Utility Pole Design Technologist

Focus Communications Inc. - Langley, BC (30+ days ago)

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FOCUS Communications is a diversified and dynamic design and construction services contractor, with a proud history of providing high quality turn‐key solutions for our business partners in the telecommunications industry. On time delivery, pride in workmanship, and industry leading customer service are the foundational elements for our ongoing success. If you share our beliefs, we have a position for you on our team.

Utility Pole Design Technologist

You are primarily responsible for conducting the detailed design, permitting, and project management processes related to utility pole and aerial cable construction. Role includes the detailed plan and profile design of all pole line elements of the fibre‐optic, RF (coaxial) and hybrid networks of our telecommunications customers (experience with electrical lines is an acceptable alternative depending on experience). You can confidently assess existing pole line structures and propose make ready work required for the pole line to be brought up to current CSA, pole owner, client, and/or municipal standard. Your real‐world experience allows you to design network infrastructure that can be permitted quickly and constructed safely and efficiently. You have experience with the design of various aerial access topologies and can create cable placing schematics and splicing work order packages.

As a fast‐growing turn‐key telecommunications contractor, FOCUS Communications will also require the successful candidate to possess excellent verbal and written communications skills, be willing to travel, and be a team player who can conduct field walk‐offs, surveying, project management, client management, materials ordering, and other related tasks.


A minimum of 3 years modeling and assessing utility pole structures within non-linear loading analysis software (O-Calc, PLS CADD, Quick Pole or similar).

Graduate from a technical college program preferably in civil, electrical/telecommunications, geomatics or equivalent experience.

Good working knowledge of OSP placement methods and experience in civil and aerial field engineering or construction. Experience determining aerial cable routing is required and candidate should be able to determine right of way and be able to create field notes that call for plant to be placed in the most efficient, cost effective manner.

Able to read work prints, understand and interpret permit requirements. Candidate should have an advanced understand of clearance and separation rules for aerial construction and be able to create make‐ready notes when conditions require it.

Experience working within telecommunications OSP fiber design, copper design or RF (coaxial) plant design is an asset.

A valid Driver’s license is also required.


  • Collect, process and analyze utility pole field data using specialized software (Quick Pole, Katapult, AutoCAD). Produce pole structure attachment feasibility reports highlighting existing clearances, anchoring and cables/strands. Propose new strand and cable attachments on existing pole structures and suggest make ready construction to obtain the necessary clearance and loading requirements as per our clients’, pole owners’, municipalities’ and the Standards Council of Canada’s (C22.3 No. 1-15) standards. Establish and refine work flow from field data collection through design, permit approval, construction and as-built stages.
  • Layout and design of telecommunication network elements in accordance with network design criteria specific to individual carriers, deployment technologies, jurisdictions or structure own Maintains knowledge of current OSP design principles (GPON / FTTH and RF / HFC networks) and industry standards, and performs work in compliance with up‐to‐date Safety Codes, Electric Codes, customer practices and procedures.
  • Performing right of way and route assessments by mapping all surface features, utility pole information (strand and cable inventory, 3rd party space, anchoring, and make‐ready estimating) and collecting underground utility data to determine the most efficient placement method (i. aerial overlash, new strand placement, open trench, directional bore, plough, etc.) based on materials and crew costs, soil conditions, structure health, traffic safety, environmental safety, municipal permitting requirements, and any other relevant considerations.
  • Assess and incorporate municipal requirements, specification sheets, standards documents, joint‐ use agreements, utility maps, orthophotos, survey files, as‐built documentation, site photos, , in the preparation of detailed engineering designs that are cost‐effective and safe. Ensure the correctness and completion of all outputs (plans, profiles, typical details, restoration plans, site photographs, and traffic control plans).
  • Defining the outside plant requirements for proposed projects, creating scopes of work, and bills of materials. Assisting with the development of schedules and budgets, obtaining competitive bids for all contracted work and material procurement and the requisition proc
  • Obtaining and documenting standards of permit granting authorities, including municipal, regional district, provincial and federal agencies, first nations, railways and pipeline owners, and verifying compliance to all permit requirements both in the engineering and construction of the project.
  • Maintains communications with construction forces and makes recommendations for changes in running line or construction methods due to field conditions, construction access by crews, or congestion of utilities, while still meeting all project and permit requiremen
  • Owns the data lifecycle for infrastructure projects; from design through construction, to as‐builts and ultimately into the client asset inventory database, GIS and/or F
  • Uses company accounting techniques, tracking and submitting accruals for work performed at any phase of construction, and provides written correspondence to the team, the contractor, and to government agencies as required. Ensures schedule deadlines are adhered to and project deliverables are maintained. Collaborates with construction and finance team members to overcome project challenges and
  • Takes field measurements of work as constructed to update construction drawings to as built drawings, updates network metrics reporting, finalizes all permits and completes project closeout documenta

Skills and Abilities

  • Working knowledge, experience, and proficiency with current computer operating systems, plus Visio, Excel, Word and other Microsoft applications.
  • Ability to use AutoCAD and/or MicroStation to draft or redline permits to municipal specifications.
  • Ability to visit job‐sites and gather information required to accomplish permit applications.
  • Ability to operate common GPS technologies, work outside in all weather conditions. Experience with design or construction of underground utilities, and structured cabling is an asset.
  • Must perform work with minimal supervision, including potential for any special projects as determined by management within the company.
  • Willing to take ownership of a project, able to make reasoned and sound Possesses excellent project management and time management skills across multiple projects simultaneously meeting budget and timeline targets.
  • Highly detail‐oriented, self‐starter individual with excellent oral and written communication skills. Able to stay organized and maintain a positive attitude in a fast‐paced environment.
  • A good team player who can maintain excellent customer relationships and communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders, especially governing authorities and underlying rights holders.


Please submit your resume and cover letter to us using the link below. Well contact you if it looks like we have an opportunity that is right for you. FOCUS rewards hard work, performance and results by offering a competitive compensation and benefits package. Want to know more? Check out www.focusd.ca

Job Type: Full-time