Light Brigade® Updates Oil and Gas Training Program

Tukwila, WA and Spartanburg, SC – Light BrigadeAFL’s education and training division, has updated its oil and gas training program, increasing classroom and hands-on training to four days and featuring new chapters on fiber optic sensing theory and sensing applications.
The improved oil and gas training course contains 16 hours of in-classroom training and 16 hours of hands-on training with experienced instructors in the fiber optic industry. Students will use the latest fiber optic equipment to learn how to splice, connectorize, test and troubleshoot petrochemical-based optical fiber networks in order to increase efficiency, reliability and on-the-job safety requirements as well as reduce overall production cost and facilities downtime.
“Usage of fiber optic sensors in oil and gas applications is exploding,” said Dario De Paolis, vice president and general manager of Light Brigade. “By expanding this course, we enable students to gain in-depth knowledge on how optical sensing is revolutionizing the industry and receive additional hands-on skills training.”
Light Brigade’s training program features professional animations that demonstrate concepts that are difficult to see in the field and instruction on how fiber optic sensors can monitor integrity, flow and security. Other topics include pipelines, refineries and how to test, troubleshoot and terminate optical fibers for communications and monitoring equipment, including harsh environment cables and fibers.
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About Light Brigade
Since its founding in 1987, Light Brigade has instructed more than 45,000 attendees worldwide in its public and custom classes on fiber optic design, maintenance and testing, including advanced topics such as FTTx, DWDM and PMD/CD. In addition to creating custom courses tailored to any need or skill level, the company produces educational DVDs and online courses that provide focus on specific fiber-related topics.
About AFL
AFL provides industry-leading products and services to the electric utility, broadband, communications, enterprise and OEM markets as well as the emerging markets of oil and gas, mining, nuclear, avionics, renewables and transportation. The company’s diverse product portfolio includes fiber optic cable, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectors, fusion splicers, test equipment and training. AFL’s service portfolio includes market-leading positions with the foremost communications companies supporting inside plant central office, EF&I, outside plant, enterprise and wireless areas.

Founded in 1984, AFL is proud to offer engineering expertise, exceptional products and reliable service that help our customers improve their critical and electrical infrastructure. AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific. The company is headquartered in Spartanburg, SC and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit

Dario De Paolis                      
VP/General Manager
Light Brigade

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PR Manager