FOA Creates New Certification For “Fiber Optic Network Design”
FOA has created a new specialist certification program covering “Fiber
Optic Network Design” designated CFOS/D. This certification covers the
particulars of how fiber optic networks are designed within the context
of complete communications systems or construction projects. It is
intended for contractors, installers, architects and engineers, project
managers and all others who are involved with projects that include
Fiber optic networks are widely used, not just for
telecom, but CATV, computer LANs, cellular phones, municipal wireless,
security surveillance systems, metropolitan data, intelligent highways,
fiber to the home, or practically every communications network. The FOA
has certified almost 24,000 fiber optic technicians in the last decade
who have been instrumental in the explosive expansion of fiber optic
network usage. Many of those technicians have also been designers of
the networks they install, and they have asked the FOA to create
standards for fiber optic network design and offer a specialist
certification in the field.
The FOA Certification is focused on the
unique aspects of fiber optic network design, assuming the fiber optic
designer works with project managers overseeing the complete project
design. Prerequisites for the certification include having a FOA CFOT
(Certified Fiber Optic Technician) certification to ensure knowledge
and experience in fiber optic technology and installation.
certification will be offered through many of the 200+ FOA-approved
schools which will provide appropriate training. Industry professionals
with appropriate experience may apply directly to The FOA.
Here are some more details:
What is it?
A certification for those interested in designing fiber optic networks
or cable plants, whether they be outside plant or premises, for
practically any application.
Who can qualify for this certification?
We have created the CFOS/D certification for those students who already
have their CFOTs and generally will take a design course taught at an
Who can teach this specialty?
Any FOA-certified instructor at any FOA-approved school may teach a
course for the FOA CFOS/D certification. To facilitate creating the
course, the FOA has created a 95 slide PowerPoint presentation with
annotation that pulls together information from the textbook The Fiber
Optic Technicians Manual and the NECA/FOA-301 Fiber Optic Installation
Standard and an Instructor’s Guide. Both are available for downloading
on the FOA schools download site. Much of the material should already
be known to the typical instructor and a quick study of the materials
should prepare the instructors for teaching such a course.
Are other curriculum materials used?
Additional materials are expected to be used during a course – mostly
manufacturers spec sheets and application notes. Feel free to include
materials from manufacturers of your choice. We’ll solicit materials
and post links on a website shortly.
How long should a design certification course last?
A typical course will be 2-3 days long, with about half the time spent
designing hypothetical cable plants. Here is where experienced
instructors can use their personal experience to create unique case
What does the CFOS/D exam cover?
Much of the material is in the “middle” of The Fiber Optic Technicians
Manual, chapters 8-16, which covers choosing components and preparing
for installation. Some comes from the NECA/FOA-301 standard. The
FOA FO Design PowerPoint presentation ties it all together.
Who should be interested in this course? Installers, contractors, end users, IT managers, practically anybody interested in fiber optic networks should be interested.
Who Will Be Teaching CFOS/D Courses? Many FOA-Approved schools
already plan to offer CFOS/D courses in the very near future. If you
are interested, contact the school you took your CFOT course from to
see if they plan to offer this course. We expect to have a list of
schools posted shortly.
Questions? Contact the FOA office.
Tests show that optical Infiniband cable performance exceeds copper
Chris Martinez, Tektronix
(We knew that fiber outperformed copper at 20 Gb/s, but this article has some interesting details and comparisons.)
FiOS Rollout In Philadelphia
From the Philly.com web journal.
And From The New England Fiber Council Newsletter, Proof That FTTx Is Now Mainstream: Offers for surplus FTTx Equipment!
recently sold our private cable system to Comcast, and I have some
gear for sale including FTTH transceivers and data modules, FTTH data
chassis and satellite dishes.
Please contact me to discuss our inventory list
Wanted: Users with older cable plants interested in testing them for bandwidth. Contact the FOA (firstname.lastname@example.org.)
IGI Announces 2008 Update of the "POF Sourcebook"
A Unique Reference on the Plastic Optical Fiber Industry
Sourcebook" is more than just a compilation of companies and their POF
products. The POF Sourcebook" is a true reference book for those
interested in opportunities and competitive information on the POF
market. It contains a range of materials on the industry, companies,
contacts, research and development, products, and a whole lot more!
Here are a few of types of information contained in the Sourcebook:
Companies with POF products
Companies that have exited the field and reasons why
New startups entering into the field
POF research at universities and organizations around the world
Key contacts in the POF field
Major tradeshows in the field
History of developments in the POF field
are just some of the types of information in the "POF Sourcebook". It
should be of value to those in the industry to find partners and joint
ventures, investors looking for new markets, companies looking to get
into the POF business, consultants, Venture Capitalists,
Government and Organizations Promoting Optical Clusters, and others
just wanting to keep an eye on the industry.
For further information and table of contents, see:
- FOA Tech Topics - New Videos
- We continue expanding the Tech Topics section and have added
some videos. These
videos, in a format familiar to the "You Tube" users
among you, cover cable prep, termination with epoxy/polish connectors,
mechanical splicing and insertion loss testing.
- You need Quicktime to view these
videos which you can download free here from the Apple
- If you know of other videos
(especially manufacturer training videos) that we might be able
to get permission to include here, let us know.
- A Valid Question On The OM3
- An instructors at one of the
FOA-Approved schools had an interesting question on the OM3 standard.
He wanted to know if connectors and panel-mounted mating adapters
should be color coded aqua too. Well, certainly they should,
but connector manufacturers are reluctant to produce yet another
- For ages, beige connectors were
multimode, blue singlemode and green singlemode APC. In today's
cable plants, beige is already used for both 50 and 62.5 fiber.
Obviously any connector on an aqua cable is going to be OM3.
In the past, we've had all metal connectors (e.g. ST, FC) that
could not be colored and color-coded individual fibers in a distribution
cable, so strain relief boots were made in colors for identification.
- For ST connectors, in particular,
several manufacturers made colored stickers to put around the
mating adapters on patch panels, a good solution to identify
the fibers terminated at that position.
the whole story about OM3 Cabling in The November FOA Newsletter
FiOS Rollout In Philadelphia
- What's AT&T up to?
- The FOA was contacted by a reporter
in Ohio regarding AT&T's local plans for FTTH and U-Verse
Internet TV service. Read
the story here.
- Verizon FiOS
From the Philly.com web journal.
- Verizon is now deploying GPON
in its network in new developments in California, Maryland, Massachusetts,
New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and
Texas. GPON offers more bandwidth than the BPON currently used,
allowing more features for FiOS TV for example. See this Lightwave
article for more info. Where is Verizon offfering FiOS service?
See this map.
- Want To Learn More About
- The FOA has created a special
section of our website with a FTTx
links page with lots of links to news, market reports, technical
articles and vendor technical and product information. Here
is a great place to start learning more about FTTx.
- FOA's CFxT FTTx Certification Program
- Read the Broadband Properties article
about the FOA FTTx certification program. Read
the article about FOA President Jim Hayes being honored for his
work promoting FTTH.
- End Users Need Advice Too
- Most technical information on
fiber optics seems to be aimed at installers, but at the FOA
we get lots of phone calls from end users. Often they are confused
and want advice: Should they use fiber or copper? What components
should they choose (and why?) What does a fiber optic system
design require? Can they install fiber themselves or should they
hire a contractor? How do they find a contractor? What should
the contract with the contractor include? What are the requirements
for testing and documenting a network? And sometimes, we get
a fiber optic network user who asks "My system is down?
What can I do?"
- Well the FOA has started addressing
the needs of the end user. A new section of the FOA website will
be devoted to the end user, trying to cover all these questions
and more - as the users call us to ask.
- Don't assume the information
is just for users, not installers, contractors and consultants.
It's information you need to be familiar with also, and we'd
suggest you tell all your customers about it, as it will help
explain fiber optics in terms they will understand and help you
and them communicate about fiber optic projects.
Fiber Optic Association User's Guide To Fiber Optic System Design
- Installing Fiber Optics?
Have You Seen These?
- We get lots of calls here at
the FOA looking for advice. Many are from people unfamiliar with
fiber optics who are planning an installation, having an installation
done or testing and troubleshooting problems. To answer these
questions, we have created a standard on installation, NECA/FOA-301
and three Tech
Bulletins for users and installers. These, plus all the information
in our "Tech
Topics" section, will answer many of your questions.
It's where most of our callers are sent for detailed explanations
they can print and distribute to interested parties.
The old story (not a joke!) about
the most likely fiber optic communications system failure being
caused by "backhoe fade" reminds us that digging safely
is vitally important. The risk is not just interrupting communications,
but the life-threatening risk of digging up high voltage or gas
There is a website called "Common Ground Alliance"
that focuses directly on this issue. Here is how they describe
- Damage Prevention is a
- The Common Ground Alliance
(CGA) is a member-driven association dedicated to ensuring public
safety, environmental protection, and the integrity of services
by promoting effective damage prevention practices.
In recent years, the association has established itself as the
leading organization in an effort to reduce damages to all underground
facilities in North America through shared responsibility
among all stakeholders.
Of special interest is their
Practices" Manual, available for downloading. If you
do OSP installs, please get yourself a copy and read it.
There is a new toll-free
"call before you dig" number: 811
for more information
Fiber Optic Protection Summit:
By the "811" group. March, 2008 in Vegas.
Home Tech - Needed To Take
Advantage of FTTH
Once a home has a broadband connection,
which we hope is fiber to the home, but could be DSL or Cable
Modem, the usage of all that bandwidth depends on distribution
within the home. The in-home connections can be UTP or Coax copper,
wireless or fiber. But architects and home builders must learn
how to build homes to take advantage of broadband connections.
The FOA, in conjunction with the Structured Cabling Association,
have started working with home builders to bring them up to speed.
You can see the first tutorial we have jointly developed at the SCA website.
FOA & SCA Helps California
Homebuilders Understand High Tech Homes
The FOA and Structured
Cabling Association are combined forces to discuss how broadband
connections like FTTH requires new thinking from homebuilders
on how homes should be designed and built to provide high speed
connections inside the home so the family can take advantage
of all that broadband offers. The presentation was part of the
Building Industry Show educational program sponsored by the Building
Industry Association of Southern California.
- Even with home sales in a slump,
a good group came to hear Jim Hayes discuss why high tech cabling
offers a way for builders to makes homes more attractive to buyers
and more profitable. It also offers great job opportunities for
cabling installers and contractors.
- Want to see the presentation?
- Download This!
- There are tons of technical
application notes and videos on the web, and occasionally we
recommend some you should download. The JDSU fiber testing guide
is really worthwhile, as are the ADC FTTx book and Westover video
on fiber inspection and cleaning, linked below.
- JDSU Testing Book
- JDSU offers a free download of their
Testing Guide from the Lightwave website. This is one great book
which explains some basic fiber technology, but the real value
is the last half which deals with OTDR testing. Not only does
it give the usual info, but it covers important topics like measurement
uncertainties and anomolies like ghosts and gainers.
- I was in the testing business
for 20+ years at Fotec and think this book is one of the best
fiber optic testing texts available. It's complete but comprehenisble!
I used to believe that premises techs did not need OTDR training,
but now OTDR manufacturers are pushing their use in premises
networks. Unfortunately, the limitations of OTDRs in premises
applications can cause extreme problems for those who are not
aware of their limitations. So knowing hows OTDRs work is essential
information to every tech.
- Download yourself a copy and
read it! http://lw.pennnet.com/whitepapers/wp.cfm?id=665
- Westover Application Notes
And Cleaning Video
- Westover has several application
notes on inspecting and cleaning fiber optic connectors. The
video is a big file (50+MB) but a good tutorial.
- Download page: http://www.westoverfiber.com/Support/downloads.php
- ADC's Book On FTTx
- ADC has an excellend book on
FTTx. Here is a link to request a copy: http://www.adc.com/productsandservices/productsolutions/fttp/book/index.jsp
- Now In Spanish: FOA Textbook
& Text For FOA Advanced Certifications
- The FOA's textbook, The
Fiber Optic Technicians Manual, is used by our approved
schools around the world to teach fiber optics. Book Details:
Manual Del Technico De Fibra Optica, Published by Thomson
Delmar Learning, ISBN 1-4180-6121-2
- If you are getting started
in fiber optics and Spanish is your native language, you can
download an introduction to fiber optics in Spanish here.
- Eric Pearson's book that is
used for the CFOS/I reference book, Successful
Fiber Optic Installation, is also now available in Spanish.
- Contact the FOA for more information.
- NEW-FOA Technical Bulletins/Tech
- New Videos! Here
- Testing Update
- Are there really 5 different
ways to test optical fiber cabling after installation? Why so
many? How do the measurements - and more importantly the measurement
results - differ? What are the advanteages and disadvantages
of each method?
are there 4 ways (maybe 5) to test fiber optic cables?
OTDRs and OLTS tests give the same results?
- Technical Bulletins
- How do you design and manufacture
fiber optic systems? Choose and install one to serve your communications
needs? Troubleshoot problems? The FOA Fiber Optic Technical Bulletins
will provide step-by-step guidelines to help you. All are
PDF files you can download, print and use.
and manufacturing fiber optic communications products for manufacturers.
installing and using fiber optic producst for users.
fiber optic cable plants and communcations systems.
- New Tech Topics
- Updated link
specs for fiber optic networks - now includes 10G Ethernet.
- FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
on General Topics and Testing
- Fiber Or Copper? Making decisions,
overview and LANs
do you clean connections?
Optic Connector company based in Hickory, N.C. is currently recruiting
for an Applications Engineer, a Product Development Engineer, and
a Business Development person.
engineer must have 3-5 years in Fiber Optics, a Bachelor's degree in a
technical discipline, excellent communications and statistical
Product Development engineer
must have 3-5 years technical experience preferable in fiber
optics/connectors, a Bachelor's degree in engineering, and CAD skills.
Development Specialist must have 3-5 years in a technical role, a
technically based Bachelor's degree, and a desire to transition to
a role working closely with the customer, product management, and
Interested candidates should submit their resume, references, and salary requirements to email@example.com.
Linden Photonics, Inc. has
a jop opening described below:
Linden Photonics, Inc., is a
small business that develops packaging technology using extrusion/molding
of novel thermoplastics.
Currently Linden has three SBIR
contracts that are funded over the next two years. They relate
to extrusion of high performance thermoplastics on optical fiber
and metal wire harness for use in demanding DoD environments.
Linden subcontracts extrusion to outside vendors and performs
value added qualification testing in-house.
Linden is looking to hire an
engineer with at least 5 years experience to run two of these
contracts. The job will broadly require the following:
I Interfacing/monitoring outside vendors
· Documenting results
and planning follow-up actions/experiments.
Develop, design, implement in-house test stations. AUTOCAD or
Solid Works experience desirable.
Assist and write SBIR proposals.
The larger responsibility is
to help grow and built a small business so that it successfully
transitions from contract to commercial sales using the technology
developed under SBIR contracts.
If this sounds interesting please
Linden Photonics, Inc.
270 Littleton Rd., # 29
Westford, MA 01886
- Fiber/Copper Instructor in
the Baltimore area.
- Our Fiber Optic/Copper Cable
Network Program is a 72 hour, non-credit program aimed at providing
entry-level skills for students interested in obtaining an a
position in the telecommunications industry. Typically the class
is scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 - 10 pm
on our Catonsville Campus. Our immediate needs are for
someone to teach 8 Fiber (Copper has been completed) classes
beginning on 11/13 and ending on 12/11/07; the next program will
begin in April of 08. Would consider putting a piece in
your newsletter requesting anyone interested in teaching to send
me their resume. A Bachelor's degree and industry experience
are required. If possible, could you email me a sample of your
Mary Lou Beach
The School of Applied and Information Technology
- Engineering Assistant
- Job Description
- Under the direction of Design
and Development Engineers build and test prototype and preproduction
Assist Engineering to create, develop, modify and implement joining
processes including soldering, welding, epoxy fixing, glass sealing
Assist Engineering to develop and implement processes relating
to fibers, fiber pigtail assemblies and connector/receptacle
Perform wire bond, ribbon bond processes
Perform hermetic sealing and testing processes
Assist with necessary testing and qualification of parts. Testing
will include optical, electrical and RF parameters.
Assist with documenting designs, processes and procedures
Assist Engineers with transferring to and training Production
- Skills Required
- Excellent knowledge of hybrid
microelectronic assembly equipment
Excellent hands-on assembly and test skills
Ability to work with limited guidance independently
Extensive experience with hybrid microelectronic assembly processes
Prior experience with fiber optic and/or optoelectronic devices
Good working knowledge of electronic and RF test instrumentation
- Education and Experience
- >3years relevant work experience
At least ASEE or equivalent
- Inside Technical Sales
- Job Description
- Support in-coming calls for
Provide quotes, quote follow-ups and closing of sales.
Developing of new customers/business through prospecting, re-engagement
of inactive accounts and introduction of new products.
Represent sales in weekly meetings regarding production schedules,
forecasting, quality control and custom projects.
Manage RMA's (Returned Material Authorization) from initial customer
discussion through internal review and final conclusions.
Work with procurement to ensure on-time material deliveries.
Interact with engineering regarding technical questions and custom
Keep account information updated, run daily contact reports and
manage ACT our account management database software.
- Education and Experience
- Engineering Degree, EE preferred.
5 years technical sales experience.
Optics/Photonics background preferred.
- Please forward resumes to:
7 Oak Park Drive
Bedford, MA 01730
781-275-7501 x 252
- Project Manager
- Celergy Networks, Carlsbad,
CA, a leading provider of voice and data networking and structured
cabling installations, seeks Project Managers for Telecommunications.
Candidates must be able to work in a fast-paced environment,
multi-task, be able to quickly identify potential roadblocks
and facilitate solid solutions, and have strong customer service
- Responsibilities include coordinating
labor, materials and customer scheduling required for implementation
of projects to meet and or exceed customer expectations and deadlines,
daily communication and reporting to customer on status of work,
margin control of projects, interaction and team work with engineer,
accounting and purchasing manager to ensure a profitable and
- The Successful Candidate Will
- Strong organizational and communication
Strong negotiation skills and experience in negotiating pricing
3+ years experience in customer service and/or help desk related
work preferably within Telecom industry, but not required.
Working knowledge of Windows NT, especially word, excel, power
MS project and IS09000, 9001, etc experience preferred, but not
Understanding and basic knowledge of PM process and procedures
Ability to follow process and procedures, enhanced with ability
to identify improvements and suggest changes if required for
improvement for greater efficiency and customer service.
Experience in Project Management of multiple accounts simultaneously
Strong interpersonal skills and experience working with a team
Basic knowledge in cabling/infrastructure preferred.
- The salary range for a project
manager currently offered is between 40k- to 60k / year,
based on experience.
- Lucia Romanov-Stark
Director of Marketing
Celergy Networks, Inc.
2011 Palomar Airport Road, Suite 200
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Phone: (760) 268-1913 x 6134
Fax: (760) 603-8577
Mobile: (949) 374-2334
- Verizon: Fiber Network Field
Technician (Outside Field Technician)
- Openings in the following areas:
CA, TX, WA, OR, VA, MA, NJ, RI
- Take your career to new heights
at a company that's a leader in global communications: Verizon.
We offer an unparalleled opportunity to advance your career while
contributing in an enthusiastic, team-oriented environment.
- Primary duties include, but
are not limited to:
- Install, remove, rearrange,
program, test, troubleshoot and maintain fiber network services.
Install and configure routers, set top boxes. May assist
with installation of PC software as needed and ensure proper
configuration of the customer's PC. Interact with the Fiber
Solution Center as needed. May install appropriate inside
Install, maintain and repair outside and inside fiber equipment/facilities
including inside wiring and fiber jumpers at the distribution
Interface with customer to negotiate the placement of equipment;
may assist with account registration, e-mail, and web access,
and training the customer on how to use the new equipment. Ensure
customer satisfaction. Respond to inquiries and provide
follow-up, as necessary.
Interpret schematic work order drawings to determine job specifications
and installation needs. Order and/or obtain required equipment.
Effect problem solving where appropriate.
Utilize various test equipment to analyze equipment trouble and
take appropriate maintenance action.
- Requires high level of customer
contact to ensure customer satisfaction.
Climbing poles and ladders; lifting 75-100 pounds on a regular
basis; pushing, reaching, bending and stooping; manual dexterity;
good sense of balance; and good color vision.
Must have a current/valid California Drivers License and a clean
Qualified candidates must pass all company required tests, a
pre-employment drug screen and a background check. In addition,
candidates will be required to successfully pass a legally required
DOJ Criminal Records Check/screening process (fingerprinting).
Candidates must be able to work any shift given, including days,
weekends, holidays and overtime as required.
- Verizon offers:
- Hourly rate for this position
is $12.87-28.55. Wage credit may be granted for related
work experience and/or college degree.
Benefits include medical, dental, life insurance, 401(k) with
Company match and paid vacation
- interested candidates should
go to https://www22.verizon.com/about/careers/fiberjobs.html
to apply AND schedule themselves for testing.
- Thank you for showing an
interest in Verizon!
Verizon is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer supporting
workforce diversity. m/f/d/v. Principals only!
- Also Check Recent Job Openings
In Previous Issues of The FOA Newsletter
- Tech Puzzler
- Recognize this connector?, see below.
- Understanding FOA Certifications
- To answer questions on FOA certifications,
we've created several new web pages:
of FOA certifications
Requirements - What Schools Are Teaching
- Reading these will help you
understand what each FOA certification covers and how to prepare
- New Professional Society
for Structured Cabling Recognizes Importance of Fiber Optics
- The new Structured Cabling Association,
is a professional society aimed at installers of "structured
cabling" or premises cabling. Structured cabling has been
focused on so-called "Cat 5" or UTP cabling for years,
while network speeds have left UTP behind. Now most backbones
for LANs are fiber optics and every network seems to have wireless.
The SCA, founded in part by FOA activists Tom Collins and Jim
Hayes, intends to make structured cabling training and certification
more relevant to today's world.
- FOA Logo Merchandise
- FOA has arranged with EmbroidMe
to provide FOA logo merchandies. Identify yourself as a FOA-certified
tech or instructor. The lab coats are super impressive for either
cabling techs and instructors. Check
out the selection.
- FOA Certification Top Choice
The FOA CFOT and CFOS programs continue to gain momentum in fiber
optics. Over 23,000 CFOTs have been certified by over 200 schools.
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 160+ organizations, welcoming new additions like the Joint
Apprenticeship and Training Committee of the International Brotherhood
of Electrical Workers, Corning
Cable Systems and AFL
for their installation training programs and NASA's Goldstone
Tracking Station. The complete list of FOA-Approved schools is
Your Name, CFOT - It pays
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. You must be a current FOA member
and CFOT to participate in our online
database of installers, contractors, technicians and consultants.
If you forgot to renew, use the online
application form to renew NOW!
Contact The FOA:
Fiber Optic Association
- 1119 S Mission Road,
- Fallbrook, California 92028 USA
- Office Hours 10AM-5
PM Pacific Time
- Telephone: 760-451-3655
- Fax: 781-207-2421
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be interesting to the rest of the membership!
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(C)1999-2008, The Fiber Optic Association, Inc.
- Tech Puzzler:
It's an ESCON connector,
used on IBMs mainframe peripheral network. See the connector
ID page on Tech Topics.
See the Lennie Lightwave
for a complete tutorial on OTDRs and more.