OSP Engineer I (Herndon/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- 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


- 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.

- 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- Exposure to 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.

Education Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree or 2 plus years of relevant job experience. Relevant job experience is

described as:

- Job experience in similar industry

- Job experience with similar essential duties Physical Requirements:

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

weather conditions.

Preferred Education, Skills and Experience

Education and Experience

- Experience: 2+ yrs

- Education Level: Bachelor's Degree

- Field Of Study: Engineering or Construction Management

- Attention to detail with good organizational capabilities.

- Ability to prioritize with good time management skills.


Alternate Location: US-Virginia-Herndon; US-Virginia-McLean

Requisition #: 182626

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