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NASA Communications Technician

Job ID: 2019431
Location: WALLOPS ISLAND, VA, United States
Date Posted: Dec 17, 2020
Category: Wage Determination (SCA)
Subcategory: Service Contract Act
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 Remote Work: No
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Job Description


SAIC is looking for a Cable Plant Technician at NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, VA. This position includes direct hands on with, installing cable plant infrastructure, troubleshooting different types of cabling issues, terminating copper and fiber optic cables, installing VoIP phones, installing wireless access points and other operational duties while adhering to strict safety guidelines. Candidate should be proficient at interpreting technical diagrams, and communicating with customers. Candidate should be accustomed to managing work orders, trouble tickets and updating project documentation.
Job Duties:
  • Performing certification testing on Fiber and Copper Cables
  • Terminating Fiber Optic Cables
  • Managing cable plant supplies and inventory
  • Installation and troubleshooting of analog lines and VoIP phones
  • Pulling inside plant cabling from telecom room to inner offices
  • Termination of copper cables using terminal types to include 110, 66M and Central Office distribution frame
  • Cross connect of circuits on outside copper plant cables having pair counts ranging from 25 to 900 pairs
  • Cross connect of circuits on fiber optic outside plant cables having counts ranging from 4 to 864 strands
  • Testing of fiber optic cables to include the use of power meters and optical time domain reflectometers
  • Termination of fiber optic cabling using termination methods such as Fusion Splice Pigtails and Splice on Connectors
  • Monitoring and responding to online ticketing system for work orders and incidents
  • Working with subcontractors and providing materials and support for larger projects


Education and Experience: 
  • 2 years of cable plant experience preferred
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen with the ability to obtain a Public Trust Clearance.
Required Skills:
  • Basic troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to identify different colors and learn telecom color codes
  • Communication skills with the ability to successfully collaborate with other members of the team
  • Lifting of heavy objects of 50 pounds or more
  • Experience with fiber optic cable fusion-splicing techniques is preferred
  • Proficiency and the ability to distinguish between single mode and multi-mode fiber optic cables
Desired Skills:
  • Basic Network troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to operate cable trailers, forklift, and other bulk cable handling equipment
  • Familiar with Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Visio
  • Basic working knowledge of Local Area Networks
  • Knowledge of industry standard cable specifications


SAIC is a premier technology integrator solving our nation's modernization and readiness challenges. Our offerings across defense, space, civilian, and intelligence markets include high-end solutions in engineering, IT, and mission outcomes. We integrate the best components from our portfolio with our partner's ecosystem to deliver innovative and effective solutions. We are 25,500 strong; driven by mission, united by purpose, and inspired by opportunities. Headquartered in Reston, VA, SAIC has annual revenues of nearly $7.1 billion. For information, visit or Working at SAIC for benefits details. SAIC is an Equal Opportunity Employer empowering people no matter their race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or veteran status. We strive to create a diverse, inclusive and respectful work culture that values all.

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