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 Telecommunications Specialist with experience in radio frequency spectrum management. This position is an exciting opportunity to use your expertise to support the FAA Spectrum Engineering mission to provide every pilot and air traffic controller interference-free communications, navigation, and surveillance services. This resource will: 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 Western Service Area (WSA) Spectrum Engineering office in analyzing and coordinating all routine and emergency frequency assignment requests for conducting aviation operations within the NAS and perform 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
- 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 meetings
- Associates degree in a related field (Electronics, Telecommunications) and 8-12 years of prior relevant experience in Radio Frequency (RF) Spectrum Management; Bachelor’s degree and 4-8 years of prior relevant experience; Master’s degree with 2-6 years of prior relevant experience. In lieu of a degree, four additional years of experience are required. Graduates of a Spectrum Management course of study or military classification/specialty codes (e.g., AFSC 3D1X4, MOS 25E, NEC 2301/2302) may be accepted in lieu of an 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 with various 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 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 or military aviation expertise.
Effective October 1, in order to enter Leidos facilities in the US and to attend Leidos business events outside our facilities, employees will be required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or maintain proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 96 hours of entry. Effective December 8, all Leidos employees must be fully vaccinated (2 weeks past final dose) unless they are entitled to a legal accommodation. If you are not vaccinated, please consider getting your COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact your Talent Acquisition POC.
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