Network Solutions Engineer - Optical

Job Title
Network Solutions Engineer - Optical
Job ID
Vandenberg Space Force Base,  CA 93437
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Network Solutions Engineer - Optical

Active DOD Secret Clearance Required
Santa Barbara Co, California – Vandenberg Space Force Base

@Orchard LLC has been retained by one of the most important technology companies you’ve ever heard of. They are responsible for the underlying networks supporting many of the innovations that wow us (driverless cars), and those we now take for granted (the ability to mobile stream your favorite show), as well as critical infrastructure that keeps us safe and serves critical missions. For more than 25 years, our client has been the global leader in networking strategy, and their technology has been part of the critical infrastructure running within the most advanced companies and government institutions in the world.
Our client has an immediate need for an experienced Network Engineer, strong in Optical engineering, with active Secret clearance, to work on-site at the Vandenberg Space Force Base, formerly Vandenberg AFB.

As the Network Engineer (Optical) you will.    
  • You will be responsible for the generation, coordination, and execution of internal and carrier test plans with the objective of, ensuring interoperability and implementation of our client’s product line and incorporation into the customer’s legacy network.
  • Function as the local subject matter expert and related standards development and interpretation of customer requirements specifications to provide guidelines on customer’s modernization effort.
  • Work closely with customers and other stakeholders to understand the customer’s needs and how we can best support their network architecture.
  • Utilize your strong understanding of SONET, DWDM, ROADM (and other (n)OADM configurations) architecture and provisioning and implementation, coupled with an understanding of Carrier Ethernet architecture and provisioning and implementation.
  • Develop test plans for customer network architecture, and interoperability, to ensure the functionality and security of equipment, and determine optimal equipment configurations suitable for customers’ and stakeholders’ requirements.
  • Prepare implementation plans based on the results of testing and provide expert engineering support in the deployment of the proposed enhancements and modifications to include Layer-0, Layer-1, and Layer-2 processes and configurations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work in a lab environment, read/follow network diagrams, cabling guides, and signal flow diagrams, including, manual manipulation and installation of varying products from SFP/XFPs (Pluggable) and occasionally to shelves (Up to 75lbs).
  • Manipulate fiber optic patches (Clean, Run, Replace patches).
  • Prepare technical documentation, present and coherently relay to customers the information within. Documentation will likely include network diagrams, signal flow diagrams, and detailed equipment specifications.
  • Remotely assist customer troubleshooting, installation, and implementation with field deployment efforts as Tier III/Tier IV.
  • Provide weekly updates to varying internal and external contract stakeholders.
Your background will include.
  • An active DOD Secret clearance (Must have).
  • Working knowledge of Cisco, Juniper, or relative vendor equipment.
  • Expert knowledge working with Layer-2, and Layer-3 protocols.
  • BS degree in Telecommunications, Networking, or a similar technical field of study.
  • Security+ or any equivalent DoD 8570 (IAT Level II or higher).
  • A diverse telecommunications background, including hands-on technical experience, and organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • The ability to join customer pre-sales calls and share knowledge/expertise.
  • Willingness to travel up to 25% of the time to client locations.
  • Knowledge and experience with Layer-0 and Layer-1 are preferred.
  • CCNA or equivalent Certification. Project+, ITIL, Scrum master, or equivalent project management certifications are nice to have.
  • Current or Prior experience knowledge with Ciena Product Family a plus.

If this opportunity sounds like a good fit, or if you would simply like more information, please apply so that we can paint the full picture.
Established in 2010, @Orchard LLC, also known as, Talent Orchard has an exceptional reputation, providing staffing solutions to time-sensitive, talent scarcity issues to deliver better talent management ROI.  Our specialty lies in the critical area of program talent acquisition and resource management, not in one narrow skillset, but across many areas of technical and functional delivery. To learn more about our other exciting opportunities, visit our Jobs Page at

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