Sterling, VA
+ (703) 376-3700

Fiber Design Engineer

Fiber Design Engineer

Role and Responsibilities

The Fiber Design Engineer is tasked with designing the fiber optic network in
accordance with industry, corporate and customer standards. The Fiber Design
Engineer is responsible for the following task:

  • Attend kick-off meetings if new backbone, lateral, and/or riser fiber is required
  • Review sales engineering design and determine backbone fiber route
  • Develop, read, and manage fiber splice documents, including fiber splice diagrams, OTDR, and Power Meter readings
  • Fiber Engineering responsible for all backbone splicing & end/end testing
  • Obtain Quote/Bids from contractors for all backbone splicing & end/end testing
  • Manage vendors/contractors during splicing & testing of circuits
  • Submit all necessary Change management notifications and adhere to field activity policies and guidelines

Fiber Splicing and Network Capacity Monitoring

  • Review weekly schedules of upcoming splice locations to determine common splice locations that can be combined to avoid multiple visits to same enclosure in the same week
  • Submit and update all necessary Change Management notifications adhering to all network activity policies
  • Review capacity reports and plan network augments on high utilization fiber routes
  • Participate in Network Planning meetings

Emergency Response

Fiber Design Engineers are responsible for all emergency and trouble responses. All engineers participate in On-Call. On-Call is handled and assigned monthly.

  • Respond immediately to all incidents and/or trouble tickets related to a problem or an emergency identified to be in the physical fiber infrastructure
  • Work jointly with the NOC, and Operations to mobilize necessary repair crews to isolate and restore any fiber outages
  • Upon completion of repair, review all pertinent information and documentation of any allocation changes as a result of the repair


  • Ability to understand mapping programs and key identifiers in a fiber optic network
  • Ability to read and understand Engineering construction/redline prints
  • Ability to read and understand Power Meter and OTDR reports
  • Operate an OTDR, light source, and power meter
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational and communications skills
  • Proficient w/PC’s, Microsoft Office Applications
  • Familiar with ArcGIS
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office products
  • Prefer 3+ years in the telecom industry
  • Proficient with OTDR/Power Meter
  • Ability to design and understand fiber networks


  • PTO
  • Medical/Dental/Vision insurance
  • Annual holidays
  • 401K plan with company match