RF Engineer

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Vectrus strives to bring high performance, operational excellence, and customer focus to every aspect of our business. In a rapidly changing and complex world, we continue to push to be a top innovator and achiever in the engineering field and are proud to serve in our country's defense. We're seeking dedicated innovators and achievers to help us expand on our mission to provide high quality engineering solutions in the areas of RF and Spectrum Management. As a RF Engineer at Vectrus, you will provide support to multiple DoD Program Offices as well as our commercial customers. You will work both independently and with our professional engineering team to perform E3 testing/analysis, operational spectrum management, spectrum certification, EMC analysis, and 4G/5G LTE system development/testing.


Major Job Activities:

  • Analyze the RF compatibility of various co-located systems and develop EMC techniques to mitigate EMI.
  • Calculate link budgets and perform coupling analysis to identify operating capabilities and feasibilities of DoD and other spectrum dependent systems.Perform and document Spectrum Supportability Risk Assessments (SSRA)s for DoD acquisition programs at various stages of development.Perform EM Site Surveys to quantify the RF environment at DoD and commercial facilities.
  • Navigate multiple spectrum and frequency allocation databases to find information on systems of interest and apply this information to various analyses.
  • Use various propagation and RF modeling tools to model EMI and EMC between systems that are either co-located or spread out over vast area.
  • Develop custom propagation analysis tools using MATLAB and/or Python to analyze complex RF systems and environments.
  • Research system and equipment characteristics along with performance criteria.
  • Analyze and mitigate potential EMI between different Naval vessels and systems.
  • Develop test and system implementation procedures for DoD and/or 4G/5G systems.
  • Work both independently and as part of a team to ensure project goals and time-lines are met
  • Participate and bring value to both internal and external discussions concerning project status, concerns, and potential mitigations.

Material & Equipment Directly Used:

Must be proficient with Real-Time Spectrum Analyzers (RSA), Signal Generators, Amplifiers, and general RF testing equipment.

Working Environment:

Work will be performed in an office environment approximately 70% of the time with some field and laboratory work required. Typically testing will be performed outdoors. Local travel is required with the possibility of regional and international travel roughly 5 to 10% of the time.

Physical Activities:

Must be able to work both indoors and outdoors and occasionally carry test equipment up to 50 lbs.


Minimum Qualifications :


Bachelor's (4 year) degree from an accredited College or University in a related STEM field with:
• Six (6) years' experience in the areas of Navy/Joint Operational spectrum dependent systems, National Administrative Spectrum Management.
• Four (4) years' demonstrated experience in the operation and spectrum compatibility evaluation of afloat Navy communications, combat systems, electronic warfare systems, and navigation aids through preparation of technical documents, which include test plans/reports, analytical evaluation of systems' RF compatibility, and development of actionable EMC techniques.
• Two (2) years' experience in conducting spectrum EMI/EMC testing and evaluations, performing engineering analyses to predict and define spectrum EMI problems, defining/designing corrective measures, and knowledge of operational implementation of systems in the U.S. Navy.
• Two (2) years' experience writing and updating fleet spectrum coordination documentation for programmatic requirements and operational publications.
• Active SECRET Security Clearance.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Two (2) years' experience in developing and executing systems level tests for commercial 4G/5G LTE systems.
• Proficiency in MATLAB, Python, C, or C++ programming language.
• Active TS/SCI Security Clearance (Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmentalized Information).

We are committed to an inclusive and diverse workplace that values and supports the contributions of each individual. This commitment along with our common Vision and Values of Integrity, Respect, and Responsibility, allows us to leverage differences, encourage innovation and expand our success in the global marketplace. Vectrus is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, age, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or status as an individual with a disability. EOE/Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran