Optical Network Documentation and Data 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 Ethernet 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.


  • Develop and update logical network diagrams (Visio drawings) and maps of metro and long-haul optical fiber networks
  • Maintain database of optical network physical parameters (span distances, loss, fiber provider, provider ID, etc.)
  • Drive the collection of metro and long haul network data
  • Provide coordination between field managers, fiber acquisition team, NOC and Network planning as it pertains to documenting and verifying as-built drawings/documentation
  • Provide hands-on technical expertise visually translating textual/geographical network configuration data into network diagrams and GIS coded maps
  • Maintain proficiency in up-to-date technological developments in Internet/telecommunications infrastructure, DWDM/CWDM optical fiber transport systems, and GIS systems


  • Strong proficiency in MS Visio
  • Strong working knowledge of GIS systems, including familiarity with Google Earth (.kmz), MS Streets & Trips, MapInfo, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to render optical fiber network drawings and maps
  • Basic understanding of DWDM/CWDM optical transport technologies and measurement parameters/techniques
  • Strong problem solving and troubleshooting skills
  • High-energy individual with good interpersonal skills who can work effectively with others, motivate peers, and drive projects to completion
  • Well developed written and verbal communication skills
  • 3+ years of optical fiber network experience involving a geographically distributed network including 2+ years field experience is desired
  • Familiarity with fiber OSP/telco/ISP operations is strongly desired
  • Bachelor's degree in a technical field or equivalent experience, certifications or training is desired
  • Strong project management skills
  • The ability to travel when necessary

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.

This position is located in Washington, DC. To apply, please submit your resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cogent Communications is an Equal Opportunity Employer.