Transport Network Engineer

Blair, NE

Great Plains Communications is looking for a high-energy, detail-oriented person to administer and maintain our Omaha area regional transport network.

This position is responsible for:

  • Researching, testing, configuring, provisioning, troubleshooting and maintaining network equipment
  • Designing of Layer 1 and Layer 2 services across the network.
  • Serving as a contact for high priority customers during outages and when other issues arise
  • Working with the sales team to provide engineering support for proposals and presentations
  • Serving as a project manager by assigning staff and resources on various projects
  • Serving as a Tier 3 support resource for access platforms including GPON and Active-E

Successful candidate must have advanced knowledge of telephony and central office equipment, basic electricity, SONET hierarchy, Ethernet/IP Transport, VoIP networks, data circuits, transmission equipment, and fiber networks.  Experience with Calix and Ciena equipment is desired.  Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, written and verbal communication skills, and customer relation skills are a must.  Must have a valid driver’s license and the ability to work outside normal business hours and be on-call as necessary.

Bachelor’s degree in a related field, plus three to five years of industry experience is desired.  MEF 2.0 certification is a plus.

Competitive salary and benefits provided.  EOE

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Great Plains Communications is one of the largest privately-owned telecommunications providers in the Midwest, serving nearly 200 communities throughout Nebraska and Indiana. Business and enterprise services range from traditional and cloud-based voice and data products to installation and support of strategic networks with fully scalable, managed Ethernet solutions. The company also takes pride in its progressive approach to accommodating the unique needs of wholesale customers, including regional and national telecommunications carriers, LECs, ISPs, wireless and other providers utilizing superior custom engineering and custom-build strategies. In addition, the company serves residential customers with an impressive suite of services including high speed Internet, cable and streaming video, and local and long-distance telephone services. At the core of its service offering is an extensive 13,000+- mile, MEF certified regional fiber network reaching 11 states that is fully supported by a 24x7x365, Network Operations Center.

Founded in 1910 by E.C. Hunt as a Nebraska phone company, Great Plains Communications has evolved over the past century, keeping pace with technology and increasing bandwidth demands to become a leading regional network and fiber services provider.

The company is headquartered in Blair, Nebraska and is owned by Grain Management, LLC: a leading private equity firm focused on investments in the Communications sector.