NASA Lead Cable Plant Technician - Military veterans preferred



  full-time   employee

United States


SAIC has an immediate need for a Lead Cable Plant Technician to support the NASA Integrated Communications Services (NICS) contract at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The NICS contract provides high quality integrated communications services for secure voice, video and data solutions and services to NASA customers worldwide. This role includes installing cable plant cabling and infrastructure, terminating copper and fiber optic cables, troubleshooting different types of cabling issues, and other operational duties while adhering to strict safety guidelines. Candidate should be proficient at developing and interpreting technical diagrams, and communicating with customers. Candidate should be accustomed to managing a team of cable plant techs, work orders, trouble tickets, and updating project documentation.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Installation of category 5e, 6, and 6A cabling and SM/MM fiber optic cabling
  • Installation of cabling pathways and telecom room infrastructure including j-hooks, ladder, racks, cabinets, and wall fields.
  • Labeling and documenting cabling and pathways
  • Performing certification testing on Fiber and Copper Cables
  • Managing cable plant supplies and inventory
  • Troubleshooting of category, copper, and fiber optic cabling
  • Termination of copper cables including 110 and 66M
  • Cross connect of circuits on fiber optic cables
  • Adhere to OSHA, NASA, Company, and customer safety requirements.
  • Testing and troubleshooting of fiber optic cables to include the use of power meters and optical time domain reflectometers
  • Termination of fiber optic cabling using fusion splice pigtails and Unicam connectors
  • Completing site surveys
  • Creating cable plant designs and documentation for installation by others
  • Monitoring and responding to online ticketing system for work orders and incidents
  • Working with subcontractors and providing materials and support for larger projects
  • Update cable plant documentation in an online system


Required Education and Experience:

  • 5+ years of inside and outside cable plant experience working with fiber optic, copper, and category cabling.
  • 2 yrs. managing other technicians


Required Skills:

  • Advanced troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to interpret construction drawings and specifications
  • Ability to identify different colors and telecom color codes
  • Communication skills with the ability to successfully collaborate with other members of the team
  • Ability to work flexible hours, i.e., weekends or late afternoons and evenings.
  • Lifting of heavy objects of up to 50 pounds


Desired Skills / Experiences:

  • Familiar with Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Visio
  • Ability to become Asbestos Class III certified for working in ceiling spaced that contain asbestos containing materials (ACM); no abatement.
  • Fundamental knowledge of voice, video, data, and wireless network technologies (e.g., LAN/WAN, Wireless, VoIP, Physical security, Video conferencing)
  • Knowledge of the National Electrical Code (NEC) and its applications in the telecommunications field.
  • Knowledge of TIA industry standard cabling standards and BICSI best practices
  • Experience with fiber optic cable fusion-splicing techniques



  • Ability to obtain public trust


Certifications / Training:

  • BICSI Technician (Tech) Certification - highly desirable 


Travel (if any):

  • Occasional (<5%) greater than 20 miles

COVID Policy: Prospective and/or new employees will be required to adhere with SAIC's vaccination policy. Full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work onsite at an SAIC location. If applicable, prospective or new employees may seek an exemption to the vaccination requirement at and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment. Employees working onsite at a customer location must comply with customer requirements which may include mandatory vaccination, mandatory attestation regarding one's vaccination status and mandatory weekly or bi-weekly testing.