Monday, December 25, 2006
A Transport Engineer has responsibilities for decisions regarding interconnections in his or her markets. They are responsible for decisions regarding current and future facility connectivity. The studies performed by the Transport Engineer support the decisions made on the method of transport, selection of a provider, least cost routing, budget considerations, sizing of the transport medium, diversity considerations, vendor contractual benefits, as well as capacity availability and timing issues. The Engineer is responsible to fully analyze alternative means of transport such as microwave, dark fiber, or ATM, obtain quotes from vendors, and perform a total cost analysis. Transport Engineers interface with multiple providers to resolve chronic trouble areas and improve down time on the network. Transport Engineers direct the Facility Engineers when, where and how to order all needed facilities. This includes monitoring capacities and issuing orders for new projects to augment existing quantities. These items include those such as Digital Cross Connect Systems, multiplexers, DSXs, microwave radios, and all ancillary equipment. Transport Engineers attend special project meetings, and participate on many conference calls pertaining to all projects, which require connectivity via facilities. They help provide current status of new circuits, changes in their projects, and track progress of OCN service implementation. The Engineer designs the plans for new SONET network solutions for their markets and interfaces with the LECs to construct those services. A major function for the Transport Engineer is the responsibility of management of Capital and Expense budgets for their markets. They solicit data from Interconnect/Traffic Engineering, RF Engineering, and the Forecasting group to build, track and maintain their piece of the budgets for Finance.
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posted by Dietrich Bonhoeffer at 5:27 PM