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Senior Satellite RF Engineer

Company: General Atomics
Location: Arvada
Posted on: May 15, 2022

Job Description:

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) designs and manufactures first-of-a-kind electromagnetic and electric power generation systems. GA-EMS expanding portfolio of specialized products and integrated system solutions support critical fleet, space systems and satellites, missile defense, power and energy, and process and monitoring applications for defense, industrial, and commercial customers worldwide.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Satellite RF Engineer working on satellite systems to join our team located in Centennial, CO.


  • Support mission, system and operational concept development for satellite missions, encompassing space, ground and operational aspects.
  • Function as the technical lead of the RF/Communication group, functioning as a mentor to junior level RF engineers
  • Work with customers and suppliers, internal and external, to develop and define RF subsystem (space and ground) requirements.
  • Support all phases of customer programmatic reviews including: System Requirements Review, Preliminary Design Review, Critical Design Review, Pre-Ship Review
  • Oversee and perform as required the detailed design, development, analysis, production, and test of satellite RF subsystems and EMI/EMC analysis for both product development and flight program execution. This may include the design and build of custom RF subsystems.
  • Actively participate in system level design of satellite systems across all project phases, through subsystem architectural design and hardware development.
  • Apply system engineering principles to the selection of RF subsystems as part of satellite concept and design development.
  • Perform testing and fault diagnosis of equipment, subsystems and systems, including record-keeping and the generation of documentation and test plans, procedures and results.
  • Ensure an accurate and up-to-date document set for RF products.
  • Apply technical knowledge to analyze, investigate and resolve engineering problems.
  • Prepare technical responses to bids, presentation materials and reports, for a variety of applications and customers.
  • Support and actively participate in customer and supplier meetings and presentations at all project stages.
  • Liaise with customer and supplier staff, and staff from other parts of GA.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or required.We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.
    Job Qualifications:
  • Typically requires a bachelors degree, masters degree or PhD in engineering or a related technical discipline from an accredited institution and progressive engineering experience as follows; fifteen or more years of experience with a bachelors degree, thirteen or more years of experience with a masters degree, or ten or more years with a PhD. May substitute equivalent engineering experience in lieu of education.
  • Knowledge of writing RF/Communication Control Plans, Test Procedures, Test Plans and Test Reports
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Security Clearance is required.
  • Previous experience handling and testing satellite flight hardware, including a demonstrated ability to test and troubleshoot electronic systems.
  • Understanding of small satellite design and practices desired.
  • Familiarity with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations for satellite systems (space and ground).
  • Knowledge of S-band, X-band and Ka-band systems and designs essential; other bands highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of EMC/EMI analysis and design considerations
  • Familiarity with all aspects of the satellite system life cycle, including spacecraft level environmental testing, launch, and operations.
  • Understanding of clean room compliance and safe working practices.
  • Must possess the ability to understand new concepts quickly and apply them accurately and organize work assignments to meet established timetables.
  • Strong communication, computer, documentation, presentation, and interpersonal skills are required, as well as the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Must be able to work extended hours as required and be flexible and adaptable to changing priorities and workloads.Each job has a salary range which identifies the minimum, midpoint (market) and maximum base pay for the job. Pay rates are established based on the individual's knowledge, skill, experience and education/training needed to perform the job.

Keywords: General Atomics, Arvada , Senior Satellite RF Engineer, Engineering , Arvada, Colorado

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