Network Specialist II - OSP Engineering
Bend, OR  / Fort Carson, CO  / Cortez, CO  / St. George, UT ...View All
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Network Specialist II - OSP Engineering
Job Locations US-OR-Bend | US-CO-Fort Carson | US-CO-Cortez | US-UT-Saint George
ID 2020-16312
Company TDS Telecom

The Network Specialist II - OSP Engineering is expected to assist in the creation and interpretation of fiber optic, CATV, and copper/DSL OSP Design maps using AutoCAD, Lode Data, and GIS based mapping software. You will have to understand, interpret, and track progress for numerous projects concurrently in the given market area. you will continually monitor design costs of completed projects to help improve future project costing.

You will have the responsibility to lead small group cross functional meetings, and drive strategic growth in specific brownfield markets across the given market area. You will be required to interact with contract consultants to facilitate and monitor OSP design.

The individual filling this position is responsible for supporting the Right of Way (ROW) Team while they work with various governmental agencies to protect the TDS OSP network from being jeopardized by permitting requirements or proposed road improvements. You may be required to support TDS teams in negotiating with municipalities, other utility companies from a network and a legal perspective for the purchase, lease and/or sale of inner ducts, fiber and/or complete networks.

This position will work closely with our sales organization as well as Field Services. It will also work closely with our Right of Way (ROW) team on Easement and Pole Attachments (Make-Ready Processes) and will interact with members of Net Ops Compliance.

    Responsible for the design of OSP projects and/or supervision of consultants who are responsible for coordinating outside plant design in multiple locations and/or states.
  • Creating labor, material, and overheads project cost estimates
  • Provide Engineering support for Sales teams by fulfilling OSP facilities verification requests, and high level OSP design costing exercises.
  • Provide technical and strategic input in evaluating high level network design
  • Review all OSP designed projects to ensure field services requested plan of action, ISP and OSP solution are aligned and accurate.
  • Verify that all documentation required to complete project handoffs, including as-staked design, contractor Cost estimates, Unit pull sheet, purchase order requests, ROW maps, PRC and WBS funding is complete.
  • Create and perform analysis on network designs for the OSP teams to utilize for future project cost modeling.
  • Partner with Regional OSP Construction (OSPC) members on engineering of network builds.
  • Assist in training OSPE team members on OSP design and project process
  • Review data for impacts to builds (eg: Roadmoves)
  • Provide timely updates to the CAA Log regarding project costs and timelines
  • Provide audits of OSP projects and coach consultants and/or contractors to ensure accuracy and consistency. The audits will ensure compliance with National Electrical Code standards and current TDS OSP standards.
  • Effectively communicate with Project Managers and adjacent teams in order to facilitate cost-effective construction of OSP facilities under advanced timelines.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree (or higher) -OR- 4+ years' professional work experience
  • 4+ years' experience in Voice/Data/Video networking
  • Must have and maintain a valid drivers license, reliable transportation, and insurance

Other Qualifications

  • 4+ years' experience in the construction and design of fiber optic, CATV/coax and copper/DSL networks Auto Cad and Lode Data experience
  • Joint Attachment Process/Power CO Make Ready Process experience a plus
  • GPON/PON engineering experience a plus
  • Brownfield fiber overbuild a plus
  • Excellent leadership, customer relations and communications skills across teams a plus
  • Thorough Understanding of Telecommunications and CATV industry and principals.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • PC database, spreadsheet and word processing skills are critical
  • Advanced working knowledge of NESC construction practices and engineering standards.
  • Ability to work in a cooperative and courteous manner with diverse work groups.
  • GIS experience, Engineering within GIS program a plus (AGOL)

At TDS, we embrace Equal Employment Opportunity by valuing our differences and consider all qualified applicants 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 law. To learn about our diversity & inclusion philosophy and culture,click here!

Employment at TDS is subject to post-offer, pre-employment drug testing. EEO/AA Employer/Vets/Disability.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
4+ years
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