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May was another BUSY Month!
FOA Trainers Get Around
-Dohn HS Cincinnati
-Traffic Engineers in Mesa Arizona
Directional Boring in St. Louis
Proof Some Techs Need More Training
What We Learned From A Wireless Conference
Landline Phones Continue Decline
Tapping Fiber In German Data Center
FOA Testing Video Microscope
10M Single Pair Ethernet
Conference on Plastic Optical Fiber
Important tech info repeated from last month while we add it to the FOA Guide:
Power Budgets/Loss Budgets,
Setting "0dB" References And Modal Distribution
OTDR Bi-directional Confusion
How "Fast" Is FIber?
Dust Transfer Between Connectors
Recycling Fiber Optic Cable
Bad Times For Homes And Poles
What Does A FTTH ONT Look Like Today?
Things We've Seen
Panduit OptiCam2 Tool
Color Codes For 16-fiber MPO
Fiber Optic Sensor Market
Plus some really interesting technical questions discussed in depth
The Basic Fiber, OSP and Premises Cabling books were just updated
Are you experienced in fiber optics but not yet FOA CFOT® certified? FOA's "Work To Cert" program is just for you.
More FOA YouTube Lectures - >100 total !
More FOA YouTube Lectures - >100 total !
Fiber Optic Installation Standard Updated - Available Free From FOA
Go here for more information on NECA/FOA-301.
New FOA Book Updates:The basic fiber book, OSP fiber and premises cabling books have been updated for 2018.
More on the FOA Reference Guides
Fiber U Offers Free Online Self-Study Programs, and "Fiber U Certificate of Completion" For All FOA Certification Courses. Read more at Fiber U.
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you are a current FOA Approved School, here is the School
Resources For STEM Teachers In K-12 And Technical Schools
Teachers in all grades can introduce their students to fiber optic technology with some simple demonstrations. FOA has created a page for STEM or STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) teachers with materials appropriate to their classes. Fiber Optic Resources For STEM Teachers.
FOA also has a new YouTube Video on "Careers in Fiber Optics" and a "Careers In Fiber Optics" Website. See below.
Fiber Works - Live!
FOA offers corporate memberships to companies involved in fiber optics as manufacturers, contractors, installers, etc. FOA Corporate Members get substantial discounts on membership/certification renewals and direct certifications. Other benefits include access to training and direct certifications. Read more.
FOA has a new YouTube Video on "Careers in Fiber Optics" and a "Careers In Fiber Optics" Website.
Interested in exploring a career in fiber optics? FOA has created a YouTube Video and a webpage that describes what a fiber optic worker does, where they work and how to get started. It's mainly aimed at high school students but it's relevant to anyone interested in changing careers also. Go here for the YouTube Video on "Careers in Fiber Optics" or the FOA Careers In Fiber Optics webpage.
FOA "Finding A Job" Website
We get many questions from CFOTs, students at FOA-Approved schools and others contemplating getting into the fiber optic business regarding jobs in fiber optics - and how to find them - so we’ve created a new web page to share some information we've gathered about jobs in our industry. The information is designed to help you understand what jobs are available in fiber optics, how to find them and apply for them.
Looking For A Job In Fiber Optics?
If you have job openings, let us post them on .
FOA Standards For Contractors, Installers and Network Users
Most industry standards are written for manufacturers so they can build products that are interoperable to allow multiple sources in the marketplace. These manufacturers are responsible for interpreting these standards for their customers. FOA has been requested to create standards for contractors, installers and network users, providing a generic interpretation of these standards. We've created a few already on testing, one of the most confusing issues in fiber optics. Furthermore, we've provided them in a 1 page summary format, making understanding them much easier.
Go here for more information.
Free For FOA Members: NECA/FOA 301 Fiber Optic Installation Standard
Because of its importance to users, contractors and installers of fiber optic networks, The FOA and NECA have agreed to make the NECA/FOA 301 Fiber Optic Installation Standard available free to FOA members.
Standards usually cover components and systems and how to test them, but rarely get into installation issues. This standard is derived from FOA educational material put in standards form and approved by ANSI as an American National Standard. It's specifically written to be used in contracts to define "installation in a neat and workmanlike manner." FOA members can go here for instructions on how to download your free copy.
FOA channel on YouTube, thefoainc
Lennie Lightwave and Fiber U are back! Learn the basics of fiber optics in preparation for taking a training course, refresh your knowledge or prepare for the CFOT exam online at Fiber U online.
New: Self-Study programs on outside plant (OSP) fiber optics and OTDRs (with a free OTDR simulator to download)
FOA on LinkedIn
FOA - official company page on LinkedIn
FOA - covers FOA, technology and jobs in the fiber optic marketplace
FOA Fiber Optic Training - open to everyone, covers fiber optic technology and training topics
FOA School Instructors - a closed group for instructors and administrators at FOA-approved schools
FOA Reference Books (Printed or eBooks!)
The Basic Fiber and Premises Cabling books were updated February 2018
Click on any book for more information.
These two guides are simple introductions to the subjects. They will explain the applications, jargon, components and installation in a quick overview.
Lennie Lightwave's Guide to Fiber Optics (online) and available as PDF download or a free iBook on iTunes
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