Outside Plant Engineer – FTTH




Columbus, OH

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May 5, 2022
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Position Summary

Responsible for oversight of all new fiber activity on the network. This responsibility includes planning, engineering and installation of aerial and underground fiber optic facilities to support customer growth and network optimization. This individual will conduct site surveys, engineer the customer requested solution and manage installation activity. The Outside Plant Engineer will have a key role in cultivating Horizon’s relationships with local municipalities and utility agencies. A successful candidate will possess the ability to manage multiple projects against specific timelines. Individual must have strong organizational and communication skills necessary to identify project dependencies and complete deliverables throughout fiber construction lifecycle.

Essential Job Functions

Understand overall project contractual requirements, client expectations, resource availability, priorities and goals, risk management, and overall scope of work.

OSPE must have knowledge of aerial, buried, underground and building entrance design.

OSPE will support the design and engineering process by planning and preparing drawings for construction of new or rearrangement of existing fiber optic cables, and conduits to obtain optimum and economical utilization of communications facilities.

OSPE must be able to read and understand highway/road prints, be able to identify conflicts with existing outside plant facilities, and select routing required for work projects.

OSPE may be required to provide on-site construction inspection to ensure design specifications are met by the construction contractor. Further duties will include but are not limited to redlines, bore design, CAD, and make-ready analysis, field notes, pole survey, sonde conduit, locating, QC prints, butterfly drawings, and preparation of prints.

Familiar with project-based CAPEX budgeting concepts, management and forecasting.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Competent in industry standard fiber mapping tools: Google Earth, .KMZ file creation/modification and fiber inventory systems management i.e… OSPInsight. Mapcom, Network Express etc..

Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Ability to track, prioritize, and complete multiple projects simultaneously.

Problem solving and decision-making skills.

Analytical and research skills.

Ability to meet deadlines and work with others in a team environment.

Thorough knowledge of accepted telecommunication engineering practices.

Thorough knowledge of aerial and buried cable placement and splicing methods, copper and fiber.

Ability to travel locally, and overnight from time to time.


This section should include the minimum qualifications, training, or education needed to be considered for this position. Be sure to note each entry as “expected” or “preferred”.

Vocational Training and/or two-year technical college preferred.

Previous outside plant fiber Planning, Engineering and Installation expected

Previous Project Management experience preferred.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Horizon is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, mental or physical disabilities, military or veteran status or any other legally protected status. Equal access to programs, services, and employment is available to all persons. Those applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application and/or interview process should notify Horizon’s Department of Human Resources.

Physical Requirements (Choose one and delete remaining)

Light work: Light work involves lifting no more than 20 pounds at a time with frequent lifting or carrying of objects weighing up to 10 pounds. Even though the weight lifted may be very little, a job is in this category when it requires a good deal of walking or standing, or when it involves sitting most of the time with some pushing and pulling of arm or leg controls. To be considered capable of performing a full or wide range of light work, you must have the ability to do substantially all of these activities. If someone can do light work, we determine that he or she can also do sedentary work, unless there are additional limiting factors such as loss of fine dexterity or inability to sit for long periods of time.

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