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Network Specialist - OSP Engineering (GIS) & Construction

TDS Telecom Madison, WI

  • Employment Type Other
  • Network Specialist - OSP Engineering (GIS) & Construction
    Job LocationsUS-WI-Madison | US-WI-Appleton | US-WI-New Berlin | US-WI-Elkhorn | US-WI-Waterford
    ID2019-14175CompanyTDS Telecom
  • Overview

    TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) delivers high-speed internet, TV entertainment, and phone services to nearly 900 rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities across the U.S. With more than 1.2 million connections, TDS is one of the fastest growing technology companies in the United States. Powered by fiber-optics and new industry-leading technologies, TDS delivers up to 1 Gigabit internet speeds and offers internet-protocol based TV entertainment solutions along with traditional phone services. TDS also offers businesses VoIP advanced communications solutions, dedicated internet service, data networking, and hosted-managed services. Visit


    TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., employs nearly 2,700 people and is a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 1000® company. Founded in 1969, TDS Inc. employs 9,400 people and has approximately six million connections nationwide through its businesses U.S. Cellular, TDS Telecom, OneNeck IT Solutions LLC, and TDS Broadband Service. TDS Inc. has been named to several Forbes lists, including America's Best Employers for Diversity, Best Large Employers, and Best Employers for Women. Visit


    As a Network Specialist - OSP Engineering (GIS) & Construction, you will be responsible for the GIS mapping aspect of the Outside Plant Engineering team. Depending upon workload you may be required to supervise Consulting resources in the engineering and/or construction phase of the projects. You are expected to work closely with representatives from Network Services as well as Network Operations, associate managers, consultants, design engineers and construction contractors for TDS to ensure that the needs of the company are being met. You will be responsible for the implementation of fiber and HFC networks while conforming to existing TDS outside Plant (OSP) guidelines and TDS OSP standards established for the CATV operations. You are expected to stay current with NESC codes and ensure our construction at all times is in NESC compliance.


    As a Network Specialist - OSP Engineering (GIS) & Construction, 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 are also 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.


    You will have an emphasis on Commercial and MDU/MTU properties, working closely with our sales organization as well as Field Services. You will also have an emphasis on ROW, Easement and Pole Attachments and will interact with members of Net Ops Compliance as well as working with communities on their permit ordinances.


    *TDS can hire as a Network Specialist, Network Specialist I, or Network Specialist II based on relevant experience, skill set, and business needs.  

    • 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 support for special request projects such as, major road moves or potential on-net builds. He/she 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 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.
    • Partner with Reginal OSP Engineering (OSPE) members on engineering of network builds with in GIS.
    • Assist in training OSPE members on the use, functions and tools with in GIS
    • Review data for impacts to builds (eg: Roadmoves)
    • Create processes and tools 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 practice for TDS. Includes application upgrades and data sources

    Required Qualifications


    Network Specialist

    • Associate Degree (or higher) –OR– 2+ years professional work experience
    • 2+ years experience in Voice/Data/Video networking.
    • Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation and insurance.

    Network Specialist I

    • Associate Degree (or higher) –OR– 2+ years professional work experience
    • 3+ years experience in Voice/Data/Video networking.
    • Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation and insurance.

    Network Specialist II

    • Bachelor’s degree (or higher) –OR– 4+ years professional work experience
    • 4+ years experience in Voice/Data/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 communications skills
    • Thorough Understanding of Telecommunications industry and principals.
    • Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously.
    • Excellent written and oral communications 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. The benefit plans address 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.

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    TDS Telecom


    Madison, WI
    Posted: 9 days ago