This position will work alongside experienced Technicians to gain skills and knowledge in all aspects of providing exceptional and reliable network services and switching services for all customers.  The role of the Central Office Technician I requires primarily outdoor fieldwork in all elements.




CENTRAL OFFICE TECHNICIAN I

COMPANY: Sierra Telephone
DEPARTMENT: Central Office
FLSA STATUS: Non-Exempt
REPORTS TO: Central Office Supervisor – Department 35
LOCATION: Oakhurst
DEADLINE: Open until filled
HOURS: Full-time work schedule; 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  This position may be required to work overtime as needed. Work schedule may also include assignment to on-call shifts on a rotating basis.

POSITIONS TO BE FILLED: One 

GENERAL SUMMARY

This position will work alongside experienced Technicians to gain skills and knowledge in all aspects of providing exceptional and reliable network services and switching services for all customers.  The role of the Central Office Technician I requires primarily outdoor fieldwork in all elements.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Ability to perform Basic:

  • Troubleshooting techniques i.e. bad circuits related to Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) and Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS).
  • Monitoring and analyzing of equipment alarms and reports. Take action to resolve problems as needed.
  • Visits to remote locations for troubleshooting and resolving problems.
  • Installation of Direct Current (DC) power bays, 2 volt and 12 volt batteries for DC, auxiliary framing, and cable racking.

Train to perform the following functions in an intermediate capacity:

  • Engineer, install, maintain, and/or troubleshoot:
    • Power plants
    • Remote switching centers
    • Emergency generators and automatic power transfer systems
    • 48 Volts of Direct Current (VDC) power systems
    • Knowledge of electricity or background in electronics a plus
  • Provide on-call coverage on a rotating schedule with the ability to analyze and resolve alarm and trouble reports.
  • Engineer, install, maintain, and/or troubleshoot:
    • Fiber optic networks
    • DSL technologies
    • Equipment management systems
    • Optical carrier systems
    • Subscriber carrier systems
    • Host digital switching systems
    • Line powered equipment
  • Build translations for operator services and switching projects.
  • Build circuits and maintain dial tones for POTS.
  • Design, build, and maintain special circuits as requested by customers.
  • Take inventory of all Central Office equipment and order supplies as needed in accordance with established budget and procedures.
  • Perform daily and monthly routines to support remote and host Central Office.
  • Interface with customers and other departments to implement new services and resolve complaints and troubles.
  • Provide additional support as needed.
  • Perform other duties as needed.
  • Regular and predictable on site attendance is an essential function of the job. 

QUALIFICATIONS

Education and/or Experience

  • High school diploma or General Education Degree (GED) preferred.
  • Minimum six months related job experience or vocational training required.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • Must have a valid Class C California driver’s license with a minimum of three years of driving experience.
    • Driving experience must have occurred after having passed a traffic laws and signs test.
    • If relocating to California from another state or country, must have, at a minimum, a valid driver’s license issued by the home state equivalent to a California Class C. The employee will be required to obtain a California driver’s license within ten days.
    • Must be insurable via the Company’s standard auto insurance policy procedures.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of
    • Electricity and electronics.
    • Company policies, procedures, products, and services.
    • Industry regulations related to telephone, internet and alarm services.
    • Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) regulatory requirements, rates, taxes, surcharges, tariffs, rules, and policies associated with provision of services.
  • Skill to
    • Proficiently operate general office equipment including personal computer, fax machine, and telephone system.
    • Proficiently use software programs including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook, as well as basic Internet operations.
    • Perform basic math calculations.
    • Work with small wires and mechanical components.
    • Effectively communicate with customers and coworkers in English, verbally and in writing.
    • Proficiently read, write, use proper grammar, edit, and proofread.
    • Plan and organize multiple tasks under deadline pressure.
    • Use listening and coaching to facilitate positive outcomes.
  • Ability to
    • Respond effectively to inquiries or complaints.
    • Adapt to changes in procedures and responsibilities.
    • Learn and apply new information regarding Company products, services, and software applications.
    • Project a professional image in conduct, attire, grooming, and manner of speech.
    • Maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding customer and Company information.
    • Work independently with minimal supervision, and use available information to make independent decisions related to specific job duties.
    • Use various hand tools and power tools in a safe manner.
    • Safely work aloft on ladders.
    • Maintain paperwork in a neat, organized manner.
    • Calmly and professionally, work with a variety of people and personalities.
    • Attend to detail in all areas of work and maintain consistency of Company image.
    • Follow instructions completely and accurately.
    • Work a flexible schedule including day, evening, overnight, weekend, and holiday hours.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Seeing:  must be able to read a computer screen and paper documents. 75 – 100%
Hearing:  must be able to hear well enough to communicate in person and over the telephone with customers, coworkers, and industry contacts. 75 – 100%
Standing/Walking 50 – 74%
Climbing/Stooping/Kneeling 50 – 74%
Lifting/Pulling/Pushing 50 – 74%
Fingering/Grasping/Feeling:  must be able to write, type, and use phone system. 75 – 100%
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.

SAFETY COMPLIANCE

Safety is an integral part of our business and the responsibility for safety extends to every employee.  Your responsibility toward safety at the workplace includes, but is not limited to:

  • Proactive involvement in the Company’s Safety Program, including compliance with all rules and regulations.
  • Use safe work practices while performing all duties. 

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The position is normally functions outdoors with exposure to inclement weather.
  • The employee may regularly be exposed to diesel and gasoline fumes, airborne particulates, toxic or caustic chemicals, and other hazardous substances.
  • The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and is occasionally exposed to vibration.
  • The employee may be exposed to the risk of electrical shock.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • Local travel may be required.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Please submit a resume or application and cover letter to careers@sierratel.com.  For faster response, please include the job title in the subject line of your email.  For additional information, call 559-642-0200.

This position is open until filled.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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