Network Planning Engineer - Washington, DC


Cogent Communications is a multinational, Tier 1 facilities-based ISP, consistently ranked as one of the top five networks in the world and is publicly traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the ticker symbol CCOI. Cogent specializes in providing businesses with high speed Internet access and point-to-point transport services. Cogent's facilities-based, all-optical IP network backbone provides IP services in over 219 markets globally. Since its inception, Cogent has unleashed the benefits of IP technology, building one of the largest and highest capacity IP networks in the world. This network enables Cogent to offer large bandwidth connections at highly competitive prices. Cogent also offers superior customer support by virtue of its end-to-end control of service delivery and network monitoring. A competitive base salary and a full benefits package including; Health, Dental, Vision, Paid Time Off (PTO), Short and Long Term Disability, Life Insurance, Holidays, Parental Leave, 401(k) plan with employer match, stock options, and an Employee Assistance Program. Most benefits take effect within 30 days of employment, and some require a waiting period.


  • Evaluated and approve simple service orders requiring minimal engineering to provision
  • Learn Cogent network architecture and various types of optical transport equipment
  • Prepare Bill of Materials (BOM) and Statement of Work (SOW) for simple network augmentation projects, based on high-level outline from Director or Senior Engineers
  • Create and update engineering drawings, maps, and databases
  • Assist with various network engineering-related activities as needed
  • Expected to grow and take on additional and more advanced network planning tasks within two years

The position will be located at our Washington, DC headquarters location and will report to the Director, North American Network Planning.


  • Bachelors Degree in Engineering or Physics
  • Excellent verbal communication and documentation skills
  • Good interpersonal skills, and the ability to work effectively with others on a team
  • Superior skills in Microsoft Office tools, including Access, Excel, and Visio
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize assignments as well as high levels of organizational skills
  • Ability and willingness to learn, and a positive can-do attitude

*NOTE: This is NOT an IT, Network Operations or IP Engineering position

COVID-19 Policy:

Cogent has adopted a mandatory vaccination and booster policy which requires all U.S. employees to be fully vaccinated (including booster shots when eligible) against COVID-19. Prior to beginning employment, new employees must provide proof of vaccination or apply for and receive an accommodation to be exempt from the policy.

By submitting an application or resume for this position, I understand that is an in-office position and agree to abide Cogent’s mandatory vaccination policy.

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Cogent Communications is an Equal Opportunity Employer.