Data Technician

Houston, TX

The Technician Tier III is responsible for providing accurate information to both internal and external customers on all inbound and outbound calls, efficiently working trouble tickets, utilizing trouble shooting, isolation and resolution skills, test equipment and all surveillance tools to provide expeditious resolutions.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

Technical Skills

  • Strong knowledge of telecommunications networking concepts.
  • Responsible for creating trouble tickets, perform trouble shooting activity to isolate cause of outage or impairment, resolve when possible and when necessary, coordinate troubleshooting resources with required skills to resolve the issue while maintaining ownership of customer follow up and final resolution.
  • Responsible for analyzing, isolating and troubleshooting data/IP issues that are either reported directly by our customers or identified via alarm surveillance systems.
  • Work in unison or escalate as required with other departments and external vendors to identify and resolve issues. This includes coordinating field service dispatches or consultations focused on trouble resolutions.
  • Dispatch field technicians, direct maintenance and restoration of systems and circuits.
  • Interface with and provide technical support for field technicians.
  • Provide well written and/or verbal updates to customers experiencing any technology network/product issue. Includes, but not limited to: voice, hosted PBX, Internet, email, VPN, MPLS, transport digital and optical and DWDM.
  • Master current and future ticketing/OSS systems. Currently, Remedy and in house ticketing system management.
  • Perform proactive customer service by reviewing accounts, surveillance tools and reports to identify areas of concern or opportunity. Develop plan, and when necessary obtain approval to implement improvement plan. Engage other teams as needed to complete the improvement.
  • Conduct all testing possible to clear the internal network prior to opening a trouble ticket with a vendor. Report issue to vendor accurately and document all vendor interaction, ticket numbers, testing and progress/updates within ticketing system. Update customer in timely manner or within committed intervals.
  • Ability to use and understand current and future monitoring tools to proactively monitor network elements and customer services and respond to impairments.
  • Correlate events and alarms to identify the root cause of a failure or impairment.
  • Ability to use and understand current and future design, inventory and ordering tools.
  • Strong understanding of DNS, email and Web Hosting.
  • Advanced understanding of router configurations.
  • Advanced understanding of NAT and PAT and DHCP configurations.
  • Strong understanding of TCP/IP protocols and IP routing
  • Advanced trouble-shooting and resolving layer one issues with advanced configuration skills in all current and future routers (customer premises, edge, core).
  • Understanding of VLAN switching, MPLS, dynamic routing protocols (BGP, EIGRP, RIP).
  • Ability to troubleshoot VPN tunnels, VOIP.
  • Remotely test Layer 1, 2 and 3 circuits.
  • Install configurations on Switches and Routers and demonstrate a thorough understanding Layer 1, 2 and 3.
  • Resolve IP, OSPF and BGP issues.

Required Qualifications:

  • Must have excellent analytical and problem solving skills, as well as excellent communication, decision-making and organizational skills.
  • Must be detail oriented, organized and able to multi-task while using critical thinking skills to solve customer problems efficiently and effectively.
  • Must have strong technical skills in IP telecommunications field and be able to demonstrate the ability to solve problems.
  • Candidate must have a working knowledge of Foundry/Brocade, Ciena and Alcatel networking devices and a thorough understanding of Layer 1, Layer 2 and Layer 3 Protocol.
  • Must be able to work under stress and in a fast-paced customer driven environment.
  • Candidate must be able to pass an oral and written exam to demonstrate their technical background.
  • Provide customer circuit/service fault isolation, communication and management.
  • Excellent comprehension of contact center etiquette and customer support skills
  • Understanding customer segmentation/tiering strategy and expectations to customer trouble ticket management process.
  • Understand and have ability to provide a quality customer experience interaction with every call or ticket worked.
  • Maintain confidentiality of all customer and company information.
  • Proven ability to operate honestly and with high integrity.
  • Demonstrates teamwork by cooperating and assisting co-workers as needed.
  • Communicates effectively with customer, co-workers and management.
  • Dependable, prompt professional who is a self-starter with initiative and drive to provide excellent customer service.
  • Adhere to company practices and regulations including attendance and punctuality expectations.
  • Learn all aspects of the position responsibilities through on-the-job training, reading and job aids.

General Requirements:

  • Professional and effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Proficient in Word & Excel applications.
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Willing to work overtime and be available for on-call duty and emergency call in situations.
  • Able to work nights, weekends and holidays.
  • Ability to speak clearly and hear effectively through phone or headset.
  • Sitting, standing for 8 hours a day
  • Vision must support looking at multiple computer monitors simultaneously. Some desktop and others large screen monitors.
  • High school diploma or General Education Degree (GED) required
  • Minimum 5 years telecommunications experience preferred.

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