NRTC serves more than 1,500 rural utilities and affiliates in 48 states whose purpose is to help provide solutions to our electric and telephone members to bring all the advantages of today’s evolving technology to rural America is looking to add to our expanding Broadband Solutions team!
This is an exciting opportunity to play a key part in the rollout of Broadband and Fiber deployments across Rural America. The Field Engineer will be one of the 1st people on site and will work directly with the engineering team and the OSP construction team to ensure that OSP engineering designs are validated and reviewed. They will coordinate with the design and engineering team and provide feedback on the design including any changes or suggested updates. As a Field Engineer you will be communicating with, our engineering, Project management and construction teams. You will be the eyes on site identifying field conditions and construction constraints. As the successful candidate you will possess a solid understanding of the technology, project life cycle, and applicable Design and Engineering standard practices.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Collect and/or create utility information from OSP facilities (anchors, guying, etc.) based on individual project standards
Assess make ready needs through member infrastructure
Identify relevant obstructions to fiber placement and provide proposed mitigation strategy
Provide information to complete field survey documents and photographs
Review and provide feedback on ideal locations for new OSP facilities
Create field sketches as needed
Provide engineering feedback via a technology-based application (Blueline Tool) upon field review of design
Assist with review and interpretation of construction redlines and inspection reports
Work with engineering and construction teams to identify and address member concerns
Frequent travel to fiber rollout out project sites across America to undertake fielding
Other Duties as assigned
Qualifications & Skills
3+ years in OSP field engineering or related discipline
Basic knowledge of make-ready issues, construction, and materials
Able to identify different types of utilities, potential conflicts, and violations based on regulatory standards (RUS, NESC, NEC, etc.)
Experience in CAD and/or ESRI GIS systems is helpful
Knowledge of general OSP standard industry practices
Experience in Excel and/or Smartsheets
Valid driver’s license and ability to travel
Provide ROW and utility feedback
Organize engineering locates
Must have a good understanding of ROW, site acquisitions, and permitting
Able to use standard OSP fielding equipment (height stick, measuring wheel, pull finder, guy rule)
Able to use electronic devices, such as iPad, iPhone, laptop, file sharing, email, etc.
Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Quick learner with self-initiative and pride in end results
Superb work ethic and commitment to customer satisfaction
Work will be performed in both an outdoor or indoor office setting
Work may be performed remote areas
Extensive travel and the ability to work on site for numerous projects in various states
Disclaimer: The above job description summary is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of required responsibilities, duties, and skills. The order in which responsibilities, duties and skills are listed is not significant.
Must be comfortable with hotel living and being away from home for long periods of time. 100% Travel.
NRTC is Member Driven and Technology Focused – providing solutions that help our 1,500 electric and telephone members bring all the advantages of today’s evolving technology to rural America. NRTC’s solutions are developed specifically to meet the needs of rural utilities and their customers, and include integrated smart grid solutions, metering networks, next-generation energy, demand management, broadband, managed services, mobile and video. We are a dynamic, growing cooperative with more than 650 employees operating out of seven office locations. We are looking to add experienced staff to our Smart Grid Solutions (SGS) team to enhance and accelerate the development of those solutions for the benefit of our members.