Position:  OSP Engineer
Location:  Chantilly, VA
Job Id:  176
# of Openings:  1

Job Purpose:

The OSP Engineer creates project designs, estimates costs, identifies appropriate materials and equipment, creates drawings, and estimates project timelines, for the placement of fiber optic cables, poles, conduit, transmission equipment and associated electronics. The OSP Engineer creates designs based on current and past network architectures including, REA, FRD, CSA, FITL, FTTN, FTTP, COP, VRAD, F2, Light Speed and others. The OSP project designs must conform to NEC, TIA, Telecordia, Company, current Telecom, and local, national regulations, specifications and guidelines. The OSP Engineer should be proficient in conduit, manhole, hand hole, underground, submarine, buried and aerial construction methods.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Under general supervision, performs field engineering of proposed projects in order to provide optimum routing alternatives ensuring the most cost-effective designs are developed for construction projects.
  • Provides suggested cable routings, drop/house/unit count and proposed/actual pedestal locations and other topographical data intended to afford design personnel the optimum opportunity to design the most effective plant placement.
  • Provides field investigation of construction projects both aerial and underground construction.
  • Provides Auto Cad or hand drawn drawings depicting pickup locations and proposed routings.
  • Provides Post-wire drawings of commercial/MDU construction.

Provides estimated costs to provide services to projects.

  • Meet with appropriate agencies to secure right-of-way agreements and easements for the placement of telecommunications facilities required to complete construction.
  • Attends on sight meetings with appropriate stake holders to explain construction procedures and cable routing, as necessary.
  • Perform field verifications of existing plant in order to provide accurate pick up points for new development and commercial plant extensions.
  • Attend departmental meetings to understand and address the goals of the organization.
  • Gather street addresses and unit count information for database additions/corrections as required.
  • Coordinates with in-house project coordinators, maintenance technicians and permit engineers as required to engineer plant extensions correctly and reflect current plant powering changes.
  • Performs accurate drafting of field engineering with all footages verified and necessary construction notes illustrated.
  • Coordinates with commercial designer to assure field engineering is reflected accurately and designed accordingly. Reviews project cost data for after-the-fact projects to assure accuracy.
  • Researches system plant maps to determine system extension effects on surrounding cable plant and node placement sizing.
  • Performs small system preliminary extension design for high priority projects when necessary.
  • Coordinates with company contractors as needed to verify existing conduits and plant.


  • Requires a minimum of three (3) to five (5) years fielding/engineering experience in the telecommunications industry.
  • High school diploma or GED; some college preferred.

- Valid local driver’s license with good DMV record.
- Requires ability to function independent of a supervisor.
- Basic word-processing software and record keeping skills.

  • Adaptable computer skills and ability to research online information from various sources.
  • Willing to learn new technologies.

- College level courses in AutoCAD drafting/CATV design desired.

Working Conditions:

  • Outdoors and office with work hours dependent on the needs of the project.

Physical Requirements:

  • Walking routes, driving, travel as needed to get to the project.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $26.00 to $30.00 /hour

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