Senior SATCOM Engineer

Job Locations US-IL-Rock Island
Job Post Information* : Posted Date 1 month ago(6/28/2022 1:54 PM)
Location : Location
US-IL-Rock Island
Potential for Remote
Clearance Requirement
Job Requires Relocation
Job Requires Relocation


SOSi is seeking a SATCOM Engineer Team Lead to oversee SATCOM systems.  The SATCOM Lead will assume a technical leadership role in the operations, modernization and development of satellite communications (SATCOM) systems. Candidates will lead efforts on a wide range of engineering challenges including; knowledge of how telecommunications equipment and services work and ability to address disruptions and implement and/or commend corrective actions. This position can also be located in our Reston, Virginia office.


*This position is contingent upon contract award*


  • Understand and analyze multi-disciplinary satellite communications problems; define potential solutions; conduct in-depth technical analysis, assessments, and trades; and communicate to senior leadership the results of technical studies in a systems engineering context.
  • Develop and analyze requirements, conduct system level and component level trade studies, specify radio frequency (RF) communications performance and interfaces, and advise on technology investments.
  • Operate Satellite Modems, Redundancy Switch, associated cables, and interconnects; Up Converters, Redundancy Switch; Down Converters, High Power Amplifiers (HPAs), Low Noise Amplifiers (LNAs), Low Noise Block (LNB); Waveguide (rigid, flex, and elliptical) joints and connections; Intermediate Frequency (IF) cable and connections; Antenna, Antenna motors, Solid State Power Amplifiers (SSPA), Antenna Control Unit (ACU), and associated cabling and interconnects; Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Units; Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS); Generator (if applicable).
  • Operate an iDirect modem and or Hub.
  • Shall have experience with Satellite Line of Sight and Near Line of Sight transport methods.
  • Contribute to and/or oversee broad parametric technical trade space analyses to define future space transport layer force designs.
  • Link mission area force designs together with a holistic view of the entire space enterprise to ensure that a multi-disciplinary view is taken across the enterprise and refine force designs with a cross-mission enterprise perspective.
  • Develop technical white papers and briefings on communications system design and development issues.
  • Technical (hands-on) experience with systems engineering standards and technical procedure documentation.
  • Knowledge of operations testing and evaluation methods.
  • Experience in network and cybersecurity design, engineering and operations.
  • Familiarity with one or more SATCOM systems to include: Military Satellite Communications, wideband SATCOM, and/or emerging commercial SATCOM.
  • Understanding of the current state of technology in areas such as: RF, antennas, DSP, etc.
  • Familiarity with acquisition strategy, development, and platform integration of SATCOM systems.


  • An MA/MS degree and 10+ years of relevant experience, or a BA/BS degree and 12+ years of relevant experience.
  • IAW DOD 8570.01M, personnel will have the appropriate baseline and computing environment certifications for IAT Level I.
  • Have in-depth knowledge of complex LAN/WAN communications, network hardware’s such as Cisco routers, Ethernet switches, bridges, gateways, and firewalls.
  • Have in-depth knowledge of routing protocols such as RIP, EIGRP, BGP and OSPF.
  • Have strong understanding and practical experience with technologies like Multi-Schedule Private Line Service Tariffs (MPLS), Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS), MLA Virtual Private Network (VPNs) and Traffic Engineering Duties involve among others, management of local and wide area network, projects, and installation of new devices, systems, and on-going maintenance of infrastructure.
  • Sharp troubleshooting skills.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Organizational and mentoring skills.
  • Ability to work independently and follow through with requirements with minimal guidance or supervision.
  • Must be able to adjust to emergency situations and changing priorities.
  • Must be composed and effective under the pressure of heavy workloads, time sensitive demands, or changing conditions, while remaining tactful, diplomatic, considerate of views of others, effective as a leader.
  • Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment drug screen and a comprehensive background check.
  • Ability to travel periodically to support customer requirements.
  • Remote work may be authorized

Preferred Qualifications

  • Active SATCOM certifications in the following; iDirect: Advanced Operations and Maintenance; iDirect Quality of Service Boot Camp.
  • Active network certification(s) in at least one (1) of the following; Cisco Certified Network Administrator (CCNA); Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP).

Working Conditions

  • Working conditions are normal for an office environment.
  • Fast paced, deadline-oriented environment.
  • May require periods of non-traditional working hours including consecutive nights or weekends (if applicable)


SOSi is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All interested individuals will receive consideration and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or protected veteran status. SOSi takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance diversity and inclusion of qualified individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.


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