Outside Plant Engineers (2 Positions)

Arlington, Virginia
$65,582.40 - $128,252.80 Annually
Jun 14, 2019
Jun 21, 2019
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time
Position Information

The Department of Technology Services (DTS) is seeking two Outside Plant Engineers to facilitate the management, administration, configuration and implementation of network components for its Network, Engineering and Operations Section. These employees are responsible for the design, administration and operational oversight of the County's Distributed Communication Systems (DCS) including all related hardware and software based network solutions across the Enterprise. Also, for providing system support including the analysis of business requirements, contract and license management, and document control of network infrastructure changes.

Working under the direction of the DCS Manager and in coordination with the DCS Engineer, senior staff of other County departments, internal and external Public Safety agencies, consultants and business leaders, this position is assigned to the DCS Group. This group manages the County's network infrastructure including implementing, mounting, removing, and integrating new network equip­ment; establishing new, and maintaining existing, fiber optic and copper communication systems, Public Safety Radio Networks, and integrated (Long Term Evolution) LTE systems.

Arlington County Government is one of the most technically progressive local governments in the Country, and has been named the number one digital County in the Nation for a second straight year.

Specific responsibilities include:
  • Developing design requirements and plans for service to new and existing County and School facilities, including surveying of utility poles ability to support new cables and the collection of existing utility information needed for path selection, as well as measurements for buried and aerial cable placement;
  • Reviewing and updating the National Joint Utilities Notificationn Systen (NJUNS) database for pole attachment requests, transferring issues as well as coordinating the removal of the old copper cable with NJUNS and the County's contractors and conducting follow-up inspections of TE&O removal of old cable;
  • Assisting County Fiber Manager in developing construction plans, statements of work, cost estimates, splice matrices, and permit applications including County expectations, County Fiber Construction Standards, NEC and NESC Standards, and "best practices";
  • Responding to assess and supervise emergency restoration of fiber system damage;
  • Redesigning existing facilities to accommodate County engineering projects;
  • Supervising construction and field inspection of conduit construction, aerial make-ready, and cable installation and splicing to ensure compliance with proper construction methods, safety procedures, and construction plans;
  • Providing proactive management and administration of the Fiber Management System (3-GIS) including oversight of dark fiber monitoring and support for all County DCS;
  • Managing the complete lifecycle costs of hardware/software and service procurements;
  • Monitoring fiber network usage, anticipating problems, recommending solutions, and coordinating system upgrade, maintenance, and support;
  • Managing the performance of third party vendors to ensure compliance with contracts and service level agreements; and
  • Developing and maintaining County Standards for fiber optic splicing, and designing and implementing standards for all County facilities, ensuring industry and County standards are met throughout the implementation of DCS.

Selection Criteria

Minimum: Bachelor's degree in Engineering, civil or electrical power, Computer Science, Information Systems Management, or a related field, as well as considerable experience directly related to the design, implementation, and integration of local and wide-area network architectures.

Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may substitute for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following:
  • RCDD certification;
  • Managing contracts and licenses;
  • Prior Verizon or similar engineering/construction experience; and/or
  • Proficient with AutoCAD and ESRI ArcGIS

Special Requirements

Specific certifiable training:
The certified training may be either Bell System/ BellCore (aka Verizon et al) or BICSI.

Bellcore training comprises (1) Basics/ Fundamentals of Outside Plant Engineering, (2) Pole Line Design, and (3A) Underground Design, and (3B) Buried Design.

BICSI certified training comprises (1) Introduction to Outside Plant Design and (2) Applied Outside Plant Design.

Applicant must possess, or obtain by the time of appointment, a valid driver's license from the applicant's place of residence or the applicant must have the ability and willingness to use alternative methods of transportation to perform assigned duties and responsibilities at locations other than the primary worksite. If the applicant possesses or acquires a license, the applicant must provide or authorize Arlington County to obtain a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent on a favorable review of the applicant's driving record and criminal history.

Additional Information

Work Hours: Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm. The candidate may be required to work a rotating on-call schedule to support 24/7 mission critical systems and may be expected to work hours more than their normally scheduled hours in response to short-term needs and or County-wide emergencies.

The successful candidates will be able to walk long distances, climb ladders (limited), visually inspect utility pole lines and attachments from the ground, drive a car, open and close cement and steel manhole lids, have strong oral and written communication skills, provide superior customer service to clients and stakeholders, and have demonstrated experience designing and supporting fiber optic based outside plant communication systems, and pass a police background investigation. Arlington County is expanding its network to include increasing levels of portable and mobile networked devices so experience in this area, and a thorough understanding of the important role these systems play in a County Wide Network, is desirable.

Please note the official title of this position is Network Analyst.

Salary listed is effective July 1, 2019.

Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the application process and are required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website: www.arlingtonva.us/pers.

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


Do you possess certified training in either Bell System/ BellCore (aka Verizon et al) or BICSI?
  • Yes
  • No


Please select if you have one or more of the following:
  • RCDD certification;
  • Managing contracts and licenses;
  • Prior Verizon or similar engineering/construction experience;
  • Experience with AutoCAD and ESRI ArcGIS;
  • None of the above.


Please use the space below to elaborate on your experience with the items selected above.

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