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Communication Systems Engineer

Mojave, California Direct Job ID: 2010115013


This position involves designing and implementing wired and wireless communications systems on the spacecraft and interfacing with the ground systems, including ground stations and operations center. The communications engineer will:
  • Develop, document, and validate subsystem requirements
  • Coordinate with electrical, mechanical, avionics, and software teams
  • Perform link analysis and design
  • Select components to meet requirements
  • Integrate communication system components on spacecraft and ground systems
  • Plan and execute communication system testing
  • Support flight operations, analyze subsystem performance, and troubleshoot if needed
  • Assess, track, and report subsystem status to project leads

The scope of the communications engineering position includes:
  • RF communications
  • Link budgets
  • Modulation and encoding schemes
  • SpaceWire and RS-422 communication
  • Encryption technologies
  • Antennas and feed systems
  • Software-defined radio
  • CCSDS standards
  • Spacecraft ranging and tracking
  • Testing of spacecraft, payload, and ground communications

Desired skills, experience, and attributes:
  • Bachelor's degree or higher in an engineering discipline
  • 2+ years experience with RF communications
  • Knowledge of digital communication systems
  • Hands-on experience with mechanical or electrical systems
  • Experience in C/C++, Python, MATLAB, or LabVIEW
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Must be a “U.S. person” as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)
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PDS Tech, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, or other legally protected status.

Founded in 1977, PDS Tech, Inc. is one of the nation's premier specialty staffing firms with 31 offices nationwide. We offer a full range of benefits including:

  • Health insurance
  • Paid holidays
  • Weekly payroll
  • Immediate 401(k) eligibility
  • Completion Bonuses
  • Training
  • Please note availability of benefits may vary by position

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