Short courses

Certified Fiber Optic Technician

  • Date: - -
  • Venue: UDSM-CoICT Kijitonyama Campus
  • Cost: TZS 2,800,000
  • Contact: 0762251260 | ete@udsm.ac.tz
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The today’s digital world has been flooded with captivating technologies that significantly promote socio-economic development. The technologies have revolutionized traditional practices, and people can now share information instantly through communication networks. For instance, we can perform video conferencing, live events streaming (e.g. football), real-time chatting through social networks (e.g. WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook), and Internet protocol television. This wide range of applications require high bandwidth to download or upload content-rich videos and images. Given the rapidly changing world, Fiber cables have been found to meet the current demands of the applications by providing high bandwidth, low signal attenuation, high data security, and outstanding immunity against electromagnetic interference.

In Tanzania, the initiatives to establish fiber cable communication infrastructure started in 2009. Currently, some institutions, companies, and organizations benefit from the high-speed Internet connectivity provided by the established fiber cable. But several other places of the country, especially the remote ones, have not been connected by the cable. Therefore, a need exists to train more technicians, scientists, and engineers to accelerate the government’s efforts of providing reliable and fast Internet to all Tanzanian regions. Our survey reveals that most technicians have not obtained formal trainings on fiber optic, and they perform their works (unprofessionally) based on experiences or Internet resources.

This training provides fundamentals of fiber optic, including knowledge and professional skills in installation and maintenance of fiber cables. The training uses the KSAs delivery model, meaning that participants will be equipped with Knowledge and Skills, and that the Abilities of participants will be evaluated prior to their admission into the program. Our strength builds on the well-equipped laboratories and qualified trainers with years of industrial experience. Therefore, we expect that you will gather necessary tools and materials that can immediately be applied to advance your career.

Knowledge

Fundamental of fiber optic
  • Motivations and practical applications
  • Terminologies
  • Metric system
  • Fiber optic instruments and tools
Fiber optic communication systems
  • Architectures
  • Mechanisms of light propagation for information transfer
  • Outside Plant (OSP) systems: Internet, Telco, CATV, Utility, and Municipal
  • Transceivers: sources, detectors, and information quality assessment
Optical fiber
  • Types of optical fibers (SI-MM, GI-MM, and SM)
  • Optical fiber ducts
  • Attenuation and dispersion of light in optical fibers
  • Optical fiber selection
Fiber optic cables
  • Types and applications of cables
  • Relevant specifications for applications
  • Selection of fiber optic cables
Termination and splicing
  • Significances and industrial considerations
  • Performance metrics (loss, reflectance, and strength)
  • Splicing processes
  • Termination processes
  • Connectors
Software level configurations
  • Wavelength division multiplexing
  • Add-drop multiplexers
  • Optical amplifiers
  • Multi-protocol label switching
  • Synchronous digital hierarchy
Testing and troubleshooting
  • Cable tracing/polarity
  • Connector inspection and cleaning
  • Cable and cable plant testing
  • Cable and cable plant troubleshooting
  • Optical power and system testing
Fiber optic network design
  • Evaluating communication system requirements
  • Cable plant design
  • Layout
  • Components selection
  • Loss budgets
  • Documentation
Fiber optic installation
  • Evaluation of requirements based on cable plant design
  • Planning for the installation (preparations, safety considerations, and disposal of materials)
Basic knowledge of codes, standards, and regulations
    Installation procedures
    Documentation of cable plants

    Skills

    Fiber optic cable
    • Cable installation preparations
    • Installation of fiber optic cable
    Splicing
    • Cable preparation for splicing
    • Mechanical splicing
    • Fusion splicing
    Termination
    • Cable preparation for termination
    • Installation of connectors
    • Inspection of connectors
    • Testing of connectors
    Industrial tour to leading telecommunication companies with fiber optic facilities
    • Visualization of various fiber optic components, networks, and systems
    • Experimentation on the operations of fiber optic systems

    Abilities

    • Reading and secondary basic mathematics
    • Good eyesight with color rendition
    • Good hand-eye coordination
    • Ability to use hand and power tools
    • Analytical skills
    • Ability to follow directions and to work under adverse conditions
    • Patience

    Learning outcomes

    Upon successful completion of the training, participants are expected to gain professional knowledge and skills to perform the following tasks:

    • Prepare fiber cables for installation, splicing, and termination
    • Install fiber cables
    • Perform mechanical splicing of fiber cables
    • Perform fusion splicing
    • Install, inspect, and test connectors
    • Work with industrial fiber optic systems in telecommunication companies

    Payments

    All payments should be made through Control Numbers. Please send your personal information (full name, email, and phone number) to this email address ete@udsm.ac.tz, then we will send an invoice with a Control Number to you.

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