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Senior Outside Plant Engineer

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

November 9, 2018
Job location:
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Information Technology, Staff/Administrative


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The income for this position will be a minimum of $65,000 annual. income will be commensurate with the qualifications, practice, and education of the selected candidate.
Come join a team of passionate and hard-working individuals at a non-profit serving Michigan’s public universities, colleges, K-12 organizations, libraries, state government, healthcare and other Michigan non-profit organizations! This position will be an integral part of the outside plant team.
Merit is seeking a Senior Outside Plant Engineer to join our team in supporting outside plant operations, including maintenance, construction and continuing quality assurance. This critical function will coordinate with a variety of teams including contractors, subcontractors and vendors. The work is in diverse environments, both indoors and outdoors, to deal with complex problems and implement innovative solutions to maintain and expand the outside plant infrastructure. The Senior Outside Plant Engineer interfaces with Merit staff including Outside Plant (OSP), Technology Operations, and 24x7 Merit Support Center teams, in order to coordinate OSP activities, administrative requirements, material handling, etc. The Senior Outside Plant Engineer reports to the Director of Business Process Management and works under general supervision to plan, conduct and at times, supervise assignments. The ideal candidate will have outside plant engineering and construction technical expertise; planning, organization, execution, troubleshooting and negotiation expertise. On call tasks and overtime may be required periodically.
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Essential functions for this position are followed by an (E).
As the Senior Outside Plant Engineer, this position’s key responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Outside Plant Maintenance & Construction (50%):
   » Assess maintenance issues, both emergency and non-emergency, to identify fault issue and work with Merit staff and contractors to implement repairs to infrastructure as needed (E)
   » Perform complex problem solving and review of related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions (E)
   » Troubleshoot, identify faults and provide rectification remedies for fiber optic cables using diagnostic tools including OTDR, fusion splicing machine, light source & power meter, loop tester, earth ground fault testers, etc. (E)
   » Develop and maintain in-depth expertise of OSP engineering, construction and splicing related to Merit’s fiber optic network (E)
   » Be an escalation point for OSP incidents and issues from both external and internal sources. (E)
   » Support and review work done by others ensuring that all applicable OSP standards are met (E)
   » Ensure effective triage and escalations occur to appropriate individuals, teams, and organizations in a timely manner to ensure efficient resolution and to minimize customer impact (E)
   » Inspect and perform quality assurance of OSP activities (E)
   » Maintain a safe working environment (E)
   » Keep a safe working environment (E)
   » Work flexible hours and support on-call tasks as required (E)
   » Review and coordinate planned maintenance with Merit customers, contractors and partners (E)
   » Coordinate preparation and field strategies for deployment and evaluation. Develop and maintain relationships with project staff, members, vendors, contractors, particularly in the field (E)
   » Candidate must be able to legally and safely operate University-owned vehicle that is especially equipped to transport, maintain, store, and protect equipment, tools, and materials needed to evaluate and maintain fiber infrastructure located in various locations all over Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. (E)
Engineering, Project Management, & Documentation (30%):
   » Develop and administer OSP engineering activities including solution design, cost estimation, time estimation, engineering and construction analysis, onsite meeting support and developing detailed engineering prints (E)
   » Respond to questions and inquiries, as appropriate, from the general public, developers, contractors, engineering professionals, utility, permit, governing authorities and Merit staff regarding outside plant engineering and development projects (E)
   » Design additions, upgrades, repairs and enhancements to OSP infrastructure in coordination with contractors and other OSP staff (E)
   » Select solutions located on the most effective, efficient, and timely design (E)
   » Creating winning results for both Merit and other parties when possible (E)
   » Review plans, designs, and specifications of outside public or private facility projects to ensure Merit’s compliance with current telecommunications facilities in conformity with industry practices, codes, regulations and ordinances. Develop action plans to address network assessment or changes needed to accommodate OSP infrastructure to project needs (E)
   » Lead meetings and subsequent coordination activities with pole owners / utilities regarding make–ready submittals, design and construction requirements and activities (E)
   » Work with Merit staff contractors to maintain and monitor OSP material stocks at strategic locations (E)
   » Interprets and identifies OSP buried underground and aerial telecommunications plant in records, on maps, and in the field with sufficient clarity and detail (E)
   » Communicates complex technical issues and recommends solutions to client, project and functional management as directed and as appropriate (E)
   » Prepare and maintain fiber assignments and records (E)
   » Responsible for inside plant design and demarc extension as required
   » Collaborate with CAD/3-GIS personnel to review work prints required for the preparation of construction and as built drawings and review and finalize documentation (E)
   » Review and prepare splice drawings (E)
   » Utilize and assist in maintaining Merit’s databases of OSP records (E)
Miscellaneous (20%):
   » Assist in training existing staff and new hires to bring up to speed expertise of current and future projects
   » Initiate and drive process changes designed to improve operations efficiency and customer satisfaction (E)
   » Recommend and implement revisions to existing policies and procedures to make them more effective
   » Lead special projects as assigned (E)
   » Participate in professional development activities to continually improve expertise and expertise in the areas of project management, networking, Information technology services and customer service.
   » Minimum five (5) years professional practice installing, splicing, servicing, and operating physical plant infrastructure
   » Must be able to prosperously complete a Motor Vehicle Record check through University of Michigan Transportation Services
   » expertise of outside plant activities including materials, methods, and tools involved in OSP construction (fiber cable design, pole line construction, conduit system design)
   » practice with 24/7 service support policies and procedures
   » expertise of optical networking hardware
   » Past practice managing outside parties to engineer and construct OSP facilities in an aerial, underground, or building environment
   » capability to resolve complex problems following standard practices, using judgment within defined policies and guidelines
   » practice in installation, termination and testing of communication cabling and equipment including patch panels, Cat5, Cat5e, Cat6, and fiber optic cable
   » practice with reviewing plans, designs, and specifications of streets and other public or private facility projects to ensure compliance with current telecommunications facilities in conformity with industry practices, codes, regulations and ordinances
   » capability to interpret CAD design drawings. Familiarity with GIS (Geographic Information Systems), ESRI and shapefile functionality
   » Must be attentive to detail, organized, able to work independently and exhibit self-motivation
   » Must possess good interpersonal expertise in relating to client personnel and the general public
   » Strong work ethic and availability to learn
   » Strong computer expertise with emphasis on service request or construction tracking systems, Microsoft office applications and Google suite
   » capability to prosperously handle multiple priorities simultaneously
   » capability to work flexible hours and support on-call tasks as required
   » Strong customer service background and demonstrated organizational expertise
   » Must be self-motivated and work well within a team environment and also have the capability to work independently
   » practiced in the configuration and installation of DWDM and CWDM optical networks
   » practice with conversion or import of redline or paper copies of telecommunication plant drawings and data into Computer aided-design (CAD), Graphical Information System (GIS) and/or Visio formats
   » Skilled with ESRI ArcGIS, Autodesk AutoCAD, KMZ
Merit Network offers excellent benefits and wellness opportunities. This position receives 12 days of vacation per year, paid sick leave with provisions for extended benefits, opportunities for professional development, and retirement options with 2-for-1 matching that include TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments. Please visit for full benefits information.
Relocation assistance is not available for this position.
Work Environment:
Requires working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions in addition to operating in a professional environment. this function routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.
Work Attire:
Requires wearing common protective or safety equipment.
Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee (with or without accommodations) to prosperously perform the essential functions of this job.
   » Move items weighing up to 50 pounds as a regular part of tasks.
   » Pack and move the equipment required for field work to and from the storage space, field workspace, and/or transportation vehicle(s).
   » On occasion may be required to move items 50-100 pounds or more. Team lifts are encouraged and employees should ask for a team lift with heavier tasks.
   » Assess and gather data from equipment and devices located in various environments, including those inside and outside buildings, located just below ground (such as handhole) or up to 20 feet from the ground, or located in areas that do not have easy vehicle access.
Employee must frequently work at computer station, answer telephone calls, emails, and/or other forms of customer/client communication.
Other tasks:
Please note this job description is not designated to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, tasks or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. tasks, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work:
This is a full-time position, work schedule will be determined by manager and may change if necessary. There may be some occasional work required outside of the established schedule, which may include weekends and holidays. The typical work schedule is Monday thru Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Travel isrequired.
The University of Michigan/Merit Network Inc. conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
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   » If you need assistance completing this application, please call (734) 615-2000, option 1
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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About University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
A great university is made so by its faculty and staff, and Michigan is recognized as one of the best universities to work for in the country. The Michigan culture is known for engaging faculty and staff in all facets of the university to create a workplace that is vibrant and stimulating.For two consecutive years, the Chronicle of Higher Education has placed U-M in its "Great Colleges to Work For" survey. In particular, the university earns high marks for strong relations between faculty and administrators, a collaborative system of governance, strong pay and benefits, and a healthy work/life balance.

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