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Facebook Utility Standards Engineer, Bombyx in Des Moines, Iowa


Facebook's mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Through our family of apps and services, we're building a different kind of company that connects billions of people around the world, gives them ways to share what matters most to them, and helps bring people closer together. Whether we're creating new products or helping a small business expand its reach, people at Facebook are builders at heart. Our global teams are constantly iterating, solving problems, and working together to empower people around the world to build community and connect in meaningful ways. Together, we can help people build stronger communities - we're just getting started.


Our use of the internet for work, education, health care, and social connection continues to increase, with data consumption per person growing 20 percent to 30 percent annually. And despite this rapid growth, nearly half of the world is being left behind, either lacking adequate access to the internet or going completely unconnected. Bombyx is an aerial fiber deployment system that makes it faster and cheaper to deploy fiber, the most scalable communications technology that has over 1,000x the bandwidth of any wireless technology. Latin for silkworm, Bombyx is our attempt to make the single biggest drop in the cost of terrestrial fiber deployment by combining innovations in the fields of robotics and fiber-optic cable design to increase the amount of terrestrial fiber on land — without the expense of trenching to lay fiber underground.Bombyx’s high speed, low cost fiber deployment process works by wrapping fiber around existing medium voltage powerlines. We are looking for an experienced engineer to help us develop technology requirements and operating and maintenance procedures to ensure compatibility with electric utility standards, maximize worker safety and product reliability and minimize disruptions to electric utility operations.

Required Skills:

  1. Work with electric utility personnel to develop use procedures and system specifications to make Bombyx technology compatible and easily adoptable by electric utilities

  2. Independently prepare thorough and accurate technical reports, documentation, calculations and sketches

  3. Recommend changes to specifications and operations procedures to improve compatibility with electric utility standards & procedures, maximize worker safety and product reliability while minimizing disruptions to electric utility operations

  4. Meet with electric utility executives, PUCs, et cetera to maximize adoption of technology

  5. Support and/or Lead the introduction of Bombyx industry standards working in collaboration with the appropriate (local & international) Standards bodies and other subject matter experts (SMEs)

  6. 15%-30% domestic and international travel

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Bachelors in EE or equivalent experience

  2. Professional Engineer License

  3. 10+ years experience working in the electric utility sector

  4. Experience with developing specification documents and working with utilities and standards bodies

  5. Experience introducing new technologies into electric utilities

  6. Familiar with Safety Regulations and Approval in the Utility Electrical Industry

  7. Experience working with industry standards bodies (IEEE, NERC, NESC, NEC, ASCE, ACI, etc.)

  8. Working knowledge of NESC

  9. Experienced and competent individual capable of successfully solving difficult problems that require adaptation and modification of standard techniques, procedures, and criteria

  10. Capable of devising new approaches to problems encountered

  11. Experience working with light supervision across a diverse team

  12. Experience to effectively communicate and build positive relationships with customers, engineers, customer service, sales, corporate partners and line crew personnel

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Experience in Distribution Electrical Networks and/or Smart Grid Initiatives

  2. Experience with telecommunication technology with an emphasis on utility grid communications

  3. Familiarity with live line operations

  4. Experience with overhead distribution standards and design

Industry: Internet

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