Are you trying to figure out how to get a fiber optic technician job? It is important to understand the job description, expectations of the employers, and the skills and qualifications you may need to become a successful fiber optic technician. Here is a short guide that will familiarize you with this job position, and help you stand out from other candidates.
Who Is A Fiber Optic Technician?
A fiber optic technician installs, maintains, and repairs fiber optic cables. These cables transmit data in the form of light pulses. Fiber optic technicians work closely with electrical engineers to ensure that their equipment can effectively transmit this data.
These technicians are responsible for installing, maintaining, and repairing fiber optic cables. Their job is to make sure that any new or existing networks are correctly functioning to transmit data accurately.
Fiber optic technicians also need to identify problems with the cables, which could include rusting or corrosion due to moisture exposure. Oftentimes fiber optic cable can break which requires knowledge of using diagnostic tools to trace down breaks and damage. Once they have identified where there has been a problem, they must ensure that it is fixed before any more damage occurs by replacing any old parts that may have broken off during the installation process.
What Does The Job Of A Fiber Optic Technician Entail?
Fiber optic technicians are involved in installing and repairing telecommunications cables, buildings, and equipment such as satellites. They repair damaged cables to ensure continued operations; troubleshoot problems, and perform maintenance on the system components. They also coordinate the maintenance of electrical systems, including wiring, lighting, and controls.
They perform a wide range of activities, including tasks specific to their field, such as:
- Installing telecommunications equipment, including cable television (CATV) lines.
- Testing and diagnosing electrical wiring.
- Installing fiber-optic network cabling.
- Troubleshooting problems that may occur at the point of installation or during ongoing operations.
- Maintaining buildings’ building systems, including lighting and heating/cooling systems.
- Maintaining telephone subscribers’ lines.
- Performing maintenance on fiber-optic equipment.
- At times, they may also be called upon to assist with the installation/repair of satellite dishes.
How To Become A Fiber Optic Technician?
There has never been a better time to become a fiber optic technician. Many companies are currently seeking reliable technicians to handle the growing demand for internet access and the spread of fiber optic cables throughout the United States.
If you want to become a fiber optic technician, you’ll first need some training. Many schools offer programs specifically designed to prepare students for careers as fiber optic technicians and some even allow students to complete their training online.
These programs usually take between two months and one year, depending on how many credits are required for certification; however, it’s critical not to rush through any coursework because there may be practical applications or lab work involved.
While there are no formal job qualifications to become a fiber optic technician, most employers will require these things:
- Post-secondary education in computer technology, telecommunications, or electronics
- Certified Fiber Optic Technician (by the Fiber Optic Association)
- Knowledge of the National Electrical Code (NEC)
- Knowledge of safety procedures and standards for working with electricity
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Obtaining a job in the fiber optics field requires patience, hard work, and perseverance. The most effective way to get started is to talk with a job consultant or join a job community to get an idea of what is expected from you and the role you could play within the fiber optics industry as a fiber optic technician.
The Low Voltage Nation Jobs board has many job postings for fiber techs. Head over to jobs.lowvoltagenation.com to check them out.