Fiber Optics Design Engineer

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Fiber Optics Design Engineer

A Fiber Optics Designer maps out and develops communication networks. The Design Engineer addresses essential details such as conceptualizing and planning design of a Fiber Optic Network. They are responsible for all elements of preparing from the ground up and play an active role in maintaining the client’s fiber-optic network.

The designer is responsible for creating and updating documentation and drawings. They should have a proper understanding of proprietary design software and other technicalities. The professionals will work in collaboration with the Outside Plant Engineer to ensure that the appropriate information is presented. They will play an active role in planning and assisting them in the field as well.

It is the responsibility of the Fiber Optics Designer to create base mappings. They should prepare permit drawings, OSP construction drawings, and other final as-built drawings. The professionals must identify and assist in the management process of permits and licenses. The designer provides quality standards and training to the engineering teams.

Job Description

The primary responsibility of the Fiber Optics Designer is to offer technical assistance in drawing production work such as analysis, fiber optic network design, topology layout, fiber splice plans, cable duct and routing, and calculations on non-routine assignments of substantial variety and complexity. The designer should take charge of different types of fiber optics and put to practice company, client and project design, and drafting standards.

The designer ensures quick, fast and secure fiber optics communication. The designer possesses demonstrable knowledge about internet and telephone signals. They continually update and upgrade existing communication systems. Other responsibilities include research of different types of Optical Signals, and the system designers initiate the work process. They should also inspect the physical terrain for any equipment installation.

The designer must chart a preliminary plan before integrating new hardware with existing systems. They have to identify and rectify any issues related to permits, zoning and other matters that may affect the project. They should take into consideration surrounding environments before building or finalizing network plans.

It is the Fiber Optics Designer who should help with the assignments using prescribed methods and standard techniques. The professional need to look into drawing sequence and presentation, sizing various system components, fiber optic cable plants, and refining rough sketches. They must look into initial draft designs and keep track of the ongoing projects as well.

The Fiber Optics Designer must be capable of building BoQs for all the material, equipment and components required for the layout. The professional must assist in the physical implementation of the design to avoid any complications. They should be able to create a documentation process to address potential issues among technical staff during the installation process or upgrades.

The designer evaluates reports, drawings, and calculations. They work in close coordination with the engineering and field personnel to finish the project within the budget and stipulated time frame. The professional is responsible for taking care of the schedules, budgets and project criteria for physical design and layouts. Organize and maintain all revisions of project drawings, plot files and project-related information in a logical and well-structured manner.

It is the designer who must initiate the process of documentation chain for a better understanding of the on-going problems and overall network performance. The professional must archive network blueprints, notes, and records with diligence for future use. They need to update documentation throughout the project on an ongoing basis.  

The Fiber Optics Designer should take the responsibility to Design and Install, Service and Maintain Fiber Optics System as per documented protocol. They should enable the future creation of useful, integrated network design and upgrades. The designer must be an expert in design principles, industry standards, and installation practices. They will be responsible for splicing, termination and testing methodology.

The Fiber Optics Designer should have hands-on experience in the design and delivery of telecommunication products. They need to have good knowledge of copper, fiber, aerial, underground and intra-building solutions. There is a need for Fiber Optics Designer to prioritize safety, quality and time management.

Education

The candidate must have a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering, Telecommunications, and other related fields. They must possess a demonstrable knowledge of fiber optics. Some organizations look for candidates with prior work experience or a master’s degree.

Certifications

Certified Fiber Optics technicians remain in demand in the IT job market. These certifications enable employees to envision and understand the complexities of fiber optics and get retained by employers:

  • Certified Fiber Optic Technician (CFOT)

Certified Fiber Optic Technician certification is for general fiber optics applications. The candidates will enhance their skills in design, installation, operation - for almost any use - outside plant, premises, manufacturing, etc. They will have good knowledge of fiber optics technology and applications. The professionals with the certification are involved with the manufacture of fiber optic components.

  • Certified Premises Cabling Technician (CPCT)

Certified Premises Cabling Technician certification includes all types of infrastructure for premises cabling and communications – copper and fiber cabling and wireless systems. CPCT certification is based on KSAs (knowledge, skills, and abilities) that require an understanding of wiring and wireless technology and standards along with demonstrated skills in the installation of copper and fiber cabling system to support networks

Fiber Optics Designer Salary and Job Outlook:

According to PayScale.com, this position’s salary averages $65,549 annually in the United States. The hourly wage averages $25.26. Employees may also receive a bonus of $2,475 per year. As per indeed.com, salary estimates show that on an average Fiber Optic Design Engineer's salary ranges from approximately $28,517 per year for Graphic Design Intern to $78,355 per year for Senior Designer. As per the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job prospects for this position remain bright, with 8 percent growth expected from 2016 to 2026.

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