• Region: KZN
  • Reporting to: Operations Specialist
  • Reference: KZN – 2023/05
  • Date Advertised: 04 January 2023
  • Closing Date: 28 february 2023

Link Africa (Pty) Ltd has a vacancy for a Splicing Technician within the Operations Department in the KZN region.

Purpose of Job: To build and maintain a resilient and stable fibre network, in a cost-efficient way, ensure customer excellence and skill transference through knowledge sharing.

Accountabilities and Responsibilities (Key Performance Indicators and Tasks)

Link Build

  • Splice new customer up on network, as per splicing instructions (SI)
  • Build the link as per SI and obtain ref from planning dept. if there are any changes on SI
  • Return splicing instructions As Build and pack to Project Manager/Project Leader

  • Build Links effectively as per SI, LA specification and quality standards
Restoration of Breaks (MTTR) and network availability

  • Fault find and restore breaks in the quickest time possible and within the set SLA agreement.
  • Maintain shortest timelines between temporary and permanent repairs: Use shortest time to get client to work (to meet SLA)
  • Maintain man holes and routes on a daily basis (cleaning, numbering, slack management, locks and lid replacement and labelling)
  • Identify weak spots and breaks in the network that are high risk:
    • Identify high traffic routes (check diversity)
    • Identify weak spots until it can be rectified, not allowing access
    • Commissioning man holes

  • Restore all breaks in quickest time possible and within the set SLA. Availability of the network is at 99.98%.
Execute Pro-Active Maintenance

  • Identify circuits affected for cut over to make permanent repairs, based on client data and availability. (8 weeks)
  • Conduct site observation and decide on appropriate action where joints are not up to standard and ducts are damaged.
  • Manage protected weak spots until it can be rectified, not allowing access
  • Manage rectify / remedy cutting over cables and / or cutting in new joints
  • Perform tracing, planning and execute cut overs
  • Update As Builds / ATPs of changed links after cut overs

  • Pro-active maintenance executed as per As Build
OTDR Analysis

  • Accurately read and interpret test results of OTDR testing equipment.

  • Accurate OTDR testing and analysis
Health and Safety Compliance

  • Adheres to all the safety policies as defined by the EH&S act and the LA /H20 policies regarding Safety.

  • Adhere to all safety policies and procedures
Regular inspection and maintenance of business tools 

  • Adherence to Fleet policy, SHEQ requirements, IT policy and all other applicable LA policies

  • Business tools maintained in good working order
Oversee and mentor Assistant Splicer

  • Demonstrate good workmanship
  • Share knowledge of products, processes, specifications and equipment
  • Mentor Assistant Splicer

  • Facilitate practical on-the-job skill transference
Miscellaneous & General

  • Perform any other work- related duties and responsibilities that may be assigned from time-to-time by management

Education and/or Work Experience Requirements/Competencies:

  • N3 Certificate or equivalent of Grade 12
  • 3 years’ technical experience in the Optical Fibre environment (Construction and Maintenance)
  • Must have a valid clean driver’s license with < 3 years driving experience
  • Knowledge of Environmental, Health and Safety Management regulations pertaining to fibre optic installations
  • Knowledge and understanding of ICT industry is essential
  • Knowledge of test equipment (OTDR) and Health and Safety is recommended
  • Problem solving individuals with a competitive nature will stand out above the peers
  • Registration as an FOA Splicer (5-day course) is highly recommended

Technical Skills

Computer Literacy Good working knowledge of MS Outlook and other applicable software.
Splicing Able to joint optical fibres end-to-end, using heat. Registration as an FOA Splicer (5-day course) is highly recommended
OTDR Analysis Good working knowledge of fault finding / testing equipment OTDR
Data Integrity Update applicable documentation to ensure accurate records are maintained
Technical Applications Remain conversant on technical applications used in the telecommunications field

Personal attributes/Behavioural Competencies

Solution Driven Identifies problems, analyses problems, generates workable solutions and resolves problems according to acceptable quality standards.
Performance driven Puts in sufficient effort to meet or exceed business and customer expectations both in terms of delivery and quality. Able to act without being prompted to. Demonstrates a sense of urgency, self-motivation and ownership in work. Has a need for achievement.
Manages Pressure Handles work related stress, pressure and difficulties. Bounces back from obstacles and setbacks, ensuring work continuity. Remains optimistic and persistent.
Ethics Is honest, responsible and moral interactions with colleagues and customers. Demonstrates principles of decent human conduct. Adopts organisational values and is fair to
all people regardless of who they are. Adopts job related standards of conduct and professionalism.
Attentive to Detail Thorough. Gives care and consideration to all parts and aspects of tasks. Considers fine points.
Time Management Systematically structures/plans own time and implements this plan. Able to prioritise and action tasks within given timeframes without compromising on quality. Create contingency plans to cater for unforeseen circumstances.
Writing and Reporting Writes convincingly; writes clearly, succinctly and correctly; avoids the unnecessary use of jargon or complicated language; writes in a well-structured and logical way; structures information to meet the needs and understanding of the intended audience.

This vacancy is open to all Internal Candidates.  Interested candidates must email their detailed CV’s to anniea@linkafrica.co.za by no later than 28 February 2023.  Please note that only short-listed candidates will be responded to.

This job is Expired