Outside Plant Engineer - Seattle, WA


Cogent Communications is a global, Tier 1 facilities-based ISP, consistently ranked as one of the top five networks in the world and is publicly traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the ticker symbol CCOI. Cogent specializes in providing businesses with high speed Internet access and Ethernet transport services. Cogent's facilities-based, all-optical IP network backbone provides IP services globally. Since its inception, Cogent has unleashed the benefits of IP technology, building one of the largest and highest capacity IP networks in the world. This network enables Cogent to offer large bandwidth connections at highly competitive prices. Cogent also offers superior customer support by virtue of its end-to-end control of service delivery and network monitoring. A competitive base salary and a full benefits package including; Health, Dental, Vision, Paid Time Off (PTO), Short and Long Term Disability, Life Insurance, Holidays, Parental Leave, 401(k) plan with employer match, stock options, and an Employee Assistance Program. Most benefits take effect within 30 days of employment, and some require a waiting period.


We are looking to add Outside Plant engineers to join our service team. The position requires an individual who has mechanical aptitude, and is dependable, safety minded, and works well within a team environment. You will be responsible for hands-on field service work and we are looking for technicians with various levels of experience (Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3).

Pay Range: Salary range is between $80,000 and $120,000


  • Responsible for all network field activity on Cogent network.
  • Working independently on complex projects typically over a 4-11 state area.
  • Assesses planned excavation/construction activities by non-Cogent agencies/organizations/companies for conflict with Cogent’s fiber cable.
  • Negotiates changes in excavation/construction activities to remove conflicts with Coagent’s fiber optics cable.
  • Analyzes and prepares cost effective OSP work orders including cost estimates, scope of work, specifications, and bid packages.
  • Supervises the engineering/construction activities of contract engineering and construction personnel as required to ensure safety and compliance with Cogent construction standards.
  • Coordinates engineering/construction activities with operations support systems, Real Estate, Contracts, and other entities.
  • Maintains the permanent as built drawings of the fiber routes in the area of responsibility and coordinates changes with the CPR and Drafting groups.
  • Coordinates with Access Management the telecommunications entrance to Cogent buildings by other communications companies.
  • Interfaces with federal, state, county, and city governments for project permitting and approvals.
  • Typically manages 3-5 projects per month costing $500K to $5M each.
  • Provides guidance/coordination/direction to lower level OSP Engineers on projects as required.
  • As required, accurately locates Cogent cable and responds to emergency situations involving the cable.
  • Team leader on major OSP construction/relocation projects and reimbursable jobs.
  • Reviews construction plans and standards of vendors doing OPS construction for Cogent.


  • BS/BA (Civil Engineering preferred) or equivalent experience plus 1-5 years of experience in outside plant engineering and construction.
  • 1-5 years of experience must be in direct management of construction or engineering projects.
  • Working knowledge of Cogent cable construction standards.
  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiating skills.

Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Project Management experience
  • Basic knowledge of CAD systems, GIS and GPS field survey tools.
  • Experience maintaining a fiber network.

COVID-19 Policy:

Cogent has adopted a mandatory vaccination and booster policy which requires all U.S. employees to be fully vaccinated with one booster against COVID-19. Prior to beginning employment, new employees must provide proof of vaccination or apply for and receive an accommodation to be exempt from the policy.

By submitting an application or resume for this position, I agree to abide Cogent’s mandatory vaccination policy.

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Cogent Communications is an Equal Opportunity Employer.