This course is for the student who has already taken the NAVSEA 4 Day Cable Handling/Forming course (6000-2350) but still needs the NAVSEA BOF components to achieve the NAVSEA BOF certification that is the prerequisite to get a General Cable Blown Optical Fiber (BOF) license.
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This course teaches the required BOF methods outlined in the NAVSEA Drawing #8477552 and described in the MIL-STD 2042(). The methods taught are as follows: Methods 2E1, 2F1, 2F2, 2F3, 2F4, 2M1, 6H1, 6I1, and 6J1.
The balance of the course discusses the history and development of the BOF technology, discusses the advantages and applications of BOF and establishes the “hands-on” experience necessary to properly set up and use the special equipment associated with BOF. Each student will set up the BOF equipment, perform specific maintenance functions on the equipment, and conduct a pre-installation BOF pressure test and projectile test. Once these tests are completed, each student will successfully blow four fibers into the BOF cable plant and perform a seal verification test on a pre-existing terminated BOF cable plant. This course provides each student with the unique experience of troubleshooting an existing BOF cable plant with various pre-installed faults. Each student is required to determine the probable causes and correct the problems.