Engineer III - Federal

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Date: Jul 4, 2018

Location: Denver, CO, US, 80202


About CenturyLink

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is the second largest U.S. communications provider to global enterprise customers. With customers in more than 60 countries and an intense focus on the customer experience, CenturyLink strives to be the world’s best networking company by solving customers’ increased demand for reliable and secure connections. The company also serves as its customers’ trusted partner, helping them manage increased network and IT complexity and providing managed network and cyber security solutions that help protect their business.


Job Summary


The Engineer III will provide Tier III technical guidance, training and support to NOC technicians and the Program Office with technical management and support for long-haul Layer 1 network 10G/40G/100G wavelength services, as well as Sonet services and a dedicated Ethernet network based on G.8032 rings while assisting with network optimization activities to provide for network efficiencies and improvements.

Job Description


  • Conduct new technology enhancements to the network with hardware and software regression testing and compliance
  • Participate in contingency planning efforts to safeguard traffic through alt-routing measures, or deploying and configuring temporary network equipment
  • Perform network and circuit audits
  • Vendor management - analysis of complex troubles and outages and recommended fix actions, vendor case review, equipment failure tracking and trending, recommend vendor EMS feature enhancements, vendor road map planning review (to understand how future design requirements can be supported for network management purposes)
  • Conduct and schedule software upgrades, network back-ups, node restorations, circuit provisioning and network augmentations
  • Manage DCN network and provide technical guidance on EMS platforms
  • Test & Acceptance management of new network equipment - ensuring new equipment install and EDP design are accurate and tested before final release into production
  • Assist with circuit testing and fault isolation for new service turn-ups
  • Identify and help arrange content-specific training from vendors
  • Analyze and assess new project requirements and develop/implement processes and procedures in support of requirements
  • Collaborates closely with customer Program Offices and Management
  • Prepare technical briefings for the customer to articulate network status, growth projections



  • Minimum of 8+ years' experience with four-fiber BLSR and UPSR architecture for long-haul DWDM networks that include OSC, EDFA & Raman amplification
  • Preferred in-depth experience with Infinera DTN-X & DNA, Ciena 5410/5430, 6500, 5160, ESLM
  • Extensive OTN knowledge and directly applicable experience
  • Experience with SNC circuits
  • DCN with sub-netting experience
  • Strong familiarity with G.8032 Ethernet ring architecture and fundamentals, Ethernet services (E-Line, E-LAN, E-Tree)
  • Demonstrated experience managing 10G LAN/WAN, 40G, 100G and alien wavelength circuits
  • Ability to perform test set configuration
  • Extensive experience with various vendor platforms for optical networks - Ciena and Infinera
  • Demonstrated ability to perform project planning and implementation, develop technical documentation and procedures
  • Prior experience in a Lead or Supervisory role in a NOC setting
  • Strong experience in technical training, developing technical training documentation, technical needs assessment, performing hands-on training
  • Must be flexible and willing to support off-shift schedule and weekend work as required
  • Ability to relate technical issues to management and Gov't personnel
  • Previous experience with Gov't networks and customer interface
  • Manage multiple issues simultaneously through effective prioritization
  • High stress environment, collaborate very closely with peers, strong communication skills
  • Current security clearance (TS/SCI) or be clearable

Alternate Location: US-Colorado-Denver

Requisition #: 194457

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This position is part of a bargaining unit and represented by a union.  Depending upon the applicable collective bargaining agreement under which you may be hired, you may be: (a) required to join the union and pay union dues as a condition of employment; or, (b)  required to pay union dues, but not join the union as a condition of employment; or (c) free to chose whether or not to join the union, but if you do join the union you would be obligated to pay union dues.

EEO Statement

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