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Physical Requirements for Fiber Optics Installer Training

Fiber Optics technicians and installers require a certain level of visual acuity and manual dexterity to work with the various cables, connectors, materials and tools used for assembly and repair. Students must be able to see small items, and must also be able to differentiate between the colors used to code electrical and fiber optic cables. For these reasons, color-blindness is a problem that can't be overcome. The glass fibers used in fiber optic cables are about the size of a human hair, but they are also transparent, making them difficult to see for many people with poor close-up vision. Many technicians wear corrective lenses under their safety goggles, while others order prescription safety glasses. Several styles of safety goggles are provided during training classes that often fit over typical eyewear, though students are encouraged to use their own safety glasses or goggles if they already have them.

Installers and technicians usually need to have a certain amount of mobility and physical capability to accomplish routine tasks associated with the trade as well. Installation jobs may involve working indoors or outdoors in a variety of conditions. For example, indoor work may take place in environments ranging from comfortably air conditioned offices to open spaces while a building is under construction. Outdoor work can involve a variety of temperature and weather extremes as well.

Other physical requirements for installers may include:

  • Climbing into ceilings or attics, onto roofs, or up telephone poles,
  • Crawling under floors,
  • Working in underground tunnels or vaults, and climbing in and out of manholes,
  • Moving furniture or squeezing behind furniture or installed equipment to reach wall outlets,
  • Riding a "cherry picker" up to work on a telephone pole,
  • Prolonged standing or kneeling while working, sometimes in cramped areas,
  • Exposure to heat, cold and the elements, especially for outdoor workers,
  • ... and a multitude of other situations.

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