City of Boston

Principal Engineer (Telecom)

Posted Date 5 months ago(1/18/2023 7:43 AM)
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Public Works Department
Regular Full-Time
PWD Enginering Div Capital
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This is a provisional appointment.


Brief job description (essential functions of the positions):


Under the general direction of the City Engineer, the Principal Engineer assists in the review of plans and detail designs for the construction, alteration, or reconstruction of telecommunication network and other utility infrastructure as well as streets, sidewalks, bridges, retaining walls, footpaths, street lighting, transportation systems, and related installations in the city of Boston.



The Principal Engineer maintains and upholds the requirements for design, installation, and maintenance of public and private assets within City rights-of-way; inspects the installation of certain improvements in the field.  Acts as a liaison between the department and other City agencies, private companies, and other constituents.  Assists with considering changes and updating telecom/utility policies and protocols as needed.  Performs other related duties as required.


Required to work any and all emergencies as directed by the Chief of Streets or designee.


Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • Applicant should have at least (A) five (5) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, technical or professional experience in civil or electrical engineering work in such areas as utilities, telecommunications, construction, survey, design, transportation, and/or hydraulics, of which (B) at least three years must have been in a professional capacity and (C) at least one year havebeen a supervisory, managerial, or administrative capacity, or any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below. A degree in Civil Engineering or Electrical.
  • Engineering is strongly preferred. EIT designation or PE License is strongly desired.
  • Applicant should be familiar with design engineering principles, standards, and practices applicable to the layout, detail design, and specifications required for the construction of utilities and other related infrastructure and appurtenances. Applicant should have a working knowledge of telecom network buildout, DAS/small cell antenna design, and aerial and subsurface utility design, installation, and repair. Familiarity with applicable laws, municipal ordinances and regulations, departmental policies, and instructions is preferred. Applicant must have the ability to exercise good judgment and be able to focus on details as required by the job.

Demonstrated ability to:

  • Plan and supervise diversified design engineering work.
  • Apply engineering knowledge and experience to the solution of diversified design engineering programs.
  • Work cooperatively and effectively with others.


  • 1) An undergraduate degree with a major in civil engineering or electrical engineering** may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience.*
  • 2) A graduate degree with a major in civil or electrical engineering** may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required (B) experience.*
  • **NOTE: The term civil engineering includes related engineering disciplines, such as construction, survey, hydraulics, design, transportation, structural, soils, sanitary, environmental, drafting, highway, architectural, airport and materials.
  • * Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.
  • NOTE: Educational substitutions will only be permitted for a maximum of one year of the required (B) experience. No substitutions will be permitted for the required (C) experience.

Boston Residency Required.



Union/Salary Plan/Grade: AFSCME/RA-20

Hours: 35 per week



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