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UCOMM Fiber Engineer



The UCOMM Fiber Engineer’s primary responsibility is to manage Outside Plant (OSP) documentation per Client IT drawing standards.  This includes Fiber Allocation Tables, Fiber Diagrams, Key Maps, Link Drawings, Site Drawings, Wavelength Allocation Tables and Logic Drawings as well as keeping the GIS and allocation database (GE’s PNI) updated.  Candidate must have at minimum 5 years in ISP/OSP fiber design and construction experience with familiarity of standard installation practices such as ADSS, directional boring and other aspects fiber network design and construction.  Candidate must also have prior experience in project management with strong organizational skills to manage projects from concept to completion.     

Candidate must be able to work with little direction (self-starter) to ascertain fiber optic construction scope of work which is a small but critical part of very large electrical projects.  Also they should have the ability to provide a project estimate, bid and execute the work managing material and labor within the original estimate to achieve project success.  Project goals are to determine the fiber scope of work, develop construction drawings or coordinate with engineering vendors to create engineering drawings that adhere to Client IT drawing standards, procure material and labor contractors to execute the work compliant with OSHA and Client safety standards and most importantly complete as-build documentation for maintenance records.  Coordination with Real Estate, Environmental, Transmission Engineering and Substation Engineering is necessary to ensure that all necessary Rail Road, Wetland permits etc. are obtained and that the proposed fiber design does not impede electrical operations.

The candidate should have access to reliable transportation to travel within the Northern Illinois Client territory.  It should be expected that office to field time would be approximately a 60/40 mix.  Below is a list of items the candidate should be able to perform. 

  1. Identify fiber specific bill of material.
  2. Procure material to include all fiber equipment but not electronics.
  3. Report material accrual and forecast reports twice monthly.
  4. Report accrual and forecast their hours to the appropriate PM’s.
  5. Create or review drawings to ensure they meet Client drawing standards FMP-04.
  6. File for construction drawings on Client construction drive so that others in the I&O group are aware of allocated fibers and future plans of existing plant.
  7. Evaluate fiber capacity of existing fiber plant to determine if capacity is available.
  8. POC change ticket process to represent planed work.
  9. Trouble shooting of existing fiber plant when issues are found and identify location.
  10. Identify dark fibers in existing plant for use on new rings.
  11. Escort testing/construction crews into substations.
  12. Familiar with working in and around the substation environment requiring notification to BPO, Corporate Security and STAR evaluations.
  13. Attend construction meetings-conference calls or in person if feasible.
  14. Attend engineering meetings-conference calls or in person if feasible.
  15. Submit accepted as-builts for fiber maintenance use.
  16. Update GE’s Smallworld Application PNI to update GIS fiber database.
  17. Provide project close out: punch list, operations turnover, and track to completion.
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