• Online, Self-Paced
Course Description

The Optical Communications Associate (OC-A) Introduction to Carrier Ethernet course is a five-day course designed for anyone seeking a firm understanding of Optical Communications (OC) standards, terminology, concepts, and applications.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe applications of optical communications technology
  • Explain properties of light
  • List and describe the types of optical transmitters
  • List and describe the types of optical receivers
  • List and describe the modulation types used in optical transmission
  • Identify and describe optical fiber and connectors types used as optical network transmission medium
  • Explain Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) optical components including passive optical filters, optical modules, optical components, amplifiers and amplification types
  • Identify and describe optical network topologies, network protection and site types
  • Describe Synchronous Optical Network (SONET) technology
  • Describe Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) technology
  • Describe Optical Transport Network (OTN) technology

Framework Connections

The materials within this course focus on the Knowledge Skills and Abilities (KSAs) identified within the Specialty Areas listed below. Click to view Specialty Area details within the interactive National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework.