June, 2008
In This Issue
Fiber At The Races, Part 2, AT&T Pushes Fiber Service for Small Businesses, Verizon Ups FiOS Speed.

Tech Topics: Design, Restoration, Users, more new tech info. See Tech Topics Below.

Product News: Connectors, cleaners, more. See "Product News" Below

Worth Reading: FOLS newsletter, Time is Here For FIber, How To Tap Fiber, Who is George Glider? See "Worth Reading" below
Looking For Jobs - several this month, including Splicers in Canada, fusion splicer sales, production and engineering. See "Jobs" Below
This Month's "Tech Puzzler"
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Looking For a FOA-Certified Fiber Optic Installer? Use the FOA Installer Database Free! CFOT's register online.

Fiber At The Races, Part 2
Last month we told you about a on-board data system for racecars that used POF. This month, it's a photo of a coil of cable supporting TV feed at the recent Long Beach Grand Prix. And you thought MIL-grade cable was only for the battlefield!
Fiber at the races

AT&T Pushes Fiber Service for Small Businesses
According to PC World and reported in the Washington Post, small businesses can get fiber connections from AT&T as fast as 10 Mbps downstream for $100 per month, and receive a Wi-Fi gateway and Wi-Fi hotspot access as the cherry on top. The AT&T U-Verse for Businessservice includes 10 Mb/s down, 1.5 Mb/s up service for $100 per month including a free WiFi access point and free access to AT&T-run WiFi hotspots. The service is offered in 40 of AT&Ts markets. From the descriptions, we believe they mean FTTC (fiber to the curb, which is AT&T's norm.) It's good for fiber optics, of course, and could be good for your small business if you are in an AT&T service area. More: http://smallbiz.att.com/businessuverse

Meanwhile, Verizon Speeds Up FiOS 
The Boston Herald reports that Version is boosting the speed of its FiOS fiber to the home service. The fastest FiOS Internet service, for $139.95 per month, will provide downloads at 50 megabits per second and uploads at 20 megabits per second, up from 30 mbps downstream and 15 mbps upstream. Slower plans are being upgraded as well. According to the Herald article, FiOS is available to 10 million homes, and Verizon plans to cover 18 million homes by 2010.
From people we talked to on a trip back East recently and discussions with FiOS customers here in California, AT&T might want to rethink their fiber to the curb strategy. FiOS customers are the most satisfied technology users I have ever met, bragging about how good their HDTV is, how fast their Internet is, and how all that is due to their all-fiber connection. JH

Certification News:
Design certification training starting at FOA-approved schools. Coming next: premises cabling certification.

CFOT Training In Bagdad
CFOT training in Bagdad
The FOA recently helped a group of Marines in Bagdad set up a fiber optic training program. We worked with them on the setup and provided them with a FOA Starter Kit for curriculum. Our contact, Sgt. Garcia, was experienced and an enthusiastic instructor. After his first class, he sent us these photos to show the training classes in Badgad. We're proud of these guys for their great job and welcome our new CFOTs! More photos.

Worth Reading:

FOLS latest newsletter. The latest news from FOLS including a standards update and access to their premises cabling cost model.

The Time is Here for Fiber-based Communications by Peter Neill, Senior Vice President of Wholesale Markets Group for Level 3. "Why Now? The accelerated interest in fiber-based communications is a result of an across-the-board need for data traffic optimization as applications drive bandwidth needs beyond the capabilities of legacy copper infrastructure." http://www.convergedigest.com/bp/bp1.asp?ID=534&ctgy=Intelligence

Verizon Business expands ULH network to Asia-Pacific
Think Verizon is Just FTTH? Not so, as they run Ultra-Long Haul networks worldwide. Read more in Lightwave.

Ezine Articles On Fiber
Bob Ballard, RCDD, CFOS/I of BDI DataLynk, an FOA-Approved schools, has posted several technical articles about fiber and customer applications on Ezine. Here are the current published articles.  http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Bob_Ballard

How To Tap Fiber and How To Detect Tapping

We get an occasional call of how to tap fiber or detect tapping. A google search turns up this government document that tells you how to do it! http://www.ncs.gov/library/tech_bulletins/2000/tib_00-7.pdf

Who is George Glider and Why Is He Important In The Fiber Optic Business? (MIT Technology Review)
"Gilder argued that just as the microprocessor had introduced previously unimaginable processing power, so the fiber-optic construction boom would usher in a world of instantaneous communication and infinite bandwidth: the telecosm. He predicted that it would make "the CPU ... peripheral, the network central," and that it would enable anyone to launch a product, company, or political movement." Glider got blamed for both the telecom boom and the bursting of the bubble. More than $500 billion was lost in just a few years and between 2001 and 2004, 216 telecommunications companies went bankrupt. Like it or not, Glider was certainly partially responsible for the fiber optic industry we know today.

And worth watching: Robot Chicken
Robot Chicken

POF2008 FOA Co-Sponsors POF 2008
The 17th International Conference on Plastic Optical Fibers will be held from Monday, August 25th, to Thursday , August 28th, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, California.
The conference will be combined with POFWORLD 2008, thus guaranteeing a larger attendance compared to the last two POF Conferences. In addition, the organizers, Information Gatekeepers Inc. (IGI) and the International Cooperative of Plastic Optical Fiber (ICPOF), plans to promote the event as holiday venue for attendees because of the large number of cultural and family oriented locations in the silicon valley and surrounding areas.
The main conference program will be held from Tuesday, August 26th, to Thursday , August 28th, with exhibits open during the conference. Tutorials will be organized covering a wide range of POF topics on Monday, August 25th.
"East Meets West" - a POF design workshop - will be held the week before POF2008, August 20-22 in the same location.
Read more: http://pof2008.com/

FOA Tech Topics - 
New  Reference Guide For “Fiber Optic Network Design”
The FOA has published another one of our "
Technical Bulletins
" on the FOA Tech Topics Website that covers fiber optic network design. It's a comprehensive overview of the design process, breaking it into 16 individual topics that total 30 pages of mostly text. The organization of this document has been chosen to cover topics in order of the actual design process, from getting started - like deciding if you want to use fiber - through selecting routes, choosing equipment and components, choosing contractors and installers, managing the job, documentation and maintenance.
We suggest you download and print a copy for reference. And give us feedback on how to make it even better! Download "Designing Fiber Optic Networks" now. (1.3 MB PDF file)

New Tech Bulletin On Fiber Optic Network Restoration
We've also just added to the FOA Tech Topics Website a Tech Bulletin on "Fiber Optic Restoration." Fiber optic restoration is more than fixing a cut cable in a panic mode - it starts with the network design stage where one plans for an eventual emergency restoration, creates a plan and documentation, stores supplies and has people trained and ready to respond.
Using fiber optics? Download and read this now! Download Guide To Fiber Optic Network Restoration now. 
(88 kB PDF file)

New Videos
We continue expanding the Tech Topics section and have added some videos. These videos, in a format familiar to the "You Tube" users among you, cover cable prep, termination with epoxy/polish connectors, mechanical splicing and insertion loss testing.
You need Quicktime to view these videos which you can download free here from the Apple website.
If you know of other videos (especially manufacturer training videos) that we might be able to get permission to include here, let us know.
Testing Update
Are there really 5 different ways to test optical fiber cabling after installation? Why so many? How do the measurements - and more importantly the measurement results - differ? What are the advanteages and disadvantages of each method?
Why are there 4 ways (maybe 5) to test fiber optic cables?
Do OTDRs and OLTS tests give the same results?
Technical Bulletins
How do you design and manufacture fiber optic systems? Choose and install one to serve your communications needs? Troubleshoot problems? The FOA Fiber Optic Technical Bulletins will provide step-by-step guidelines to help you. All are PDF files you can download, print and use.
Designing and manufacturing fiber optic communications products for manufacturers.
Choosing, installing and using fiber optic producst for users.
Troubleshooting fiber optic cable plants and communcations systems.
New Tech Topics
Updated link specs for fiber optic networks - now includes 10G Ethernet.
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) on General Topics and Testing
Fiber Or Copper? Making decisions, overview and LANs
How do you clean connections?

Product News1 click cleaner

AFL Fiber Optic One-Click Cleaner With Innovative Push-to-Clean Design

The One-Click Cleaner is an easy-to-use option for cleaning connectors in adapters. Simply insert the One-Click Cleaner into an adapter and push until an audible “click” is heard. The One-Click Cleaner uses the mechanical push action to advance an optical grade cleaning tape while the cleaning tip is rotated to ensure the fiber end-face is effectively, but gently, cleaned.
The One-Click Cleaner is a must-have for field technicians. Small enough to fit in a shirt pocket and a great addition to cleaning kits.

Recommendations For A Connector Supplier From An FOA School Instructor
Will you please put a piece in both the FOA CFOT Newsletter AND the Instructor's Newsletter about P-T Fiber Optics.  I have been using their SC and ST connectors for the past 5 years and they offer the highest quality epoxy/polish ceramic ferrule in the industry.  I have found them to be the lowest cost supplier of these connectors and their Bare Fiber Adapters. 
Your schools and technicians can contact either Vladimir or Lisa at
(805) 640-6424.   http://www.vcnet.com/perspective/

Corning Offers Ribbon Unicams
A user brought this to our attention. It's how you terminat MTP ribbon connectors in the field.



FTTH Notes:

Verizon FiOS
Damn the economy: Verizon ramping up FiOS build out
By Mike Robuck, CedMagazine.com - June 11, 2008
Despite the sluggish economy, Verizon isn‚t backing off of the gas pedal when it comes to building out its fiber optic FiOS network.
Verizon plans on having FiOS in more than its previously stated goal of 18 million homes by the end of 2010, according to Reuters. Verizon President and COO Denny Strigl said that the company would continue to expand its FiOS network to the tune of more than $20 billion, while doing so at a faster rate than the original plan called for.

Verizon‚s FiOS rollout was initially slower than expected due to a lack of equipment, such as set-top boxes, as well as the regulatory approval process in the states where the telco wanted to rollout the triple-play service.

Verizon to invest $86 million to expand FiOS TV in Rhode Island (Lightwave)
The $86-million investment will extend Verizon's FiOS TV service to an additional 10 communities and expand its Providence-based Fiber Solutions Center, where at least 50 more union-represented technicians and customer service representatives will be hired, say Verizon representatives.

FiOS Rollout In Philadelphia
From the Philly.com web journal.
Verizon is now deploying GPON in its network in new developments in California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Texas. GPON offers more bandwidth than the BPON currently used, allowing more features for FiOS TV for example. See this Lightwave article for more info. Where is Verizon offfering FiOS service? See this map.
Want To Learn More About FTTx?
The FOA has created a special FTTx resources section of our website with a FTTx links page with lots of links to news, market reports, technical articles and vendor technical and product information. Here is a great place to start learning more about FTTx.
FOA's CFxT FTTx Certification Program Explained
Read the Broadband Properties article about the FOA FTTx certification program. Read the article about FOA President Jim Hayes being honored for his work promoting FTTH.

End Users Need Advice Too
Most technical information on fiber optics seems to be aimed at installers, but at the FOA we get lots of phone calls from end users. Often they are confused and want advice: Should they use fiber or copper? What components should they choose (and why?) What does a fiber optic system design require? Can they install fiber themselves or should they hire a contractor? How do they find a contractor? What should the contract with the contractor include? What are the requirements for testing and documenting a network? And sometimes, we get a fiber optic network user who asks "My system is down? What can I do?"
Well the FOA has started addressing the needs of the end user. A new section of the FOA website will be devoted to the end user, trying to cover all these questions and more - as the users call us to ask.
Don't assume the information is just for users, not installers, contractors and consultants. It's information you need to be familiar with also, and we'd suggest you tell all your customers about it, as it will help explain fiber optics in terms they will understand and help you and them communicate about fiber optic projects.

The Fiber Optic Association User's Guide To Fiber Optic System Design and Installation


Installing Fiber Optics? Have You Seen These?
We get lots of calls here at the FOA looking for advice. Many are from people unfamiliar with fiber optics who are planning an installation, having an installation done or testing and troubleshooting problems. To answer these questions, we have created a standard on installation, NECA/FOA-301 and three Tech Bulletins for users and installers. These, plus all the information in our "Tech Topics" section, will answer many of your questions. It's where most of our callers are sent for detailed explanations they can print and distribute to interested parties.

 Digging Safely

The old story (not a joke!) about the most likely fiber optic communications system failure being caused by "backhoe fade" reminds us that digging safely is vitally important. The risk is not just interrupting communications, but the life-threatening risk of digging up high voltage or gas lines.

There is a website called "Common Ground Alliance" that focuses directly on this issue. Here is how they describe themselves:

Damage Prevention is a Shared Responsibility
The Common Ground Alliance (CGA) is a member-driven association dedicated to ensuring public safety, environmental protection, and the integrity of services by promoting effective damage prevention practices.    In recent years, the association has established itself as the leading organization in an effort to reduce damages to all underground facilities in North America through shared responsibility among all stakeholders.

Of special interest is their "Best Practices" Manual, available for downloading. If you do OSP installs, please get yourself a copy and read it.


There is a new toll-free "call before you dig" number: 811

See www.call811.com for more information

National Fiber Optic Protection Summit: By the "811" group. March, 2008 in Vegas.

Home Tech - Needed To Take Advantage of FTTH

Once a home has a broadband connection, which we hope is fiber to the home, but could be DSL or Cable Modem, the usage of all that bandwidth depends on distribution within the home. The in-home connections can be UTP or Coax copper, wireless or fiber. But architects and home builders must learn how to build homes to take advantage of broadband connections. The FOA, in conjunction with the Structured Cabling Association, have started working with home builders to bring them up to speed. You can see the first tutorial we have jointly developed at the SCA website.

 FOA & SCA Helps California Homebuilders Understand High Tech Homes

The FOA and Structured Cabling Association are combined forces to discuss how broadband connections like FTTH requires new thinking from homebuilders on how homes should be designed and built to provide high speed connections inside the home so the family can take advantage of all that broadband offers. The presentation was part of the Building Industry Show educational program sponsored by the Building Industry Association of Southern California.
Even with home sales in a slump, a good group came to hear Jim Hayes discuss why high tech cabling offers a way for builders to makes homes more attractive to buyers and more profitable. It also offers great job opportunities for cabling installers and contractors.
Want to see the presentation? Go here.

Download This!
There are tons of technical application notes and videos on the web, and occasionally we recommend some you should download. The JDSU fiber testing guide is really worthwhile, as are the ADC FTTx book and Westover video on fiber inspection and cleaning, linked below.
JDSU Testing Book
JDSU offers a free download of their Testing Guide from the Lightwave website. This is one great book which explains some basic fiber technology, but the real value is the last half which deals with OTDR testing. Not only does it give the usual info, but it covers important topics like measurement uncertainties and anomolies like ghosts and gainers.
I was in the testing business for 20+ years at Fotec and think this book is one of the best fiber optic testing texts available. It's complete but comprehenisble! I used to believe that premises techs did not need OTDR training, but now OTDR manufacturers are pushing their use in premises networks. Unfortunately, the limitations of OTDRs in premises applications can cause extreme problems for those who are not aware of their limitations. So knowing hows OTDRs work is essential information to every tech. 
Download yourself a copy and read it! http://lw.pennnet.com/whitepapers/wp.cfm?id=665
Westover Application Notes And Cleaning Video
Westover has several application notes on inspecting and cleaning fiber optic connectors. The video is a big file (50+MB) but a good tutorial.
Download page: http://www.westoverfiber.com/Support/downloads.php
ADC's Book On FTTx
ADC has an excellend book on FTTx. Here is a link to request a copy: http://www.adc.com/productsandservices/productsolutions/fttp/book/index.jsp

Now In Spanish: FOA Textbook & Text For FOA Advanced Certifications
The FOA's textbook, The Fiber Optic Technicians Manual, is used by our approved schools around the world to teach fiber optics. Book Details: Manual Del Technico De Fibra Optica, Published by Thomson Delmar Learning, ISBN 1-4180-6121-2
If you are getting started in fiber optics and Spanish is your native language, you can download an introduction to fiber optics in Spanish here.
Eric Pearson's book that is used for the CFOS/I reference book, Successful Fiber Optic Installation, is also now available in Spanish.
Contact the FOA for more information.


Job Openings

Contractors For "On-Call Restoration"
I am in need of at the present time is an individual that can assist my clients as needed.  He or she could be called at any time, and there is a 4 hr response time.  We’ll pay a decent rate along with a Truck Roll Allowance for the drive.  Some of these locations could be up to 200 miles away, but we try to find technicians as close to the location as possible.

George L. Smith, Technical Recruiter
Intellys Corporation
621 W. College Pkwy
Grapevine, TX  76051
Office: 972-929-9000 ext. 513
Toll Free: 877-468-3559
Fax: 817-796-1208

Splicers Needed in Canada (6/08)
Need 2 - 4 splicers immediately
Job is in Calgary  ( A Telus Job)
Way paid out to the job.
Air Fare home every 8 weeks
Truck and tools supplied
$35.00 per Hr    +  overtime
$175 per day living allowance

Contact  Gord Smith, Phone: 416-678-7235


Looking for two individuals or two staff from a private firm for inside premise (ISP) install of CAT6 and Fiber Optic cables. The primary site is a large data center with adjacent offices, all currently under construction. Desire individuals with BICSI or FOA certifications,  industry certifications or equivalent experience. Experience with testing CAT5/6 and Fiber desired. This will be a six-month assignment in a safe and friendly foreign country with living conditions equal to the US. All travel and relocation expenses paid. Housing in two-bedroom furnished townhouse close to work site. Cell phone, Internet, cable TV, utilities, medical insurance and vehicle provided. Salary in US dollars with a bonus at completion of project. Employer is a large multinational design and build firm. Desire US installation and NEC code experience.

Please send contact information along with resume or qualifications to:

Kevin Love, <mailto:admin@aasda.com>admin@aasda.com

Furukawa America (6/08)

Sales Manager position:
Sales of Fitel Fusion Splicer Products for the Northeast region of the USA and possibly Canada.
This person will be responsible for managing a network of manufacturing representatives and distributors.
The Sales Manager will make product presentations/demonstrations and participate in industry tradeshows, participate in negotiations, and support maintaining positive customer relations.
All interested in candidates should send their resume and cover letter to the following e-mail address: HR@furukawaamerica.com

Project Engineer (PE) (6/08)
Fiberoptic Components, LLC is a leader in the design and manufacture of fiber optic cables and sub-assemblies. Growth within medical device markets have provided us with expansion plans in multiple disciplines within the organization. We are currently seeking a Project Engineer (PE) with the following qualifications:
The PE generally works independently under supervision from the Engineering Manager. Design fiber optic cables and sub assemblies for new products from concept through release to production.  Responsibilities include: a) solid understanding of customer design requirements, b) product/process introduction, production troubleshooting, or individual measurement and analysis projects, c) performing measurements, creating engineering designs, and preparing time and cost estimates for projects.

B.S. Mechanical or Electro-Mechanical Engineering ; 3-5 years of experience with mechanical design ; basic understanding of  fiber optic technology
Proficiency with Solid Works 3-D Platform
Computer literacy; MS Outlook, Excel, Powerpoint and Access experience necessary
Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills with a willingness to take ownership of projects and tasks as needed.
Familiarity with ISO processes and procedures

To find out more about our company, visit our website at: <http://www.lightguides.com/>
We offer a competitive benefits package.  All interested candidates should submit resume with cover letter & salary requirements to: Lawrence Kosiba, President--email: lkosiba@lightguides.com

PRODUCTION MANAGER - Fiber Optic Cable Assembly Experience (6/08)
Our client located in the Tampa Bay area has enlisted our assistance to recruit for a Production Manager with a strong fiber optics background.
The Production Manager will provide leadership to related production teams and ensure that the planned production capacity, produced units to the right quality specifications.
The Production Manager will plan and realize process optimization and management of the production projects, operate under the realization of TQM and GMP guidelines prepare and release work orders and machine operation plans and manage low volume production scheduling.
Requirements, qualifications and experience: 
Bachelors' Degree or equivalent in Manufacturing, Industrial Engineering or like discipline and professional experience in an industrial environment working in Manufacturing with fibers, fiber optics, catheters or composite materials. 
A minimum of 5 years of experience in the following areas; leadership business, and production planning. Proven knowledge in production planning systems. Fluency in English. 
The Production Manager will be a contributor in the following competencies; business focus, managing change, customer focus, applying and managing resources, taking initiative, managing others, communicating effectively, developing and applying skills and knowledge, working in teams.
Be sure to forward a Word version of your resume along with 3 Professional references to be considered! 
Brian McNally

Process Engineer (MTS),
Undersea Optical Cables (6/08)
The candidate for this position will lead and assume responsibilities of Assembly and Process engineering for a product line in undersea repeater sub-systems manufacturing.

Support TICS and Tyco Telecom EH&S Policies.
Maintain Strong Process Understanding in the Area of Responsibility:

Complex parts, assembly and fixture drawings. Electro-Optic, fiber-optic, and electronic assembly processes (Fiber handling, Splicing, and Soldering). Shop Control and Quality Systems. Environmental, ESD and clean room requirements. Training/Certification/qualification Requirements. High quality/high reliability manufacturing.

Process Development, Implementation and Control:

Design work flow, assembly stations, and associated equipment. Estimate process yields and intervals and provide support to achieve goals. Define process capacity and capability. Identify, procure, and install required equipment, jigs, and fixtures. Set-up, Prove In, and Transfer Equipment and Fixtures to Shop Control. Facility planning, shop floor process flow and capacity analysis. Write process work instructions and inspection check lists. Develop BOMS and ROUTES. Develop Training and qualification criteria including supplies & equipment. Train the trainer and/or conduct training. Develop and Document Certification Criteria. Identify Critical Process Parameters. Establish quality measures. Define process for collection of defect data. Specify and/or perform defect analysis and CA process. Analyze product and process quality data and take preventive and corrective action as required to reduce cost, interval, process variation, increase process yield, and quality. Supports cost reduction initiatives through design modifications or process improvements. Develop new mfg. processes and methodology to improve production quality, production and performance. Provide cost estimates of tools and schedules.  Analyze various mfg. problems, perform FMA, and recommend solutions. Provide technical assistance necessary to solve production problems and track yields. Respond to corrective actions and insure implementation into production. Actively participates in RFD/MRB activities. Has experience with newer mfg. methods, materials and process. Provide solutions utilizing latest state of the art engineering developments and philosophies available. Provides other related duties as assigned.
     Interface with: All Tyco Telecommunications Newington functional organizations, Tyco Telecom. Design & Reliability team and External Suppliers.
     Support Non-conforming Product Disposition. New Product Introduction. Production Support. Qualification of Design Changes. Support Repair and Returns. Continuous Process Improvement.

Education: BS/MS in Mechanical, Industrial, or Electrical Engineering (Emphasis on fiber/fiber optics preferred).
Experience: Minimum 3-5 Years of experience in Electronic, Electro-Optic and/or Fiber Optic manufacturing.
Skills Required: Knowledge and/or experience in manufacturing of electro-optic assemblies, shop aids and work instructions, fixtures, engineering change control, quality control, process improvement, and workmanship standards. High quality and high reliability manufacturing. Knowledge of fiber, splicing, Data Base, data analysis, shop control system (Oracle). Excellent knowledge of equipment preventive maintenance procedures. FMA analysis. Strong communication skills, team leadership skills and ability to provide technical leadership. Strong ability to work with Design, suppliers, Manufacturing engineers and shop employees. Experience in new product introduction. Highly self motivated, organized, with excellent attention to details especially in documentation, and data analysis. Knowledge of Pro-E and/or AutoCAD, Documentation control software (DOCS OPEN).

Abdallah Alhamdan

The client is a leader in Fiber Optics product manufacturing.  They are well established, profitable and experiencing significant growth.  They are dedicated to providing total manufacturing solutions for fiber optic cabling systems to the telecommunications industry that requires Telcordia standards.  They are in need of an experienced and successful Sales Representative from the Fiber Optics market who is looking for THE right career move.  The company is currently enjoying significant growth.  If you are looking for a great opportunity and have the skills to help drive growth and success, you should explore this opportunity.

For more information, please contact: al@bratlandcareers.com or  terri@bratlandcareers.com.

Or, send a resume / cover letter to: resumes@bratlandcareers.com.

APPLY ONLINE directly here.


Verizon: Fiber Network Field Technician (Outside Field Technician) 
Openings in the following areas: CA, TX, WA, OR, VA, MA, NJ, RI
Take your career to new heights at a company that's a leader in global communications: Verizon. We offer an unparalleled opportunity to advance your career while contributing in an enthusiastic, team-oriented environment.
Primary duties include, but are not limited to:
Install, remove, rearrange, program, test, troubleshoot and maintain fiber network services.
Install and configure routers, set top boxes.  May assist with installation of PC software as needed and ensure proper configuration of the customer's PC.  Interact with the Fiber Solution Center as needed.  May install appropriate inside wire/cable.
Install, maintain and repair outside and inside fiber equipment/facilities including inside wiring and fiber jumpers at the distribution hub.
Interface with customer to negotiate the placement of equipment; may assist with account registration, e-mail, and web access, and training the customer on how to use the new equipment.  Ensure customer satisfaction.  Respond to inquiries and provide follow-up, as necessary.
Interpret schematic work order drawings to determine job specifications and installation needs.  Order and/or obtain required equipment.  Effect problem solving where appropriate.
Utilize various test equipment to analyze equipment trouble and take appropriate maintenance action.
Requires high level of customer contact to ensure customer satisfaction.
Climbing poles and ladders; lifting 75-100 pounds on a regular basis; pushing, reaching, bending and stooping; manual dexterity; good sense of balance; and good color vision.
Must have a current/valid California Drivers License and a clean driving record.
Qualified candidates must pass all company required tests, a pre-employment drug screen and a background check. In addition, candidates will be required to successfully pass a legally required DOJ Criminal Records Check/screening process (fingerprinting).
Candidates must be able to work any shift given, including days, weekends, holidays and overtime as required.
Verizon offers:
Hourly rate for this position is $12.87-28.55.  Wage credit may be granted for related work experience and/or college degree.
Benefits include medical, dental, life insurance, 401(k) with Company match and paid vacation
interested candidates should go to https://www22.verizon.com/about/careers/fiberjobs.html to apply AND schedule themselves for testing.
Thank you for showing an interest in Verizon!
Verizon is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer supporting workforce diversity. m/f/d/v. Principals only! 

Also Check Recent Job Openings In Previous Issues of The FOA Newsletter


Tech Puzzler
Recognize these gadgets?, see below.
Answer below

Understanding FOA Certifications
To answer questions on FOA certifications, we've created several new web pages:
Overview of FOA certifications
Training Requirements - What Schools Are Teaching
Reading these will help you understand what each FOA certification covers and how to prepare for them.

FOA Logo Merchandise
FOA has arranged with EmbroidMe to provide FOA logo merchandies. Identify yourself as a FOA-certified tech or instructor. The lab coats are super impressive for either cabling techs and instructors. Check out the selection.

FOA Certification Top Choice

The FOA CFOT and CFOS programs continue to gain momentum in fiber optics. Over 23,000 CFOTs have been certified by over 200 schools. Since our founding in July, 1995, we have dedicated ourselves to promoting fiber optics and professionalism in fiber optics personnel, focusing on education and certification. We are continuing to add new schools and more CFOTs as users of fiber optics learn that a CFOT is the indication of a professional, well-trained fiber optic technician. Now with FTTH (fiber to the home) finally taking off, demand for CFOTs is rising and schools are responding by expanding programs rapidly.
The FOA now has approved programs at 160+ organizations, welcoming new additions like the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Corning Cable Systems and AFL for their installation training programs and NASA's Goldstone Tracking Station. The complete list of FOA-Approved schools is at http://www.thefoa.org/foa_aprv.htm.


Your Name, CFOT - It pays to advertise!

The FOA encourages CFOTs to use the logo on their business cards, letterhead, truck or van, etc. and provides logo files on this site for that purpose. But we are also asked about how to use the CFOT or CFOS certifications. Easy, you can refer to yourself as "Your Name, CFOT" or "Your Name, CFOS/T" for example.

Feel free to use the logo and designations to promote your achievements and professionalism!


Remember To Renew Your Certification !

Remember to renew your FOA certification. All current CFOTs have a ID Card with their certification data and we keep a database of current CFOTs to answer inquiries regarding your qualifications if needed. You must be a current FOA member and CFOT to participate in our online database of installers, contractors, technicians and consultants. If you forgot to renew, use the online application form to renew NOW!



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Fallbrook, California 92028 USA
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Telephone: 760-451-3655
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Tech Puzzler:
These are cleavers - three different types of cleavers, from the left a simple one used for mechanical splices to more complex and capable ones on the right.
See the Lennie Lightwave for a complete tutorial and more.