CenturyLink SR ENGINEER -FEDERAL in Herndon, Virginia

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) at http://www.centurylink.com is a global communications and IT services company focused on connecting its customers to the power of the digital world. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, big data analytics, managed security services, hosting, cloud, and IT consulting services. The company provides broadband, voice, video, advanced data and managed network services over a robust 265,000-route-mile U.S. fiber network and a 360,000-route-mile international transport network. Visit CenturyLink at http://www.centurylink.com/ for more information.

Job Summary

This position is a Field Engineer position that will perform complex tasks, site surveys, BoM development, engineering, installation, test & turn up for ISP projects. The position will perform applied research, development, and design of optical transport systems as well as evaluate equipment and materials, and recommend network improvements and design changes. The position will handle complex engineering assignments. 50% travel is required.

Job Description

  • Perform complex tasks, engineering, and installation for ISP and OSP projects.

  • Perform applied research, development, and design of optical transport systems.

  • Evaluate equipment and materials and recommend network improvements and design changes.

  • Work closely with the Government and suppliers on requirements, design, and proposal development.

  • Perform project technology studies, budget estimates, and develop project schedules.

  • Provide functional guidance, supervision, technical support, training, and quality assurance/control as required.

  • Provide Tier II support for operational issues and during installation phases.

  • Perform site surveys to develop engineering design packages.

  • Reviews and modifies engineering design packages to ensure accuracy.

  • Create and review technical documentation.

  • Review all power and HVAC requirements. Perform other duties as assigned.

  • Review, analyze, and resolve field construction problems and discrepancies.

  • Coordinate subcontractors, materials inspectors, tools, and equipment to complete projects on schedule and within budget.

  • Communicate verbally with construction subcontractors regarding proper procedures for placement of outside cable plant.

  • Provide interpretation of plans, detail sheets, and specification for subcontractors and inspectors.

  • Review applications and drawings for right-of-way and construction permits.

  • Perform quality control of drawings and As-Builts prepared by computer-aided design (CAD) personnel.

  • Make running line changes in accordance with (IAW) local regulations (e.g., city, county, state, railroads).

  • Analyze Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) traces, evaluate characteristics of fiber, and document test results.

  • Handle complex engineering assignments and interface with OSP installers, locators, project managers, inspectors, and permit authorities to complete comprehensive packages with sufficient detail to allow future use in maintenance and new construction activities.

  • Review civil engineering plans from developers.

  • Engage with the customer and subcontractors to the customer, to facilitate upgrade projects to existing equipment.

  • Create work tickets, required documentation and perform upgrade projects.

  • Work closely with Field Operations Personnel (FOPS) to ensure the timely completion of projects.

  • Be aware of and responsible to the customer for planned and un-planned work to be done on the CenturyLink fiber backbone.

  • Monitor the progression of resolution of customer impacting CenturyLink fiber backbone work activities.

  • Respond in a timely manner to the customer’s request for information and / or documentation related to equipment maintained or network performance monitored by CenturyLink.


  • Associate’s degree and five years experience or Bachelor’s degree and two years experience preferred

  • Experience with implementing and sustaining wide area networks is required to include installation, troubleshooting, and documentation

  • Experience with hardware engineering is preferred

  • BICSI certifications desired

  • Knowledge of physical, operational, and communication security processes and procedures is required

  • This position requires the ability to obtain a Top Secret/SCI clearance.

  • At least 50% travel will be required.

  • ISP Installation experience is required.

  • Experience in troubleshooting ISP telecom systems is required.

  • Knowledge of Wide Area Network security requirements and techniques for protecting computer systems/networks from attacks, viruses, data tampering, unauthorized system entry, and other emerging threats is required.

Alternate Location: US-Virginia-Herndon

Requisition # : 210399

This job may require successful completion of an online assessment. A brief description of the assessments can be viewed on our website at http://find.centurylink.jobs/testguides/

EEO Statement

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