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City of Tacoma WA Telecommunications Engineer in Tacoma, Washington

Position Description

Tacoma Power is seeking an experienced Telecommunications Engineer. The Telecommunications Engineer provides engineering oversight for telecommunications and transport networking infrastructure supporting the mission-critical operations of the Utility including the organization's main campus as well as remote Power, Water and Rail facilities. This position performs a variety of engineering activities to ensure availability, performance and resiliency of infrastructure related to network transport systems, and takes primary responsibility for the planning of future system enhancements to meet changing business needs.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Continuously evaluates business requirements, perform needs assessments
  • Develops and present solutions through preliminary designs, business cases and budget estimates for new technology or network and communications system upgrades that meet customer requirements and high-reliability Utility standards while complying with applicable NERC Standards and FCC rules
  • Develop project plans; prepare equipment procurement requirements and budget estimates; ensure budgets are industry appropriate and are within project scope
  • Coordinate with vendors, technical personnel and TPU Customers/stakeholders during project development and implementation
  • Procure equipment and services from vendors' initiate contact with vendors; evaluate bids; create required purchasing documents; receive shipments; validate received equipment or services are correct and meet customer project requirements and standards
  • Ensure assets recorded through established asset management processes
  • Manage project implementation, installation and testing per project plans; ensure installations and operations meeting both NERC and FCC rules, network architecture best practices, and high reliability Utility standards.
  • Coordinate with vendors, Technical personnel and TPU Customers/stakeholders during project development and implementation
  • Validate completed projects meet customer project requirements; create and validate project documentation; create and/or provide training to customers; maintain professional relationships with other Utilities, telecommunications engineers, General Government and County agencies
  • Continuously reviews and evaluates TPU's telecommunications transport network architecture in relation to new service request, procedures, standards ,and/or developments in industry methods and emerging technology
  • Play an active role in Tacoma Power's NERC Compliance Program supporting the development, periodic review, and update of applicable standards, processes and procedures Qualifications

Four-year degree from an accredited college or university in electrical engineering, electronics, software programing, broadband network design, or related telecommunications degree


Five years' employment experience in broadband services networking.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Nokia and/or Cisco networking certifications
  • Experience in design, implementation, operation and maintenance of various telecommunications systems
  • Working knowledge of MPLS architecture (to include VPWS, VPLS and VPRN) and supporting protocols
  • Working knowledge of precise network synchronization (TDM and packet)
  • Working knowledge of QOS principles and implementation
  • Knowledge and experience working with OSI Model layers 1, 2 and 3
  • Experience with telecommunications network design and equipment configuration to include, but not limited to routers, switches, DACS, channel banks, and microwave radios Selection Process & Supplemental Information

This recruitment is being managed by Alissa McLain, if you would like to be notified of similar opportunities or stay connected with things going on at Tacoma Public Utilities and the City of Tacoma, connect with me on LinkedIn!

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion One of the primary goals of the Equity and Empowerment Initiative is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.

Tacoma Power Tacoma Power is an almost 100% hydroelectric, municipally-owned public power utility, located in Tacoma. We serve approximately 170,000 customers as one of the three operating divisions of Tacoma Public Utilities, alongside Tacoma Water and Tacoma Rail. As one of the most livable, walkable cities in the country, you'll find that Tacoma is a great fit for all interests with places to bike, run, hike, and explore, the perks of a big city, and the charm of a small town.

The City of Tacoma Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city that sits along the Puget Sound with a population of nearly 210,000. The third largest city in the state of Washington, it is a diverse, progressive international gateway to the Pacific Rim.

Propelled by significant developments such as the University of Washington Tacoma, the Tacoma Link light rail system, the restored urban waterfront of the Thea Foss Waterway, the expansions of both the MultiCare and Franciscan health systems, and a significant influx of foreign direct investment in its downtown core, Tacoma has evolved considerably since the 1990s.

Tacoma boasts the state's highest density of art and history museums, and is home to a flourishing creative community of writers, artists, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, chefs, entrepreneurs, and small business owners who each add their unique flair to the city's vibrant commercial landscape. The iconic Tacoma Dome has endured as a high-demand venue for some of the largest names in the entertainment industry.

A magnet for families looking for affordable housing options in the Puget Sound area, Tacoma also draws those who prefer to live in a more urban downtown setting with competitively priced condos and apartments that feature panoramic mountain and water views.

Tacoma's natural beauty and proximity to the Puget Sound and Mount Rainier draws hikers, runners, bicyclists, and maritime enthusiasts to the area. Its lively social scene is infused with energy by thousands of students attending the University of Washington Tacoma, the University of Puget Sound, the Evergreen State College Tacoma campus, and Tacoma Community College, as well as a number of local trade and technical colleges. Its prime location – just 20 minutes south of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 30 miles north of the state capital in Olympia, and within 10 miles of the U.S. Department of Defense's premier military installation on the West Coast – only adds to Tacoma's desirability. To see a few of the great things Tacoma has to offer, view this YouTube Video!

Apply Interested individuals should apply online and attacha detailed resume and cover letter that includes job experience, major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received for interview consideration.

Reference checks will be conducted on final candidates and appointment is subject to passing a background check.

Communication from the City of Tacoma: We primarily communicate via e-mail during the application process. E-mails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk e-mail folders.

If you have any additional questions regarding this position, please contact the Human Resources Department at 253.591.5400.

Salary: $93,808.00 - $120,286.40 Annually

Location: Tacoma, WA

Job Type: Non-Classified

Department: Power

Job Number: 5535-20

Division: Power - Utility Technology Services

Closing: 9/25/2020 5:00 PM Pacific

Agency: City of Tacoma

Address: Human Resources Department 747 Market Street Tacoma, Washington, 98402-3764

Phone: 253-591-5400