RF/ANTENNA & SATELLITE GROUND STATION SYSTEMS ENGINEER (SPACE SYSTEMS)

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Responsibilities

  • Peraton is seeking a Satellite Ground Station RF/Antenna Engineer in Las Cruces, New Mexico at the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) White Sands Complex (WSC) to support the Space Network (SN) operations.The selected individual will support NASA programs that integrate with state-of-the-art RF satellite communications systems and technologies.Assignments will include administration of the SN RF Safety program, coordinating periodic geodetic surveys of all SN antennas and a variety of other engineering tasks such as development of requirements, generation of engineering documentation and deployment of systems that meet specified requirements.
  • Peraton is the prime contractor for NASA at the White Sands Complex (WSC) near Las Cruces, New Mexico. Operating here are two functionally identical satellite ground terminals: The White Sands Ground Terminal, and the Second TDRSS Ground Terminal. These ground terminals ensure uninterrupted communications between various ground stations, NASAs orbiting fleet of Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS), customer spacecraft (satellites), and the computer systems that support such spacecraft. WSC serves as an interface for distributing satellite data to control centers and scientists who then use the daily influx of data to expand our ever-growing knowledge of the Earth and the universe.

This position will be responsible for:

  • Administration of the SN RF Safety programPerform and report on annual RF surveys
  • Develop and present RF Safety training to SN personnel
  • Perform RF safety evaluation of new antenna systems
  • Coordinate periodic geodetic surveys of SN antennas
  • Provide sustaining engineering support for all SN antenna systems
  • Develop and evaluate system requirements
  • Perform communications analyses including link budget assessments
  • Develop engineering documentation for the installation of new and/or modification of existing electronic systems that meet defined requirements
  • Ensure that technical, budget and schedule requirements are met through new or modified designs
  • Oversee system modifications to ensure implementation is executed according to design documentation
  • Develop and execute test plans and procedures
  • Maintain system documentation to accurately reflect the configuration baseline
  • Provide troubleshooting assistance in isolating and correcting unusual system problems

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • A Bachelors Degree in Science, Math or Engineering and 2+ years of experience in the following areas:
  • Sustaining engineering support of satellite earth station antenna systems
  • Antenna systems performance testing including G/T, EIRP, VSWR
  • Troubleshooting and repair of satellite earth station antenna systems
  • Security clearance – this position requires the candidate to be able to obtain and maintain a secret security clearance. In order to obtain a clearance you need to be a US Citizen and show proof of citizenship.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • 5+ years of related experience
  • RF Safety Testing experience
  • Understanding of RF satellite communications systems parameters and their impact on RF link performance
  • RF wireless communications systems requirements definition and analysis, including link analysis
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge of the NASA Space Network
  • Familiarity with NASA, DoD, or other agency systems engineering processes

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