Communications RF Engineer

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Description/Job Summary

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
This position supports a variety of operational systems and sub-systems that include UHF/VHF radio systems, remote site communication nodes, remote monitoring, network distribution to include microwave, fiber, and copper distribution.  Position requires experience leading individuals and projects to analyze, design, test, implement, maintain, and manage assigned systems.  Technical knowledge of assigned systems and ability to research solutions is required to successfully perform assigned duties.
 Research, plan and design microwave, radio and digital communications systems or upgrades to include consideration of antenna design, RF radiation patterns, polarization and propagation paths.  Considers frequency management and interference in design efforts.
Experience with microwave communication links, two way radio communications in HF/UHF/VHF bands, hand held portable radios and other military communications systems, radio remote control systems, MPLS and SONET transport systems, Ethernet and IP data networks, encryption equipment, grounding/lighting protection techniques.

Assist in design, planning, and implementing system upgrades using the latest technologies.

Utilize Terrain Analysis Package (TAP) Software to evaluate, predict, de-conflict, design, and analyze RF propagation.

Identify and troubleshoot hardware and software technical problems related to assigned equipment.

Lead installation teams (including vendors), participate in planning meetings and identify tasks, material, tools, and equipment required to complete the effort.·        

Develop and maintain system level and site documentation/configuration.

Apply a broad and in-depth working knowledge of telecommunications and remote site infrastructure technology that that promotes reliability and survivability of equipment and services.  

Provide engineering support to research, analyze, troubleshoot and resolve installation issues and service problems. ·        

Conduct tests or diagnostics requiring selection and adaptation of a wide variety of test equipment and test procedures; set up and operate equipment; record data, measure and record problems of significant complexity that sometimes require resolution at a higher level; and analyze data and prepare test reports.

Periodic travel overnight to remote locations in order to perform assigned tasks. 
Other Related Duties:  Other duties as required.

Education and Experience:  Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering or equivalent field experience and at least six years of applicable communication systems engineering experience or a combination of training and experience. 
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required for this Position:
 Knowledge of current hardware engineering practices and standards; microprocessors; digital recording systems, HF, VHF, UHF transceivers, low/high power transmitters and supporting antenna systems. Should have experience working with SNMP and management tools used to collect, diagnose, correlate, and report information from SNMP devices or vendor software.  

Comprehends data distribution systems and network equipment functionality. 

Knowledge of Internet Protocol addressing and network interface principals.

Network and telecommunications principles and equipment, antennas, frequency management, grounding principles and power. 

Strong leadership and planning skills in leading installation teams. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Must be able to communicate technical issues in an assertive and tactful manner. 
Must demonstrate responsibility and discipline to ensure equipment and systems are maintained or repaired when inspections reveal out of tolerance conditions.
·Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Security Clearance. 
Work Environment, Physical and Mental Demands:    Duties are performed both indoors and outdoors.  Outdoor duties may be performed on ladders, roofs, towers, and platforms.  Traveling to Range locations which involves exposure to extreme outdoor weather conditions for prolonged periods; work on uneven surfaces and varying types of outdoor terrain.  Ability to perform shift work, at remote locations with over-night assignments.  The noise level on the Ranges varies from quiet to moderately noisy.
Must possess a valid Nevada driver’s license to include a Nevada Commercial Driver’s License.

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Arcata Associates is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.