Monthly Archives: February 2021

  1. Pros and Cons of Five Different Training Methods

    hands on instruction

    Hiring subcontractors not only closes a manpower gap on large projects; it also closes an expertise gap. Subcontractors and consulting engineers often have skills that the operating company does not.

    A familiar example might be hiring a consulting engineer to draw up system plans or draft a Statement of Work. For a company installing an FTTx system for the first time, this is often the best way to determine the optimum placement of splitter cabinets and Multi Service Terminals (MSTs). Consulting engineers have specific expertise for this task, which is not easily duplicated. They also have dedicated software to make the task more efficient and precise.

    Hiring outside talent is nonetheless a perishable solution. When the consultant departs, their expertise leaves with them. Designs, documents, and any work done by the consultant remain behind and that may represent an acceptable ...

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  2. Hiring and Managing Fiber Contractors for a Successful Project

    Hiring and Managing Fiber Contractors for a Successful Project

    All communications networks experience a life cycle. They are planned, designed, procured, installed, provisioned, and maintained. Throughout their life they experience degradation, technology changes, and likely equipment/technology obsolescence. Due to these changes and others required by market forces, the cycle must sometimes be repeated from its beginning.

    While networks can be “living things” with constant provisioning and rearrangements, the installation of new network infrastructure is a process that only occurs once every number of years or even decades. It doesn't make sense for a telecommunications operator to keep staff on hand to rebuild the network infrastructure, so when these projects occur they are largely accomplished by contractors.

    Installation Goals / Selecting Contractors

    Normally, the operator or service provider has a few major goals for the ...

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  3. Improve Your Bottom-line with an Investment in Training


    Well-trained employees are often a big factor in a successful company. Now more than ever, it is critical for workers to learn new skills and industry best practices to increase production, lower costs by reducing costly errors. An investment in your workforce is an investment in your organization. While this may require additional resources in the short term, the alternative (no training) often proves to be more costly in the long run.

    Untrained Workers are Inefficient - A well-trained employee increases productivity and improves processes. In today’s economy, the competition to hire and retain good employees is ever increasing. That makes it more important for your workforce to be properly trained on the knowledge and skills needed to work safely and productively.

    Lost Time and Money Due to Mistakes - Mistakes are costly! Providing y ...

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  4. Larry Wheeler

    Larry Wheeler

    LARRY WHEELER has been an instructor and technician for the Light Brigade for 16 years. He has an Associate of Applied Sciences and numerous certifications including FOI, FOI-OSP, and IMSA Fiber Technician levels 1-3. His areas of expertise are testing fibers, OTDRs, OLTs, fiber characterization, and PMD testing and splicing and cable management.

    Understanding the advancements in technology that allow for ever-increasing bandwidth is important to Larry. He enjoys the challenge of working with students to help them understand the ever-evolving medium of fiber optics. When not keeping pace with technology, he likes spending time with family and friends, boating, snowmobiling, knife making, and leatherwork.

    Creating new projects in leather, wood, and metal is a favorite pastime for Larry. When he wants to enjoy a good tech movie his favorite is Enemy of the State and ...

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  5. Todd Russell

    Todd Russell

    TODD RUSSELL has been in the communications industry for over 33 years, working for New England Telephone, NYNEX, Bell Atlantic, and Verizon. He has converted analog offices to digital, wired and tested high-speed long-distant toll circuits, and installed, spliced, and tested fiber optic rings. During his career, he has provided cable restoration during every major storm in the North East and spent three months at ground zero after September 11, 2001.

    Taking pride in the quality of your work is paramount to Todd and as a project manager for a FIOS construction team, he was awarded a patent for a fiber optic test method and device (TR24). He earned an associate degree in computer information technology from Southern New Hampshire University and has his Fiber Optic Installer certification from the ETA.

    When Todd is not riding one of his Harley Davidsons or collecting ...

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  6. Tim Yount

    Tim Yount

    TIM YOUNT has 35 years of experience specializing in fiber optic communications infrastructure including advanced testing and network troubleshooting. He is the co-founder of Fiber Insight, an organization providing fiber optic network training, advanced testing, and consulting services.

    His fascination with fiber technology was sparked by a summer internship with Superior Cable in Hickory, NC. Siecor bought Superior in 1980 and Tim’s copper world morphed into fiber. Tim’s professional background includes product line management roles at industry-leading companies including Siecor (Corning Cable), Tektronix, ILX Lightwave, Hewlett Packard, and JDSU.

    Working in the field with telecom customers to understand their challenges and needs formed Tim’s philosophy to pay it forward. He always strived to ensure his customers received a quality reliable solution. His teach ...

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  7. Jeff Noble

    Jeff Noble

    JEFF NOBLE has 25 years of expertise in design, installation, and verification of optical fiber networks and ICT infrastructure. His career began with the United States Marine Corp as a MOS 1141 Electrician. Throughout his career, he has engineered and audited fiber installations across the United States and spliced copper and fiber as a journeyman cable splicer on a Verizon Line Crew. Jeff has over ten years of instructor-led classroom teaching and field training experience with all aspects of OSP and ISP cabling installation. In addition to teaching Fiber Optics 1-2-3 and FTTx courses for Light Brigade, he is also an instructor for BICSI ICT design and installation classes. Jeff holds the following credentials: RCDD, OSP, TECH, FOI, CT, and FOSP ...

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  8. Michael Wilder

    Michael Wilder

    MICHAEL WILDER’s 40-year career in fiber optics began when he attended the first Electro-Optics course given at Georgia Tech. After graduation, he joined AT&T Western Electric where he worked with Bell Labs scientists to develop equipment and procedures used to install and test fiber optics. Mike developed and taught the first fiber optics installation and testing course given at AT&T. He later worked for BellSouth approving fiber, cables, and equipment, providing installation and testing procedures, and evaluating new technologies including FTTx and WDM. He then worked for Anritsu where he provided technical input on fiber test equipment and systems, customer support, and training on the latest equipment. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Emory University and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and an FOI from the ETA ...

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  9. Gary Klingele

    Gary Klingele

    GARY KLINGELE has over 40 years’ experience working as an electronics technician performing installations, troubleshooting, emergency restorations, and inspections. His professional background includes the installation and maintenance of fiber optic voice, video, and data communications networks. He has also worked with microwave, two-way VHF & UHF radio systems and control, security, and video systems.

    After retiring in 2013 and began teaching because he loves helping others learn the ins and outs of working with fiber optics. Gary has an Associate of Applied Science in Electronics Technology (AASET), is certified as an ETA Fiber Optic Installer/Administrator, a UTC Fiber Optic Professional Technician and Fiber Optic Professional Designer, a NARTE Master Technician, and an FCC GROL certification with RADAR endorsement.

    In his spare time, Gary enjoys flying a ...

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  10. Greg Lambrecht

    Greg Lambrecht

    GREG LAMBRECHT’s professional experience began as an avionics technician, working on helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft in the Canadian Yukon and then as an avionics crew chief for a Vancouver BC airline. In 1991, he began teaching in the Avionics and Telecommunications Technician program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) also served as the program head. It was during his time at BCIT, Greg became involved in fiber optics. He found fiber interesting because of the precision and hands-on skills that appealed to his technology side.

    Radiofrequency (RF) communications, fiber optics, and copper cabling services are his areas of expertise. Greg is a certified administrator for the ETA Fiber Optics Installers (FOI) and Fiber Optics Technician Outside Plant (FOT-OSP) exams. He loves being an instructor and approaches the classroom from the perspective of a ...

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