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SATCOM Network Engineer/Technician

Job ID: 196221
Location: SIERRA VISTA, AZ, United States
Date Posted: Sep 19, 2019
Category: Engineering and Sciences
Subcategory: Field Engineer
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 50 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: Secret
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: Top Secret
Potential for Teleworking: No

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Job Description


Job Description:


SATCOM Network Engineer/Technician Candidate will provide IP Network system engineering and integration support services for DoD CONUS and OCONUS Enterprise SATCOM Gateway (ESG) to Information Systems Engineering Command (USAISEC) and the DSCS and Wideband Communications Group. Support for the ESG projects encompass the telecommunication fields of technical control facilities, long haul transmission, and wide area networks and requires technical support is the areas of site surveys, systems engineering, technology support, telecommunications engineering, system testing for operational acceptance, installation support and technical instruction. 


Candidate will be required to:

  • Perform site surveys in order to obtain the information necessary to develop project documentation and drawings for planned DSCS and Wideband upgrades. 
  • Documentation includes:
    • Project Concurrence Memorandums (PCM).
    • Develop Engineering Installation Packages (EIP).
    • List of Materials (LOM).
    • Project Drawings (AutoCAD / Visio).
  • Provide engineering and technical support needed to ensure that all phases of a system fielding – from planning through installation and acceptance testing are successful


Preform technical evaluations that may include, but are not limited to:

  • Identification of optimal equipment configurations, evaluation of equipment and system performance using recommended configurations, simulation of specific problems encountered in the field, and evaluation of new equipment or system components based on product specifications.
  • Provide technical oversight and guidance to the installation team.
  • Conduct Engineering Validation (EV) and Acceptance Testing (AT) of fielded or specified equipment, links, circuits, or interfaces.
  • Develop the Test and Acceptance Recommendation (TAR).
  • Activate a new link / mission or transition active missions to the new equipment.
  • Troubleshoot equipment problems and repair or correct, if possible.
  • Document troubleshooting and/or technical support efforts.
  • Update onsite software and IP configuration and verify the updated system operates normally.
  • Design, prototype, and test Internet Protocol (IP) based satellite communications gateway systems operated by the Department of Defense.  The IP gateway system aggregates data, video and voice streams for transport over geosynchronous satellite communication systems using FDMA and TDMA IP modem technology.  IP gateway features include fast network convergence; transport and application- layer acceleration; high availability; access controls; path isolation; inline network encryption, and service edges to terrestrial IP and legacy time division multiplex networks.
  • Develop, review and implement System Design Plans (SDP), Systems Acceptance Test Plans, New Equipment Training Plans associated with the upgrade of existing systems and the fielding of new systems. 


Required Education and Experience:

  • Preferred Bachelor of Science degree in electrical, computer, or electronics engineering (or closely related curriculum) from an ABET accredited institution
  • Relevant experience can be considered in lieu of degree
  • Required 5 or more years’ of engineering experience in each of 2 or more of the Satellite Network System Families listed below:
  • Baseband Systems: Encompassing Frequency Division Multiple Access (FDMA) modems, multiplexers (to include the Multiplexer Integration and DCSS Automation System (MIDAS)), Transmission Security (TRANSEC) and Management and Control (M&C) requirements. Including determining software configurations within system components to ensure mission requirements are met, to include modem settings, multiplexer configurations and TRANSEC strap settings, as well as provide expertise in end to end troubleshooting of both test and operational missions.

  • Internet Protocol (IP) Systems: Encompassing IP systems and components, to include but not limited to, Cisco routers and switches, Voice over IP (VoIP), Circuit to Packet (CTP), IP modems and IP encryption. Including knowledge about IP network development; router and switch configurations; VoIP and Virtual Private Network (VPN) setup; serially interfacing routers to baseband equipment; performing basic configurations using UNIX; and the integration of IP networks into the Global Information Grid (GIG).

  • Fiber Optic Systems:  Encompassing the design of fiber optic interconnect facilities (ICF), to include digital and analog fiber optic modems, fiber optic multiplexers, encryption, and the connection of fiber optic systems into Synchronous Optical Network (SONET) and the Global Information Grid (GIG).

  • Timing and Synchronization: Requiring an understanding of jitter and drift and their impact on communications systems. Including understanding of timing references, to include cesium standard and global positioning system (GPS) derived timing, and the ability to troubleshoot timing problems in various architectures. Communications systems include tactical and strategic satellite communications as well as the terrestrial Defense Information Systems Network (DISN).                                

Technical Proficiencies



  • Design and implementation of IP Routing and Switching, LAN, WAN, and WAN optimization solutions such as Riverbed and Performance Enhancement Proxies (PEPs).
  • Cisco and Juniper IOS skills, including configuration of routers and switches, IP addressing, Access Lists, Spanning Tree, IP routing protocols such as EIGRP, OSPF, BGP.
  • Operating Systems: Windows 10, Linux (Red Hat), and UNIX

  • Design and implementation of systems acceptance test plans
  • Research and develop technical white papers and technical reports
  • Professional level written and oral communications skills


  • Satellite Com: FDMA and TDMA satellite modems, DVB-S2 satellite broadcasting.
  • Network and satellite communications testing tools such as iperf, TBERD, FireBERD, Spectrum Analyzers, and satellite simulators.
  • Physical connections: Serial, Fiber (LC, SC), Ethernet 


Technical Certifications Desired:



  • 50-60% both CONUS and OCONUS 

Security Clearance

  • US Citizen with a Secret security clearance


Desired Qualifications



SAIC is a premier technology integrator, solving our nation's most complex modernization and systems engineering challenges across the defense, space, federal civilian, and intelligence markets. Our robust portfolio of offerings includes high-end solutions in systems engineering and integration; enterprise IT, including cloud services; cyber; software; advanced analytics and simulation; and training. We are a team of 23,000 strong driven by mission, united purpose, and inspired by opportunity. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, SAIC has annual revenues of approximately $6.5 billion. For more information, visit For information on the benefits SAIC offers, see Working at SAIC. EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability

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