Telecommunications Plant Engineer

Arlington County, Virginia
Compensation Grade: S18-HSala
Jan 05, 2019
Jan 21, 2019
Full Time
Compensation Grade: S18-HSalary Range:

Opening Date: January 5, 2019

Closing Date: January 20, 2019Please Note: All job announcements close at 11:59 p.m. of the day before the posted closing date.

As a Telecommunications Plant Engineer, you will locate, document and install/maintain inside fiber optic plant backbone and outside copper cabling for the Airports Authority.

Telecommunications Plant Engineer

Serves in the Technology Operations Department of the Office of Technology, based at either Reagan National Airport (DCA) or Dulles International Airport (IAD).

Installs, tests and/or maintains Airports Authority inside and exterior cabling plant, Internet and telephone services cable. Maintains detailed records and schematics of inside plant backbone and outside cabling to include facilitating conversion of paper drawings and documents to CAD.


Interprets and identifies outside plant (OSP), buried underground and aerial telecommunications (fiber and copper cable) plant in records, on maps, and in the field with sufficient clarity and detail.

Interprets and identifies inside plant (ISP) backbone telecommunications (fiber and copper) plant in records, on maps and in the field with sufficient clarity and detail.

Facilitates conversion or import of undocumented or paper copies of telecommunication plant drawings and data into Computer aided-design (CAD), Graphical Information System (GIS) and/or Visio formats.

Provides technical support and recommendations for changes in running line or construction methodologies due to environmental conditions, construction access by crews, and/or reduce congestion of utilities.

Maintains and archives inside and exterior cabling plant records.

Supports Airport Authority business locations to include DCA, IAD, Dulles Toll Road (DTR), Dulles Corridor Metrorail Office, and leased Data Centers.

Determines correct procedures for OSP fiber optic and copper splicing and for ISP fiber optic and copper backbone splicing.

Tests and terminates fiber optic fusion splicing and copper splicing. Prepares and maintains splicing records and diagrams.

Recognizes and repairs route and handhole/manhole issues.

Develops, implements, and maintains all engineering, drafting and facilities records; work order preparation and processing.

Performs other duties as assigned.


Five years of progressively responsible experience in outside plant cabling including both copper and fiber optic facilities.

Knowledge of and skill in using the tools, equipment and materials to complete the installation, testing and location of outside plant cabling.

Knowledge of and ability to apply Rural Utility Service (RUS) bulletins (guidelines).

Skill in reading floor plans, construction drawings, schematics, schematics, blueprints, wire mapping and wire color codes.

Skill in handling, inspecting and cleaning fiber optic cable.

Skill in outside plant fiber optic and copper cable installation, splicing and termination.

Skill in inside fiber optic cable and copper backbone installation, splicing and termination.

Ability to perform detailed analyses of data and information (including blueprints and schematics).

Knowledge of standard construction permitting processes.

Skill in using Computer Aided-Design (CAD), Graphical Information System (GIS) and/or Visio formats.

Ability to speak and write effectively.


Certification as an Installer 2, Copper; Installer 2, Fiber; or Technician from the Building Industry Consulting Service International (BICSI).

Certification of copper and fiber installation or copper and fiber structured cabling from the manufacturer.

Certification of copper and fiber installation from the manufacturer, Fiber Optic Association (FOA) or International Certification Accreditation Council (ICAC).

Certification as an Outside Plant (OSP) Designer from BICSI.

Certification in Fiber-to-the-x Outside Plant Design (FTTx-OSP design) from FOA.

Knowledge of Telcordia GR-1275-CORE standards.


A high school diploma or Certificate of General Education Development (GED).


A state driver's license in good standing.


Operates vehicle airside and landside (requires AOA permit).

Work may be performed on an active airfield around large operating aircraft and inside and outside in all types of weather.

Work is typically reviewed in progress and upon completion for quantity, quality, timeliness, teamwork, customer service, and other factors.

Work may be physically demanding and requires bending, stooping, crouching or otherwise positioning self to access confined spaces, work in cramped or awkward positions and hard to reach places and high structures. Work requires use of personal protective equipment.

Work may require use of ladder, scissor lift or scaffolding to reach work objects at heights of 40+ feet, and is subject to fall from high elevations while performing various duties. Follows safety precautions and procedures.

May require the ability to lift, push/pull or position items weighing up to 50 pounds. Utilizes appropriate conveyance tools to move or lift objects more than 50 pounds.

Subject to shift holdovers and recall on a 24-hour basis, for essential services and emergencies, including night hours and weekends.


A background security investigation will be required for all new hires.

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer.| Follow us on Twitter @MWAAcareers.

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