Outside Plant Engineering & Construction Specialist

TDS Telecom Minneapolis , MN 55415

Posted 2 months ago


In your role as an Outside Plant Engineering & Construction Specialist, you are expected to assist in the creation of OSP Design maps using GIS. You will have to understand numerous projects, possibly located in multiple locations and states. You will continually monitor design costs and monitor job progress to ensure that projects are completed on time and within budget. You will be responsible for continually working with various governmental agencies to protect the TDS OSP network from being jeopardized by permitting requirements or proposed road improvements. You may be required to negotiate with municipalities, other utility companies from a network and a legal perspective for the purchase, lease and/or sale of inner ducts, fiber and/or complete networks.

This position has the ability to work out of a home office; however, candidates must be located within a 50 miles radius of Minneapolis, MN. Travel to this market will be required.

This position may be eligible for a sign-on bonus and/or relocation! (Payout and retention terms apply.)

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Metrocom/TDS) is a leading provider of fiber internet service. With more than 50 years of experience, the growing communications company is building and deploying new, fiber optic networks in neighborhoods across the country to deliver up to 2 Gigabit internet speeds to homes and up to 10 Gigabit internet speeds to business. In addition, TDS provides innovative TV entertainment and advanced phone services. Visit tdsfiber.com to learn more.


  • Responsible for the design of OSP projects and/or supervision of consultants who are responsible for coordinating outside plant field construction and splicing operations in multiple locations and states.

  • Provide technical and strategic input in evaluating high level network design.

  • Provide technical support for special request projects such as, major road moves or potential on-net builds. You must work with Finance to ensure proper accounting of facilities placed and interact with the legal department to ensure that the company is not at risk in any asset transfers. If needed, assist in the engineering phase of the projects. This involves creating labor, material, and overheads project cost estimates.

  • Provide audits of OSP projects and coach consultants and/or contractors to ensure accuracy and consistency. The audits will ensure compliance with National Electrical Code standards and current TDS OSP standards.

  • Review all required reports from field personnel and contractor invoicing for accuracy. Manage projects by reviewing quality of work, clean up resolution, proper maintenance of project documentation and continual review of project progress.

  • Verify that all documentation required to complete projects successfully, including Bid Jobs, Build orders, Job Start Agreements, VMOP's, and close out documentation is complete.

  • Create and perform analysis on network designs for the OSP teams utilizing GIS tools and extensions. Provide the data back for the OSP teams to use in strategic decisions, AD's, and HLDROM's.

  • Create processes and tool for mobile use of GIS for data collection and consumption.

  • Provide technical leadership in evaluating current GIS products being offered on the market and provides recommendations for upgrades and changes in methods of practices for TDS. Includes application upgrades and data sources.


Required Qualifications

  • Associate degree (or higher) -OR- 2+ years professional work experience.

  • 2+ years experience in Voice, Data, or Video networking.

  • Must have and maintain a valid driver's license, reliable transportation and insurance.

Other Qualifications

  • GIS experience

  • ESRI ArcGIS experience

  • Spatial analysis experience

  • Experience in Telephony or related fields

  • Excellent leadership, customer relations, and communication skills

  • Thorough understanding of Telecommunications industry and principles

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • PC database, spreadsheet, and word processing skills

  • Advanced working knowledge of NESC construction practices and engineering standards

  • Ability to work in a cooperative and courteous manner with diverse work groups

  • Ability to read and assess fiber and/or HFC designs and prints


As a part of your total compensation, #TDS provides a comprehensive, competitive benefit package. This benefit plan addresses both the immediate and long-term needs that you and your family may have. For an overview of what we have to offer for full-time employees including vacation, health benefits, and retirement options, please click here.

At TDS, we embrace Equal Employment Opportunity by valuing our differences and consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran or any other status protected by law. To learn about our diversity & inclusion philosophy and culture, click here!

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Outside Plant Engineering & Construction Specialist

TDS Telecom