What Does a Fiber Optics Technician Do?

What Does a Fiber Optics Technician Do
What Does a Fiber Optics Technician Do

What Does a Fiber Optics Technician Do?

Fiber optics technicians, a career included in telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, are in charge of setting up communication systems in businesses, hospitals, schools, and homes. This career falls under low voltage technologies, which means that the Low Voltage Technology program offered at Porter and Chester Institute (PCI) may be a great fit for those interested in this field.

To work as a Fiber Optics Technician, individuals will need to learn different skills. Some of these include knowledge in the areas of :

  • OTDR (Optical Time-Domain Reflectometer)
  • Power Source and Light Meter Test Equipment
  • Plastic Optical Fiber (POF) systems for Audio Visual equipment and Home Theater
  • Fusion Splicing and Mechanical Splicing
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Job Sites
  • OSP (Outside-Plant Engineer)
  • Cat 6
  • Troubleshooting

Whether it is indoor or outdoor work, Fiber Optics Technicians do different things. Outdoor work is labeled as an outside plant technician, and inside work is labeled as inside plant or a premises installer. However, no matter which side you work on, there are common duties for both positions:

  • Install new fiber backbone systems and wiring at a home or place of business
  • Make fiber restoration terminations to old backbone systems
  • Inspect and troubleshoot existing fiber optics systems for problems that could interrupt service
  • Test existing fiber optic systems and repair those that don't meet industry standards
  • Measure the strength of Internet speeds or cable connections to determine a system's performance
  • Remove old fiber optic trunks
  • Splice fiber strands as needed and troubleshoot problem areas

There are also physical demands to the job that may include:

  • Standing for long periods of time
  • Climbing ladders and utility poles
  • Confined spaces entry (manhole systems)
  • Lifting and carrying equipment, parts, and tools

If you're interested in getting involved in fiber optics and low voltage technology, check out the Low Voltage Technology program offered through PCI. To learn more information, visit the program description page to see if it's a good fit for you.