POSITION TITLE: Telecommunications Engineer
This position performs engineering, installation, provisioning, maintenance, and project management functions associated with the deployment and maintenance of Network switching systems and services, transmission systems and services, voice, data and video systems and services, cellular and RF systems and services.
A. Reports to: Telecom Network Manager
B. Supervises: None
C. Backup to: Other Network Engineers and Technicians
III. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
LEVEL I (Must be able to proficiently perform all of the following duties before advancing to a level II)
Understands and is able to perform the basic operations, maintenance, testing and provisioning of Network equipment.
Conducts studies to accumulate information on current services, equipment capacities, and current traffic data.
Reviews implementation schedules on continuing basis to ensure network facilities have capacity within objective limits for subscriber demands.
In response to requests, plans arrangement of equipment, prepares cost estimates for equipment and installation, and submits data to management for authorization approval.
Prepares drawings and equipment specifications for installation.
Responds to ASR’s and is responsible for coordinating and/or performing Engineering, Installation Provisioning and Equipment Procurement of the basic equipment to fulfill the ASR.
Monitors installation activities to solve problems concerning arrangement or specifications.
Assists field technicians in resolving customer and network installations and maintenance problems.
Demonstrates the ability to proficiently use TelAlaska Programs, Systems and Procedures in the daily tasks required of this position.
Reads and understands manufacturers’ schematics & documentation, industry standards and group documents, such as, but not limited to, Telcordia, NCTA, IETF, ITU, RUS and NECA.
Understands the basics of computer operating systems, such as but not limited to DOS, Windows, UNIX, and LINIX.
Performs all work in a safe manner as set forth in the company safety and policy manuals, and in accordance with training provided.
LEVEL II (Must be able to proficiently perform 70% of the following duties to receive the title and pay of a level II. Note: This progressive advancement opportunity is only available if this position has been budgeted for and approved by Senior Management.)
Provides support and guidance when necessary to Inside Plant, Outside Plant, Sales, Customer Service, and Marketing staff concerning rates, tariffs, and technology differences.
Develops requests for proposals for Network equipment and services.
Is able to design networks for the company and customers, including facility planning, equipment room design and equipment placement.
Plans equipment acquisition, and coordinates schedules for installation, considering such factors as availability, current and future costs, and other economic projections.
Initiates work order request and submits request with substantiating drawings and documents to management for approval.
Completes work order close-out procedures and forwards all relevant information.
Prepares modifications on implementation schedules for acquisition and installation of network equipment due to unforeseen increase or decrease of demands for services.
Reviews planning schedule and data on projected traffic to determine quantities of specific types of equipment required.
Aids & trains other employee on operations, maintenance and testing of the various Network Systems and Services deployed by TelAlaska.
Understands and is able to perform the engineering, installation, operations, maintenance, testing and provisioning of all Systems and equipment within the scope of their assigned job duties. For example, GR303, SS7, Fiber Optic Transport, video servers, CMTS systems, Radio and Cellular\Wireless systems and services.
Understands the available services and limitations of Satellite Communications Networks and Systems.
LEVEL III (Must be able to proficiently perform 70% of the following duties and 100 % of the asterisk item(s) to receive the title and pay of a level III. Note: This progressive advancement opportunity is only available if this position has been budgeted for and approved by Senior Management.)
Integrates technology and network architectures to meet customer demands and market unit requirements to ensure that efficient, high quality, economic and strategically justified services are brought to the marketplace.
Coordinates with network planning, marketing and customer service on new product roll-out activities, on the network architecture decisions and implementation issues.*
Manages Projects from initial concept to completed deployment.*
Plans new service offerings by developing fundamental work plans, and methods and procedures for the continual operations and maintenance of these items
Develops and plans future network architectures and infrastructures.
Researches, evaluates and develops planning documents to deploy network architectures, products and services.
Evaluates and recommends architectures for next generation advanced broadband services.
Evaluates and recommends architectures and services for wireless and cellular networks
Understands and is able to perform the engineering, installation, operations, maintenance, testing and provisioning of Packet Data equipment and services, such as but not limited to ATM, XDSL, ISDN, TCP, Ethernet, MPLS, GSM, LTE, UMTS.
Aids in the development and training of entry and midlevel engineers.*
Serves as backup to Telecom Network Director.
IV. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Associate of Science degree in a relevant engineering discipline and two years experience in the telecommunications industry; OR a minimum of five years of experience in the telecommunications industry; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience. A minimum of 2 years experience is required in at least two** of the listed engineering disciplines. Bachelor’s degree in a relevant engineering discipline and experience in the telecommunications industry preferred. Experience with translations, traffic and cellular/wireless preferred.
Central Office Switching Equipment Engineering
Central Office Transmission Engineering
Data Network Engineering
Telecommunications Traffic Engineering
Central Office and Remote Power Engineering
SS7 Network Engineering
Cellular\Wireless Network Engineering***
Cellular\Wireless Network Operations and Maintenance***
TVRO Earth Station Engineering
*** Required for the cellular/wireless specialty
Must be legally employable by any employer in the United States and not require sponsorship.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents. Ability to respond to inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies or members of the business community. Ability to effectively present information to your supervisor and others.
Ability to comprehend and apply principles of calculus and algebra.
Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
CPR certification preferred, valid driver’s license required. In addition, for those driver’s license that are not issued by the state of Alaska, you are required to convert your license to an Alaska Driver’s License pursuant to AS 28.15.021 (2) any employee who will be driving while in the state of Alaska, must obtain an Alaska Driver’s license within 90 days of entrance into the state. Failure to do so will result in the termination of your employment until such license is obtained.
Must be able and willing to travel, as required, to job sites which may include the use of small airplanes and boats. Must be able and willing to work on call during nights, weekends, and holidays.
V. PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to walk; sit; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include ability to adjust focus and identify colors.
VI. WORK ENVIRONMENT
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to the risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, however at times, it may contain loud noise levels.
To apply, qualified applicants should go to www.telalaska.com and click on Careers.