Field Engineer - Tonopah

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Description/Job Summary



Under the direction of the Department Supervisor, the Field Engineer will perform tasks related to evaluation, design, and modification of high and low powered RF Systems.  This includes systems that simulate radars or may involve point to point or multipoint data transport systems.    Conducts analyses and/or tests pertaining to the integration of new equipment and capabilities. Completes required systems engineering documentation.   

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Work will involve activities that sustain existing systems where repair and upgrades require extensive evaluation, implementation, and testing.  Working with operators, technicians, and other engineers, this position will collaborate to determine effective course of action to ensure mission support requirements are achieved.  This position serves as the embedded engineering support to operations and maintenance work centers.  Research and analyze data such as customer design proposals, specifications and manuals to determine the feasibility of design or application.  Devise appropriate test plans.

Other Related Duties:

Performs other duties as required.


Associates Degree in Engineering or formal academic/vocational training or military equivalent and 4 or more years of experience maintaining military surface to air missile simulators and communication systems. Must have a professional knowledge of applicable engineering concepts and principles, and a familiarity with related engineering fields. Must have a practical knowledge of test methods and practices sufficient to perform engineering procedures and to prepare or make modifications of standard test procedures or test equipment work instructions. 


Ideal candidate will have a wide background in military air defense systems.  This may include experience with radar simulators, signal processing, microwave communication links, Ethernet and IP data networks, encryption equipment, video transport systems (analog and digital), or other related military communication systems. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required for this Position:

Knowledge of current hardware engineering practices and standards; microprocessors; digital recording systems, HF, VHF, UHF transceivers, high power transmitters and supporting antenna systems.

Strong problem-solving and analytical skills. Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships.

Highly skilled in the use of a PC and Microsoft Office.  Ability to work with manufactures and conduct product research. Excellent written and verbal communications skills.   

Research and study operational characteristics of assigned systems or projects.  Comprehend principles of operation and system specifications.

Collaborate with Engineering Teams, Air Force customers, and associated JT3 functional areas to obtain requirements, coordinate tasks, and report status. 

Perform assigned tasks, report status using business applications, and document efforts in accordance with Configuration Management requirements. 


This is a field environment working at range locations near Tonopah and Beatty, Nevada. Using a company vehicle, this position will periodically travel to different remote sites to support systems and equipment.  Exposure to extreme outdoor weather conditions for prolonged periods; work on uneven surfaces and varying types of outdoor terrain.  The noise level on the Ranges varies from quiet to moderately noisy.

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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.