Information Network Cabling

Information Network Cabling

Cable is the medium through which information usually moves from one network device to another. There are several types of cable which are commonly used in network infrastructures. In some cases, a network will utilize only one type of cable, while other networks will use a variety of cable types. The type of cable chosen for a network is related to the network’s topology, protocol and size. Understanding the characteristics of different types of cable and how they relate to other aspects of a network is necessary for the development of a successful network.

The Network Cabling Technician constructs the infrastructure of all the telecommunication networks such as those for Wide Area Networks (WAN), Local Area Networks (LAN) and Cable TV (CATV). This work is highly technical and requires detailed specialized knowledge in order to independently design and install networks that meet clients’ needs and conforms torecognized industry standards. The technician will create the foundation which is the basis for the network, install cables appropriate for the intended use, maintain and test and commission the network.

The technician / installer may work for either a telecommunications or a communications network company. He or she will install network cabling for businesses both large and small or for domestic users, for services such as cable TV, telephone and broadband installations.

Communications networks are crucial to the efficiency of business and commerce. Network failure can result in wasted time and lost revenue. Robust and reliable communications networks are therefore critical to business success.

Topics

Cable Termination

  • Terminate balanced-twisted pair cables in: outlets, patch panel, termination blocks
  • Terminate RJ modular plugs and jacks
  • Terminate a coaxial cable
  • Terminate optical fiber
  • Optical fusion splicing
  • Optical fiber mechanical splicing.

Installation

  • Install both floor and wall mounted cable distribution racking systems
  • Install fiber cables, single and multi-mode
  • Installations of distribution boxes
  • Install FO closures
  • Install FO rack mounted distribution panels
  • Install FO wall mounted distribution boxes and outlets
  • Install copper cable, multi pair, co-ax and category rated cables

Testing and troubleshooting

All testing shall be done with a cable analyzer based on the standards in the Test Project for both copper and fiber cabling:

  • Certification test of copper cable circuits
  • Certification test of optical fiber cable circuits

Skill assessment specification

The skill assessment criteria are clear concise aspect specifications which explain exactly how and why a particular mark is awarded. The following aspects will be assessed in each of the criterion.

A – Design

  • Design of a structured cabling system to a given customer specification and complying with current cabling standards.

B – Cabling

  • Closure of cabling
  • Patch panel cabling
  • Rack cabling
  • Method/treatment of cabling
  • Fixation of cable
  • Cable management

C – Functionality

  • Verification of the cabling correctly connected

D – Process

  • Work tasks performed in a professional manner

E – Speed

  • Number of successful connections (to required standard)
  • Completion of the task in the allocated time

F – Safety

  • All tasks performed in accordance with relevant Health and Safety standards.