Through a combination of theory and hands-on training, the Fiber Optics Engineering Diploma students learn how communications networks are designed, constructed and operated. Graduates will be able to analyse, specify, design networks, services, processes and applications of telecommunications in fixed, local or long distance, with different bandwidths in IP over Optical Networks. In addition, graduates of this programme will have the ability to apply both traffic engineering tools as planning tools, dimensioning and network analysis as well as the ability to examine, model and implement new architectures, network protocols and communication interfaces and new network services and applications.
Criteria for Admission
The Entry Level Requirement for the programme consists of the following:
Five (5) O-Level (or equivalent) passes including Mathematics (CXC grade I or II / GCE grade A or B), English (CXC grade I, II or III / GCE grade A, B or C), and a Science Subject – preferably Physics (CXC General Proficiency – grade I, II or III / GCE equivalent grade A, B or C).
Students who fail to meet the above entry requirements can gain entry through:
- Diploma in Electrical Electronic Engineering from approved Caribbean Tertiary Level Institutions with a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5 and above.
- Mature Entry Route (21 years and over) with at least three years related work experience.
Target Audience / Student Profile
This programme targets individuals both local and international and industry professionals who are interested in pursuing a career in Fiber Optics Engineering. A minimum class size of 15 students is necessary for the programme to run economically.
Major Pathway and Job Opportunities
The knowledge and the skills students will gain by completing this programme will enable he / she to gain a range of jobs in a number of industries, including the security, telecommunications, digital media, energy and financial industries. Our graduates have excellent problem solving, team-working and communication skills which makes them very attractive to modern interdisciplinary engineering companies. The following are job opportunities available to graduates:
- Fiber Optic Component and System Designer
- Electronic Engineer
- Network Systems and data Communication Analyst
- Business Operations Specialist
- Telecommunication equipment installer and repairer
- Customer Service Representatives
- Telecommunication line installers
- Fiber Optics Technician
- Fiber Optics Installer
One of the greatest advantages for students enrolled in the Fiber Optics Engineering Diploma is the unparalleled access to internship. These opportunities enable students to enrich their education with hands-on experience and to apply lessons learned in the classroom to professional settings. Students who maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 per year will have the opportunity to undergo a 9- to 11-week internship assignment occurring between June and August of each year.