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The company

Elia is the operator of the Belgian high-voltage transmission grid (380 kV to 30 kV) and is responsible for developing and maintaining the grid, providing users with access to it and controlling energy flows. The Elia group is a team of 2,000 professionals who have the task of ensuring the continuity of electricity supplies in Belgium.

As owner and operator of electricity transmission networks in Belgium and Germany Elia has an important role and mission in supporting and implementing Europe's energy and climate policy.

Datacom Field Operator

Reference ID:  656



The Datacom Field Operator reports to the Field Operations Supervisor and has the following objectives:


  • Drawing up the daily schedule for regional Datacom activities in collaboration with the supervisor;
  • Performing corrective and preventive maintenance on all Datacom technologies (fibre optics, copper cables, modems, telephony, PDH E1, SDH, Ethernet, IP, DWDM, etc.);
  • Installing and testing Datacom technologies in accordance with applicable safety and quality procedures;
  • Helping define the evolution and expansion of the Datacom network in order to have a high-performance and reliable data communication network for applications in high-voltage stations, service centres, dispatching centres and data centres. 


Your duties will include:

Planning and scheduling


  • Receiving and monitoring the various planning inputs from the different departments (Engineering, Asset Management, Datacom);
  • Converting these inputs into daily schedules and schedules for contractors in collaboration with the supervisor. 


Work preparation


  • Preparing practical and technical assignments (collecting all necessary materials and information);
  • Carefully determining the impact on the operational Datacom network and communicating with the various departments (Dispatching, Asset Management);
  • Implementing the appropriate redundancy mechanisms to minimise impacts. 




  • Coordinating and executing all installation and maintenance work on all Datacom technologies;
  • Checking and accepting work performed by contractors;
  • Testing and commissioning Datacom installations;
  • Implementing Datacom services for connecting terminal equipment by configuring equipment via management systems.



  • Familiarising yourself with, applying and monitoring all relevant safety rules, procedures and principles (with respect to individuals and the grid).




  • Helping determine the evolution and development of the Datacom subnetwork;
  • Helping evaluate and introduce new technologies;
  • Helping introduce new working methods;
  • Making suggestions for improvements and helping to implement them;
  • Keeping your technical knowledge up to date in order to keep abreast of rapid changes in IT/Datacom.


Documentation and reporting


  • Providing the necessary documentation (plans, information in management systems, etc.) and administration;
  • Reporting on tasks and activities.

Your Profile


  • You hold a bachelor’s degree in electronics/ICT/telecommunications or have relevant technical experience. 
  • You have at least five years’ experience in telecommunications or related fields.
  • Your skillset must show that you:
    • have knowledge of and practical experience in handling Datacom technologies (fibre optics, copper cables, modems, telephony, PDH E1, SDH, Ethernet, IP);
    • possess excellent organisational and planning skills;
    • have good communication skills;
    • want to learn;
    • can work alone and independently;
    • have a sense of responsibility and are able to correctly assess risks;
    • focus on customers and cope well with stress. 
  • You are Dutch-speaking and preferably have a good knowledge of French or are willing to learn French. You are able to read and understand English-language technical documentation and take courses taught in English;
  • You have a category B driving licence and are prepared to travel on a daily basis in the region (East Flanders and West Flanders). 



Kortrijksestraat 110 - 8860 Lendelede
Ambachtenlaan 25 - 9080 Lochristi

What's in it for you?

More than offering you a mere job, we give you an exciting, ultra-professional environment, unique training and every opportunity to develop your career potential to the full, plus an attractive salary and fringe benefits. So choosing Elia means opting for a future full of promise!