Outside Plant (OSP) Project Engineer

Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Posted on: February 26, 2024


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Competitive salary available based on qualifications, experience and education of the selected candidate.




Information and Technology Services (ITS) at the University of Michigan has an exciting opportunity for an Outside Plant Project Engineer.    

This position is responsible for the completion of assigned complex or long-term engineering projects within budgetary and scheduling guidelines utilizing expert technical proficiency in IT Infrastructure technologies.  Contributes to support and analysis work that has a broad impact on the organization.  Collaborates with team members and provides consultation to other technical teams to develop, design, implement, and continuously improve IT Infrastructure systems. Engages in project implementation and problem resolution, including troubleshooting of IT Infrastructure, installation and upgrades of products and systems, ensuring integrity and appropriate use of technologies.  Participates in the strategic planning and setting of technical direction for the department.  


Who We Are


Information and Technology Services (ITS) supports U-M faculty, researchers, staff, and students in their use of technology to teach, learn, research, and work, and be leaders in their fields. We are dedicated to creating cohesive digital experiences and promoting university wide innovations. ITS's mission is to be trusted enablers of technology for the U-M community. ITS works together to provide cohesive digital experiences and seamless support to the U-M community. For more information about ITS, visit: https://its.umich.edu/about.




*Leads engineers, designers, construction managers, and customers through the OSP (Outside Plant) phases of telecommunications construction projects.  Creates the design, bill-of-material, project costs, drawings, documentation, and configuration specifications for OSP Facility implementation.  

*Assists in the development of implementation plans and timelines, provides status reports, and exchanges relevant information with management and technical teams.  Provides accurate time estimates for tasks, identifies impacted teams, and notifies co-workers and management of potential risks and issues to identify and implement resolutions.  Provides project budget estimates.

*Approves project outcomes including contractor work; test results; and payment for work.  May develop RFPs (requests for proposal), reviews bid and consults on bidder selection.  

*Collaborates with and gathers technical requirements with cross-functional teams.  In collaboration with team members, designates OSP (Outside Plant) fiber and copper assignments, OSP IT Infrastructure design requirements (including manhole and duct requirements), Building Entrance penetrations, installation of OSP facilities into the BDF (Building Distribution Frame), splicing, termination, and testing of OSP facilities using established guidelines and customer requirements.  

*Prepares and publishes detailed documents for OSP facilities that include required routes, circuit/pair assignments, completed as-built documentation, and associated CAD details.  Develops, documents, and presents procedural documentation for the team and other technical staff.  

*Performs analysis of IT Infrastructure facility concerns by investigating, analyzing, and resolving problems, poor performance, and error conditions due to field requirements, changes in design, or other obstacles, and works closely with impacted departments to resolve issues.  Provides support, as required, for facility installation concerns and IT Infrastructure certifications.

*Assumes a lead role in providing technical consulting to project managers and customers to ensure optimal IT Infrastructure design and deployment strategies. Participates in strategic planning and setting of technical direction.  Conducts research to support recommendations of new products and services.  Collaborates with cross-functional teams and advises on new products/services.

*Stays current with relevant advances in IT Infrastructure technologies.  This could include on-the-job training, attending technical courses or conferences, reading, research, and testing.  Provides mentoring to staff


Required Qualifications*


  • Associate degree in electrical engineering, or a related field and/or equivalent combination of telecommunication/IT Infrastructure education, certification and experience 
  • Current BICSI RCDD Certification
  • Minimum of four years of experience in a related role requiring confidentiality, timeliness, customer service, organization, prioritization, troubleshooting, and working independently to successfully assist customers.
  • Minimum of 4 years of related experience in telecommunications system design, IT Infrastructure system infrastructure on currently utilized technology.  
  • Experience in the design of twisted pair, fiber optic, coaxial cable systems as related to Outside Plant Facilities, customer premise, and structured cabling systems. 
  • Ability to achieve further BICSI and other industry certifications. 
  • Demonstrated experience determining project objectives and requirements, anticipating and solving problems, and developing standards and guidelines.
  • Proficient with word processing, spreadsheet, and collaboration applications.
  • Knowledge of TIA/EIA (Telecommunication Industry Association/Electronic Industries Alliance) standards and practices.
  • Proven ability to lead project teams to meet customer expectations.  


Desired Qualifications*


  • Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering or related field. 6-10 years of experience in structured cabling engineering and design. 
  • BICSI RTPM or OSP Certification in addition to RCDD Certification. 
  • Experience on large engineering and construction projects to include responsibility for scheduling and budget.