Computer Assisted Drafting -Engineering

Computer Assisted Drafting -Engineering

Bedford, NS

VistaCare Communications is a leading technology solutions provider for a wide range of businesses and organizations. We are currently seeking an Outside Plant (OSP) Designer with specialization Computer Assisted Drafting to join our operations in a permanent, full-time position based out of our head office in Bedford, NS.

The Outside Plant (OSP) Engineer works to support the design and construction (both aerial and underground) of telecommunication networks.

Duties and Responsibilities: 


  • Format layout and design of the telecommunication network elements in accordance with the network design criteria;
  • Create underground and aerial conduit plans, being careful to incorporate safety measures into all aspects of designs and subsequent posting to client’s systems;
  • Collect data from route or site visits of any surface features and underground utility data necessary to support preparation of construction drawings where required;
  • Analyze and design various project requests directly from customer request stage to the build and / or modify outside plant infrastructure for both commercial and residential locations;
  • Perform right-of-way and route assessments to confirm the route corridor is acceptable and cost-effective;
  • Read and interpret fibre network design drawings, and outside plant records (data, maps);
  • Collaborate with other divisional teams to overcome project challenges and provide optimal solutions.
  • Field Survey / Data Collection (out of province as needed)
Knowledge and Skills: 


  • Detailed knowledge of some of the following programs:
    • QGIS
    • Network Engineer
    • NetworkX
    • Spatial Net
    • SPIDA Calc
    • Quick Pole
    • PLS-CADD
    • Auto-CAD
    • Microstation
  • Great computer skills and ability to learn new software with ease
  • Detail-oriented with good organizational and time-management skills;
  • Must be able to prioritize as needed, in a deadline-driven environment;
  • Capability to accommodate the different telecommunications standards established for each client;
  • Ability to read and understand blueprints and drawings;
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills;
  • General understanding of construction documents, drawings, and specifications;
  • Knowledge of current construction practices is considered an asset;
  • Highly analytical and proven problem-solving abilities.


Experience Required: 
  • 0 – 3 years experience in Telecommunications or Fibre to the Home design
  • This is a junior position
Additional Requirements: 
  • Valid driver’s license and reasonable driver abstract;
  • The successful candidate will be required to pass a criminal record check;
  • Occasional travel may be required to conduct site visits and field detailing, where project dictates.
Compensation and Benefits: 
  • Compensation is commensurate with experience and skill level
  • 50% employer paid comprehensive group benefits (health, dental, vision, insurance)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)