Outside plant network technician specializing in fiber optic splicing

01 July 2024
Full-time, permanent

General description of tasks

Reporting to the Outside Network Team Leader, the Outside Network Technician specializing in fiber optic splicing is responsible for performing installation, maintenance, and repair work on fiber optic networks. This technician is specifically assigned to fiber optic splicing.

More specifically, they ensure all necessary information is gathered on-site to facilitate preparation and installation. They must read and adhere to installation plans. They receive assignments, prepare the necessary materials, and proceed with fiber optic installations or repairs. The Outside Network Technician specializing in fiber optic splicing must proudly represent the company, as they are often the only in-person contact that corporate or institutional clients will have with the company. They may also be called upon to assist installation technicians as needed. Their work is carried out in compliance with safety codes, client practices, and company procedures and policies.

Main responsibilities

Carry out installation, network maintenance, and fiber optic splicing work in accordance with plans and specifications

  • Travel to work sites.
  • Perform three types of tasks according to assignments:
  • Installations (network development and commercial and institutional connections).
  • Maintenance (breakdowns, emergencies).
  • Surveys for planning future work.
  • Upon arrival, assess risks and take necessary measures.
  • Complete forms on the site documentation platform.
  • Deploy fiber optic network as per the design plan provided by the engineering team.
  • Using appropriate tools, install drops, optical equipment, fiber cables, and perform fiber splicing.
  • Use fiber splicing machines to weld fibers and test for losses and continuity.
  • Ensure network functionality after installation and during commercial and institutional service installations.
  • Supervise subcontractors’ work when fibers are exposed.
  • Conduct network performance analyses with specialized equipment, identify problems, and escalate issues to the Network Operations Center when necessary.
  • Perform maintenance and repairs as directed by the analyst or technician at the Network Operations Center.
  • Fill out work orders on an electronic tablet, including photos and speed tests.


Daily Planning of Installation and Maintenance Tasks

  • Review assignments.
  • Read and understand the plans and ensure clarity on the tasks to be performed.
  • Plan material needs, including installation kits, equipment, tools, safety accessories, and consumables.
  • Gather necessary installation kits and verify their contents before heading to the site.


Equipment Maintenance and Preparation

  • Perform daily vehicle inspection and cleaning upon return.
  • Submit documents (purchase orders, photos, etc.).
  • Charge battery-operated tools to ensure availability for the next workday.
  • Ensure fuel supply for generators, chainsaws, etc.
  • Support or replace installation technicians as needed (refer to the installation technician job description).


  • Diploma in telecommunications, electronics, electrotechnics, or a related field.
  • Specific certifications in fiber optics.
  • Class 5 driver’s license (Class 3 is an asset).
  • ASP Construction General Safety Certification for construction sites (an asset).
  • Working at heights certification (an asset).
  • ASP Construction Fall Prevention Training (an asset).
  • 2+ years of experience as a fiber optic splicing technician.
  • Bilingual (French and English, spoken and written).
  • Knowledge of the Cree language is an asset.

Technical skills and knowledge

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Outlook, Teams, and WhatsApp.
  • Knowledge of OSP-FTTH design, construction principles, and industry standards.
  • Ability to read plans and specifications.

Personal skills and abilities

  • Demonstrate a commitment to quality and customer service.
  • Show autonomy and resourcefulness.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to follow instructions and learn quickly.
  • Organizational and task prioritization skills.
  • Sense of responsibility.
  • Attention to detail and rigor.
  • Ability to work under pressure, adapt to changes, and manage stress.
  • Teamwork skills and ability to assist the installation team

Job specifications

  • Travel to various locations, including remote and isolated areas.
  • Possible stays away from the home location.
  • Guided by common use contracts, agreements with contractors, and ACNOR construction standards.
  • Regular daytime and weekday schedule, but workday length may vary due to travel and encountered issues.
  • Availability for evening and weekend support and intervention.
  • Mostly outdoor work in all seasons and varying weather conditions.
  • Low to medium stress level due to external constraints, technical challenges, and time limits.

Efforts required

  • Medium to high physical effort, such as loading equipment over short distances and climbing ladders.
  • Handling weights between 40 to 50 pounds.
  • Concentration and sensory attention due to numerous environmental factors during installations.
  • Handle equipment with care and caution.