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KITCO Fiber Optics
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Training Overview

Our training division was created to share our broad industry knowledge, and our hands-on training and advanced certification program have become the hallmarks of our superior reputation. Our trainers have strong credentials including advanced industry certifications and substantial field experience. We have trained thousands of students worldwide on terminating, splicing and testing fiber systems. Our primary training facility is located in our headquarters in Virginia Beach, Virginia and a west coast presence serves San Diego and the surrounding area. Additionally, with our established mobile training services, we have the ability to train at your desired location – anywhere in the world – customizing and tailoring our courses to meet your training requirements.

Our Training Division has taught thousands of students how to install, splice and test shipboard and commercial fiber systems by offering over 30 separate training courses for both the military and commercial communities. Our shipboard course is the only course known to be taught in strict adherence with MIL-STD-2042B(SH). Students trained in our shipboard course include personnel from:

• U.S. Navy
• U.S. Marine Corps
• Huntington Ingalls – Newport News
• Northrop Grumman Ship Systems
• Electric Boat Corporation
• Continental Maritime of San Diego
• National Steel and Shipbuilding (NAASCO)
• Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
• Bath Iron Works
• Lockheed Martin
• Raytheon
• Austel Shipyard
• And many more…

As a designer, seller and distributor of installation and testing tools and equipment, we clearly understand the correct techniques and the importance of hands-on training. There is no substitute for hands-on training by instructors who have ‘been there, done that.”

KITCO’s knowledge of military fiber optics and military training extends beyond shipboard applications., We have provided training to every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces and we have also developed tools and tool kits for many specific military applications.

KITCO also provides critical fiber optic field support to the U.S. Navy and its contractors allowing us to bring real world experience in solving problems to the classroom.

Instructor Qualifications
KITCO’s instructors are all full time staff employees, certified professional trainers and subject matter experts with hands-on experience in the field installing and testing fiber optic systems and equipment onboard U.S. Navy ships. Our instructors have more than 100 years of classroom experience and are uniquely qualified to provide ruggedized fiber optic training in strict compliance with MIL standards. Each instructor is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and is dedicated to providing the best fiber optic training possible.

Over the last several years KITCO Instructors and Field Service personnel have spent thousands of hours onboard U.S. Navy ships working with shipyard and Navy personnel, terminating fiber and testing fiber optic topologies. In addition, KITCO’s instructors have trained Navy instructors and collaborated on designing the termination tools and testing equipment currently specified in MIL-STD2042B (SH) sections 5 and 6.

Each KITCO instructor meets the following requirements:
Minimum\General Experience: One (1) year experience in direct instruction of Fiber Optics. Three (3) years experience in C4I systems or performing the following fiber optic installation tasks onboard U.S. Naval Ships

• Cable Selection
• Connector Selection
• Route Specification
• Connector Installation
• Attenuation Testing using an OTDR
• Link Loss Testing using a Power Meter & Light Source
• Fault Location
• Troubleshooting
• Project Supervision

Minimum Education: Associates Degree in Computer Science.

Minimum Certifications:

• Delphi Connection Systems Certified Installer
• Electronics Technician Association (ETA) Certified Administrator
• 3M Certified Technician

Instructor Competencies:

• ETA Certified Installer CFOI
• ETA Certified Technician CFOT
• ETA Certified Fiber Optics Technician Examiner
• Delphi Certified Connection System Approved Instructor
• KITCO Certified Shipboard Fiber Optic Instructor
• KITCO Certified Fiber Optic Field Service Technician
• NEXTGEN “BLOLITE” Certified Blown Optical Fiber Installer
• NEXTGEN “BLOLITE” Certified Blown Optical Fiber Instructor
• 3M Volition Certified Fiber Optic Trainer
• TYCO/AMP Certified Fiber Optic Trainer
• Graduate of Navy Instructor Training (A-012-0011) Course
• FSI Certified TFOCA-II and THD Trainer
• GN Nettest Certified OTDR Trainer
• Alcoa Fujikura Certified Fusion Splice Trainer
• KITCO Certified Commercial Fiber Optic Instructor
• KITCO Certified Aviation 38999 Instructor

Commercial Training
At KITCO we are proud to be a premier provider of certified commercial fiber optic training. Our courses are approved for BICSI Cabling Installation Program Continuing Education Credits (CECs) and we offer certifications by 3M, Corning Cable Systems, Alcoa Fujikura, Delphi Connection Systems and KITCO. Industry standards including those of the Telecommunications Industry Association/Electronic Industries Alliance (TIA/EIA) and the National Electrical Code (NEC) are incorporated into KITCO’s courses. Students are offered the option of taking the Electronics Technicians Association (ETA) Certified Fiber Optic Installer (CFOI) and the Certified Fiber Optic Technician (CFOT) exams. Some of the highlights of our training capabilities include:

• Technician, Installer and Advanced Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) Courses
• Corning TS LAN 200 – 500 Courses
• 2 Day Commercial Inspector Course
• Fusion Splicing/FTTP Training
• Hermaphroditic Connectorization

Military Training
We develop curriculum and provide training worldwide for the U.S. Armed Forces and we are privileged to continue to serve as the U.S. Navy’s sole shipboard fiber optic trainer. Over the last decade our KITCO instructors have worked closely with shipyard and Navy personnel terminating and testing fiber optic topologies aboard U.S Navy ships and submarines. In addition, our instructors collaborated on the design of termination and testing equipment currently specified in MIL-STD-2042B (SH) sections 5 and 6 (the standard governing the use of fiber on U.S. Navy ships.)

Utilizing this experience we provide the only commercially available shipboard training course which teaches fiber principles in strict adherence to Navy standards, and we are working closely with the Army and Marines to develop battlefield maintenance and aircraft fiber optic support training. Our primary military training capabilities include:

• Shipboard Fiber Optics
• 38999 Connector Training
• TFOCA Fiber Optic Training
• ViViD – Pierside Connectivity
• Hermaphroditic Connectorization
• MIL-STD-2042 Supervisor Training

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  KITCO Fiber Optics has been named for the ninth consecutive year to the Military Training Technology “Top 100” List.  
  The list is compiled by Kerrigan Media International and Military Training Technology magazine from companies around the world that have made a significant impact on the military training industry.  
ETA Test Results Available here!
  KITCO Affiliations

AFCEA (Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association)

Aircraft Carrier Industrial Base Coalition (ACIBC)

American Shipbuilding Association

American Society of Quality (ASQ)

• ARINC Project Paper 806
• AS-3C3 Jumpers End Face Link Loss and Inspection (JELLI) Task Group
AUSA (Association of the United States Army)

• Installation Committee (Chairman)
• Membership and Marketing Committee (Vice Chairman)
ECPI College of Technology – Bi-Annual Advisory Board

EIA (Electronic Industries Alliance)

ETA International (Electronics Technicians Association International)

FOLS (Fiber Optics LAN Section)

National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP)

Next Generation Heavy Duty Multi-Fiber Connector Working Group (NGCon)

Northrop Grumman Newport News
• Fiber Optic Cable Plant Working Group (FOCPWG)
• USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) FOCP Working Group
Project Management Institute (PMI)
SAE International – ASD AS-3 Committee

The Navy League

TIA (Telecommunications Industry Association)
• FO-4 Engineering Committee on Fiber Optics
• TR-42 User Premises Telecommunications Cabling Infrastructure
TPMA (Telecommunications Project Management Association)

Submarine Industrial Base Council (SIBC)

Virginia Business Excellence Consortium (VBEC)
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