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Radio Frequency Test Lab Test and Evaluation Engineer at Jacobs

Radio Frequency Test Lab Test and Evaluation Engineer

Jacobs Sierra Vista, AZ Full Time
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Mission Statement

The Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) is a dynamic, forward-leaning organization, on the cutting edge of cybersecurity, DevSecOps, cloud computing, big data analysis, and other advanced technologies. JITC is the Department of Defense’s Joint Interoperability Certifier and the only non-service operational test agency for information technology and national security systems. As a member of the Jacobs team at JITC, your expertise and skill will support risk-based test, evaluation and certification services, ensuring the C4ISR systems scheduled for fielding to our nation's warfighters function as designed, are fully interoperable, and support mission requirements.

Job Description

This position is responsible for supporting, conducting, and developing test plans and procedures for Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Satellite Communications (SATCOM), Very High Frequency (VHF)/UHF Line of Sight (LOS), Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW), and High Frequency (HF) standards and waveform conformance certification and assessment of various radio, radio systems, modems, waveforms and radio interoperability (IOP) assessments. Includes testing and data collection of the current MIL-STD-188-243 UHF Amplitude Modulation Frequency Modulation Phase Shift Keying Line of Sight Waveform Conformance Test Procedures (Revision 2), dated December 2007, or the most current version of the JITC approved test procedure. The current JITC test procedure is based on MIL-STD-188-243, DoD Interface Standard, Tactical Single Channel Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Radio Communications.

Other testing includes High Power Amplifier (HPA)/Low Noise Amplifier (LNA)/Switch IW Phase 1 or Phase 2, Automated Testing. The RTF has developed test capabilities and procedures to conduct SCT/WSCT, compliance testing, functional testing, and radio interoperability (IOP) assessments of tactical radios, radio systems, modems, waveforms, network, UHF SATCOM channel controllers, and radio data controllers. RTF engineers will be responsible for conducting SCT/WSCT testing based on requirements drawn from MIL-STDs, UHF SATCOM MIL-STDs, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Standardization Agreements (STANAGs), and commercial standards (e.g., System Specifications), and waveform interface specifications. Additionally, Radio IOP assessments are supported which assess voice, data, Electronic Remote Fill (ERF), Late Net Entry (LNE), Over the Air Rekey (OTAR) Automatic Key (AK), Time of Day (TOD), VHF/UHF LOS, Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS), and Have Quick (HQ)I/II modes of operation. 

Typical Duties 

  • Provide general lab engineering activities as described in the lab RTF SOP and instructed by the PCOR/ACORs.
  • Provide Government personnel with SME expertise on technical issues, provide recommendations on relevant testing or necessary modifications to maintain a system, document customer requirements, request technical assistance, planned activity, and technical exchanges.
  • Contribute to community of interest activates relevant to current and future RTF capabilities.
  • Evaluate and modify existing RTF test plans and procedures, by determining if existing procedures are sufficient for a technician or tester to implement.
  • Develop new test plans and procedures to sustain the RTF mission at a level a technician or tester can implement without assistance.
  • Execute test equipment setup, perform functionality checks, configure equipment for new and existing capabilities, and document equipment configurations utilizing standardized processes including diagrams and labeling.
  • Provide engineering assistance to the test team.
  • Defend procedures and results in compressive documentation of procedures and methodology and be able to present test sponsor detailed analysis behind system failures with impact statements for unmet or untested criteria.
  • Recommend equipment, facility or capability for upgrade, replacement, or discontinuation.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Requires a Doctorate and at least 4 years of experience; or
  • a Master’s degree or at least 10 years of experience. 
  • The degree must be in a relevant technical curriculum and experience must be related to the job duties. 
  • Related Certifications in the area of specialization may be substituted for 1 year of experience. 

Required Qualifications: 
  • Understanding of MIL-STD and Standardization Agreements (STANAG) 
  • Knowledge of UHF/VHF LOS, Single Channel DoD Radios and COMSEC 

Required Clearance: Secret 


Desired Skills:
  • Wireshark Network Protocol Analyzer
  • Retina Digital Security Scan
  • MS Office applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project and Outlook.
    • Oscillosope
    • Spectrum Analyzer
    • Audio Generator/Analyzer
    • Vector Signal Analyzer 
    • Fireberd Communications Analyzer
    • Spirent Automated Test Center
  • Technical Report Writing
  • Ability to provide Subject Matter Expert (SME) level support and plans of action to the government and government customers (Commercial Vendors).
  • Understanding or familiar with Risk Management Framework (RMF). 

Essential Functions: 

Physical Requirements
Work may involve sitting or standing for extended periods of time. Position may require filing, typing, and reading from a computer screen. Must have sufficient mobility, included but not limited to: bending, reaching, turning and kneeling to complete daily duties in a timely and efficient manner. There is a possibility that due to parking availability and location of work, walking moderate to long distances may be required.

Work Environment
An inside and outside environment (considerations: closed quarters, close together, lighting). Needs to be able to work well with co-workers and all levels of management. No hazards on job or unusual environmental conditions.

Equipment and Machines
Ability to operate office equipment such as a personal computer, printer, copy machine, telephone, fax machine and other equipment including desk supplies and other work related tools as required.

Core work hours will be between 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. Regular attendance of scheduled hours is extremely important, but not critical, except for deadlines and meetings. Punctuality and regular attendance are necessary to meet deadlines. Must exhibit flexibility of work hours to adjust to surge situations based on critical mission requirements.

Other Essential Functions
Must demonstrate professional behavior at all times when dealing with customers, management and co-workers. Must have clear, concise and accurate communications skills in English, both verbal and written. Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety risk to employees or others. Must maintain a positive work atmosphere by behaving and communicating in a professional manner. Independent personal transportation to office or work site is required. Travel to and from customer’s locations and the test fields may be required to support projects. This may involve airline travel. In some cases, accommodations can possibly be made for POV, if necessary. When operating any vehicle for work purposes, must wear seat belt and in addition, no cellular devices are to be used when vehicle is in motion.

Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding), age, medical condition, marital or domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression and transgender status, mental disability or physical disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, citizenship, low-income status or any other status or characteristic protected by applicable law. Learn more about your rights under URL blocked - click to apply and [ Link removed ]

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