April 28th, 2023
Southeast Lineman Training Center (SLTC) recently announced the addition of a Fiber Optic Splicing certification to their 8-Week Communications Lineworker Program. Additionally, SLTC Global is now certified to offer the same certification to companies in the electrical utility and communications industry and contractors. But first, learning the importance of earning your Fiber Optic Splicing certification is crucial to understanding the investment and opportunities it gives employees.
Let’s start by outlining the top three benefits of being certified in fiber optic splicing.
Fiber Optic Data Transmission is Crucial – We should all be aware of the importance of fiber optic transmission in everyday life. It is woven into the intricacies of all disciplines – business, finance, government, military; businesses large and small. Because of our heavy reliance on fiber optic cable, the ability to design, install, maintain, and utilize this technology makes those who are certified an indispensable part of the electrical utility and communications industries. That leads us into our second benefit, the career outlook.
Diverse Career Opportunities – Because of the vast ways in which fiber optic technology is used, there are ample job opportunities for those certified. A certified fiber optic technician may find employment as a line installer, working outdoors in manholes, high atop utility poles, or performing installation and troubleshooting in customers’ homes and business locations.1 Full-time workers in the electric utility and communications industries earning potential can range anywhere from $30,000 to over $100,000 depending on location and job history (Bureau of Labor Statistics).
Job Market for Skilled Labor – By earning a certification in fiber optic splicing, you are building your resume to fit more than just one single job description. It shows that you have the knowledge and discipline to be a lifelong learner, willing to always grow and push yourself to the next level. Not only that, but it gives you the opportunity to branch into new aspects of your field. Power companies are building smart grids to utilize fiber networks to operate the grid and build fiber for FTTH (fiber to the home) applications. Because of this, they are needing linemen who can splice fiber and maintain the network for the future. Never before have power companies needed this. As this development continues, they will need more skilled employees who have a diverse resume, fit with various certifications.
Whether you’re just starting out in the electrical utility or communications industry, or a seasoned worker looking to grow your knowledge and mastery of the trade, earning your Fiber Optic Splicing certification will make you an asset to any company you work for.
Southeast Lineman Training Center (SLTC) is the premier training school for lineworker training; consistently producing an elite group of highly trained and certified graduates.