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Network Cable Plant Engineer Sr_NASA_NICS

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Job ID: 196992
Location: HOUSTON, TX, United States
Date Posted: Nov 5, 2019
Category: Information Technology
Subcategory: Network Engineer
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: None
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: Public Trust
Potential for Teleworking: No

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Job Description


The Cable Plant Engineer will lead the planning, design, engineering, configuration, and implementation of inside plant (ISP), including horizontal cabling, and outside plant (OSP) Structured Cabling Systems at NASA Johnson Space Center in support of the SAIC|NASA Integrated Communications Systems (NICS) Contract.


General Responsibilities:

  •  Complete site surveys and create structured cabling designs for inside plant category cabling and fiber optic cabling in support of voice, data, security, and audio/visual systems.  Designs to include engineered drawings, specifications, reports, and other technical documents.
  • Complete site surveys in a campus environment and develop outside plant engineering designs to include underground duct banks, manhole, handhole, building entrance, related infrastructure, and underground cable route mapping requirements in support of fiber optic and copper cabling systems. Designs to include engineered drawings, specifications, reports, and other technical documents.

  • Create complete structured cabling system designs for new construction including ISP and OSP requirements.

  • Work closely with other IT and Facilities team members, project teams, clients, architects, engineers, subcontractors, vendors, material suppliers, and other technical resources to analyze business and technical requirements to develop structured cabling system designs, estimates, implementation plans, management/customer reports, and coordinate the structured cabling design with other design disciplines.

  • Identify and provide designs to support requirements for fire stopping and grounding.

  • Develop cost estimates, including labor and materials; generate Statements of Work (SOW) for bid opportunities, analyze bid responses, and approve plans for procurement.    

  • Create project schedules and identifying major milestones of cabling system projects.

  • Review drawings and specifications developed by others and render comments/recommendations as part of a formal consultant peer review process.

  • Ensure compliance with all national codes and standards requirements relating to ISP and OSP structured cabling systems, and relevant internal and customer policies, procedures, and regulations.

  • Provide project inspection for quality control, including technical support to Project Managers and Installation Technicians throughout project lifecycle, and provide final acceptance of all installations for the customer.

  • Identify options, recommendations, associated cost benefits, and implement cost effective solutions for the cable plant.

  • Be an advocate for cabling systems spaces and pathways to ensure required codes and cabling standards are met.          

  • Maintain strict adherence to labeling, inventory control, and documentation of cable plant inventory.




  • BICSI Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) or in the process of obtaining the certification.

  • Bachelor's degree (4 years experience in lieu of degree) and 5+ years of directly related experience in outside plant (OSP) and inside plant (ISP) Structured Cabling Systems design/engineering.

  • Candidate must be proficient in all applicable federal, state, and local codes as they may apply; including the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) Cabling standards and BICSI design and installation methodologies. 

  • Must be proficient in the National Electrical Code and National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) as it applies to structured cabling systems.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of cable plant installation, termination, and testing techniques for category cabling and fiber optic cabling systems.

  • Excellent organization skills and ability to pay attention to detail and accuracy

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and Outlook

  • Excellent problem solving and critical thinking skills

  • Able to communicate effectively with both technical and non-technical personnel

  • Limited travel may be required.

  • Candidate must be able to obtain a public trust clearance.








Desired Qualifications



  • Familiarity with developing construction specifications

  • CAD experience a plus.

  • BICSI Outside Plant (OSP) Designer a plus.


SAIC is a premier technology integrator, solving our nation's most complex modernization and systems engineering challenges across the defense, space, federal civilian, and intelligence markets. Our robust portfolio of offerings includes high-end solutions in systems engineering and integration; enterprise IT, including cloud services; cyber; software; advanced analytics and simulation; and training. We are a team of 23,000 strong driven by mission, united purpose, and inspired by opportunity. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, SAIC has annual revenues of approximately $6.5 billion. For more information, visit For information on the benefits SAIC offers, see Working at SAIC. EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability

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