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Grant PUD Senior Telecommunications Engineer in Ephrata, Washington


Closing Date to Apply : Open Until Filled

Salary: $88,483.20 to $142,459.20

Typically, selected candidates are hired at a salary rate between the minimum and midpoint of the range.

Benefits : This link below will provide you with Grant PUD’s benefit that may be available if hired, different employee types are eligible for different benefits.

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Grant County PUD is a drug free workplace. A pre-employment drug screen and background check will be administered as part of the hiring process.

Under general supervision, this position leads and/or supports all aspects of the communications infrastructure, systems, and services lifecycle at Grant PUD including vision, architecture, design, sourcing, implementation and ongoing support. This role has key responsibilities for ensuring secure, resilient and cost-effective operation of fiber optic and IP communication systems, including the open access broadband fiber infrastructure and services, IP voice network, business wired and wireless networks, mobile data, SCADA, SONET, MPLS, etc.

Job Responsibilities

Essential Functions : -- Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class; employees may be assigned duties which are not listed below; reasonable accommodations will be made as required. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement and is subject to change at any time by the employer. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Designs, implements and supports various systems across the utility and departments including IP phones, IP network, SONET, MPLS, and video conferencing systems; provides technical support for EMS and IP SCADA networks, broadband fiber optic system, and other telecom engineering stakeholders.

Researches the telecommunications needs of the utility, recommends potential solutions, and architects the design and implementation of complex telecommunication systems; solicits bids for project work and equipment, writes bid documents, and ensures the telecommunication services satisfy the needs of the utility; provides engineering support to both the wholesale fiber network and the utility telecommunications network.

Ensure telecommunications services, systems, components, processes and procedures comply with and are aligned to policies, standards and enterprise technology direction. Understands, develops and maintains controls and processes in alignment with NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) regulatory guidance; accountable for performing work as required to achieve and maintain applicable regulatory compliance.

Provides training and education regarding complex telecommunications systems; consults with necessary stakeholders and management to understand needs; orders telecom services as needed; communicates frequently and effectively with stakeholders and consistently seeks to deliver high quality telecommunications solutions.

Maintains accurate records within the telecommunications and fiber optic department to facilitate accurate cost allocations and correct budget spending; manages the policies, procedures and documents regarding telecommunication data and voice systems; may be responsible for maintaining records of FCC licenses.

Provides on-call support - after hours / weekends as required.

Works with various company planning groups and various associations on defining telecommunication needs within the parameters of the Grant PUD’s strategic vision and plan; collaborates with other groups to ensure the work of the PUD is enabled and not hindered by telecommunication pitfalls.

Demonstrated commitment to Grant PUD’s mission, vision, values, and strategic plan. The incumbent should be familiar with these organizational priorities and behave in a way that aligns with these expectations.

Understand and adhere to compliance requirements for this position that may include laws, regulations, security guidelines, Grant PUD policies & procedures.

Actively participate in all aspects of our safety program, including but not limited to:

  • Following all safety policies and procedures;

  • Alerting supervisors and coworkers to unsafe or hazardous working conditions;

  • Reporting any safety incidents or close calls within 24 hours to your supervisor; and

  • Accepting feedback from supervisors and coworkers regarding your own safety performance.

Job Requirements

Educational Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in Information technology, electrical engineering, telecommunications, computer science or related field. 5+ years of fiber optic and telecommunications engineering required. Technical telecommunications and security certifications highly desired (e.g., CompTIA Network+, Cisco CCNA, CCNP, CCIE, CCDE, CompTIA Security+, CISSP, etc.).

Knowledge and Skills

Knowledge of – All OSI Model layers, TCP/IP and related services (e.g., DNS, DHCP, etc.), Cisco hierarchical internetworking model, communications protocols and standards; working knowledge of SCADA, SONET, IP routing and switching, MPLS, multicast, OSPF, EIGRP, modem, radio systems and fiber optics (e.g., DWDM), PON; fiber optic construction standards and practices; project management; security protocols and procedures; general knowledge of personal computer hardware and operating systems; change control process, configuration management, deployment automation, ITIL.

Skill in – IP network architecture, design, deployment, management and troubleshooting, requirements development, network documentation, specification and model development, software and hardware life-cycle management, product evaluation and selection, NERC CIP Compliance, NOC setup and operations, monitoring system setup and operations; analyzing and solving problems logically and conceptually; personal computer and general office equipment; interpersonal skills including clear and concise communication both in writing and verbally.

Special Requirements

A valid State driver’s license is required. Occasional travel to other District locations required.

Physical Requirements

Majority of work is performed in a standard office setting.

*applicant/incumbent should refer to the Physical Capacity Evaluation (PCE).

The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions for this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas.