Engineering Specialist IV (Outside/Inside Plant Designer)

Job Title
Engineering Specialist IV (Outside/Inside Plant Designer)
Job Number




Open Until Filled

Position Title:

Engineering Specialist IV (Outside/Inside Plant Designer)



Military Occupation Specialty Code:

Army 120A; Air Force 3E5X1

Fair Labor Standards Act Status:


Number of Vacancies:



COO/Program Operations/CTS Operations – Cabling Services

Salary Range:

$4916.67 - $5500.00 / monthly



Hours Worked Weekly:


Work Schedule:

Regular business hours



Agency Address:

300 West 15th Street, #1300 / Austin, Texas 78701

Web site:

Refer Inquiries to:

People and Culture Office


(512) 463-5920 or (512) 475-4957

How To Apply:

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Special Instructions:

  • Applicants must provide in-depth information in the EXPERIENCE & CREDENTIALS section to demonstrate how they meet the position qualifications. Incomplete applications may result in disqualification.
  • Resumes may be uploaded as an attachment but are not accepted in lieu of the information required in the EXPERIENCE & CREDENTIALS section of the application.

Interview Place/Time:

Candidates will be notified for appointments as determined by the selection committee.

Selective Service Registration:

Section 651.005 of the Government Code requires males, ages 18 through 25 years, to provide proof of their Selective Service registration or proof of their exemption from the requirement as a condition of state employment.

H-1B Visa Sponsorship:

We are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment Visa at this time.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Department of Information Resources does not exclude anyone from consideration for recruitment, selection, appointment, training, promotion, retention, or any other personnel action, or deny any benefits or participation in programs or activities, which it sponsors on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability.  Please call 512-463-5920 to request reasonable accommodation.

What We Do

The Texas Department of Information Resources is the state agency charged with protecting the state’s data and critical technology infrastructure, managing a multi-million-dollar cooperative contracts program, and providing strategic technology leadership, solutions, and innovation to all levels of Texas government.  DIR is a fast-paced and collaborative environment with highly motivated and engaged employees dedicated to achieving the best value for the state.

Performs highly complex (senior-level) telecommunications engineering work involving cabling plans for new and remodeled buildings both on and off the State of Texas Capitol Complex. Work involves planning and design functions; frequent interaction with customers, other agencies and vendors involved in cabling projects; preparation and documentation of cabling plans, e.g., scope of work, cost estimates and proposals, budgets, cable records, outside plant maps, etc. Works under limited supervision with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Position Summary

  • Meets with customers to define requirements and prepares scopes of work and cost of proposals. Prepares budgets and cost estimates for telecommunications for the Texas Facilities Commission’s (TFC's) Design, Construction and Leasing (DCL) program on projects related to building construction, and renovation of acquired facilities and remodeling of existing facilities.
  • Plans, organizes, documents and coordinates projects for buried conduit systems, building distribution systems (BDS), and voice and data cabling systems.
  • Coordinates with DCL program staff regarding critical milestones for completion of construction projects to ensure that telecommunications will be available and operable when required. Monitors cable facility availability within and between buildings and makes recommendations for adjustments as appropriate.
  • Provides technical and plant engineering support to the Capitol Complex Telephone System and the Greater Austin Area Telecommunications Network (GAATN). Prepares and adheres to budgets for CCTS and GAATN outside/inside plant facilities.
  • Responsible for ensuring accurate maintenance of the division’s cable recordings and outside plant maps; develops policies and procedures as appropriate to achieve the desired level of quality.
  • Responsible for ensuring accurate updates of the division’s Outside Plant (OSP) cable Maps.  Showing future and completed projects.
  • Plans, assigns, reviews, and supervises the work efforts of contractors.
  • Performs other work-related duties as assigned.


  • Graduation from a four-year college or university with major coursework in electrical engineering, telecommunications, or a related field.
  • Additional work-related experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis (High-school diploma required.)

Experience and Training Required

  • Five (5) years full-time wage-earning experience in planning, implementation, and operation of telecommunications systems.
  • Three (3) years of experience managing outside plant projects.
  • Experience in the design, construction, and maintenance of outside plant infrastructure.
  • Experience in maintaining existing and ongoing projects related to the telecommunication design of inside and outside plant facilities.

Experience and Training Preferred

  • Experience with telephone or interconnect company.
  • Registered Communications Distribution Design (RCDD) certification.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of telecommunications design.
  • Knowledge of switching and interconnect systems.
  • Knowledge of telecommunications voice and data cable standards and facility requirements.
  • Knowledge of project management practices.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and supervise the work efforts of contractors.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and cordial working relationships at all organizational levels, including agency management, direct supervisors, co-workers, internal and external customers.
  • Ability to understand, follow and convey brief oral and/or written instructions.
  • Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing, in a clear and concise manner.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, and to support and contribute to a cohesive team environment.
  • Ability to work under pressure and exacting schedules to complete assigned tasks.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule to meet required deadlines.
  • Ability to comply with all agency policy and applicable laws.
  • Ability to comply with all applicable safety rules, regulations, and standards.

Computer Skills

  • Proficiency in the use of a computer and applicable software necessary to perform work assignments e.g., word processing, spreadsheets (Microsoft Office preferred), Microsoft Project, Microsoft Visio, and AutoCad.

Other Requirements

  • Regular and punctual attendance at the workplace.
  • Criminal background check.

Working Conditions

  • Frequent use of computers, copiers, printers, and telephones.
  • Frequent standing, walking, sitting, listening, and talking.
  • Frequent work under stress, as a team member, and in direct contact with others.
  • Occasional bending, stooping, lifting, and climbing.

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