Telecom System Architect Sr (Network / Firewalls Engineer)

LCRA (Lower Colorado River Authority)Austin, Texas1M ago

At a senior level, is responsible for the telecommunications network and WAN technical strategy for both internal and external customer needs. Acts as a technical expert and determines specifications, plans, designs, and develops complex business critical systems architecture and hardware solutions for the telecommunications system. Provides guidance to system owners and SMEs as needed. Ensures networks are properly integrated across the business based on long-term telecommunications organizational strategy, including external business needs and internal business needs. Researches and maintains knowledge in emerging technologies and possible application to the business. This position utilizes in-depth knowledge of best practices and experience in own discipline to provide and improve services. Takes a new perspective to solve complex problems. Works independently and receives minimal guidance. Acts as a resource for colleagues with less experience. May direct the work of other staff members.


  • Designs system architecture for large, complex, enterprise-wide telecom networks and technical solutions.
  • Assists in the development of solutions for the migration and integration of TDM based services to IP/MPLS platforms (SONET, T-1, RS-232, protective relaying, RTU’s, etc.).
  • Designs point-to-point wireless links with respect to path loss, calculating the effect of Fresnel zones, transmission line loss, and antenna gains.
  • Specifies and designs various fiber-optic based systems, including short and long haul applications and DWDM applications; this includes analysis of fiber characterization data to allow for maximum bandwidth.
  • Develops and documents recommendations for design standards within the telecommunications network, including (but not limited to) fiber optic design criteria, microwave radio design criteria, carrier Ethernet design standards, and other WAN technologies.
  • In conjunction with management and other technical staff, develops, ratifies, and communicates to internal and external customer’s criteria for utilizing the telecommunications network (DWDM, MPLS, microwave radio, dark fiber, etc.).
  • Develops and oversees the efficient use of telecommunications resources (fiber, microwave, etc.).
  • On a regular basis (and during critical events) monitors and analyzes the stability, interoperability, and availability of the telecommunications system and provides architectural change recommendations to increase overall availability for mission and business critical systems.
  • On an intermittent basis, ensures that telecommunications systems are built to engineering specifications by making field visits and using remote monitoring.
  • Researches and maintains knowledge in emerging technologies and possible application to the business. Provides design recommendations based on long-term technology strategy. Ensures hardware and protocols are properly integrated across business systems.
  • Evaluates network operating system software and hardware upgrades, recommends deployment testing methodologies.
  • Develops methodologies, evaluations, and recommendations for system capacity planning and corresponding architecture changes due to capacity planning for a medium scale private telecommunications network.
  • Aids in coordinating the planning effort within the telecommunications engineering department and writes and reviews project justification documents from a technical perspective.
  • Analyzes design alternatives and the development and preparation of cost justification models.
  • Investigates reliability requirements and vulnerabilities and develops appropriate cost effective solutions.
  • Travels independently to visit sites and perform inspections.

This general overview only includes essential functions of the job and does not imply that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instruction and to perform any other job-related duties requested by supervisor or management

Minimum Qualifications ---

Nine or more years of experience in designing, planning and/or troubleshooting telecommunications WAN networks. A degree in engineering, computer science, engineering technology, or a related field may be substituted per LCRA guidelines for certain years of experience. 

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