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Systems Engineer at Common Networks
San Francisco, CA, US
Common Networks was founded on the idea that everyone should have a choice for fast, affordable access to broadband internet. Right now, most homes in the U.S. don't, in fact 62% of homes live in a monopoly broadband market. High-speed access unlocks all the superpowers on the internet. When it works, it can be a great leveling force across the world, giving everyone access to educational tools, entertainment, immediate translations, or even medical care that they wouldn’t otherwise have.
Common Networks provides suburban neighborhoods with internet using wireless technology. We interconnect homes in a neighborhood, creating a mesh network between homes and our fiber internet sources. A whole community can then have fast and reliable internet service with only a few locations needing fiber access.
Systems Engineering at Common Networks is responsible for fast prototyping solutions to address production concerns. Creativity and resourcefulness are a must; we optimize for solutions we can bring to market in days, not months. This requires up-to-date knowledge of available off-the-shelf components along with the ability to integrate these components with custom hardware/software. A true hybrid role, Systems Engineers may be doing product management, procurement, field testing, and systems design all within the same day.
This position will be approximately 80% office time and 20% field time; up to 10% travel will be required.

What you do

    • Collect feedback from internal and external end-users (e.g. field operations, engineering teams, and customers) to inform designs and prioritize projects.
    • Design solutions to address infrastructure, customer, or field operations concerns.
    • Source hardware components components and assemble prototypes to evaluate buildability
    • Design and execute test plans for prototypes to evaluate viability
    • Design, implement, and test internal software tools to meet needs. Support deployed software tools in the field.
    • Communicate test results to engineering, product, and operations teams
    • Work with field teams to productionize and manage transition to new solutions

Who you are

    • Up to date on the latest hardware and software available
    • Enjoy hands-on deployment of new technology in the field
    • Ability to work with technologies that are not fully tested and define new processes where none yet exist
    • Ability and desire to find creative solutions to new problems
    • Meticulous planner. Prepare contingencies for deployments and document considered alternatives.


    • BA/BS
    • Experience building computers from components and installing/configuring operating systems
    • Strong understanding of TCP / IP Networking especially layers 1 through 4 of the OSI networking model
    • Experience using Linux based tools for network troubleshooting (ssh, iperf, etc)
    • Valid driver’s license

Nice to have

    • Understanding of commercial and residential electrical and telecom wiring.
    • Experience with wired/wireless network deployment, maintenance and troubleshooting
    • Fiber certified or demonstrated ability to deploy on-perm fiber networks
Equal Employment Opportunity
Common Networks is committed to being an equal opportunity employer – we evaluate all employees and job applicants equally, based on merit, competence, and qualifications. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.