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Principal Engineer - RF/Satellite Communications (SATCOM)
Title:Principal Engineer - RF/Satellite Communications (SATCOM)
Job ID:18-075-006
Location:Herndon, VA
Keywords:Antenna, DoD, Federal, Hosted Payload, NOC, Network Engineering & Support (IP), Network Management & Analysis, RF, RF components, Satellite Communications, Satellite Ground Systems, Space / Satellite Operations, Space /Satellite Systems Engineering, TCP/IP, Teleport, VSAT
Industry/Field:DOD, Intel, Network Architecture, Satcom, Satellite Communications, Satellite Operations
Clearance Req'd:None


The Principal Engineer designs network solutions for the Company's customers.  Displays extensive design knowledge in the following SATCOM disciplines: RF Systems, SATCOM, System Designs, implementation, modulation schemes, encoding and complex VSAT network design using TDMA and Spread Spectrum technology and other leading edge technologies.  Experience with spectrum management and planning. Secondary disciplines in general facility, power and sub system design, and Terrestrial Systems.  Provides technical solutions to customers when responding to request for proposals.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering
  • Prior experience in US Military, Federal Government or Intelligence Community
  • 10 - 15 years experience with Satellite Communications Systems including turn key design
  • Extensive background in Satellite Communications and Spectrum Management
  • Knowledge of RF related equipment including high power amplifiers, satellite modems and satellite antenna systems 
  • Ability to interpret complex terrestrial engineering requirements
  • Ability to articulate technical solutions for proposals
  • In-depth understanding of technical information defined in the Commercial Satellite Service Requirements and Performance Work Statement
  • Extensive knowledge of link budgets
  • Five years experience in network design
  • Extensive knowledge of Monitor and Control (M&C)systems, SNMP Architecture and Network Management Systems
  • Extensive knowledge of iDirect and other Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) equipment
  • Excellent knowledge of communications systems design and implementation
  • Excellent Interpersonal and communications skills (oral and written)
  • Ability to effectively interact with senior management, BD and the Company's technical resources
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to travel 5-10% of the time (domestic and international) to customer sites

Essential Job Functions:

  • Assists project managers in defining engineering systems design and technical requirements
  • Develops technical solutions responding to requests for proposals
  • Leads engineering efforts in support of request for proposals
  • Generates and develops equipment installation plan and service acceptance test plans
  • Generates Statement of Work for equipment integrators and service providers
  • Specifies equipment, generates and issues Purchase Requisition for equipment and services
  • Travels and performs on-site equipment integration and testing
  • Performs systems acceptance testing and service commissioning
  • Develops acceptance test reports
  • Generates as-built engineering drawings and documentation
  • Provides technical support to field operations personnel in resolving circuit problems/issues
  • Customer's technical interface – resolving SATCOM issues
  • Designs customer solutions for specific customer and product requirements
  • Assists sales engineers and account executives with defining requirements
  • Assists the Company's NOC staff in resolving customers' issues
  • Maintains working, up to date knowledge of not only the Company's satellite fleet , but of all satellite vendors and be able to determine available capacity and find capacity solutions for customers
  • Evaluates existing infrastructure and customer solutions for upgrades/improvements
  • Participates in field installations, manage 3rd level problem customer resolution
  • Attends customer meetings and conferences as necessary
  • Develops vendor relationships with new and existing suppliers


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