RF Engineer for Satellite Ground Communications

  • Lockheed Martin
  • Sunnyvale, CA, United States
  • 22 Jul, 2022
Full time

Job Description

Job ID: 586470BR
Date posted: Mar. 11, 2022
Locations: Sunnyvale, California
Program: Mission Capabilities Ground and Processing (MCGP)

COVID-19 continues to significantly impact our employees, families and communities. With employee health and safety as our top priority, and as a federal contractor, Lockheed Martin is taking action to address the increased risk and uncertainty COVID-19 variants pose in the workplace and ensuring we meet our commitments to national security.

To uphold safety for all employees, we will continue to request vaccination status for all Lockheed Martin employees including new hires. All current and newly hired employees are required to follow onsite safety measures based upon the COVID-19 Community Level at the specific work location.
Description:Mission Capabilities Ground and Processing (MCGP) provides maintenance and upgrades for satellite ground stations and communication enterprises across multiple sites for a US Government customer.

The RF Ground Terminal Engineer will be responsible for contributing to a variety of Systems Engineering and Hardware Engineering tasks associated with maintenance and design aspects of the ground terminal systems. Maintenance tasks include efforts to investigate and resolve Discrepancy Reports (DRs), system monitoring and trending, and support to the site Echelon 1 operations teams. Design tasks include designing and implementing upgrades associated with all subsystems to include Narrowband and Wideband RF transmit and receive systems, Antenna Systems, Networks, and Monitor and Control systems. Ability to travel 10% in completing mission assignments at various locations.

This engineer will be a technical contributor to design, develop, procure, fabricate, integrate and test required upgrades and new designs including a mixture of COTS, MOTS, GOTS and custom designed components. The components of the Ground Terminal Element (GTE) include frequency converters, modulators, demodulators, fiber optic transport, RF test equipment, ranging systems, SSPAs, ADCs/DACs, network and packet transport systems, switches, firewalls, control software, etc. The RF Ground Terminal Engineer will be a key hands-on contributor to the GTE Echelon 2 Team.

The candidate will create appropriate documentation and entries in history logs, discrepancy reports, and maintenance procedures on items specific to any/all subsystem updates and activities.

The successful candidate will be a proven learner and developing leader, able to acquire extensive system-level and specific subsystem-level expertise, think independently in representing the program at site installations and visits, and will pass on expertise to future candidates who enter the program.

The successful candidate will act as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) after completion of training, and will aid in the maintenance and development of operational procedures, creation, review, and update of training materials, development of trending reports, and create database inputs to support system operations.

Applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.
Basic Qualifications:
• Degree in Electrical Engineering or related field of study or equivalent experience/combined education.
• Active TS/SCI clearance and be subject to a polygraph
• Experience developing and testing RF systems
• Practical, hands on experience with lab hardware and RF testing equipment such as spectrum/signal analyzers, network analyzers, frequency generators, and multimeters.
• Experience working independently in technical teams
• Strong organizational and problem-solving skills.
• Ability to obtain Security+ certification within 9 months for system administration access to controlled systems.
Desired Skills:
• Experience in RF communications and/or Digital communications.
• Radio communications experience to include a basic aptitude to understand the dynamics of antenna tracking systems.
• Exemplary written and verbal communication skills coupled with strong interpersonal team building skills to effectively engage team members as well as elevate appropriate issues to management.
• Excellent communicator with proven ability to work well in a technical team
• Systems engineering background or exposure which will ensure success at designing and implementing RF subsystems within a large, complex, real-time operational system
• Technical experience in the following areas: Analog to digital and digital to analog conversion, various radio frequency communication bands, telemetry and ranging, up and down converters, test pattern generation, network transport equipment and packet inspection.
• Experience flowing down system level requirements to create a lower level product specification
• Previous experience developing a test plan and procedures for sell-off of a subsystem and hand-off and support to System Integration, Verification and Test
• Experience writing requirements specification and Interface documents for subcontractors is desired.
• Experience with MATLAB, LINUX command line, ELK Stack (ElasticSearch/Kibana) and Windows operating systems.
• Communications Systems Engineering
• Satellite Communications
• Modeling and Simulation
• Embedded Systems

Discipline/Skill: RF Design - 2 yrs
Discipline/Skill: Software Integration & Test - 1 yrs
Discipline/Skill: Requirements Verification - 1 yrs
Discipline/Skill: Hardware Integration & Test - 2 yrs
Discipline/Skill: Systems Engineering - 1 yrs

Security Clearance Statement: This position requires a government security clearance, you must be a US Citizen for consideration.
Clearance Level: TS/SCI w/Poly
Other Important Information You Should Know

Expression of Interest: By applying to this job, you are expressing interest in this position and could be considered for other career opportunities where similar skills and requirements have been identified as a match. Should this match be identified you may be contacted for this and future openings.
Ability to Work Remotely: Onsite Full-time: The work associated with this position will be performed onsite at a designated Lockheed Martin facility.
Work Schedules: Lockheed Martin supports a variety of alternate work schedules that provide additional flexibility to our employees. Schedules range from standard 40 hours over a five day work week while others may be condensed. These condensed schedules provide employees with additional time away from the office and are in addition to our Paid Time off benefits.
Schedule for this Position: 9x80 every other Friday off

Lockheed Martin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.
Join us at Lockheed Martin, where your mission is ours. Our customers tackle the hardest missions. Those that demand extraordinary amounts of courage, resilience and precision. They're dangerous. Critical. Sometimes they even provide an opportunity to change the world and save lives. Those are the missions we care about.

As a leading technology innovation company, Lockheed Martin's vast team works with partners around the world to bring proven performance to our customers' toughest challenges. Lockheed Martin has employees based in many states throughout the U.S., and Internationally, with business locations in many nations and territories.
Experience Level: Experienced Professional
Business Unit: SPACE
Relocation Available: Possible
Career Area: RF Engineering

Type: Full-Time Virtual Location: no >

Shift: First