Engineer II - Fiber Optics Engineer

Washington D.C
Jan 11, 2022
Jan 21, 2022
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time
WMATA seeks an energetic, team oriented, motivated candidate to support the growing fast-paced Capital Delivery Program (CAPD). Its engineering and architecture department (ENGA) seeks a senior fiber engineer to join the Communication and Network Services' Radio and Systems team. The individual will join the team developing a new $180M+ fiber program for the Authority to provide backbone connectivity for the new radio system and other equipment/systems located throughout the rail right-of-way of the Authority in support of its operations and future growth. The successful candidate will work with cross-functional teams to plan, coordinate, and direct the design of fiber allocation; route design; backbone end/end splicing and testing of fiber. Technical knowledge and coordination experience with OSP fiber optic information systems (structured cabling systems for voice, data, video using fiber), creating ISP & OSP fiber optic cabling and pathway systems construction specifications including materials, installation, termination, grounding and testing and knowledge of industry standards and codes (BICSI, NEC, EIA/TIA, NFPA, OSI) are helpful for this position. Demonstrative experience in the design, installation, technical design/drawing review, end/end splicing, inspection and testing of fiber, and the ability to work with precision equipment in confined environments. Additional responsibilities will include assisting in the development of criteria and standards for the design, installation, testing, and preventive maintenance of fiber. Knowledge of computer aided design programs and prior experience in rail and transit, an EIT, or RCDD License are preferred but not required.

Minimum Qualifications:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or related field. Minimum six (6) years of progressive, relevant engineer experience as described below (including experience as an Engineer I) OR the equivalent combination of education, experience and/or training demonstrating the following skills:

• Understanding and applying engineering theories, standards, concepts, resources and techniques;

• Working on routine projects independently and/or working with teams on larger projects;

• Collecting and analyzing non-routine data;

• Working closely with other groups within and/or outside the Authority;

• Identifying and analyzing job/project-related issues and problems;

• Keeping abreast of new equipment, methods and developments in engineering.

Experience in lieu of education will be considered if candidate can effectively demonstrate knowledge of commonly-used standard principles, theories, standards, concepts and techniques within the field of Engineering.


Successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination.

Possession of, or ability to acquire, a District of Columbia, Maryland or Virginia motor vehicle operator's license issued from jurisdiction of residence.

Medical Group :

Satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this position, if required. The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this particular position either with or without reasonable accommodation(s).

Job Summary/Duties:

This is a responsible professional engineering work of a difficult and complex nature. Employee in this class is responsible for all facets of design and construction, including preparation of contract documents, specifications, and contractor submittals for compliance with design criteria and contractual, engineering, and jurisdictional requirements. Employee has extensive latitude for independent judgment and action within general guidelines provided by the employee's supervisor.

Performs engineering design for special projects to include preliminary design calculations, development of engineering plans, systems, cost estimates, schedules, and drawings.

Coordinates and reviews contractor submitted shop drawings, catalog cuts, samples, and specifications of facilities and systems.

Reviews final design plans and specifications for engineering concepts with emphasis on safety, constructability, and state-of-the-art.

Serves as leader of interdisciplinary engineering group formed to deal with special construction or engineering problems.

Engineers assigned to a discipline Deputy Chief provide engineering technical direction to Construction Engineers and field personnel when problems arises requiring deviations from contract drawings, specifications or standard practices.

Coordinates with other disciplines and offices of the Authority to ensure in-house design meets the project requirements.

Maintains continuous overview of the facilities and systems installed by contractors to ensure safety and maintainability of equipment and to minimize differences in operations and maintenance procedures. Attempts to resolve actual and potential problems that may develop.

Acts as liaison between utility companies and the applicable Deputy Chief.

Prepares responses for design review comments and Request For information.

Prepares or reviews feasibility studies, special reports, and investigation reports on problems.

Prepares cost estimates and schedules as required.

Stays abreast of state-of-the-art new developments in the assigned engineering discipline. Conducts periodic field visits to determine work status, provide technical advice and/or to review progress.

Participates in Substantial Completion Inspections and other field inspections or investigations relative to assigned projects.

The above duties and responsibilities are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of this position. They are not intended to limit in any way the right of supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.
  • The essential duties listed are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Nor is it intended to limit in any way the right of managers and supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Evaluation Criteria

Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.

Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:
  • Skills and/or behavioral assessment
  • Personal interview
  • Verification of education and experience (including certifications and licenses)
  • Criminal Background Check (a criminal conviction is not an automatic bar to employment)
  • Medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening (for safety sensitive positions)
  • Review of a current motor vehicle report


WMATA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law.

This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment. It is not intended to replace the official job description. Job descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.

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