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Communications Technician (Splicing)

  • Full Time
  • Idaho Falls, Idaho
  • $33.70 - $46.58 Hourly
  • Posting End Date: December 16, 2022

Website City of Idaho Falls

Wage or Salary:
$33.70 - $46.58 Hourly

The City of Idaho Falls is accepting applications for a Communications and Splicing Technician for Idaho Falls Power.  This position performs a variety of highly skilled technical tasks related to implementation, construction, installation, operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of the Idaho Falls Fiber’s optic network and general communication networks that are used for the day to day operation for the City of Idaho Falls.

**Open until filled**

Essential Functions:
Facilitates resolution of issues related to fiber system; coordinates inside and outside plant system solutions.

Install, operate and maintain fiber optic networks and associated equipment to include: installation, splicing and termination of fiber optic strands/cables. Utilize test equipment for troubleshooting, testing, and maintenance such as an Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR), Fusion Splicer, light source and power meters.

Install, operate and maintain defined computer networks and associated equipment such as: ONT’s, computers, routers, firewalls, IP switches, IP security cameras, and wireless network equipment.

Install, test and utilize a variety of software packages including: Windows Operating Systems, Arc View, Arc Info, Enghouse fiber management software, Microsoft operating programs (i.e.: Word, Excel, Outlook), as well as database tools. Trains and assists other Idaho Falls Fiber Personnel to use the same; maintains and updates splice documents.

Maintain fiber optic GIS database using fiber management software.

Maintains necessary information and documentation of assigned projects and tasks, appropriate records for parts, labor and other materials used according to job or project.

Outside Plant: Performs technical construction, operation and maintenance of the Fiber Optic Network and associated systems and networks.

Performs aerial construction which includes installation of fiber optic cable, messenger, fiber optic enclosure and storage loop.

Performs underground construction includes trenching, conduit installation, vault placement and cable pulling.

Operate and maintain the fiber optic network and associated equipment to include installation, splicing and connecting fiber optic strands/cables.

Troubleshoot, test and maintain fiber optic cables utilizing test equipment such as Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR), Fusion Splicer, light source and power meters.

Works collaboratively with other department staff to troubleshoot, repair and maintain all network communication systems.

Performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:
1. Education and Experience:

A. Graduation from high school; plus, two (2) years of specialized training or an associate degree directly related to electronics, computer science, computer networking or related field;  AND  B. Two (2) years experience as a Network Technician, fiber optic specialist or related field;  OR  C. An equivalent combination of education and experience.

2. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Fusion splicing and various fiber optic installation, maintenance and management operations; operation of light source and power meter devices; hazards associated with electronic equipment and devices; precautions necessary to insure safety of employee, equipment and the public; practices and procedures related to installation, maintenance and repair of SCADA, RTU, and other computer or network related equipment; terminology and nomenclature of the fiber optic field; fiber optic theory; principles, practices and trends in optics metering, maintenance, installation, and related work; safety regulations and work rules as they relate to the installation and repair of fiber optics and other related equipment; terminology of nomenclature of electrical field.

Skill in the use of computer and various specialized software applications. Proficient in the use of technical tools essential to installation, maintenance and repair of fiber optic equipment.

Ability to work independently with very little supervision on completing or directing the completion of critical tasks; develop effective working relationships with supervisors, subordinates, fellow employees, and the public; work in an environment where exposure to all weather conditions, would be expected in performance of job duties; work independently with very little supervision in completing or directing the completion of critical tasks; ability to complete precision work with small wires and discern coloring of small strands of fiber optic cable. Ability to accurately track and record work time to appropriate jobs.

3. Special Qualifications:

Must be or become CompTIA Network + Certified.
Must possess and maintain a valid Idaho Class “B” CDL or obtain within six months of employment.
May work under on-call situations which will require working outside normal business hours.
Must, within six (6) months of hire, live within 25 miles of Idaho Falls Power headquarters.
Must be able to pass and maintain “fit for duty” physical requirements that are defined for this position.
Must pass pre-employment drug test.

Work Environment:
This position performs duties either in a typical office setting with appropriate climate controls or in the field based on areas of assignment, or both as may be required. Tasks require variety of physical activities, generally involving muscular strain, related to walking, standing, stooping, sitting, reaching and lifting. May be required to perform arduous physical labor; bend, stoop, kneel and carry heavy loads of 75 lbs or more. Essential functions require talking, hearing and seeing. Common eye, hand, finger dexterity required. Mental application utilizes memory for details, verbal instructions, emotional stability, discriminating thinking and creative problem solving. Regular local travel required in normal course of job performance. Regular exposure to changing weather conditions and hazards common to electrical system.

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