Engineering Lead - Aerial Design and Pole Loading
Fully Remote

Being a high-growth company is about more than an expanding headcount and new business. At Essentia, being a high-growth company means entering new industries, proactively developing practices to meet tomorrow’s needs, and embracing a growth mindset as we meet new challenges daily.

What We Are Looking For

This is a management level position, working with Designers, Engineers, GIS, and other support staff and reporting directly to the Director of Engineering. Aerial Leads are expected to manage multiple markets from a technical aspect and to work directly with the pole owner as the point of contact. The Aerial Lead position will be responsible for managing a staff of up to 10 designers and drafters and be responsible for production metrics and financial reporting. This position requires subject matter expertise in pole loading analysis and make ready engineering.


The Successful Candidate Will Have

  • Bachelors degree in Civil or Structural Engineering or equivalent technical experience.
  • Professional Engineering license is preferred but not required.
  • Minimum 4 Year(s) Experience in telecom or power distribution aerial design.
  • Minimum 1 Year experience managing design/fielding staff
  • Minimum of 2 years with O-Calc Pro, PLS-CADD, Pole Foreman or Spida-Calc is required.
  • Subject matter expert on pole loading analysis software
  • Subject matter expert on pole fielding and surveying practices
  • Familiarity with AutoCAD
  • Familiarity with pole collection software such as IKE or Katapult
  • Experience managing project budgets is preferred but not required.

What You’ll Be Doing

  • Report directly to the Director of Engineering for the reporting of production, metrics, and financial metrics of the Aerial design staff.
  • Manage an Engineering/Drafter team of up to 10 members.
  • Work directly with the Project Manager for FTTH work and MRE designs.
  • Work directly with the Permitting Team for updates and submittals.
  • Create and develop the scopes of work required by pole owners and power utilities for design and pole loading analysis.
  • Establish relationships with Pole Owners and Power Utilities and be the point of contact for questions and deliverables with the Agency.
  • Be a subject matter expert in aerial design and fielding practices.
  • Manage subcontractors’ schedules for fielding and design deliverables.
  • Have an in-depth knowledge of the Contract documents and Pole Attachment agreements.
  • Have an in-depth understanding of pole loading design standards.
  • Have an in-depth knowledge of Structural Engineering principles and practices as it relates to finite element analysis for pole loading.
  • Have an in-depth understanding of NESC 2023 code requirements.
  • Have a fundamental understanding of Telecom OSP Engineering and Construction standards.
  • Experience with IKE or Katapult is required.
  • This role will include troubleshooting and solving a wide variety of engineering and construction related issues across several markets simultaneously.
  • Perform Quality Control and Assurance on designs prior to submittal.
  • This position requires tracking of submittals and schedules in combination with our existing permitting team.
  • Create and maintain standards for design.
  • Oversee drawings using ArcGIS, AutoCAD or other electronic drawing packages as required. AutoCAD drafting will be minimal in this position.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by management. 

Why You Should Apply

As a leader in communications, Essentia values its relationship with its team members. A healthy work-life balance is a top priority. That’s why we offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • United Healthcare medical plan
  • Dental and Vision 
  • 401k with company match and automatic enrollment 
  • Company paid guaranteed Basic Life Insurance and AD&D with optional voluntary life insurance for yourself, your spouse, and your dependents
  • Shared premiums for Short Term Disability (STD)
  • 8 paid holidays and 12 days PTO to start
  • Career development tuition reimbursement
  • Service and spot awards plus candidate referral rewards
  • A fun, collaborative environment with virtual and in-person social events

Why Essentia?

  • We’re growing at a rapid pace with a proven strategy and solid track record. 
  • Our team members have the autonomy and support to deliver solutions that delight our clients.
  • Our culture is values-based, with a tightknit, collaborative team that’s in it to win it.
  • We’re passionate about what we do and are driven by a purpose larger than ourselves: to connect everyone, everywhere to a better way of life. 
  • We’ve been recognized as a Certified Great Place to Work; Best NC Employer; NC Mid-Market Fast 40; Inc 5000; Financial Times’ Fastest Growing Company in The America’s 2022, among other honors. 

Our Values

Essentia’s vision is to be most admired for our trustworthiness as a business partner and employer, while achieving industry-leading results for our clients. To achieve this, we have adopted four core values that guide our decisions and actions in all we do and set us apart from our competitors.

  • INNOVATION - We see abundant possibilities and few limitations
  • COLLABORATION - We believe the power is in “we” not “I”
  • IMPACT - We work and live to make a difference
  • JUDGMENT - We think first then act smart

Hiring Process

We are looking to fill this role as soon as we find the candidate who meets or exceeds our expectations. Interviews will be conducted virtually, with the potential of in-person interviews for local candidates, and will include a meeting with the CFO, pre-employment cognitive and personality assessments, a background screening, and drug test. We offer an industry competitive compensation package that looks to reward candidates based on their experience and skills as they pertain to the role’s requirements.

Essentia is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and will not discriminate against candidates on the basis of race, color, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, physical or mental disability or any other legally protected category. Essentia also participates in the federal eVerify program.