Digital Prospectors System/Test Engineer in Lexington, Massachusetts

System/Test Engineer

Lexington, MA

Job Type: Contract

Recruiter: Peter Roos at

Phone: 603-772-2700

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Job Title: System/Test Engineer

Location : Lexington, MA

Duration: 36 Months and 40 hours per week

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The Advanced Satcom Systems and Operations Group at is involved in a combination of research, proof-of-concept test beds, and system engineering/application efforts focused on the goals of enhancing the capacity and the flexibility of future generations of protected communications satellites.

The Group is developing reference terminal and hub modems as a part of the Single Stranded Satellite Simulator (S4) for the Protected Tactical System Field Demonstration (PTSFD). The Protected Tactical System (PTS) is the next generation of protected satellite communication for the US armed forces. These systems are used to evaluate the waveform as well as being provided at contractor facilities for use in the development and test of their terminal designs.

The Group developed the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) Payload Simulator (SatSim) and Test Terminals (AUST-T) for the US Air Force as a critical element of the national Military Strategic and Tactical Relay (Milstar) and AEHF test infrastructure. The SatSim and AUST-T are custom pieces of specialized test equipment used at government and contractor facilities within the United States that emulates many of the functions of the Milstar/AEHF spacecraft communication payload and AEHF user terminals.

Position Scope/Job Functions

Enhancing and maintaining the Group developed test assets has created an ongoing requirement for a system engineer with a strong background in variety of satellite communication systems including Milstar, AEHF, and PTS. The engineer will support technical staff in testing and maintaining the PTS, SatSim and AUST-T systems located our client and at the various industry contractor facilities across the US. The candidate should expect occasional travel within the Continental United States.

Skills: Required

The engineer will support technical staff in development and integration of the PTS Testbeds along with testing and maintaining the SatSim and AUST-T systems. An expert understanding of PTS and Milstar/AEHF signaling and protocols is required along with a strong background in digital signal processing engineering and engineering practices. Must also possess an excellent understanding of the AEHF Payload Simulator and Test Terminal, PTS S4, PTS Hub, and PTS terminal. The engineer should be skilled in both system test planning and test execution. Recent experience debugging issues and resolving anomalies in a system test environment is strongly desired. Familiarity with XILINX FPGA tools and various programming languages such as Python and shell scripts. Candidate should have prior teaching experience and good people skills.

Skills: Preferred

Familiarity with and experience using of the internal developed PTS Testbeds, AEHF Payload Simulator and AEHF Test Terminal is strongly preferred.

Education/Professional Certifications/Substituting Off-Set

Master’s (MS) plus 8 years or a Bachelor’s (BS) plus 12 years of experience minimum.

POST-OFFER BACKGROUND CHECK IS REQUIRED. An essential function of this job is physical attendance. Digital Prospectors is an Equal Opportunity Employer which includes providing equal employment opportunity for all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Our client, one of the most prestigious Research and Development Labs in the country, is working on solutions to our nation's most complex defense and commercial related challenges. We have placed hundreds of talented engineers with this client over the years - If you are qualified - we can get you in!!!

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