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Principal Systems Engineer

Job Description
Join a small team of dedicated people helping to develop and improve the Global Hawk unmanned aerial system!

Global Hawk is a high altitude, long endurance unmanned aerial reconnaissance platform combining optical- and radar-based intelligence gathering with semi-autonomous, ground-based command and control. Raytheon IIS develops the ground segment of the Global Hawk platform, which provides user interfaces for aircraft command and control, as well as imagery product dissemination functionality.
We are looking for an experienced systems engineering professional to join our team at the Global Hawk System Center in San Diego, California. We provide domain knowledge and support for integration and test activities here in the GHSC, and act as the first line of defense for issues found during field operations. Supporting the GHSC requires a thorough understanding not only the components we support, but also the “big picture” – how Raytheon’s contributions to the program ultimately interact with the rest of a large, sophisticated platform.
Successful candidates will have excellent technical skills, and will put those skills to use providing integration test support and root-cause analysis of issues found during test. Tasking of concurrent projects happens frequently, so the ability to balance priorities and see projects through to completion is a necessity. As we are often interfacing with end users, engineers, and other field personnel, strong written and verbal communication skills are key.
Typical activities can include: GH Ground Segment systems installation, Unix and Linux system configuration, network troubleshooting and analysis, systems troubleshooting and analysis, system performance analysis, and providing technical insights to the larger development team. There are often opportunities to develop tools to expedite test and operational scenarios not covered by the core product. Self-starters, especially those with a “walk the halls” attitude, will be most successful in this role.
This position does involve occasional travel to sites both within and outside the continental US, as well as periodic evening and weekend work. Shift differential and travel benefits apply.

Minimum Active DoD secret clearance required.

Required Skills

  • 8 years systems development OR systems maintenance experience for Unix or Red Hat Linux OS
  • Strong understanding of networking concepts (TCP/IP fundamentals, switching, routing, NAT, VoIP)
  • Understanding of SQL database administration and interaction
  • Understanding of computer system architecture
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Desired Skills

  • Unix shell scripting experience
  • System/Network administration experience in primarily Unix/Red Hat Enterprise Linux environments (experience with NIS, NFS)
  • ESXi/vSphere – Vitual Machine Management
  • Solar Winds – Network and host monitoring and management
  • Active Directory – GPO and user management
  • Postgres & general DB management
  • HBSS – Host Based Security System
  • Networking – General and specifically the Nexus technologies
  • Win Server 2012
  • Vantage – Vantage Viewer
  • ACAS
  • Direct experience supporting Solaris or IRIX OS
  • General knowledge of ATM networking concepts
  • General knowledge of MIL-STD-1553 protocol
  • General knowledge of Radar fundamentals
  • Familiarity with Air Force imagery intelligence processing and exploitation
  • Familiarity with aviation platforms
  • Familiarity with RF communications

Required Education (including Major): BS is STEM related degree plus 8+ years of work experience

This position requires a U.S. Person

IISFE 150012

Raytheon is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, age, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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San Diego, California
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