Sr. Principal RF Terminal Engineer

The candidate will deploy, test, maintain, and troubleshoot satellite ground stations. This will include local and remote-site field work. Travel is required to domestic and international sites. Interface with engineering development team to perform independent regression testing and formal validation of new system configurations and capabilities. Develop and maintain a communications system test-bed and lab environment. Identify shortcomings and potential enhancements and propose practical solutions that improve the lab's functionality and utility to the development team. Provide hands-on, practical training of satellite ground station equipment to users.
At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation's history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work - and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation-related systems to customers around the world. Our main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures.

The candidate will deploy, test, maintain, and troubleshoot satellite ground stations. This will include local and remote-site field work. Travel is required to domestic and international sites. Interface with engineering development team to perform independent regression testing and formal validation of new system configurations and capabilities. Develop and maintain a communications system test-bed and lab environment. Identify shortcomings and potential enhancements and propose practical solutions that improve the lab's functionality and utility to the development team. Provide hands-on, practical training of satellite ground station equipment to users.


Basic Qualifications:

  • At least 9 years experience in the deployment, assembly, operation, maintenance, test, and troubleshooting of ground stations for satellite communications systems at the system level, subsystem level, and component level, including indoor and outdoor equipment.
  • Experience in executing test and certification procedures.
  • Experience with identifying and evaluating candidate vendors for commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) satellite ground station components.
  • Familiarity with RF and communications test equipment for performance measurement and troubleshooting.
  • Working knowledge of computer networks, especially Internet Protocol-based systems, and the network appliances that comprise them (eg, routers, switches).
  • Working knowledge of computer operating systems, particularly Windows and Linux, and their applications.
  • Experience with the installation of rack-mounted hardware and cable routing, satellite reflector antennas and associated hardware, and the tools required for installing and maintaining this equipment.
  • Well-organized, dependable, and comfortable working in a fast-paced, team environment focused on satisfying the customer's mission. Should be a self-starter with the ability to learn quickly, prioritize tasking, and work with minimal supervision. Ability to work alone or in a small team in the field.
  • Available for occasional periods of extended travel (typically 1-2 weeks but may be as long as 4-6 weeks on some trips). Occasional periods of shift work (evening or night) will be required.
  • Candidate must have an active TS/SCI clearance

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelors Degree in Engineering or Computer Science or equivalent work experience with experience in satellite ground station deployment, operation, test, and maintenance.
  • Computer or network industry certifications a plus.
  • Security + certification is a plus
  • Work experience in an operations center a plus.

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit www.northropgrumman.com/EEO . U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.


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