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Openreach creates 150 full-time engineering jobs

Openreach last year recruited around 500 ex-armed forces personnel to help in the roll-out of its FTTC and FTTP products. Today the division of BT is announcing a further 150 full-time engineering posts are to be created with the chosen recruits starting in May 2012, bringing the number of staff involved in the fibre roll-out to over 3,000.

"We're really pleased with the progress we are making in delivering our fibre deployment. Through system and process enhancements, we're delighted to be delivering fibre even faster. We can only do this if we have the right number and calibre of engineers on the ground. It is also fantastic to be able to offer permanent jobs to people in the current economic climate."

Liv Garfield, CEO Openreach

The new recruits look set to be part of a mobile workforce, working around the country. The roll-out has passed some seven million homes to date (27% of UK homes), and will hit the ten million mark (38%) later in the year, continuing on to the two thirds target by the end of 2014.

Comments

Andrew, are you aware of the distinction between engineering technicians and actual engineers?

It certainly looks like BT either aren't aware or don't care, because their press release [1] uses the same terminology.

The best writeup I could quickly find is [2]. The now largely useless Institute of Engineering and Technology just wants your money, whichever title applies.

[1] http://www.btplc.com/News/Articles/Showarticle.cfm?ArticleID=EE6CB55B-62BF-4AE8-8BE7-B8EA5C0650D5

[2] http://www.ndt-ed.org/Careers/TechvsEng/techvseng.htm [ndt = "non destructive testing"]

  • c_j_
  • over 5 years ago

I find people can over-qualify the term engineer, you don't need to have a degree in it to be called an 'engineer' you really just have to practice it as a profession.

  • Spectre_01
  • over 5 years ago

en·gi·neer (nj-nîr)
n.
1. One who is trained or professionally engaged in a branch of engineering.
2. One who operates an engine.
3. One who skillfully or shrewdly manages an enterprise.

  • Spectre_01
  • over 5 years ago

tr.v. en·gi·neered, en·gi·neer·ing, en·gi·neers
1. To plan, construct, or manage as an engineer.
2. To alter or produce by methods of genetic engineering: "Researchers . . . compared insulin manufactured by bacteria genetically engineered with recombinant DNA techniques to the commercial insulin obtained from swine or cattle" (Fusion).
3. To plan, manage, and put through by skillful acts or contrivance; maneuver.

  • Spectre_01
  • over 5 years ago

My view on it a technician works on what already exists, an engineer brings things into existance and it is that simple and the scope can be very broad.

BT engineers find ways to put service into propertys and buildings every day. Submitting detailed plans for digging works, routes to run cables overhead, internal. Finding solutions to engineering problems, diverting around service affecting issues - very relivant in broadband faulting. I could go on but 4 posts in a row is starting to look OTT.

  • Spectre_01
  • over 5 years ago

Technicians are operative, they follow SOPS and have limited problem solving skills. An engineer fully understands the operations he does and knows how to solve technical problems associated with those operations. A senior engineer understands how all the operations come together and is capable of solving technical issues where one operation has an impact on another operation. My take on engineers.

  • themanstan
  • over 5 years ago

As long as they can RECONNECT a pal of mine, lives rurally, her and mother disabled/Osteoporosis/Cancer of the Bladder/85 years old, with Virgin - BUT BT maintain equipment. Been without service for 3 WEEKS!!! This is disgusting in 2012 UK. Needed to say this, sorry....

  • TheArtist
  • over 5 years ago

Has Virgin even raised a fault with Openreach to get it sorted?

  • Spectre_01
  • over 5 years ago

Openreach are FULLY AWARE Spectre_01, They've been FULLY AWARE since Tues 27 March. It's even a PRIORITY case as the elder has the *lifeline* button, WHICH incidentally, was NOT WORKING on Thursday when she had a fall and was rushed to Hospital... DID you know, Mobile calls (all they have) to emergency services are not immediately answered? Prob 'cos of all the hoax calls received. BT said they will repair it (in the road) on 17th. Anyway, sorry I've hijacked these comments.

  • TheArtist
  • over 5 years ago

Since you seem to know a bit about it, what exactly is the fault?

  • Spectre_01
  • over 5 years ago

@Spectre_01 - it's near the *box* at the side of the road and needs a digger to get to the fault. Apparently the Rabbits gnaw through the cables EVERY year but so far no Engineer seems to have realised that...IF they put cable through a Rabbit-proof tube, they won't have to come out annually and repair it!!!!!! Not rocket science.. Are you a BT Engineer per chance?

  • TheArtist
  • over 5 years ago

Yeah was wondering if contract digging was involved, that can set things back a bit - has any digging work actually begun or is she still waiting for contractors?

Not sure if rabbits are the reason though. If its unducted cable it should be armoured so very unlikely they would be nibbling through the steel outer, if its in duct same again but duct and armoured cable can be damaged if you hit it hard with a spade or if say doing a driveway.

If local authority permission is required before carrying out civil works then that can be another cause for delay.

  • Spectre_01
  • over 5 years ago

Forget employing new "engineers" - how about training the existing work force properly??

  • BREWERDAVE
  • over 5 years ago

You mean your not supposed to fill the joints with water to keep the air out?

  • Spectre_01
  • over 5 years ago

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