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SMS Data Products Group Cable Operations Team Lead in Massachusetts

SMS is seeking an BICSI certified Cable Operations Team Lead. The successful candidate will functionally report to the BLITS 2.0 Infrastructure manager at Hanscom AFB MA and is responsible to lead a team of cable technicians and will execute inside and outside plant cable infrastructure engineering, installations at Hanscom AFB MA, leading, managing and implementing cable solutions as per AF enterprise standards in support of 66 ABG/SC and their customers. The ideal candidate will have 8-10 years of experience in inside / outside plant cable engineering installation sciences, have demonstrated and proven experience in leading teams in infrastructure engineering installation arts and be EIA/TIA/BICSI industry type certified as such. At least two prior work experience references will be required.

As a dynamic systems integrator, SMS offers proven solutions in engineering, operations, cybersecurity, and digital transformation. With expertise in modernizing and optimizing legacy infrastructure and systems, ensuring operational efficiency, and designing, implementing, and managing secure environments, SMS supports business and mission goals with proficiency, quality, and integrity.

SMS has been serving the advanced information technology needs of the federal government since 1976, delivering talented teams and innovative, cost-effective solutions and services to support our customers’ missions for more than 40 years. SMS is headquartered in McLean, Virginia, with offices and on-site operations at customer locations throughout the United States. For additional information on SMS, visit

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The candidate for this position will lead a team of cable technicians and will be responsible for engineering, managing and implementing cable solutions as per AF enterprise standards in support of 66 ABG/SC and their customers. The proper candidate will:

  • Lead cable operations team and cable infrastructure projects with equal vigor, set individual and team level goals, follow-up on progress, foster team work and individual growth opportunities

  • Deliver quality results in a fast paced, high expectation environment, working multiple tasks streams concurrently

  • Provide cable engineering support for new building constructions, renovations and upgrades to include inside plant, outside plant, backbone cabling, structured cabling systems, grounding and bonding, pathways and space, wireless, and communication closet design in accordance with applicable AFIs and DoD regulations

  • Manage daily maintenance, testing and troubleshooting of copper and fiber optic inside and outside plants, both classified and unclassified systems

  • Bring extensive hands-on experience in designing enterprise cable solutions that will increase performance and flexibility to existing infrastructure that supports DoD provisioned voice, video and data, support site surveys, engineer technical solutions, generate materials list, labor estimates and Statement of Work to meet new requirements

  • Provide technical expertise on conducting Confined Space/manhole safety briefings, permits and inspections of confined space/manhole safety equipment

  • Use skills and experience as well as tools and technology to design, install, configure and troubleshoot cable infrastructure and provide customer support for cable services

  • Manage all Communications and Information Systems Installation Records (CSIR) for inside plant and outside plant Communications Mission Data Set (CMDS) layer in the CIPS Visualization Component (CVC)

  • Monitor all hardware 'stock items' to assure proper level are maintained

  • Update and maintain cable topology drawings/fiber availability drawings using AutoCAD, document new and changed processes

  • Manage all service incident and or service requests in applicable AF ticketing systems

  • Manage work orders according to contract metric thresholds while providing premier customer service delivery

  • Operate in underground / confined spaces safely and professionally

  • Professionally interact with customers and help resolve customer issues as required

  • Provide planned and or emergency afterhours support as needed


  • Expertise in Fiber Optic/Data Cable Engineering

  • Experience in providing technical solutions, cost estimates and material specifications derived from cable plant requirements

  • Fluency in AutoCAD and Microsoft Office Products such as Word, Excel, Power Point.

  • Experience in installation/termination/testing/troubleshooting of structured cabling (CAT5e, CAT6) copper cabling plant and fiber optic cable plants are a must

  • Proficient with cable test equipment and working knowledge of all applicable TIA/EIA cabling standards a must

  • Ability to work well under pressure and deadlines, handle multi-tasking, and work independently with minimum supervision

  • Strong organizational skills and customer service skills.

  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and demonstrate a high level of organization and task follow-up skills

  • Ability to lift about 70+lbs required


  • HS diploma required, AS/BS Information Technology preferred, plus 8-10 years’ experience as a Cable Plant Engineer/Team Lead with strong background in Cable Plant Engineering Design & Architecture, Installation and Troubleshooting

  • BICSI/RCDD preferred but not required; OSHA 10-hour training in general industry safety and health is required. Confined Space Training Certification will be required (if not already certified)

  • Secret Level DoD Security Clearance required (ability to pass a background investigation and be granted a customer waiver to start on contract while clearance process is underway may be possible for the right candidate)

SMS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

ID: 2020-3403

Required / Preferred Certifications: • BICSI/RCDD preferred but not required; OSHA 10-hour training in general industry safety and health is required. Confined Space Training Certification will be required

Experience Level: Senior

External Company Name: SMS Data Products Group, Inc.

Telecommute: No