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Cleco Telecommunications Engineer in Bunkie, Louisiana

Depending on the volume of applications, this position may close to external applicants before the job posting end date expires.

Becoming the leading energy company in Louisiana - helping our people and state thrive - means being mindful of the larger opportunities and evolving needs of all those we serve. So today at Cleco, we’re working from a view that starts behind the lines. Where we can see the full picture of possibilities and technologies. To line up our customers and communities with systems and services that power the good life today. And better lives tomorrow. We’ve always believed that electricity is something more than just electrons. To us, it’s the fuel for more productive days and work. The current that brings all of us closer together. The conduit that connects Louisiana’s present to Louisiana’s future.

The Telecommunications Engineer is responsible for providing engineering services to develop new and maintain existing communication systems for Cleco. Defining and delivering products and services that meet customer needs by selecting the best possible approaches available within established systems.


  • Prepare equipment and service specifications

  • Prepare drawings for equipment field installations

  • Maintain telecommunications equipment, databases, industry standards and FCC Compliance.

  • Create models for new RF systems to determine, power margin, dish size, frequency requirement, viability of the hop, etc.

  • Maintain and design requirements and equipment related to the Cleco Microwave system (Nokia Alcatel)

  • Prepare and submit budgets for capital and O&M projects as well as track project expenditures on equipment and contractors.

  • Manage network devices related to the Field area networks, devices ranging from radios, switches, routers, wireless and access points.

  • Work to ensure that project change and work approvals are all verified through Cleco’s change advisory board

  • Manage complexity of projects and make necessary informed decisions about project modifications to align with organizational goals

  • Plan, execute, and manage two-way radio, microwave, and wireless projects

  • Understand network requirements and configurations in order to design and maintain field networks

  • Work without supervision and provide technical guidance when required on interpreting and applying knowledge of laws, regulations and policies in area of expertise

  • Have an in-depth understanding of RF propagation properties and characteristics of the entire RF bandwidth

Behavioral Competencies:

  • Decision quality - Making good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward. Uses data to drive decision making.

  • Directs work - Providing direction, delegating, and removing obstacles to get work done.

  • Drives results - Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances.

  • Manages ambiguity - Operating effectively, even when things are not certain, or the way forward is not clear.

  • Plans and aligns - Planning and prioritizing work to meet commitments aligned with organizational goals.

  • Tech savvy - Anticipating and adopting innovations in business-building digital and technology applications.

  • Safety - Demonstrates responsibility and accountability to work safely. Proactively takes the initiative to identify existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working condition which are hazardous. Takes prompt corrective measure to eliminate and or mitigate them.

Technical Competencies:

  • Must be familiar with Wireless technologies, ranging from 6Ghz Microwave to 2.4Ghz wireless.

  • Must have basic networks competencies and experience with industry standard networking protocols and technologies (OSPF, BGP, Spanning Tree, and VLANs).

  • Experience with multiple Medium types for communications (IE: Fiber optic, Copper, Wireless, TDM)

  • Familiarity with Tower Structure standards per ANSI/TIA-222-B thru ANSI/TIA-222-G,

  • IBC and ASCE 7. Tower loading requirements and other dependencies based on the relevant standard.

  • Computer skills - Applies understanding and effective use of standard office equipment and standard software packages.

  • Analytical processes - Provides technical guidance when required on supporting research schedules using appropriate analytical processes and procedures.

  • Compliance - Works to achieve full compliance with applicable rules and regulations in management and/or operations.

  • Project and Change Management - Works to select, deploy and get the best results from the most appropriate office system.

  • Risk Management - Identifies, assesses, prioritizes and manages risks in a production process without supervision and provides technical guidance when required.

  • Network/IT security - Works without supervision and provides technical guidance when required on maintaining the security, integrity, compliance and continuity of IT systems and services.

Education / Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, preferred Telecommunications Engineering.

  • Experience preferred in microwave radio systems, ancillary systems, path engineering, and data networking concepts and technologies.

  • Experience preferred in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Vizio, and Path Loss microwave engineering software

Cleco is a privately owned regional energy holding company with two primary businesses. Cleco Power, our regulated electric utility business, owns ten generating assets with a total nameplate capacity of 3,357 megawatts and serves approximately 290,000 customers in Louisiana through its retail business and supplies wholesale power in Louisiana and Mississippi. Cleco Cajun, our unregulated electric utility business, owns eight generating assets with a total nameplate capacity of 3,555 megawatts and contracts that serve nine Louisiana cooperatives, five wholesale municipal customers and one electric utility.

In business since 1935, Cleco has deep roots. For more than 85 years, Cleco has kept pace with the ever-changing energy industry to serve its customers. Our corporate office is in Pineville, La. We have offices and 1,500 employees across the state near major cities like New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Shreveport. If you like great music, food and nature, with a dash of eccentricity, then Louisiana is a good place to call home.