upon completion learners will be prepared to earn the nationally recognized SCTE·ISBE Broadband Transport Specialist (BTS) certification. The certification is designed for individuals interested in working in the cable telecommunications industry for a cable provider, contractor or vendor.

More information may be found at:

http://www.scte.org/BTS

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 
    • 3 NetworkSims Included
  • Module assessments
  • Course final exam
  • Fun VirtuGame™ to improve absorption and retention of competencies
  • SCTE·ISBE course completion certificate
  • 5 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 4 hours per week over 12 weeks 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.

Instructor-Led Onsite Boot Camp Course: The SCTE·ISBE VirtuLearn course may be delivered as an onsite boot camp over 5 days.

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

Course Modules:

Module 01: History of Fiber
Module 02: Fiber Basics|
Module 03: Transmission Characteristics of fiber
Module 04: Optical Cables
Module 05: Optical Safety
Module 06: OSP Optical Cable Construction
Module 07: Cable Prep
Module 08: Splices and Connectors
Module 09: Optical Testing
Module 10: OTDR Operation
Module 11: Fiber Restoration Techniques
Module 12: Fiber Design and Application
Module 13: Optical Power Budgets
Module 14: Advanced Network Applications
Module 15: Conducting Acceptance Testing of a Broadband Optical Link
Module 16: Responding to Optical Outages


Course Learning Objectives:

Module 01 History of Fiber
Upon completion of this module the participant will be able to:

  • Identify the events that were instrumental in the development of optical fiber that is being used today as a means of communication in cable networks.
  • Produce a list of the optical transmission windows and wavelengths used for optical transmission.

Module 02 Fiber Basics
Upon completion of this module the participant will be able to:

  • Explain how light propagates through the common types of optical fibers.
  • Describe the common wavelengths used in optical transmission.
  • Define the characteristics of optical fiber.

Module 03 Transmission Characteristics of Fiber
Upon completion of this module the participant will be able to:

  • Define the performance parameters of fiber optic cable.
  • Describe fiber phenomena called dispersion where the light pulse spreads as it travels down the length of an optical fiber.
  • Understand the technique called mandrel wrapping that is used to modify modal dispersion.
  • Explain how optical power is lost as light travels through the fiber.
  • Explain the result when small portions of light are reflected.
  • Describe the fiber specifications for single and multi-mode fiber.

Module 04 Optical Cables
Upon completion of this module the participant will be able to:

  • Define the types of optical cables used by cable operators.
  • Understand how to read and utilize the fiber color codes.
  • Understand fiber specifications.
  • Name and describe three categories of optical cable.

Module 05 Safety
Upon completion of this module the participant will be able to:

  • Define OSHA role as it related to optical fiber.
  • Apply safe work practices when working with optical fibers.
  • Apply safe work practices when working with related optical equipment.
  • Examine the inherent hazards when handling fibers and LASERs.

Module 06 OSP Optical Cable Construction
Upon completion of this module the participant will be able to:

  • Explain recommended construction practices for placing aerial cables.
  • Explain recommended construction practices for placing underground optical fiber cables.
  • Recognize the hazards and considerations of both aerial and underground installations.

Module 07 Cable Preparation
Upon completion of this module the participant will be able to:

  • Identify the steps necessary to open a fiber cable.
  • Explain the functions of a fiber enclosure and how it is used to store and protect the exposed fiber.

Module 08 Splices and Connectors
Upon completion of this module the participant will be able to:

  • Contrast the splicing types used by cable operators.
  • Recognize the process to properly install mechanical and fusion splices on single-mode fiber.
  • Classify common connector types and polishes used by cable operators.
  • Explain the losses associated with a splice or connector.

Module 09 Optical Testing
Upon completion of this module the participant will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of optical link testing.
  • Describe the specifications and applications of various types of optical test equipment.
  • Describe the use of an optical loss test set (OLTS) to conduct optical power measurements.
  • Describe the use of an optical time-domain reflectometer (OTDR) to conduct optical distance and loss measurements.
  • Describe the use of an optical modulation index (OMI) meter to access optical health. Understand the tests that should be run in a troubleshooting situation.
  • Describe the use of an optical modulation index (OMI) meter to access optical health. Understand the tests that should be run in a troubleshooting situation.

       Troubleshoot Optical Signal Quality

Module 10 OTDR Operation Restoration Techniques
Upon completion of this module the participant will be able to:

  • Describe an optical time-domain Reflectometer (OTDR) and what OTDRs are used for in the cable industry.
  • Understand the components and how the OTDR works.
  • Describe how to operate an OTDR to conduct optical distance and loss measurements.
  • State how the various OTDR settings are used to measure optical link health.
  • Understand the various OTDR traces and trace components.
  • State how to troubleshoot using an OTDR to measure optical link health.
  • Discuss some of the OTDR anomalies such ghosting and gainers.

Module 11 Fiber Restoration Techniques
Upon completion of this module the participant will be able to:

  • Explain recommended restoration practices and procedures used by cable operators.
  • Develop an optical restoration plan.



       Perform Emergency Fiber Restoration

Module 12 Fiber Design and Application
Upon completion of this module the participant will be able to:

  • Classify the basic operation of the components found in a fiber-optic network.
  • Recognize common fiber network topologies.
  • Review symbology and documentation as part of a system's design.
  • Locate the losses that occur as part of a system's design.

Module 13 Optical Power Budgets

Upon completion of this module the participant will be able to:

 

  • Calculate link power loss budgets.
  • Calculate optical loss budget for FTTx applications.
  • Practice several link power loss budgets examples.
  • Describe the power losses of an optical link such as total lose, splice averaging, power margin, etc...

Module 14 Advanced Network Applications

Upon completion of this module the participant will be able to:

  • Describe Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM).
  • Describe Course Wave Division Multiplexing (CWDM).
  • Describe how WDM is used with 40Gb/s and 100Gb/s.
  • Define Fiber-To-The-Curb, Fiber-To-The-Home.
  • Describe Passive Optical Networks (PON).
  • Describe digital return path.

       Measure and Test CWDM and DWDM Signals


Module 15 Conducting Acceptance Testing of a Broadband Optical Link
Upon completion of this module the participant will be able to:

  • Understand the process for pre-installation cable testing while it's still on the reel
  • Describe the process for post-installation cable testing to ensure no damage occurred during placement
  • Describe the process for final acceptance testing of the placed, spliced, cable from end to end.This is likely to be the most comprehensive step in the process but because it typically occurs as a hand-off from one department to another or from a contractor to the network owner, it is a demarcation point in time and thus the most critical step.
  • Understand the methods and tools available for periodic maintenance testing or monitoring
  • Understand the basic methods and procedures for troubleshooting

Module 16 Responding to Optical Outages
Upon completion of this module the participant will be able to:

  • Describe assurance and how it fits in the CableLabs Cable Information Architecture (CIA) Model
  • Describe fault management
  • Describe incident management as a process

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