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Technology Services Technician I - II

Georgia System Operations Corporation

Location: Tucker, GA US
Position Type:
Rqd Education:
Rqd Experience: 2 - 5 years
Date Posted: December 26, 2022
Reference Code: 2703082
Position Highlights:
  • Challenging and exciting ground-floor opportunity to provide Network Operations support for the power grid and rural broadband expansion
    • Be part of building the internet in Georgia - support core Internet links to entire cities!
    • Not the standard corporate IT environment - we don't support end users.
  • Explore and develop tools for automating large scale changes, backup, OS updates (>8000 devices).
  • Career possibilities for Network Architecture, Network Engineering, Cyber Security, and Industrial Control Systems
  • Gain experience with carrier optical equipment (100GB+) and advanced protocols (OSPF, BGP, MPLS, Leaf/Spline)
  • Excellent benefits, including:
    • Nationally competitive pay and incentive
    • Benefits packages including Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability, and Life insurance
    • Outstanding 401k plan featuring a maximum company contribution of 15.5%
    • On-site Fitness Center and Café
    • Associate training and development including options for tuition reimbursement
  • Experience working in a high security environment.
This is a unique opportunity to support and protect the largest machine on the planet: the electrical power grid. GSOC centrally operates a state-wide fiber optic network as well as highly secure datacenters with a focus on Georgia power grid operations. This infrastructure is being extended into CLEC and IXC telecom provider services to support rural broadband as local EMC's bring high-speed internet solutions to their customers. GSOC is offering a ground floor opportunity to work directly on 100G+ transport systems as they are designed and installed.

This position offers experience with a variety of carrier grade equipment (such as ROADM), datacenter equipment, and hardened field equipment not found in traditional enterprise environments. These devices include administration of complex implementations of MPLS, BGP, OSPF, and leaf/spline datacenter fabrics as well as the tools used for monitoring, alerting, and management.

GSOC takes both physical and cyber security very seriously so candidates must be willing to work on-site in a high security environment.

GSOC offers the opportunity for career experience in related areas such as IT Architecture, Cyber Security, and Industrial Control Systems, with programs that include tuition reimbursement for college and paid training for certifications such as ITIL, CCNA, CCNP, and other technology certifications. GSOC is dedicated to the development of its employees and maintains a strong growth-based corporate culture; this is not only a great job with many possibilities but is also an investment in your future.

This position includes nationally calibrated competitive pay, opportunities for growth, mentorship, and great retirement benefits. In 2017, GSOC was recognized as one of the best places to work by Georgia Trend magazine.

References:

GSOC Annual Report:

https://www.gasoc.com/Documents/GSOC_AR2021.pdf

Georgia Trend magazine:

https://lscpagepro.mydigitalpublication.com/publication/?m=8924&i=419640...

Summary:

The Technology Services Technician is primarily responsible for installing, maintaining and troubleshooting a variety of network and system and other requests received via ticketing system, email, or other methods. The Technician will coordinate and work with vendors on a variety of projects and technology/system implementations across the Family of Companies including network devices, physical security equipment, audio/video system, phone system, power equipment, and servers. The role includes consulting and assisting internal and external customers with research, testing, physical design and installation of network equipment and voice and data circuits/cabling to meet business requirements.

This position performs all configuration related tasks through a ticketed change management process to ensure proper approval and accurate documentation of changes are captured. As needed after hours (on call) support is required to support a 24/7 environment. Requires 50-70% travel through the state of Georgia.

Job Duties:
  • Technology Support: Plan, maintain and coordinate various technology services and systems to support the Family of Companies, including power facilities, video wall, cellular improvement, life safety system (i.e. fire alarm systems, cable television infrastructure, and building cabling; Coordinate and participate in site surveys and work with customers to gather information regarding voice/data communications and any other special project requirements. Develop maintenance documentation.
  • Physical Security: Provide remote office/site design and maintenance support for physical security equipment including cameras, badge readers, video recorders and security alarm and monitoring systems at Tucker, Lawrenceville, remote offices, and power plants.
  • Datacenter Management: Manage GSOC datacenters support activities by maintaining cable plant and datacenter diagram, responding to server and network issues, and participating in equipment/software upgrades and testing. Assist with hands on installation and turn-up of servers, routers, switches and all associated copper and fiber cabling; Develop and enforce datacenter, cyber-security policies, and other operational documentation; Develop security and datacenter documentation resulting from maintenance.
  • Control Centers Support: Control Centers Support: Provide technical support for SCC, ECC and SNOC technologies and support systems to include but not limited to SCADA workstations, video walls and security networks.
  • Lawrenceville Facility Management: Manage the general maintenance of the Lawrenceville campus. Monitor, maintain and coordinate repairs to all environmental support equipment at the BCC including the diesel generator set, UPS, power distribution and switching subsystems, HVAC, lighting, fire suppression, telephones, communications equipment, and security systems; Collect and maintain equipment, systems, and facilities maintenance records.
  • Vendor Management: Assist with vendor selections, contract and SOW reviews, cost control and strategizing/communicating vendor related risks. Serve as proxy between vendors and GSOC to coordinate vendor contracts and delivery of tasks and project.
  • Budget and Planning: Work with Power Technology and other FOC management on annual budgeting information, maintaining monthly projections, and development of justifications, cost summaries, and/or executive summaries for the development and administration of contracts and purchases.
  • Field Support: Provide field support services for the Power Technology Operations activities involving LAN/WAN connectivity in support of a very wide range of network technological disciplines. This includes basic installation, activation, modification, and/or repair of telecommunications equipment and facilities related voice and data equipment at substations and remote offices.
Required Qualifications:

Education : Associates degree in Telecommunications, Electronics, or related field.

Experience :

Technology Services Technician I :
  • 0-3 years telecommunications experience with expertise in T1, Ethernet and fiber technologies, as well as a basic understanding of routers/switches/firewalls, LAN/WAN, internet, and network management systems. Hands on experience with fiber optic installation, terminations and splicing a plus but not required.
Technology Services Technician II:
  • 3+ years telecommunications experience with expertise in T1, Ethernet and fiber technologies, as well as a basic experience with and understanding and configuration of network devices, LAN/WAN, internet, and network management systems. Knowledge of basic computer hardware and peripherals, including printers, monitors, and more hands on experience with fiber optic installation, terminations and splicing required.
  • Knowledge of data transmission devices, power supplies/systems, audio/video equipment, generators, cooling and heating systems, security systems, LAN/WAN devices.
Equivalent Experience:

Technology Services Technician I: High School diploma and four years of the above experience.

Technology Services Technician II: High School diploma and seven years of the above experience.

Specialized Skills: Experience with fiber and digital test equipment, such as LAN sniffer, protocol analyzer, and OTDRs. Computer literate - proficient in the use of remote access software, MS/Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Has effective organizational and verbal/written communication abilities, active listening, critical thinking skills

Travel: 50-70%. Company vehicle usage provided.

Unusual Hours Required: May involve an atypical work schedule, including nights and weekends, to minimize outages and service disruption to clients/customers. On call rotation (shared with 2 other technicians) for 24x7 standby coverage.
About this Employer

Georgia System Operations Corporation is an independent, not-for-profit system operations company owned by our Members: 38 of Georgia’s distribution electric membership corporations (the Member Systems), Oglethorpe Power Corporation and Georgia Transmission Corporation. As the system operator, GSOC ensures reliable, independent system operations by controlling and monitoring electric generation, transmission and distribution assets owned by Oglethorpe Power Corporation, Georgia Transmission Corporation, Smarr EMC, the Member Systems and their power supply partners. The company enables its Members’ participation in the energy market in Georgia and the Southeast by providing a range of operations services that allow our Members to transact, optimize and account for their business in the wholesale energy market.