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 Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) systems within the NAS consistent with the Radio Frequency (RF) requirements of the FAA; directly support the FAA Spectrum Engineering office in analyzing and coordinating all normal and emergency CNS assignment requests for conducting aviation operations within the NAS and 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.
- Apply spectrum-use policy to determine proper and efficient use of radio frequency spectrum allocations
- Review CNS frequency assignment proposals for compliance with applicable policy and regulations
- Confirm regulatory compliance and timely completion of 5/10-year frequency assignment reviews
- Perform Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) analysis of airspace proposals.
- Conduct radio line of sight (RLOS), radio coverage, and topological analysis to determine propagation characteristics of CNS systems.
- Perform Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) investigations
- Provides recommendations, enhancements to existing engineering methods and procedures to improve effectiveness and efficiency. Ensures spectrum engineering processes and procedures follow established policies, orders and regulatory language.
- 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
- Requires BS degree in (Electrical Engineering or Physics) and 4 to 8 years of prior relevant experience in Radio Frequency (RF) Spectrum Engineering or Masters with 2 to 6 years of prior relevant experience. May possess a Doctorate in technical domain.
- Working knowledge of Communication, Navigation or Surveillance systems that pertain to aviation.
- Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
- Must be a US citizen with current security clearance (SECRET).
- Demonstrated experience with electromagnetic theory as it relates to RF generation and reception.
- 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, 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 and RF link budget analysis.
- Experience with aeronautical charts.
- Experience with Spectrum Analyzers and Direction Finding (DF) Equipment
- Software Skills: MatLab
- Experience with RF cavity filters and RF isolators.
Pay Range:Pay Range $65,000.00 - $100,000.00 - $135,000.00
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