Communications Engineer 3

The Communications Systems Engineer supports the COMMS IPT in a dynamic, fast-paced team environment. The COMMS Systems Engineer is responsible for the design, analysis, development and test of advanced communications systems.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Requirements management, derivation, tracking and flow-down
  • Perform RF communication system analysis (link budgets, antenna and signal characteristics) and system performance trade studies
  • Document system requirements and interfaces, with traceability to platform requirements
  • Perform review and analysis of supplier design data, definition of functional test requirements including acceptance, qualification, and system integration
  • Perform proposal activities such as creating task descriptions & basis of estimates, writing supplier statements of work, and performing technical evaluation of Supplier proposals
  • Plan out integration, test, and demonstration activities
  • Perform responsible engineering activities to manage suppliers and ensure products meet the requirements within cost and schedule
  • Prepare for and give presentations at regular customer reviews
  • Actively participate in Program Risk and Opportunity Management
  • Coordinate across organizations to disseminate information and drive issues to closure

Basic Qualifications:

  • BS in Engineering (Electrical, Systems or Aerospace) or related technical discipline (Physics, Mathematics)
  • Minimum of 5 practical working experience with various types of RF systems, including SATCOM and/or Line-of-Sight comms
  • "Active" DoD Secret security clearance with ability to obtain TS w/ SSBI
  • Demonstrated ability to be a self-directed technical leader and Subject Matter Expert with strong communication skills, demonstrated experience leading multi-disciplinary technical trades, and ability to develop & execute to a strategy
  • Must possess strong technical knowledge and experience in Communications Systems Engineering, especially with regards to link budget and RF analysis (interference, waveform / modulation types, antenna beam patterns)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in an Engineering Discipline
  • Experience with the integration and test of communications systems or component sub-systems
  • Advanced knowledge of communication engineering theory
  • Active DoD/TS w/ SSBI and investigation within last 5 years
  • Prior unit/subsystem/Payload/Segment Systems Engineering experience.
  • Prior experience with multiple program phases (SRR, PDR, CDR, TRR, etc.)
  • Experience with a variety of communications and networking protocols
  • Experience with various SATCOM systems, including AEHF
  • Experience with RF simulation & analysis tools (e.g., HFSS, Savant, EMIT, SATSOFT, etc.)
  • Experience with DOORS
  • Experience managing subcontractors, including writing SoWs, Tech Evals and performance specifications

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