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Course Description

The Optical Communications Professional (OC-P) course is a five-day, practical lab-based course that focuses on analysis of optical signals and devices in optical communications networks. Using a lab-based environment, the students learn how to measure and interpret optical signals. Students use these measurements to analyze characteristics and performance of OC devices and networks.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe Electro-Static Discharge (ESD) and laser safety guidelines and procedures.
  • Identify and describe characteristics and applications for various types of fiber optic cable
  • Inspect and clean fiber optic connectors
  • Measure optical attenuation with an optical power meter
  • Explain how to use an Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) to identify loss-related events on an optical link.
  • Describe how optical transmitters and receivers are implemented in optical networks.
  • Explain how optical amplifiers are implemented in optical networks.
  • Describe how Coarse Wave Division Multiplexing (CWDM) and Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM) networks function
  • Explain how to analyze Synchronous Optical Network (SONET), Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH), and Optical Transport Network (OTN) signals.

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.