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Job #: R-00000586
Location: Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
Category: Network Administration and Ops
Schedule (FT/PT): Full time
Travel Required: Yes, 25% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance Required: Top Secret/SCI
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Group: Defense

Job Description:

The Leidos Airborne Integration & Ground Processing Systems operation of the Advanced Solutions Group currently has a career opening for a Communications Engineer for the Airborne Reconnaissance Low - Enhanced (ARL-E) program located in Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD.


ARL-E is a multi-year program supporting the U.S. Army with upgrading and enhancing the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities of their airborne reconnaissance fleet.


The ARL-E team is geographically separated with primary duty locations of Manassas, VA and Aberdeen, MD. This position will be located in Aberdeen, MD. A minimum of 25% travel may be required to support activities at each of the primary duty locations as well as CONUS test ranges. The Communications Engineer will report to the Mission Integration Lead Engineer located in Aberdeen, MD.

Active Top Secret is required upon hire, with an ability to obtain a TS SCI.

Roles and Responsibilities:

The Communications Engineer is responsible for providing overall RF and Satellite Communications design and development of the systems that make up the mission equipment payload. The Communications Engineer will manage the full life-cycle of multiple Radio Frequency and SATCOM Communication System Suites providing overall communications support for the ARL-E program. The Communication Engineer will also act as a Subject Matter Expert to provide engineering solutions and recommendations to the onsite Field Service Representatives.
Day to day activities include:
  • Reporting directly to the Lead Integration Engineer; interact with operators, users, and the government customer in the delivery of RF and SATCOM systems and services.
  • Engineering and analysis of the HF, UHF, VHF, SATCOM radio communications Suites and associated cryptographic equipment; develop engineering and design solutions to meet systems requirements.
  • Providing hands-on support in the installation, integration and managing of the systems.
  • Researching technical data and documentation, perform calculations, complete analysis to troubleshoot complex communication systems
  • Ensuring program requirements are met by creating and performing unit and system-level tests and recommend systems upgrades
  • Developing engineering preventive maintenance plans

  • Active Top Secret security clearance
  • BS Degree and 4-8 years of related experience; additional years of experience or military training may be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • Experience with UHF/VHF/HF radio systems, SATCOM equipment, cryptographic equipment, keying data transfer devices (DTD's), RF Test Equipment (oscilloscopes, power meters, spectrum analyzers, multi-meters), basic electronic principles, and basic knowledge of networking equipment is required.
  • Be willing to travel 25%
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs, and carry a distance of 100 yards as necessary
  • Possess strong troubleshooting, problem-solving, organizational, and verbal/written communication skills.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office suite (i.e., Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Project and Outlook).

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of AISR systems
  • Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS) experience
  • Tactical SIGINT Baseline (TSB) experience
  • Experience in formal technical documentation writing
  • Experience with integrating hardware into ISR Ground Stations and Airborne Platforms
  • Configuration Management experience
  • Experience with:
  • PRC-117G
  • ARC-210
  • L3 Wideband Communications Network
  • MIL-STD-1553



External Referral Eligible


Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 31,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $10.17 billion for the fiscal year ended December 29, 2017. (NYSE: LDOS) All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

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