The Leidos National Airspace System (NAS) Implementation Support Contract (NISC), supporting the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Spectrum Engineering Office, currently has an opening for a frequency management specialist to work virtually supporting Central Service Area requirements. This is an exciting opportunity to use your experience helping the FAA Spectrum Engineering mission. In this mission, we engineer and protect radio frequency assignments that support the NAS. This ensures aircraft have the communications, navigation and surveillance support to safely get from point A to B.
- Conduct reviews of complex electrical/electronic systems, components, and equipment associated with the modernization, expansion and upgrade of Communications, Navigation, and Surveillance (CNS) systems within the NAS consistent with the Radio Frequency (RF) requirements of the FAA
- Directly supports the FAA Spectrum Engineering office in analyzing and coordinating all normal and emergency frequency assignment requests for conducting aviation operations within the NAS
- Conduct operational characterizations of aviation requests, and radio frequency analysis using aeronautical charts and FAA's Automated Frequency Manager (AFM) system to ensure safe operation of the NAS
This is a Part-Time position.
- Apply spectrum-use policy to determine proper and efficient use of radio frequency spectrum allocations
- Reviewing frequency assignment proposals for compliance with applicable policy and regulations
- Assess and ensure the timely completion of 5/10-year assignment reviews
- Frequency input to design system requirements
- Performing airspace analysis
- Conducts radio line of sight (RLOS), radio coverage, and topological analysis to determine causal sources of Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) and develop mitigation strategies
- Conduct Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) investigations
- Provides recommendations, engineering methods and procedures to improve effectiveness and efficiency. Ensures criteria and procedures follow established policy and procedures.
- Develops documentation, reports, and briefings to include analysis of findings for FAA review
- May require travel to support FAA participation in Spectrum Management conferences and/or meetings
Associates degree in a related field (Electronics, Telecommunications) and 15 - 20 years of prior relevant experience in Radio Frequency (RF) Spectrum Management; BS degree and 12-15 years of prior relevant experience; Masters with 10-13 years of prior relevant experience. In lieu of a degree, 4 additional years of experience are required. Graduates of a Spectrum Management course of study or military classification/specialty codes, AFSC 3D1X4, MOS 25E, NEC 2301/2302 may be accepted in lieu of Associates degree.
Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
Must be a US citizen with current security clearance or be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance within the first year.
- Knowledge of roles and responsibilities of spectrum management within the National Airspace System
- Knowledge of frequency management practices, including engineering, assignment and protection of radio frequencies specifically, National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA) "Redbook".
- Knowledge of and experience in a variety of frequency policy organizations, including NTIA Interdepartmental Radio Advisory Committee (IRAC) and associated sub-committees, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
- Radio Frequency modeling and simulation and database engineering tools, such as Spectrum XXI Management Database or the FAA's Automated Frequency Management system
- Ability to perform Free-Space Path Loss (FSPL) calculations, Link Budgets, dBW/dBm/Watt conversions
- Experience with aeronautical maps and chart plotting
- Experience with Spectrum Analyzers and Direction Finding (DF) Equipment
- Civil and/or military aviation expertise
- Software Skills: MatLab