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Principal Engineer - Federal

CenturyLink, Inc Herndon, VA

Job Description

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company enabling millions of customers to transform their businesses and their lives through innovative technology solutions. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, Big Data analytics and IT consulting, and operates more than 55 data centers in North America, Europe and Asia. The company provides broadband, voice, video, data and managed services over a robust 250,000-route-mile U.S. fiber network and a 300,000-route-mile international transport network.


Principal Engineer (Federal)

The Principal Engineer (Network Chief Engineer (NCE)) is the focal point for all engineering related technical oversight with regards to fiber cable plant, optical network, network management and inside plant installation. NCE shall be the primary focal point between senior government engineering staff and CenturyLink. NCE shall have a thorough understanding of the technical detail of the installed infrastructure and shall maintain current understanding of ongoing and planned changes or impacts to the infrastructure.


Job Responsibilities

  • Engineers metro fiber network on customer site
  • Reviews network performance metrics and analyzes results
  • Performs engineering work and applied research, development, and design of new products
  • Makes recommendation on network upgrades
  • Supports the development of network roadmap with collaboration of team and other government SMEs from their respective disciplines. 
  • Serves as primary focal point and Subject Matter Expert (SME) to the Government for optical engineering activities
  • Applies advanced engineering and network principles, theories, concepts and technologies to solve unusually complex problems and issues
  • Leads the development, evaluation and implementation of new and innovative principles, processes and applications
  • Provides advanced technical leadership in design, analysis and problem-solving efforts to a special design team, technical review team or problem resolution team
  • Acts as primary consultant to leadership detailing the technical requirements and specifications necessary to obtain solutions
  • Provide technical guidance in the following areas:  Network development (design and installation), Network Operations and Maintenance (O&M), Network management and performance, Transition implementation and migration, Test and acceptance, New technology,  and Customer support, business case analysis, proposal development, master schedule, network architecture, and security)
  • Some local travel required


Minimum Qualifications

  • Advanced knowledge of SONET,DWDM, OTN and network management equipment and networks with Ethernet and IP/MPLS a plus
  • Advanced knowledge of optical fiber properties to include ITU-T G.652/653/654/655/657 preferred
  • Experience with Cisco equipment (MSPP/MSSP/MSTP, routers and switches) required
  • Advanced knowledge of TCP/IP, IPSec, Cisco switched networking, LAN/WAN
  • Knowledge of Cisco, Ciena, and Lucent DWDM equipment a plus
  • Proficiency in creating and presenting briefings to be used by Program Team to brief upper management and customer base required
  • Must have a clean driving record
  • TS/SCI with Poly


Alternate Location: US-Virginia-Herndon

Requisition #: 122126

This job may require successful completion of an online assessment. A brief description of the assessments can be viewed on our website at 

EEO Statement

No Discrimination. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, ancestry, citizenship, national origin, religion, veteran status, disability, genetic characteristic or information, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, pregnancy, or other legally protected status (collectively, œprotected statuses). We do not tolerate unlawful discrimination in any employment decisions, including recruiting, hiring, compensation, promotion, benefits, discipline, termination, job assignments or training. Any offer of employment is contingent upon the results of a pre-employment drug test and background check.


The above job definition information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.  Job duties and responsibilities are subject to change based on changing business needs and conditions.

Job Segment: Engineer, Consulting, R&D Engineer, Optics Engineering, Cisco, Engineering, Technology

Job Details

Date Posted October 19, 2019
Date Closes November 18, 2019
Requisition 379632000
Located In Herndon, VA
SOC Category 00-0000.00