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Outside Plant Construction Specialist I

Company: TDS Telecom
Location: Sheboygan
Posted on: May 20, 2023

Job Description:

Outside Plant Construction Specialist I

Job Locations

US-WI-West Bend - US-WI-Johnson Creek - US-WI-Brookfield - US-WI-New Berlin - US-WI-Sheboygan - US-WI-Fond du Lac - US-WI-Watertown




TDS Telecom

Pay Range

$66,400.00 - $107,900.00


In the Outside Plant Construction Specialist I role, you are responsible for coordinating, planning, and supervising outside plant field construction and splicing operations in multiple locations. 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 independently with representatives from network operations, associate managers, consultants, design engineers and construction contractors for TDS Telecom Network Services to ensure that the needs of the company are being met. You will be responsible for the implementation of fiber networks while conforming to existing TDS Outside Plant (OSP) guidelines and TDS OSP standards established for the Telecom Network Services. You are also expected to stay current with National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) and ensure our construction is always in compliance with NESC standards. Depending on the area, you may be required to assist in the engineering of the OSP projects. This involves, among other things, creating the labor, material, and overhead project estimates. As an Outside Plant Construction Specialist I, you are expected to oversee numerous construction projects, possibly located in multiple locations. You will continually monitor costs and job progress to ensure that construction projects are completed on time and within budget. You will also be responsible for ongoing communication with various governmental agencies to protect the TDS OSP network from being jeopardized by proposed road improvements and may be required to negotiate with municipalities or other utility companies from a network and a legal perspective for the purchase, lease and/or sale of inner ducts, fiber and/or complete fiber networks. This position has the ability to work out of a home office; however, candidates must be located in the state of Wisconsin. Frequent travel to throughout the state will be required. This position may be eligible for a sign-on bonus and/or relocation bonus! (Payout and retention terms apply.) This position can be hired at either an Outside Plant Construction Specialist (2023-21847) or Outside Plant Construction Specialist I (2023-21848) level depending on the skills and qualifications of the candidate. Different job postings exist for each of these positions. Please reference each job posting for the minimum qualifications required for each role and submit an application for each level that you are both interested and qualified for. The pay range listed for this position represents the low and high end of the base compensation range. The actual offer amount will carefully consider multiple factors, such as relevant skills, qualifications, work experience, location and/or competencies that align with the specified role. Certain positions are eligible for additional forms of compensation such as bonuses and equity awards. 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 to learn more. TDS provides communications services for more than 1,100 rural and suburban communities in the United States. The company employs more than 3,300 people nationwide and is a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (TDS Inc.), a Fortune 1000 company [NYSE: TDS]. Founded in 1969, Telephone and Data Systems provides wireless, broadband, video and voice; and hosted and managed services to approximately 6 million connections nationwide through its businesses: UScellular, TDS Telecom, and OneNeck IT Solutions. Visit for more information.


  • Responsible for the coordination 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. The successful candidate 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 NESC standards and current TDS OSP standards
  • Review all required reports from field personnel and contractor invoicing for accuracy. Manage construction projects by reviewing quality of work, clean up resolution, proper maintenance of project documentation and continual review of project progress
  • Ensure that the TDS OSP group complies with Sarbanes-Oxley guidelines and other departments such as Network Operations, Network Planning, Rights-of-Way and Contract Administration. This position requires the conducting of pre-staking, pre-bid and pre-construction meetings as required. The successful candidate must verify that proper right-of-way, easements, and permits are obtained and designs for proper cable sizing and facility routing.
  • Verify that all documentation required to complete projects successfully, including bid jobs, build orders, job start agreements, VMOPs and close out documentation is complete
  • Adapt quickly in an ever-changing environment to new GIS based construction tracking methods, new construction methods and rapidly changing architecture types.


    Required Qualifications
    • Associate Degree (or higher) -OR- 2+ years professional work experience
    • 3+ years experience in Voice, Data, or Video networking
    • Must have and maintain a valid driver's license, reliable transportation, and insuranceOther Qualifications
      • 3+ years' experience in OSP Construction and/or Engineering (fiber or copper or coax) -OR-related Utility/Municipal Construction and/or Engineering - OR - Construction Project Management, Utility Installation Technician, General Trades experience
      • Fiber optic implementation experience
      • Excellent leadership, customer relations and communications skills
      • Self-directed and ability to work independently
      • ESRI ArcGIS, AGOL, Spatial analysis or other GIS experience
      • Proficient working in a digital environment
      • Understanding of Telecommunications industry and principals
      • Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously
      • Project Management experience
      • Excellent written and oral communications skills
      • PC database, spreadsheet, and word processing skills
      • Working knowledge of NESC construction practices and engineering standards
      • Ability to work in a cooperative and courteous manner with diverse work groups
      • Understanding of Fiber to The Home (FTTH) design and construction techniques
      • Ability to read and understand FTTH construction printsBenefitsAssociates scheduled to work 20 or more hours per week have access to medical, dental, vision, life insurance, a 401(k) plan, and paid time off benefits such as vacation (15 days accrued per year for full-time; pro-rated for part-time associates working between 20-39 hours), sick leave (10 days accrued per year for full-time and pro-rated for all other associates), seven paid national holidays and one floating holiday, paid parental leave (2 weeks after 12 months of employment), among others. Short Term Disability and Long Term Disability coverage is also available for associates working 30 or more hours per week and Education Assistance is available to full-time associates. Associates scheduled to work under twenty hours per week or for a limited term (i.e. interns) are eligible for medical coverage, the 401(k) plan (if 18 or older), as well as sick leave (10 days accrued per year for full-time and pro-rated for all other associates). For more detail on the benefits we offer 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!

        Pay Range

        $66,400.00 - $107,900.00

Keywords: TDS Telecom, Sheboygan , Outside Plant Construction Specialist I, Professions , Sheboygan, Wisconsin

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