Field Service Technician-Construction III

Job Locations US-CO-Berthoud
TDS Cable Operations
Sign-On Bonus $
$5,000 (50% after 3 months, 50% after 6 months)


The Field Service Technician-Construction III position oversees the construction and maintenance of outside plant cable facilities in TDS Telecom serving areas. Performs advanced operation of construction equipment which includes, but is not limited to, trenchers, backhoes, end loaders and plows. Manages the overall project while coordinating with internal and external resources. Ensures the entire team operates according to safety protocols.


This position is eligible for a $5,000 sign-on bonus! (Payout terms apply)


Compensation for this role lies typically within the range of $26.00 to $32.00 per hour, but is dependent upon experience.


TDS delivers up to 2 Gigabit internet speeds and offers internet-protocol based TV entertainment solutions along with traditional phone services in nearly 1,00 rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities. Powered by fiber-optics and new industry-leading technologies, TDS is a growing force in building and deploying fiber optic networks in the United States.


Receives maps and staking sheets for full construction project and ensures project is built with limited guidance.

  • Communicates updates to the project team as required.
  • Manages daily and weekly project work based on deadlines, material and equipment availability, weather, and other factors. Coordinates with supervisor to ensure continual supply of work and availability of materials.
  • Drafts and submits redlines upon completion of project.
  • Ensures locates are performed on time and prior to team’s and equipment’s arrival to worksite.
  • Regularly engages municipalities, utility companies, suppliers, contractors, and property owners to smoothly coordinate project tasks and avoid disputes.
  • Reads construction plans and municipality permits, and determines approach for completing work.
  • Maintains all project documentation, record costs of project materials and material transfers.
  • Ensures DOT inspections are performed on equipment.
  • Works with project managers to ensure projects remain on schedule and within budget.

Advanced operation of trenchers, backhoes, end loaders, plows, and other excavating equipment to construct and maintain outside plant cable facilities.

  • Advanced operation of all test equipment associated with outside plant facilities and construction duties.  
  • Installs, troubleshoots, tests, splices, repairs, and maintains fiber optic/copper facilities. Identifies location of defective cable using various test equipment and repairs buried, aerial, underground and/or customer cable. Locates cable and fiber in response to customer requests and/or construction needs. Performs cable fault acceptance tests on newly constructed facilities.

Actively trains, monitors and coaches team members while sharing construction knowledge and experience. Performs quality control inspections and makes training recommendations. Ensures safety protocols are enforced.


Required Qualifications

  • 2+ years of construction experience utilizing heavy equipment such as a trencher, plow, and backhoe -OR- current military service, or prior military service with honorable discharge.
  • 2+ years of telecommunications outside plant experience.
  • 1 + years of experience leading construction projects.
  • Must follow the TDS attendance guidelines in order to meet TDS’s business needs including but not limited to our obligations to our customers and to our customers’ needs.
  • Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license and a Commercial Learner’s Permit, and must remain eligible for DOT requirements. Commercial Drivers’ License (CDL) is required to be obtained within 120 days of starting position.

Other Qualifications

  • Upon hire, must successfully complete customer-specific requirements, which may include a background check administered by the customer.
  • Proven organizational skills and ability to multi-task.
  • Physical requirements may vary based on company needs: Ability to dig, lift and climb.
  • Requires being available for on-call/standby responsibilities and may require occasional travel.
  • Must be willing to work overtime as needed. May be required to work various/swing shifts as business needs dictate.
  • Must be able to operate vehicles with manual transmissions.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear.  The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must also be able to climb poles, ladders, towers or other structures.  The employee is occasionally required to sit, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, and taste or smell.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions and may have to work in attics and crawl spaces, or high-risk areas such as high voltage electrical, trenches, and manholes. The employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts and heavy equipment; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; and vibration.  The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, and extreme heat.  The noise level in the work environment is at times loud.



As a part of your total compensation, #TDS provides a comprehensive, competitive benefit package. The benefit plans address both the immediate and long term needs that you and your family may have. For an overview of what we have to offer for full-time employees including vacation, health benefits and retirement options please click here.


At TDS, we embrace Equal Employment Opportunity by valuing our differences and consider all qualified applicants without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran or any other status protected by law. To learn about our diversity & inclusion philosophy and culture, click here!


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