Fibre Optic technicians test, repair, join, install and commission fibre optic cables across all industries but more commonly industrial, construction, domestic and commercial industries. To become a Fibre Optic technician you don’t need to complete an apprenticeship like other electrical workers, instead you’ll complete one or more 5 day training courses to obtain your qualification.
There are 5 competencies that Fibre Optic technicians can require, the first two are the more commonly used qualifications and depending on what different skills your job position requires you to have, you may need some of the others…
- Fibre Optic Splicing & Joint Enclosure training course – No pre requisites ( Telstra Approved)
- Fibre Optic Test Commissioning & Reporting – No pre requisites (Telstra Approved)
- Ribbon Splicing course – need to complete option 1 prior to this course
- FTTP- Base level Installer course – No pre requisites- ICT10 Compliant
- Advanced Optical Commissioning & Reporting course – suggest completion of option 2 or knowledge of testing & reporting
Until recently Fibre Optic Technicians more commonly work with the internet and phone supply companies (Telstra, Optus..etc.), under your own ABN or for contracting companies that install and repair Fibre Optic systems across a range of industries. The Australian Government has recently invested a massive amount of money on the National Broadband Network to speed up Australia’s internet system. This project is great news for anybody interested in becoming a Fibre Optic Technician as it’s introducing Fibre Optic cabling to around 90% of Australian households.
Here is a major project article including all the relevant information about the National Broadband Network :
Fibre Optic Technician Duties and Tasks
- Pull fibre optic cable through cable tray, trenching and conduits being very careful of not stressing the internal structure.
- Join, terminate, splice, test and repair fibre optic cables and installs optical splitters.
- Perform cable tests to ensure joints and fibre splices comply with site, manufacturer specifications and relevant legislation.
- Install underground and above ground equipment enclosures.
Fibre Optic Technician Personal Requirements
- Capability to handle technical work
- Good hand eye co-ordination
- Able to use specialty test and joining equipment
- Able to read and follow manuals and drawings
Fibre Optic Technician Job Opportunities
Most consistent job opportunities coming through the following industries
Disclaimer: Cribhut provides this information with the best intentions, but purely as a guide. Like most things in life, there are no guarantees. Your lively hood is your own responsibility and even if following the above recommendations, it is still up to you to do your own research, to be patient, persistent and put in the hard work.
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