Microwave Tower Technician at DRW

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DRW is a technology-driven, diversified principal trading firm. We trade our own capital at our own risk, across a broad range of asset classes, instruments and strategies, in financial markets around the world. As the markets have evolved over the past 26 years, so has DRW – maximizing opportunities to include real estate, cryptoassets and venture capital. With over 1,000 employees at our Chicago headquarters and offices around the world, we work together to solve complex problems, challenge consensus and deliver meaningful results. It’s a place of high expectations, deep curiosity and thoughtful collaboration.

DRW is looking for a Microwave Tower Technician in the Chicago, IL area to support our internally managed wireless networks. This position will challenge you to provide quick and consistent responses to network needs while working with some of the smartest people in the financial industry. Experience with millimeter wave installations including path alignments and troubleshooting is strongly preferred. This role may include downtime in the office, and additional responsibilities may include assistance with lab testing, path design, equipment configuration and testing, and planning with stakeholders. We are looking for candidates who want to expand their skills beyond climbing and spend some time in an office environment helping to optimize our solutions.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform work on towers and rooftops including line and antenna installation, grounding/electrical tasks, path alignments and troubleshooting
  • Respond quickly and effectively to resolve all trouble tickets, following applicable policies and standards within established time frames
  • Keep team lead well-informed about operational and maintenance issues associated with sites, suggesting improvements to standards as needed
  • Assist in project budgeting and schedule estimating, internally and with external contractors and vendors
  • Safely operate all supporting equipment, including vehicles and rigging tools
  • Contribute to keeping site documentation up to date

Requirements:

  • 3+ years of experience in a similar role climbing and working on microwave technology
  • Must be capable of working and being on-call on extended working hours, including evenings and weekends
  • All industry required certifications to climb, install equipment on and maintain all sites and towers forming the network
  • Experience with path alignment and troubleshooting of millimeter wave links
  • Experience with spectrum analyzers, bit error rate testers
  • Experience with electrical work, including grounding, breaker installation, power cabling and conduit work following normal safety protocols
  • Comfortable with computers and productivity applications (documents, spreadsheets, email, chat, presentations)
  • Valid US driver’s license
  • Responsibility to keep all required training/certifications up to date
  • Scripting and programming skills a plus
  • CPR/Basic First Aid training required
  • OSHA 10 minimum, OSHA 30 a plus

Personal Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Must be able to maintain clean, safe and orderly working environments
  • Must be able to problem solve, think on the fly, and shift between priorities to minimize downtime
  • Must be able to strongly enforce safety procedures and policies
  • Professional team player with strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Highly motivated and proactive, able to work both independently and collaboratively

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Location

Situated in Chicago's thriving West Loop, our HQ is convenient for Metra and CTA riders alike - and foodies looking for a bite on "Restaurant Row."

An Insider's view of DRW

How does your team reward individual success?

Our team acknowledges individual success and provides an environment to further new ideas. The team then ensures higher management is aware of your contribution. These accomplishments become part of the individual’s and team’s record at the end of the year. This approach I believe has led to a lot of innovations on my team.

Kumbi

Network Engineer

What kinds of technical challenges do you and your team face?

During my internship in Chicago, I built models in python, ones that are still used on that desk today. The next summer, I returned as a full-time trading analyst and picked up right where I left off. I focus on systematic research and the development and execution of new strategies for the foreign exchange (FX) options desk in Chicago.

Alex

Quantitative Trading Researcher

What are some things you learned at the company?

We’re free to choose the technology stack that best solves each individual problem, so the learning happens project to project. I started programming in C#, but changing teams exposed me to a new suite of languages that I’m now working in regularly

Carissa

Software Engineer

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Working on the risk team, I combine the principles of risk management and computer science. I help direct how we take risk across the organization, and ensure reliability with the use of really innovative tech.

Brawnski

Software Engineer

What are some social events your company does?

DRW is not all work, all the time. We offer a number of activities and events for all interests, like monthly wine tastings, sports leagues, hobby clubs and movie outings to name a few.

Michelle

Systems Team Lead

What are DRW Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
We offer employees Paid on-site garage parking.
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Acme Co. hosts lunch and learn meetings once per month.
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Our mentorship program includes Cross-department program, Career mentoring, Leadership mentoring.
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks

Additional Perks + Benefits

Daily catered breakfast and lunch. On-site yoga and meditation classes. Trivia nights. Chair massages. Wine, beer, and whiskey tastings. Mentorship program. Game tournaments. Speaker series and "Geek Lunches."

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