OSP Engineering Staff I, II & III

Department: Outside Plant

Reports To: VP - Outside Plant or Director – Outside Plant

FLSA Status: N/A

General Summary

This position exists to effectively initiate, plan, execute, control and close projects assigned. This position exists to ensure the proper oversight and management of all aspects of assigned projects including integration, scope, time, cost, quality, staff resources, communications, risk and procurement while maintaining quality standards, controlling expenses, and following company policies and practices.

OSP Engineering and/or ISP Engineering experience a plus.  Strong MS Excel skills and ability to facilitate and work with very large data tracking tools, MS Project experience is desired.   Must have strong client management and interface skills (documentation and in person).  Will interact with client management, contractor management and FARR management and staff.  

Essential Job Functions

  • Works with client(s), FARR staff and resources to develop project scope of work documents and project plans that include an analysis of benefit, cost, work schedule, and any related risks. Serve as the primary contact for all project related matters. Project Manager manages project from initiation to close.

  • Reviews and monitors project work to ensure that progress is within expected guidelines and is completed on time and within budget.

  • Identifies, tracks, monitors, and communicates project–related issues, scope changes, variances and contingencies that may arise during the implementation of projects. Facilitates solutions with the appropriate stakeholder(s).

  • Follows defined PMO processes, procedures, & guidelines and proficiency with standardized project management tools.

  • Responsible for project communications and collaboration with clients, senior management, project team members and stakeholders on an ongoing basis

  • Manage project update meetings both internal and external, publish meeting minutes and track completion of open items.

  • Prepares project reports for management, clients, and others as requested including creating ad-hoc reports and regularly scheduled project reports identifying trends and issues for management action

  • Prepares drawings and layouts for engineering, commercial and office project using CAD software.

  • Prepares detailed construction sheets, maps, and other related specification sheets for use in the planning, construction and/or installation of telecommunications equipment.

  • Prepares as built drawings and files for use in ongoing OSP operations. 

  • Drafts equipment wiring diagrams, schematics and other equipment layout designs as requested.

  • Oversees inspection activities for construction, aerial, buried, and right-of-way crew work to ensure construction jobs are completed in a timely and accurate manner and in compliance with project plans and specifications.

  • Creates staking sheets during pre-construction design activities.

  • While in field on inspection and/or staking activities, communicates corrective action items to Resident or OSP supervisor.

  • Performs all other related duties as assigned by management.

  • Ability to travel as necessary to assigned locations up to 50% of the time.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of CAD principles and practices.

  • Engineering Staff 2 and 3 - Knowledge of Rural Utilities Services (RUS) practices and procedures.

  • Engineering Staff 2 and 3 - Ability to organize and prioritize multiple client/project assignments.

  • Engineering Staff 2 and 3 – Knowledge of both aerial and buried construction processes and procedures.

  • Engineering Staff 2 and 3 –  Manage client expectations, anticipates operational and tactical risks and tracks them.

  • Engineering Staff 2 and 3 –  Resolve all tactical project issues and escalate only strategic or emergency issues to FARR management.

  • Engineering Staff 2 and 3 - Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.

  • Obtain client approvals on all expected deliverables - project plan, change requests, architecture document, acceptance documents, etc. 

  • Clarify, identify, and track requirements and issues, remove barriers, resolve minor project issues and escalate to immediate manager where required. 

  • Knowledge of state and federal safety regulations for inspection and staking activities.

  • Knowledge of company products and services.

  • Knowledge of company policies and procedures.

  • Skill in operating various office equipment such as personal computer, various software programs, and telephone systems.

  • Microsoft Office Suite – Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Visio, Publisher

  • Microsoft Outlook

  • Skill in oral and written communication.

  • Skill in reading and interpreting technical documents and forms including work orders, staking sheets, schematics and circuit diagrams.

  • Ability to communicate with customers, co-workers, and various business contacts in a professional and courteous manner.

  • Ability to organize and prioritize multiple work assignments.

  • Ability to pay close attention to detail.

  • Ability to utilize GIS, CAD and Facilities Management software.  Sample software (not limited to) includes:

    • AutoCAD

    • ESRI

    • Innovative Systems eLation

    • Google Earth

  • Ability to work independently.

  • Ability to make sound decisions using information at hand.

  • Ability to effectively function as a team player.

  • Ability and willingness to travel at least 50% of the time.

  • Possess a valid driver’s license, automobile insurance and reliable vehicle.

Education and Experience

  • Engineering Staff 1

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college or a high school diploma/GED with at least 4 years of experience in an engineering or project management position

    Engineering Staff 2

    • At least 2 additional years of experience in a technical project management or engineering role

    • At least 2 years of project management experience working in a lead capacity implementing projects in a field environment

  • Engineering Staff 3

    • At least 4 additional years of experience in a technical project management or engineering role

    • At least 4 additional years of project management experience working in a lead capacity implementing projects in a field environment

Working Conditions

This factor measures the surroundings or physical conditions under which a job must be done and the extent to which those conditions make the job disagreeable. Consider the presence and relative amount of exposure to dust, dirt, heat, fumes, contaminants, cold, noise, vibration, wetness, etc.

Normal working conditions for office work.  Field work will be required.  During field work, somewhat disagreeable working conditions due to the continuous exposure to one or more of the elements listed above. Exposed to one element continuously or several elements occasionally, but usually not at the same time.