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NiSource Communications Engineer/Specialist - Job Family (Merrillville or Gary) in Gary, Indiana

The Communication Engineer/Specialist serves as the communication designer for new microwave, wireless systems, fiber optic, and infrastructure. This includes communication for high and low density point to point microwave links, multiplex, wireless, multiple address communication systems, and spread spectrum systems. The position will be the technical liaison to other Utilities for design and new system coordination. Additionally, this position will be liaison to communication equipment manufacturers, suppliers, consultants and contractors. The Engineer/Specialist will perform work in an industrial setting, including electric substations, generating stations, gas stations, gas compressor and storage stations. The position may require work on elevated structures, such as communication towers. As well as perform field survey work for new communication systems, performance engineering calculations, bid specification writing, standards, FCC and FAA rule applications, application of RF safety rules, application of electric and gas safety rules and working knowledge of structure standards.Principal Duties and Responsibilities: Wireless, Fiber Optic, and Serial Communication System Designs. Conduct field route surveys for microwave path design. Microwave path performance, propagation and reliability calculations. Evaluate space diversity applications and passive reflectors for path design. Conduct engineering communication traffic studies. Design fiber optic links including performance calculations. Design MAS communication systems. Use software to estimate RF propagation performance for MAS systems. Conduct site surveys for RF safety. Compile RF safety documentation for NIPSCO sites where RF equipment installed. Design multiplex systems for information transport. Design wireless point to point T1 systems for low density applications. Antenna mount design, including stress analysis, preparation of shop fabrication drawings and stress testing. Design antenna systems for use with microwave and wireless links. Site layout and design. FAA studies and evaluations. Building permits and professional testimony. Develop detailed material list for communication projects. Preparation of detailed equipment and system specifications for competitive bidding. Develop standards, technical procedures and policies. Evaluate requirements for FCC tower registration. QualificationsThis position will be filled as an Engineer or Specialist depending on degree and experience. Graduated from a four year college (ABET accredited preferred) or university with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering/ Engineering Technology OR a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering Ability to complete Estimates and order Material from or through Mapps/Ariba Understanding of NESC codes and their usage Basic understanding of FCC Part 1, Part 15, Part 90 and Part 101 rules and their application Basic understanding of ASR/ FAA obstruction standards and their application for communication towers Ability to complete moderate to complex level communication design projects Ability to read and interpret substation and communication schematics and wiring diagrams Ability to use Electric and Line Engineering Standards Ability to apply Substation and Communication Engineering principles to recommend some substation/communication engineering solutions Knowledge of AutoCad Knowledge of engineering software packages, like PathLoss, MatLab, and RadioSoft. Knowledge of communication tower standard TIA-222 latest revision Understanding of tower wind loading, twist and sway, strength of materials, and engineering mechanics Understanding of microwave propagation and margin calculation Understanding of fiber optics, modes, and margin calculation Knowledge of field survey instruments, including transit, and theodolite Obtain RF Safety certification and maintain (FCC requirement)Required for Selection:Education/Work Experience Level II - Senior Graduate from a four year college (ABET accredited preferred) or university with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering/ Engineering Technology OR a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering. As well as one of the experience levels listed below.Level II Minimum 2 to 4 years of electric utility/telecom experience in Wireless, Fiber, or Serial Communication System Design PLUS above degree requirements. Increased understanding of basic engineering/technical theories and principles. Increased understanding of basic practices of researching technical design issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations and preparing and presenting recommendations. Specific knowledge of Communication system configuration. Ability to complete moderate project level estimates. Ability to work on multiple moderate level projects with proficiency. Organizational and planning skills to plan workload and logically layout project schedules. Good written and oral communication skills. Good communication skills for interfacing with company personnel or outside customers.Level III Minimum 4 to 9 years of electric utility/telecom experience in Wireless, Fiber, or Serial Communication System Design PLUS above degree requirements. Proficient in engineering/technical theories and principles. Proficient in basic practices of researching technical design issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations and preparing and presenting recommendations Ability to plan, organize and complete complex projects on schedule Proficient in the ability to read, interpret, and correct various electric schematics and wiring diagrams. Proficiency in written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated leadership during projects and meetings with various stakeholders to achieve desired outcomes.Senior Minimum 7 to 12 years of electric utility/telecom experience in Wireless, Fiber, or Serial Communication System Design (5 of those years include significant performance showing substantial job responsibilities) PLUS above degree requirements. Skilled in engineering/technical theories and principles. Skilled in basic practices of researching technical design issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations and preparing and presenting recommendations. Skilled in the ability to plan, organize and complete complex projects on schedule. Skilled in written and oral communication skills. Coaches and mentors other professionals. Skilled in leading teams, projects and meetings with various stakeholders to achieve desired outcomes.Preferred for Selection:Engineer-in-Training (EIT) or Professional Engineer (PE) certification. Project Management certification as CAPM or PMP.Relocation assistance is available for this position.

For immediate consideration, please apply on-line at careers.nisource.com before January 27th!

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