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Cabling Installer Technician - Bowie MD

Bowie, MD · Government/Military
Smarthost Design Technologies is a leader in providing fast, reliable, highly responsive, onsite, client-focused, and cost-effective technology solutions to commercial businesses, government agencies, helping them solve the and challenges they face from technology modernization.
This opportunity is for a part-time junior cable installer at the customer data plant. It involves the installation and decommissioning of fiber optics and CAT6 telecommunication cabling under raised flooring and overhead cable trays and pathways. An idea candidate must be able to perform the following task with industrial and experience skillsets.

Required Skills and Education:
Must understand the following:
  • Main Communications Rooms (MCRs)
  • Cable Plant System
  • Routing
  • Pathways
  • Experience with the use the best commercial practices for the tasking for installing all phases of this installation in accordance with all applicable standards from Electronics Industry Association (EIA)/Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) 568B, 569, 606, TSB Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) 67 (Testing UTP), TSB 72 (Fiber cabling guidelines), and TSB 75 (Horizontal Cabling in open offices); National Electric Codes; and Fire Codes.

2-3 years’ experience in cat5,cat6, and fiber optics cable pulling and installation, data center cabling installation, termination, testing, and troubleshooting.

Desired Certification
  • Master Low voltage Installer Certification
  • BICSI Installer 1® (INST1)
  • BICSI Technician® (TECHTM)
  • Fiber Optics Installer (FOI) Certification.

Job Duties include:
Draft Cable Labels
  • Label the cables with their destination at every termination point (to ensure that both the ends of the cable are labeled for identification and traceability).
  • Place labels where they can be read without disconnecting a cable. Labels should be permanent; machine-printed labels.
  • Avoid routing the cables over equipment and other patch panel ports. Instead, route the cables through the sides of the rack hidden from sight.
  • Avoid placing multiple cable bundles over each other or over-bundling the cables, as it leads to performance degradation of the cables below.
  • Always use the shortest cord possible for the connection.
  • Avoid leaving cable slack under the floor and bundle the cables using Velcro ties.
  • Avoid leaving loose (unplugged) cables on the floor, as this could constitute as a major safety hazard.
  • Ensure that the cables are not installed in front of the air ventilation grids as it leads to improper ventilation, overheating of the equipment, and dust accumulation.
  • Avoid mounting the cabling components in places that block accessibility to other equipment (such as a power strip or fans) in and out of the racks.
  • Separate the copper and fiber cables in the runs (or have separate runs) because the weight of the copper cables can crush the fiber cables that are placed below it.
  • Use the Velcro-based ties every 1 to 2 meters for bundling or securing the cables, and avoid using the zip ties as they apply pressure on the cables.
  • Remove the abandoned cables, as they restrict the airflow, and contribute to the possible increase in the operational temperatures, which can affect the durability of the system.
  • Cable slack must never be left hanging loose in the channel. This can cause "bunching" of the cords at the bottom (spaghetti).
  • Apply sufficient vertical and horizontal managers to data center cable management, which can provide convenience for future changes as cables are removed for upgrade or unforeseen downtime events.  
  • Final Cable Labels
  • Installation Testing
  • Provide sourcing support on the purchasing and installation with the following guidelines unless otherwise specified:
  • The power cables will be manufactured in accordance with the National Electrical Code (NEC).
  • Materials used in the manufacture of power cables will be Underwriters Laboratories (UL) listed or approved.
  • Wire will be the stranded variety.
  • Wire will be appropriately sized for the designated breaker and receptacle being ordered.
  • Wire for exceptionally long whips shall be sized in accordance with voltage drop calculations.
  • The wiring will be color coded in accordance with the NEC, as follows: Phase A = Black, Phase B = Red, Phase C = Blue, Neutral = White, & Ground = Green.
  • Sheathing for all cables will be Flexible type CB, UL listed or approved, Shielded Blue Liquid Tight conduit appropriately sized according to the NEC for the conductors.
  • A seven-foot length of wire will extend beyond the end of the liquid tight to allow installation into PDU and PDUX panels.
  • All cables are to be Megger Tested prior to delivery.
  • All cables are to be labeled according to the following requirements:
  • A separate label will be used for the Cable # and for the remaining information.
  • Both labels will be affixed 12 inches from both ends.
  • Labels will be secured by heat shrink tubing.
  • Text for the designated Cable # will be one inch high.
  • The remaining information will appear on a separate label to include the PDU breaker designation, the POUS number if applicable, the receptacle designation, and the cable length.
  • All circuit breakers are to be Square "D" Bolt On (QOB) Type or General Electric (GE) Type.
  •  Cable Plant Management System
    • Experience with cable plat management systems will be a plus

Work Schedule
  • Part-Time Position
  • Datacenter installation will include office after 5:pm - 9:30 pm. Contractors are expected to arrive for work at 5:30 pm to conduct the walkthrough with the Computer Services Division (CSvD) based on schedule
  • All other installations will be based within regular work hours 8 am to 5 pm
  • With 9-18 hours work week per week. 
  • The normal daily schedule shall be Monday through Friday from 8:00 am-5:00 pm.

HR Management
Smarthost Design Technologies LLC

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