Lead Fiber Technician



Memphis, TN, USA
Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2024

xAI’s mission is to create AI systems that can accurately understand the universe and aid humanity in its pursuit of knowledge. Our team is small, highly motivated, and focused on engineering excellence. This organization is for individuals who appreciate challenging themselves and thrive on curiosity.

xAI is seeking a Lead Fiber Technician who is proficient with the fundamentals, and eager to grow their skills working with fiber optic systems at our Memphis data center. If you thrive in a dynamic, high-growth, tech environment and relish the opportunity to collaborate with passionate and driven co-workers, we'd love to hear from you!

This is an in-person role based in Memphis, Tennessee and will require about 20% travel.


  • Under the guidance of the Foreman Supervisor, Project Manager, and Superintendent manage all phases of datacenter installation projects
  • Ensure a safe and productive work environment
  • Develop sensor indicators and conduct timely inspections, so that a faulty fiber optic system does not destabilize its performance
  • Troubleshoot, resolve, repair and install fiber optics systems, ensuring that they work properly
  • Examine and replace faulty and/or old fiber optic cables
  • Organize scheduled maintenance routines
  • Take care of fiber splicing and rectify fiber optic problem areas
  • Keep track of the signal strength of different devices
  • Formulate and maintain system records and system designs

Basic Qualifications

  • 3+ years of direct data center experience installing and routing optical fiber in large scale Tier 3 or 4 facilitiesas a commercial fiber optic technician
  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate

Preferred Skills & Experience

  • Certification in fiber optics and/or cable installation
  • Extensive experience in fiber splicing
  • Technical knowledge of communication networks
  • Knowledgeable of computers and associated electronic systems
  • Knowledgeable of different fiber types
  • Experience installing, certifying, and troubleshooting fiber in hyperscale data center environments
  • Experience installing structured cabling
  • Highly proficient using a light meter, OTDR (Optical Time Domain Reflectometer), OPMs (optical power meter), fiber certifier, loopback, and optical probes
  • Able to understand different types of switches and port identifications
  • Able to properly clean fiber and validate cleanliness

Additional Requirements

  • Position is subject to pre-employment drug and random drug and alcohol testing
  • Position is subject to pre-employment and annual post employment background checks
  • Work is often performed in tight quarters and physical dexterity is necessary to perform job functions
  • Ability to lift up to 35lbs. unassisted
  • Comfortable working at elevated heights (up to 50 feet) with appropriate safety gear
  • Comfortable working in an environment requiring exposure to noise
  • Available to work evenings and weekends, as the schedule varies depending on site operational needs; flexibility is required

Pay Range: $115 - $135 per hour

Your actual level and base salary will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may vary based on the following considerations: job-related knowledge and skills, education, and experience.

Base salary is just one part of your total rewards package at xAI. You may also be eligible for long-term incentives, in the form of company stock, stock options, or long-term cash awards, as well as potential discretionary bonuses. You will also receive access to comprehensive medical, vision, and dental coverage, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, short & long-term disability insurance, life insurance, and various other discounts and perks.