Optical fiber is used by many telecommunications companies to transmit telephone signals, internet communication, and cable television signals. It is also used in a multitude of other industries, including medical, defense/government, for data storage, and industrial/commercial. In recent years fiber optic technology has taken on increasing importance in industrial data communications systems as well, and workers in this field are in high demand for their services. For individuals with a technical mind and precise attention to detail, a career in fiber optics technology may offer a promising career. ATA College now offers a 7-week Fiber Optics for Professionals (FFP) program to train you for success in this growing field!
Fiber Optics Professionals (FFP) Program
ATA’s new Fiber Optics for Professionals (FFP) program is available online nationwide. The seven-week program includes six weeks of online courses, with a curriculum developed on Moodle and experienced live through Microsoft Teams. The FFP program culminates with an intensive one-week session of on-campus hands-on practice, with travel to San Diego County (El Cajon), meals, and temporary lodging included in the course tuition.
How Do I Learn Fiber Optics Technology?
The easiest way to learn Fiber Optics Technology is to attend a trade school that offers this professional program. ATA College is fully approved to train professionals in Fiber Optics Technology. From classroom theory to hands-on experience, ATA College allows you to learn this important trade and prepare for an apprenticeship in the process. We even help you work toward an international certification to prove your proficiency in the many duties and skills that a professional Fiber Optics Technician masters in this trade program.
What Do You Learn During a Fiber Optics Professionals Program?
The Fiber Optics for Professionals (FFP) program is designed to teach the basics of fiber optics and cabling in order to thoroughly prepare graduates for immediate entry-level employment in the field. Through online and classroom training and practical hands-on application, students learn cable preparation (patch panel or splice closure), fusion splicing, optical loss, reflection testing, and Optical Time-Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) operations. Students gain specialized training in developing fiber optic networks to various premises, mechanical and fusion splicing, and testing techniques. The FFP program includes the following courses:
- Basic Fiber Optics
- Basic Premises Cabling
- Fiber to the Premises- FTTx
- Advanced Fiber Optics- Splicing
- Advanced Fiber Optics- Testing
ATA College is an Approved Training Provider
ATA College is an approved training provider (School #143) for the Fiber Optics Association (FOA), an international professional fiber optics authority, and the FFP program prepares students to test for five professional certifications. Graduates are prepared for the following Fiber Optics Association (FOA) exams:
- Certified Fiber Optic Technician (CFOT)– primary FOA certification for all fiber optics applications
- Certified Premises Cabling Technician (CPCT)– certification for designers, installers, and operators of premises cabling networks
- Certified Fiber Optics Specialist (CFOS/H)– certification based on the specific applications of Fiber To The Home (FTTH) or optical LANs (OLANs)
- Certified Fiber Optic Specialist (CFOS/S)– certification for technicians splicing primarily outside plant (OSP) fiber optic cable plants for concatenation and termination.
- Certified Fiber Optic Specialist (CFOS/T)– certification for technicians testing fiber optic cable plants and communications systems
Benefits of Attending the ATA College Fiber Optic Technology Program
There are many benefits to attending ATA College. From a complete curriculum to career services and beyond. As you graduate from ATA College, you will be fully prepared to apprentice or interview for a position at an organization in San Diego.
Benefit #1: Complete Curriculum
Employers know what they are looking for and ATA College understands what you need to know to succeed in this highly competitive industry. You learn the theory and safety procedures behind Fiber Optic Technology as well as work hands-on with the industry-standard tools and equipment that you will use on the job.
Benefit #2: Industry Experienced Instructors
ATA College only hires instructors that have industry experience. Our instructors are well versed in Fiber Optics Technology, have started in entry-level positions, and worked for organizations in the community to acquire the skills for success in this job role. Instructors can show you step-by-step the processes of Fiber Optics cabling, splicing, and testing, answer any questions you may have, and help guide you toward a career as a Fiber Optics Technician.
Benefit #3: Career Services
ATA College prides itself in finding the right job to match your talent, skills, and passion. We prepare you for the intimidating interviews, follow-up emails, how to dress during an interview, proper resume building and formatting, and prepare for the questions that will inevitably be asked of you during the multiple interview process. We also keep in touch with community organizations that are looking for graduates like you to hit the ground running as a Fiber Optics Technician.
Want to Learn More?
With ATA’s Fiber Optics for Professionals (FFP) program, you will gain competency in Fiber Optics technology and be prepared to test for five different professional certifications from the Fiber Optics Association (FOA) that will demonstrate to potential employers the depth of your knowledge and commitment to your training. If you are interested in beginning a promising new career in the growing field of Fiber Optics technology, ATA College has the training program for you! ATA offers Fiber Optics Trade Scholarships for qualified individuals and offers students and alumni a network of career opportunities. ATA’s next start date is November 15, 2021; visit the ATA College website for more information or to get started today!