Contract / Temp to Direct / Direct Hire: Contract
City: New Orleans
Country: United States
Zip or Postal Code: 70113
Title: IT Network Design - Lead Consulting Engineer
Duration: Contract Opportunity 12 months
Location: New Orleans, LA (seeking local candidates within proximity No Per Diem Offered)
Seeking a Lead Network Operations Engineer to be a leading resource supporting the AMI Operations Center (AMOC). Must be knowledgeable with radio-frequency (RF). High proficiency with MS-Office applications required. Candidate must be local to the New Orleans, LA area for proximity to the work location. Candidates must be able to pass pre-employment drug screening.
Monitor network performance through agreed upon service-level agreements (SLAs)
Assist in the design of Optimization Areas; approve acceptance of Optimization Areas
Liaise with vendors to enforce agreed upon service-level agreements and act as the primary supervisory point of contact with network vendor during issue resolution process
Troubleshoot hardware issues related to the components of network devices
Ensure that firmware and programming requirements of network devices are up to date and meet business requirements
Organize site surveys for placement of new access points, relays, or other network enhancement devices
Conduct field visits where necessary to troubleshoot devices or investigate communication issues identified by other areas of AMOC
Understand principles of network design, particularly as it pertains to network vendor tools and processes, and radio-frequency mesh technology specifically.
During steady-state operations, take on leading responsibility in network design. Devise network expansion strategy for situations such as evolution of terrain, new residential and commercial developments, or expansion of service territory, including acquisition of new territory.
Develop governance framework for network utilization by various business stakeholdersbilling, distribution automation, lighting, smart cities, etc.
Technical Skills - Knowledge of radio-frequency (RF) communications, LTE and mesh network related concepts.
Familiarity with RF coverage modeling
Experience using EDX SignalPro preferred
Knowledge of RF troubleshooting tools and techniques
Demonstrated experience and knowledge of fundamental networking concepts such as TCP/IP, DHCP, DNS, network management tools, use of packet capture and other troubleshooting tools
CCNA or equivalent preferred
Knowledge of geographical information systems (GIS) such as ArcGIS preferred
Knowledge and experience in telecommunications theory and transport systems including hardware and software protocols
Understanding of telecom transport mission-critical implementations in a utility environment
Knowledge of utility and metering concepts
Familiarity with electrical utility distribution and transmission grid control telecommunications environment is preferred
Knowledge of database-related concepts
High proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) applications
10 Years overall engineering experience in telecommunications and networking design for senior level position
3 years of experience in a utilities or telecom operations environment preferred
- Experience with Itron (formerly Silver Spring) mesh network and head-end systems preferred
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