CenturyLink Montana Combination Outside Field Technician in Sidney, Montana

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) at http://www.centurylink.com is a global communications and IT services company focused on connecting its customers to the power of the digital world. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, big data analytics, managed security services, hosting, cloud, and IT consulting services. The company provides broadband, voice, video, advanced data and managed network services over a robust 265,000-route-mile U.S. fiber network and a 360,000-route-mile international transport network. Visit CenturyLink at http://www.centurylink.com/ for more information.

Job Summary

Be a part of the CenturyLink network organization – responsible for installing and maintaining the telecommunications network that’s the backbone of our business. As a CenturyLink employee you receive paid vacation and holidays and have the opportunity to participate in the various CenturyLink benefit options, including medical, dental and vision, pension & 401(k) plans. Employees also have the opportunity to continue their education through the prepaid tuition assistance program and receive discounts on CenturyLink products and services.

Job Description

  • Interprets customer service orders, engineering work prints, circuit diagrams, equipment drawings, technical manuals, etc., in the performance of job duties.

  • Repairs, maintains, splices and performs conformance testing of subscriber line, carrier plant and/or line fiber optic plant.

  • Performs various splicing functions on new cable and wire and makes splicing rearrangements on existing facilities in buried, underground, aerial and building work locations.

  • Keeps detailed written record of work activity including names, times and dates of contacts.

  • Performs splicing functions on all other types of outside plant where the work requires cable sheath opening, e.g., sheath openings, sheath repair, lead sheath/sleeve soldering, severed cable restoration, etc.

  • Tests and adjusts complex equipment using testing devices, e.g., signal generators, oscilloscopes, transmission measuring sets, volt-ohm-millimeters, etc.

  • Receives service orders, worksheets (detailed diagrams describing nature and location of equipment to be installed or repaired) and repair tickets from supervisor or other designated employees and performs specified work. Contacts test center or other designated employees during tour for other assignments.

  • When installing or repairing telephone systems, connects equipment to inside cable and makes cross connections by connecting color coded wires.

  • Joins, repairs, and rearranges cable conductors in utility holes. Makes necessary test for gas before entering utility hole. Must pump water and clean debris from utility hole.

  • Performs routine maintenance e.g., cleaning, lubricating, adjusting equipment, etc. Operates hydraulic aerial lifts (buckets) and ladders mounted on trucks. Uses hand tools and heavy duty power equipment, e.g., compressors, pumps, blowers, etc.

  • Works with pressurized cable systems. Reads and analyzes printouts to determine possible air leaks. Locates and repairs air leaks in aerial, underground and/or buried cable.

  • Installs, inspects, rearranges, tests, repairs and removes: - telephone sets -complex multi-line telephone systems - radio loops - alarm circuits - video pickups - mobile phones - 2 and 4 wire trunks and data circuits - microwave transmitters and receivers - broadcast lines and antennas - ancillary equipment and high speed and multiplexing equipment

  • Discusses service and equipment with customers. Performs specified work. Tests equipment, lines and service to verify proper and working installation.



  • At least six months experience within the last five years (prefer 12 months):

  • Connecting telecom color-coded wires and cables to terminals, attaching or detaching various kinds of hardware to wires, cables, buildings and poles.

  • Installing, maintaining/repairing, and testing residential/small business telecommunication service, both POTS and DSL on copper and/or fiber optic cable in an aerial, or buried environment.

  • At least six (6) months experience within the last five (5) years provisioning and maintaining DSO, DS1/T1, DS3/T3, switching equipment and ISDN circuits or services.

  • Pole-climbing certification is a requirement of the job.

  • Working knowledge of test equipment (e.g., Tech Tad, Sidekick, 965DSP, transmission measuring sets).

  • A valid State driver’s license with a current satisfactory driving record.

  • This service area requires extensive travel to serve the customers

  • Work varying shifts and hours including possible mandatory overtime, weekends and holidays.

Ability to:

  • Perceive differences in wire and telecom cable color.

  • Climb and work at elevations (e.g., from ladders, poles, lift trucks) exceeding 18 feet as well as in confined spaces (e.g., attics, crawl spaces, utility holes).

  • Perform strenuous physical activities including, but not limited to: lifting objects weighing over 100 pounds. (Any offer of employment is contingent upon passage of a strength test.)erform job activities outdoors in different weather conditions (e.g., extreme cold and/or heat, inclement weather).

  • Foster team work in a cooperative climate and to work independently in the field with little supervision.

PREFERRED Job Qualifications:

  • 12 months of experience in testing and turning up DSL and POTS

  • 12 months experience within the last five (5) years provisioning and maintaining DSO, DS1/T1, DS3/T3, switching equipment and ISDN circuits or services.

  • Ability to read, review, interprets and understands technical documents (e.g., schematics, drawings, blueprints, layouts).

  • Prior customer service experience.

  • Ability to promote sales of products and services.

  • Prior experience working on a computer in a Windows-based system and with Microsoft Outlook.

  • Prior experience using a body belt and safety straps.

Other Job Requirements:

  • Selected candidate is required to remain in the position for a minimum of 30 months (Time in Title) and 18 months (Time in Location).

Alternate Location: US-Montana-Sidney

Requisition # : 144728

This job may require successful completion of an online assessment. A brief description of the assessments can be viewed on our website at http://find.centurylink.jobs/testguides/

This position is part of a bargaining unit and represented by a union. Depending upon the applicable collective bargaining agreement under which you may be hired, you may be: (a) required to join the union and pay union dues as a condition of employment; or, (b) required to pay union dues, but not join the union as a condition of employment; or (c) free to chose whether or not to join the union, but if you do join the union you would be obligated to pay union dues.

EEO Statement

We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, ancestry, citizenship, national origin, religion, veteran status, disability, genetic characteristic or information, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, family status, pregnancy, or other legally protected status (collectively, “protected statuses”). We do not tolerate unlawful discrimination in any employment decisions, including recruiting, hiring, compensation, promotion, benefits, discipline, termination, job assignments or training.


The above job definition information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. Job duties and responsibilities are subject to change based on changing business needs and conditions.