Job Information

University of Utah Optical Network Engineer Sr in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 04/03/2023

Requisition Number PRN34356B

Job Title Network Engineer Sr

Working Title Optical Network Engineer Sr

Job Grade G

FLSA Code Computer Employee

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Monday – Friday 8 am to 5 pm

VP Area President

Department 00336 - KUEN/Utah Education Network

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $120,000/yr.

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

This position will design, implement and maintain dark fiber and Ciena DWDM optical network for UETN .


⁃ Network design and implementation of Ciena DWDM network across the State of Utah

⁃ Perform advanced troubleshooting of Ciena 6500 and Waveserver devices

⁃ Provisioning of new wave and circuit services

⁃ Troubleshoot dark fiber issues using OTDR and optical test set equipment

⁃ Lab regression testing of Ciena DWDM code upgrades

⁃ Manage Ciena device licensing

⁃ Author code upgrade and device licensing procedures

⁃ Author Ciena network troubleshooting guide for use by engineering and operations team

⁃ Responsible for maintaining Ciena MCP software for network monitoring and provisioning

⁃ Use Ciena Site Manager software for troubleshooting and provisioning

⁃ Work with field team and network operations center on fiber testing and Ciena DWDM network troubleshooting

⁃ Work with network architecture team on planning locations to acquire dark fiber in strategic areas around the state

⁃ Develop detailed documentation archive to be used by operations, engineering and field teams

⁃ Create end-to-end test plan for newly provisioned services

⁃ Produce detailed fiber optic route maps

⁃ Maintain spare equipment pool in warehouse

⁃ Some travel within the state of Utah required

⁃ After hours maintenance and support

⁃ Candidate will be required to work at UETN offices, located in Salt Lake City, UT, three days per week. Work from home is also allowed.

Minimum Qualifications

Requires a bachelor’s degree or equivalency (one year of education can be substituted for two years of related work experience) and at least 5 years of experience in the field or in a related area.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


⁃ 10 years experience working with DWDM optical networks.

⁃ 10 years experience working with dark fiber plant including testing and troubleshooting of fiber optic issues.

⁃ Expert level knowledge of DWDM networking including ROADM , RAMAN and EDFA amplification, fixed filters, transponders and management plane. Candidate must understand how these elements interoperate and must be able to perform advanced troubleshooting on each element.

⁃ Expert level experience using OTDR and optical test equipment.

⁃ Expert level experience reading OTDR traces with the ability to pinpoint issues and work with fiber providers to address issues.

⁃ Experience using performance monitoring (PM) in troubleshooting.

⁃ Understanding of optical protection switching ( OPS ).

⁃ Knowledge of how fiber type, splicing, patching and fiber bends impact DWDM networks.

⁃ Experience using optical spectral analyzer, power meter and inspection microscope.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

About UETN : Utah Education and Telehealth Network provides network and IT Solutions for Educational institutions (Higher Education, K12, Libraries and Other (Zoo, Aquarium)) throughout Utah. This position is integral in providing systems and services to all UETN Stakeholders. UETN is housed on the University of Utah campus in the Eccles Broadcast Center, UETN employees are U of U staff and received all of the same benefits listed below.

UETN is committed to creating a workplace culture that values equity, diversity, and inclusion ( EDI ), and we believe that everyone plays a role in fostering EDI , every day. EDI isn’t just the right thing for our employees and the university community; it’s also the smart thing. It empowers us to provide the best IT services for our students and their families, staff, faculty, clinicians, and patients and their families.

About the University of Utah : Located in Salt Lake City, the U is the flagship institution of the State of Utah’s system of higher education, home toarts and museum venues ( and a member of thePac-12 Conference ( .Skiing and snowboarding opportunities ( are a short distance from campus, and opportunities to pursue activities frombiking to hiking to fishing abound ( . Salt Lake City is home to theUtah Symphony and Opera ( ,Ballet West ( ,professional sports teams ( , and a wide range of other cultural and recreational activities.

University of Utah Benefits

·Health, dental, and wellness coverage (\_wellness.php) · Automatic and immediately vested14.2% employer contribution (\_401aPlan.php) to personal retirement account (401a)

· Freepublic transportation pass ( (Utah Transit Authority)

·Paid leave time ( ·Reduced tuition benefits for employee and family members ( · More information:

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

383 University Street, Level 1 OEO Suite

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

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