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Fibre Optics - Systems, Integration and Testing (OTDR)

Learn to deal with the handling, maintenance and testing of fibre optics within the marine environment


2 day Fibre Optics plus 1 day OTDR: £990 + VAT 

Course Funding

For a limited time only, the Scottish Government will pay half the cost of several of our training courses, meaning that you can enhance your ROV skills for half price. Please contact us direct for eligibility criteria and more details.


Students will gain experience of a wide range of practical termination techniques (3M ST Hot-melt, Unicam crimp and Fujikura fusion splice) along with a thorough theoretical grounding in industry standard fibre optic specification equipment as found on typical work class ROV systems.

The course focuses on maintenance and testing of typical fibre networks including use of FORJ (Fibre Optic Rotary Joint), fibre optic slip-rings, which allow fibre optic signal paths through a winch or other rotating device; and CWDM (Coarse Wave Division Multiplexing) is a way of using simultaneous light signals at the same time on the same fibre; different signals are distinguished by their different wavelengths.

Students will also enhance their diagnostic and testing skills through practical exercises utilising advanced test equipment, for example fibre inspection scope, light meter and source and OTDR*.

All of the practical elements of this course are delivered in a typical ROV context.  Safety and other legislative compliance (FIA) is emphasised throughout.

On completion of this course, candidate will have experience of the full spectrum of ROV data communications system, incorporating termination, jointing, testing and interpretation of data/data loss signal strength.

Price for 2 day Fibre Optics: £710 ex VAT (£852 inc VAT);

Price for 1 day OTDR: £280 ex VAT (£336 inc VAT)

Key Outcomes:

On completion of the course, students will have experience of the following:

  • Be able to describe the dangers of the light source and fibre system
  • Will appreciate the different types of termination as seen on ROV systems
  • Be able to describe the different types of fibre and how they are related to ROV systems
  • Gain an appreciation of the optical components and systems involved in the transmission of data from topside to subsea
  • Appreciate the benefits the fibre optical system can deliver
  • Be able to describe the losses incurred in the data transmission system
  • Be able to Interpret and analyse data recording equipment
  • Appreciate the need to manage the budget loss incurred on a full ROV spread
  • Appreciate the need to de-bur the steel strengthening tube

Students will also gain practical experience of the following, along with our custom built Photonics equipment:

  • Create a Job Safety Analysis and perform a Tool Box Talk
  • Experience the main termination procedures – ST Hot Melt, ST Fast connect and fusion splicing
  • Perform functional tests on their fibre terminations
  • Measure and record their own accumulated losses and how these losses effect total budget for a typical ROV system
  • Candidates will experience loss testing over typical fibre network components e.g. FORJ
  • Conduct a full OTDR trace and analysis of a complete WROV system*.

*OTDR (Optical Time Domain Reflectometer) is an additional day to the 2 day Fibre Optics Course, and is available at a cost of £280 ex VAT (£336 in VAT)

For more information and available dates email us on or call +44 1397 703 786.

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Dates & Prices

Please note: Dates marked as Red are Full

For the most up-to-date course dates and availability please contact our student advisors.

Start Date
End Date
Cost (ex VAT)
Cost (inc VAT)
Start Date:  28/08/2017
End Date:  29/08/2017
Duration:  2 days (with optional extra OTDR day)
Cost (ex VAT):  £710.00
Cost (inc VAT):  £852.00
Start Date:  07/09/2017
End Date:  08/09/2017
Duration:  2 days
Cost (ex VAT):  £710.00
Cost (inc VAT):  £852.00
Start Date:  25/09/2017
End Date:  26/09/2017
Duration:  2 days
Cost (ex VAT):  £710.00
Cost (inc VAT):  £852.00
Start Date:  16/10/2017
End Date:  16/10/2017
Duration:  1 day
Cost (ex VAT):  £280.00
Cost (inc VAT):  £336.00
Start Date:  04/12/2017
End Date:  05/12/2017
Duration:  2 days (with optional extra OTDR day)
Cost (ex VAT):  £710.00
Cost (inc VAT):  £852.00
Start Date:  04/12/2017
End Date:  05/12/2017
Duration:  2 days
Cost (ex VAT):  £710.00
Cost (inc VAT):  £852.00


Students are expected to engage positively with the course material.

The course is delivered in English and good written and oral communication skills are required.

Students should also be able to handle mathematical calculations to SCQF Level V.

IMCA guidelines for ROV employers recommend that personnel entering the ROV industry should have a nationally-recognised technical or trade qualification completed in electrical, electronic, hydraulics or mechanics and a certain amount of technical experience.  This 2 day course, with an additional day for ODTR, allows those who have technical proficiency to strengthen their CV and increase their employability for the ROV industry. To find out more about minimum entry criteria, or to check if you’re eligible, please contact our Student Advisors.

Please note, once you have completed your ROV course, you will also require an Offshore Survival, Offshore Medical and MIST certification to work offshore.  Read more about the offshore industry requirements here.

Kit List

You are required to bring the following with you:

  • Plenty of warm clothing
  • High visibility foul weather gear (waterproofs)
  • Safety footwear (e.g. steel toe caps.  Footwear must meet the requirements of the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 2002, and preferably have a ‘CE’ marking.)
  • An up to date copy of your CV
  • You will also need to bring some basic stationery – including a Casio FX83ES scientific calculator, notebook, pens/ pencils

For more information email us on or call +44 1397 703 786.

For more information and advice about our training contact one of our Student Advisors;
Or call +44 1397 703 786