OSP Engineer II (McLean, VA)

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) 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 for more information.


Job Summary


Manages the daily operations of the outside fiber plant to include engineering, permitting, contracting, designing and maintenance of new building adds and existing fiber facility relocations. Responsible for design and development of complex outside plant (OSP) equipment installations, modifications and upgrades. Maintains fiber splice records, network topography records and fiber mapping and as-builts in corporate inventory systems. Works closely with other carriers, engineering firms, local/ state agencies and building owners/landlords on new building adds and relocations.

Job Description

Essential Duties:

  • Maintains the security of the outside fiber plant (OSP) network, either aerial and/or underground, throughout area of responsibility by managing cable location, by locating contractors and initiating protection activities. Works closely with other carriers, local/ state agencies and building owners/landlords on new building adds and relocations.
  • Utilizes a variety of systems for the processing and reporting of work activities, inventorying OSP facilities, documentation of projects and managing various budgets to include but not limited to new construction and route maintenance/protection.
  • Works closely with upstream groups, completes fiber verification requests, project estimations, designs, bids, permits and manages construction of new building adds. Monitors infrastructure builds and reviews/punch lists and approves work meets industry construction standards. Prepares project timelines, prepares and track budgets and provides detailed weekly status reports.
  • Obtains value added contractors/subcontractors for engineering, permitting and construction of OSP infrastructure. Obtains and manages contractors for route protection. Maintains fiber splice records, network topography records and fiber mapping.
  • Directs emergency restoration and mitigation activities required for the OSP network. This could include fiber optic damages, natural disasters, power failures and other events.
  • Manages contract and/or employee fiber splicers. Provides on the job divisional training to employees and oversees contractors to ensure the proper method and procedures of facility protection and maintenance are followed. This includes the use of locating equipment, use of Optical Time Domain Reflectometers (OTDR) and troubleshooting tone generation/reception in field.


Knowledge, Skills or Abilities:

  • Strong background and understanding of telecommunications outside plant construction and managing network related construction projects with successful results (scope, schedule, and budget).
  • Highly professional and motivated.
  • Understanding of contracts management and project accounting.
  • Creative problem solver.
  • Proven results in building strong peer level relationships.
  • 5 plus years of experience in permitting, engineering, contractor management, fiber splicing, project management, different types of underground and aerial cable plant installation and maintenance.
  • Strong OSP construction knowledge with ability to read/red-line construction drawings to facilitate new builds, relocations and emergency repairs
  • Excellent interpersonal, coaching, managerial, and leadership skills
  • Ability to perform a wide spectrum of complex assignments requiring alternative analysis, innovation and judgment. Assumes responsibility for contribution to the success of major or multiple projects, and is periodically called upon to make decisions.
  • Must be proficient in MS Office applications, databases, and flowcharts.
  • Experience in computer aided drafting (CAD) programs.
  • Ability to be on-call on a 24/7/365 basis.

Physical Requirements:

  • Field – Sit, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl; lift 50 lbs.; Valid driver’s license required; works in all weather conditions.


Bachelors or Equivalent in Engineering General or Management

Alternate Location: US-Virginia-McLean

Requisition #: 182624

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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Full time
Mclean, Virginia 22101, US