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Tactical Data Link Technician

Job ID: 2305646
Location: VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, United States
Date Posted: May 13, 2023
Category: Engineering and Sciences
Subcategory: Design Engineer
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 50 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: Secret
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: None
Potential for Remote Work: No Remote
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Job Description


SAIC has an immediate opening for a Tactical Data Link (TDL) technician in Virginia Beach, VA

Principal responsibilities include:

  • Act as a TDL Link-11 and 16 operator and technician during test events.  Analyze Link messages through MLST-3 server interacting with MIDS, STT and/or DTSK-11.
  • Work with assigned government TDL lead to understand Link test objectives and obtain necessary keymat and OPTASK parameters 
  • Pre-check and groom of Link equipment prior to testing
  • Perform Link-11 and 16 operations during test events
  • Troubleshoot with shipboard personnel and other land-based test sites if problems arise during operations; and provide reports to government TDL lead with findings and notes.

Candidate must be have high level of competency with MLST-3 servers to investigate any complications that may arise during testing and a working knowledge of Link-11 and Link-16 message strings.

Candidate must have a high level of competency upgrading, installing, and configuring application software and computer hardware.

This position will also be responsible for Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) cryptographic load testing with the commercial Lear jets.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Security clearance required: SECRET (minimum)
  • A BS and 2 years of experience or a HS and minimum of 5 years working with TDL systems Experience with operating Link-11 and 16 TDL equipment. 
  • Computer literacy (MS Office), technical writing proficiency, and excellent oral presentation skills.
  • Ability to traverse from aircraft and ships at-sea, up and down shipboard ladders/decks
  • Demonstrated experience briefing large contingents of active duty and civilian personnel
  • Travel: 20 - 40% minimum
  • Must be able to mutli-person lift heavy objects in excess of 50 pounds.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with loading keymat to TDL equipment
  • Experience with developing and working from an OPTASK for Link operations


Covid Policy: SAIC does not require COVID-19 vaccinations or boosters. Customer site vaccination requirements must be followed when work is performed at a customer site.


SAIC® is a premier Fortune 500® technology integrator driving our nation's technology transformation. Our robust portfolio of offerings across the defense, space, civilian, and intelligence markets includes secure high-end solutions in engineering, digital, artificial intelligence, and mission solutions. Using our expertise and understanding of existing and emerging technologies, we integrate the best components from our own portfolio and our partner ecosystem to deliver innovative, effective, and efficient solutions that are critical to achieving our customers' missions.

We are approximately 26,000 strong; driven by mission, united by purpose, and inspired by opportunities. SAIC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, fostering a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion, which is core to our values and important to attract and retain exceptional talent. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, SAIC has annual revenues of approximately $7.4 billion. For more information, visit For ongoing news, please visit our newsroom.

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