Meet the owner -
Meet Our Staff
Certified FOA Instructors
Associate
Instructor
"Copper cable is good for
you.  It helps your arthritis.  
But, fiber is easier to install"
Our goal is to insure that our
clients are
AWARE!
We are a network training
company  networking
knowledge and
PEOPLE!
Professional Network Design
Consulting & Inspection Services.
"I would like to extend a very special thanks to our sponsors who have taken the time to submit equipment for our training
sessions.  Each and every company who submits equipment for our course sessions receives "top billing" during the classes.  Not
only do we use the equipment under strict supervision, we discuss the features and benefits of each as well.  We would also like to
recognize some of our local,
custom cable integrators.  Again - thank you." -- Bob Ballard, Owner
Bob Ballard, US Navy
Veteran, Diver,
Treasure Hunter,
Owner, FOA Master
Instructor
A word about prerequisites for our Basic CFOT Course.  ----- One needs to able to read and
speak the English Language and be able to effectively and efficiently see and identify small tools.

Prerequisites for our "Specialist) Courses:  After January 1, 2015, the student MUST have
successfully passed the basic CFOT course within the preceding 12 months prior to attending
the CFOS/T, CFOS/S, and/or the CFOS/O FOA Specialist courses offered by BDI Datalynk. There
are no exceptions. All Exams are closed book. For more information contact BDI DataLynk at
512-785-9024.
Incle Ted
50/125
Laser Optimized
Fiber (LOF) should
be going into this
project!
About Us
"Click  To View Some of our
Training  Equipment."
Dr. Peter Morcombe
Peter Morcombe,
CFOT, CFOI
Engineering
Consultant
Uncle Ted
The Fiber Optic Training
Professionals
Learn to Hold the Power of Light Within Your
Finger Tips!
BDI DataLynk Fiber Optics Training ...
teaching you to gear up before you show up.
Teaching Procedures
Not Opinions
Since 1999.
Prepare to Learn!
Tom Rauch, CFOT, CFOS, CFOI
Tom Rauch
CFOT, CFOI
Hands On Activities
Hands-On Activities
Hands-On Activities
Hands On Activities
"PREPARE TO LEARN"
Hands-On Activities.
"Take a look at
what happens in
our classes.  
Prepare to learn!
Go
HERE for a look
see."
Bob and Andy at the Atocha Site
The Fiber Optic Training
Professionals
Bob Ballard,
CFOT, CFOI
Owner

Power of Light
Steven D. Hudson
CFOT, CFOI
Bob has been actively involved in the telecommunications industry for over 30 years. He has spoken at
Universities, Architectural Firms, Integrator Meetings, and Conventions. He has performed fiber optics
training for contractors all over the US and Mexico.  He also has taught numerous fiber optic training sessions
in the United States and Mexico on subjects ranging from Long-Haul Fiber Connectivity to Network
Grounding.  He is responsible for designing and implementing the largest 10gig fiber to the desk network in
US history in 2005.  

He served in the US Navy from 1971 to 1975 and was honorably discharged from the Naval Reserve in 1985.  
While aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS Saratoga (CV-60) between 1971 and 1972, Bob's unit, VA-105, supported
air operations in the Republic of North Vietnam.  As a Weapons & Ordnance Specialist, Bob proudly served his
country during these trying times.  

Bob has been a Commercial Pilot with Instrument and Flight Instructor Ratings and has built and flown his own
experimental aircraft.  He is also a Treasure Hunter and Certified Scuba Diver.  See some of Bob's most recent
finds
HERE.

In the late 60's and early 70's he was a professional motorcycle racer and built and drove stock cars to pass
the time.  As an aviator in the late 70's and early 80's he performed at numerous air shows throughout Texas
and was featured on ABC News in Austin, Texas in 1982 with his new home built, experimental aircraft.
Lasher
Rodder
Hand Tools
Safety & Protection
Cable Installation
Linesman Training and Certifiation
Michael Rauch
CFOT, CFOI