Engineer-RF
Verizon Wireless - Plymouth Meeting, PA

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Responsibilities

The RF Engineer contributes to the RF Design of the regional cellular network including but not limited to:
o search area issuance, candidate assessment, and approvals within sector area of responsibility
o redesigning of mature network areas to minimize capacity constraints
o working with other areas of network to ensure performance fixes/initiatives are in place
o partnering with System Performance to improve network performance
o preparing timely FCC/FAA and FAS submissions
o conducting data analysis of switch statistics and drive data by conducting drive testing for potential sites, new site integration, and system optimization
o performing radio engineering evaluation for system planning and site acquisition
o creating and using RF propagation and planning tools
o conducting and overseeing field tests for potential sites
o planning frequency assignments and identifying technical parameters for network growth
o documenting and reporting findings
o planning near term integration of new technologies for first applications in the network
o identifying location specific needs for new cells using appropriate methods to rank objectively
o evaluating coverage problems and new service area requirements for coverage cells
o using propagation modeling software to develop frequency plans
o identifying causes of RF interference and troubleshooting interference problems with system performance
o attending and presenting testimony at zoning hearings in support of new cell site proposals
o contributing in the development of long term build plans
o performing Macro/Micro Cell Design including antenna selection and placement
o utilizing knowledge of CDMA, EVDO, LTE and microwave to contribute in network design.

This position will also be responsible for In-building and Special Coverage Solutions for the regional Cellular, PCS and LTE network including but not limited to:
o fielding system requests from the sales channel to support customer accounts
o determining and providing budgetary estimates for customers and finance groups
o performing coverage surveys and evaluating propagation characteristics using RF signal analysis equipment and modeling tools
o coordinating sub-contractor work and turn-key solution provider efforts
o developing system proposals for customers
o tracking and expediting required management approvals
o tracking and forecasting system costs
o requesting project funding
o developing system equipment requirements
o proposing system solutions from available VzW in-building system options
o evaluating equipment vendor options
o monitoring and presenting project status at regular intervals
o working with internal and headquarters real estate and legal personnel to put approved lease agreements in place
o completing all associated regulatory requirements
o coordinating with construction teams and operations personnel
o completing system acceptance testing and final documentation packages
o providing support and upgrades for existing on-air systems
o designing and implementing temporary solutions for high-profile events
o designing with current technology and configuration variations for repeater systems, neutral host systems, dedicated BTS equipment, and Distributed Antenna Systems using RF, fiber, and LAN CATV distribution methods.
o working closely with HQ and Area to Enhance In-building solutions for VzW,
o developing solutions for customer owned systems and proving support to other Regions. This position will play key initiative with assisting in the training and development of the various regional departments’ expertise in In-building equipment and solutions.

Qualifications

Bachelors degree in Engineering or Computer Science required. Masters degree a plus.
A minimum of 3 years of experience in the cellular or telecommunications’ industry
Knowledge of InBuilding Repeater and DAS systems
Understanding of the relationship between the Macrocell network and the In-building solutions
Experience in RF Design CDMA, EVDO and LTE
Proficient with RF Design tools to include: In-building and Propagation Modeling software, Mapinfo, DeLorme, data collection software and Windcatcher
Demonstrated knowledge in one or more of the following platforms and/or technologies:

  • Voice cells infrastructure including: Lucent, Motorola, Nortel, CDMA data
  • Telecom experience including: T1, DACS, OMP
  • Digital Communications including: DS1, DS3, Fiber, ISDN , EBH
  • Wireless data service including: LTE, CDMA, CSD, STP, RF Fingerprinting
  • Analog, CDMA, Flexent Modular cells (CDMA & PCS), RMT software, and 3G & 4G technologies
 Proficient in office computer applications: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Access
 Excellent analytic, interpersonal, and communication skills
 Excellent troubleshooting skills
 Ability to perform with general guidance and a thorough understanding of the job and the department’s expectations and goals
 Decision making skills (making appropriate use of available information and data; making sound decisions with minimal support from Manager; and being responsible for specific projects or definable portions of larger projects or processes)
 Leadership skills commitment to excellence, demonstrating company values and policies, initiating action, accepting responsibility for results, and making quality decisions
 Flexible to attempt alternate solutions to resolve issues and seamlessly adjust to a dynamic, changing business environment
 Superior organizational and project planning skills
 Ability to communicate clearly and concisely; listening attentively; applying appropriate grammar; and integrating large volumes of information from multiple sources
 Work flexible hours and support night or weekend work as needed Overnight travel may be required
 Driver’s license required
 Programming background a plus

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