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Field Engineer 3 Payload Engineer

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Northrop Grumman Mission Systems/Engineering, Manufacturing, and Sciences - Western Region has an Outside of the Continental United States (OCONUS) position for an Field Engineer 3 / Payload Engineer to support a military communications program at an OCONUS location. The Resilient Networks Solutions organizational unit develops and fields systems and infrastructures to connect disparate systems and enable network-centric operations. This position resides with the Contingency Deployment Operations (CDO) department which operates and sustains the fielded systems.
What You'll get to Do:
  • The Payload Field Engineer will be part of a technical team that operates and maintains a complex tactical communication system in an operational location overseas.
  • Duties include performing preflight system tests, preventative and corrective maintenance, remote control and operations of the payload, developing procedures, and generating reports.
  • The candidate will work closely with the Military/Government customer as well as internal Northrop Grumman engineering teams.
Additional Northrop Grumman Information:
Northrop Grumman has approximately 85,000 employees in all 50 states and in more than 25 countries, we strive to attract and retain the best employees by providing an inclusive work environment wherein employees are receptive to diverse ideas, perspectives and talents to help solve our toughest customer challenges: to develop and maintain some of the most technically sophisticated products, programs and services in the world.
Our Values. The women and men of Northrop Grumman Corporation are guided by Our Values. They describe our company as we want it to be. We want our decisions and actions to demonstrate these Values. We believe that putting Our Values into practice creates long-term benefits for shareholders, customers, employees, suppliers, and the communities we serve.
Our Responsibility. At Northrop Grumman, we are committed to maintaining the highest of ethical standards, embracing diversity and inclusion, protecting the environment, and striving to be an ideal corporate citizen in the community and in the world.
You'll Bring These Qualifications:
  • Education / Experience: 5 Years with STEM degree; 3 Years with Masters or 9 years' experience with the repair, configuration, troubleshooting and operations of network devices and computer systems
  • Current/Active Secret (or above) clearance with adjudication within the last 5 years.
  • Current DoD 8570 IAT Level II orgreater certification(CCNA Security, Security+ CE, GICSP, GSEC, SSCP)
  • Must be able to pass a pre-assignment medical examination IAW USCENTCOM INDIVIDUAL PROTECTION AND INDIVIDUAL/UNIT DEPLOYMENT POLICY requirements.
  • Must be able to live the Middle East under a long-term Unaccompanied Assignment for periods up to a year.
  • Proficient with configuring and operating Linux.
  • Knowledgeable on networking concepts. (TDMA, TCP/IP, UDP, Subnetting, VLANs, switching, routing, tunneling , encryption)
  • Proficient with tactical data link technologies and operations (Link 16, JREAP-C) with experience operating radio equipment (PRC-117, PSC-5, MIDS LVT1/2/3/11) and general RF knowledge
  • Experience with collection of data and capturing of metrics/summaries used in post-mission analysis/reports
  • Experience handling COMSEC materials, following security guidance/procedures, and operating the Simple Key Loader (SKL).
  • Experience working in closed areas and adhering to strict security requirements.
  • Must be capable of interfacing directly with customers.
  • Ability to compute, analyze, and interpret numerical data for reporting purposes

  • Ability to comprehend and analyze complex problems and develop solutions

These Qualifications Would be Nice to Have:
  • Experience with commercial and military interfaces to include RS-232, RS-485, and MIL-STD-1553.
  • Strong analytical and troubleshooting skills and the ability to read electrical drawings and schematics.
  • Experience with RF/electronic test equipment, electrical soldering, and mil-standard connectors.
  • Briefing skills, good working knowledge of MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Project).
  • Experience with Tactical Data Link technologies and operations
  • Experience with military aircraft operations
  • Familiar with JSIG security controls
What We Can Offer You:
Northrop Grumman provides a comprehensive benefits package and a work environment that encourages your growth and supports the mutual success of our people and our company. Northrop Grumman benefits give you the flexibility and control to choose the benefits that make the most sense for you and your family. Your package will include the following:
  • Health Plan
  • Savings Plan
  • Paid Time Off
  • Additional benefits
    • Education Assistance
    • Training and Development

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.
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