First Energy Corp. Fiber Networks Specialist - Akron, OH in Akron, Ohio

Fiber Networks Specialist - Akron, OH

Location: Akron, OH, US, 44320

Job Function: Information Technology

Employee Type: Reg Full Time (FT)

Requisition ID: 4431

FirstEnergy at a Glance

FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) is dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, FirstEnergy includes one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric systems, more than 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, and a diverse generating fleet with a total capacity of nearly 17,000 megawatts.

About the Opportunity

This is an open position with FirstEnergy Service Corp, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. [SC00]

The Fiber Network Specialist will be a member of the FirstEnergy IT Fiber Construction Team responsible for new fiber installations and the management of the FirstEnergy fiber network that support FirstEnergy’s ten local electric distribution companies that span five states. The FirstEnergy IT Fiber Team provides mission critical fiber monitoring and maintenance support that is required for the proper operation of the FirstEnergy electrical network.

The Fiber Network Specialist position will work with management, engineering and field personnel within IT and other FirstEnergy Departments. On a daily basis, they will also work closely with a wide range of fiber contractors and sub-contractors.

The Fiber Network Specialist will work with Senior Team members and will be assigned tasks by and will be directed by the Fiber Team’s Senior staff members.

The long-term goal will be for the new Fiber Network Specialist to be assigned individual fiber projects that they will lead and coordinate.

Principal Tasks and Accountabilities

  • Support and manage the FirstEnergy Fiber Optic Network and projects.

  • Follow established IT Operations and network processes.

  • Championing safe work practices for FirstEnergy employees and contractors in accordance with Corporate, OSHA and other industry practices.

  • Work closely with other FirstEnergy departments, contractors and subcontractors to develop project requirements, costs and schedule.

  • Develop business cases for new projects

  • Field site visits in support of projects, maintenance, or relocations (as necessary).

  • Design fiber solutions that are scalable, reliable, and cost effective.

  • Ensure FirstEnergy and contractor documentation is complete and up to date.

  • Coordinate of fiber optic events within the FirstEnergy Change Management process.

Position Requirement

  • Minimum of two (2) years of direct outside fiber experience .

  • Will have worked withinoneof the following:

  • Electric distribution or transmission industry.

  • Fiber engineering or design contractor.

  • Fiber installation or maintenance company.

  • Cable service provider.

  • General management of fiber networks

  • Design, installation, maintenance or support of ADSS and OPGW outside fiber networks

  • Experience with drawing and document storage tools (AutoCAD, Visio, Filenet, Excel, etc.)

  • Knowledge of mapping programs used for documentation of fiber optic cable routes.

  • Proven skills in utilizing construction drawings and documents.

  • Optical network troubleshooting skills.

  • Demonstrated small job project coordination or management.

  • In addition to the above requirements, it’s preferred that candidates have ADSS and OPGW fiber plant experience in three or more of the following areas:

  • ADSS and OPGW cable and suspension hardware installation and maintenance practices.

  • Experience in the proper practices for fusion splicing and terminations of MMF and SMF cables in outdoor splice cases and on Fiber Distribution Panels.

  • Optical networks trouble resolution skills.

  • Familiarity with optical network transport technologies.

  • Experience with managing right of way and permit issues.

  • General knowledge of OSHA, NESC, and other standards required for installation of fiber in the power space.

  • Understanding of underground locating requirements and services.

Education and Training

  • Bachelor or Associate Degree in Telecommunications, Engineering, or Electronics Technology or appropriate on-the-job experience.

Benefits, Compensation & Workforce Diversity

At FirstEnergy, employees are key to our success. We depend on their talents to meet the challenges of our changing business environment. We are committed to rewarding individual and team efforts through our total rewards philosophy which includes competitive pay plus incentive compensation, a company-sponsored pension plan, 401(k) savings plan with matching employer contribution, a choice of medical, prescription drug, dental, vision, and life insurance programs, as well as skills development training with tuition reimbursement. Please visit our website at to learn more about all of our employee rewards programs. FirstEnergy proudly supports workforce diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. No recruiters or agencies without a previously signed contract. Unable to sponsor or transfer H-1B visas at this time.


Safety is a core value for FirstEnergy and is essential to all of our business activities. We ensure employees have the tools, information, and processes to perform their duties in a manner that assures safety for themselves, their co-workers, our customers and the public. Our goals are to provide a safe work environment, to maintain an accident-free, injury-free workplace, and to promote and maintain public safety. To meet these goals, we dedicate ourselves to achieving world-class safety standards.

Position Classification


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Nearest Secondary Market: Cleveland

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