Communications/Ground Station Engineer - Military veterans preferred

Kellogg Brown & Root (


  full-time   employee

Patuxent River
United States


Communications/Ground Station Engineer

KBR is seeking a Communications/Ground Station Engineer to support the MQ-4C Triton Fleet Support Team, Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE), Jacksonville, FL. This position will be physically located at NAS Patuxent River, MD .

Provides engineering support for the development of Integrated Electronic Technical Manuals (IETM) for the Integrated Functional Capability 4 (IFC 4) for the MQ-4C Triton UAS.

Serves as an IFC 4 Avionics/Electronics Engineer to Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Program Manager Air (PMA) Offices and Fleet Support Team (FST).

Responsible for the review and development of IFC 4 technical documentation for implementation into the IFC 4 release of the MQ-4C Triton IETM for the Unmanned Air System (Unmanned Air Vehicle and Ground Station).

Reviews IFC 4 technical documentation to include specifications, drawings, CATIA models, wiring diagrams, schematics, FMECAs, support equipment documentation, IFC 3 IETM, fault codes and troubleshooting procedures. Responsibilities will include the development of IFC 4 IETM maintenance procedures and the validation and verification IETM Data Modules (DM) for inclusion in the IFC 4 IETM.

Technical knowledge must be sufficient to independently work and support a program involving the development and review of:

  • Hardware and installations on the Unmanned Aircraft and Control Stations
  • Maintenance plans as part of IETM procedure development
  • Maintenance procedures for incorporation into Interactive Electronic Technical Manuals (IETM)
  • Recommending the enhancement, change, or development of new services, procedures, and processes to increase program effectiveness.

Basic Qualifications:

Must have an Engineering Degree from an accredited academic institution plus 4-8 years of experience working in an Engineering position on NAVAIR programs. Must have at least 7 years of engineering experience.

Technical knowledge of aircraft avionic sensor systems and aircraft communication systems is required.

Must be able to work independently and be capable of dealing effectively with Maritime Patrol squadron personnel, Wing personnel, Program Office personnel, Integrated Test Team (ITT) personnel, Fleet Support Team personnel, and OEM Fleet Support Representatives.

Must have an active DOD security clearance and must meet eligibility requirements to access classified material.

The incumbent must display skill in applying a comprehensive range of principles, concepts, and practices and understanding of aircraft communication/ground Station systems to include:

  • Airborne and ground networks – Navy ADNS operational network
  • UHF/VHF IP based communications systems
  • UAS satellite command and control
  • HAIPE encryptors
  • Aircraft voice communications
  • Tactical radios
  • ICS
  • Link 16
  • Unmanned air vehicle ground station design and operation
  • Associated antennas

Must be able to work flexible work hours to adjust to surge situations based on critical mission requirements. Periodically, Combined Validation Verification (CVV) events require surge working events that occur based upon aircraft availability, including nights and weekends. Travel (including airline travel) is required, normally in conjunction with CVV events and/or meetings.

Must be able to work an an environment with regular and recurring exposure to moderate risks and discomforts associated with work in a large aircraft hangar, such as:

  • working near unmanned aircraft and associated support equipment
  • exposure to loud noise resulting from the operation of support equipment in the hangar as well as jet engine noise
  • The work situation requires the employee to continually stay alert and to take special safety precautions while involved in work in close proximity to aircraft and equipment.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Must be able to prepare draft analysis documents and other material for internal review by subject matter experts and final review by customer.

Must be able to work independently, be team oriented, and possess strong customer facing skills. Must be flexible and have the ability to adapt to new information and programs.

Ability to write in a clear and concise manner, possessing excellent verbal and written communication skills.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in order to perform the following duties:

  • Review and interpretation of CATIA models (fundamental knowledge of use of CATIA required)
  • Review and interpretation of avionic and electrical drawings
  • Review and interpretation of wiring diagrams and schematics
  • Translation of technical documentation (CATIA, drawings, schematics) to a format as specified by the IFC 4 IETM team for use in IETM development
  • Review equipment fault codes and develop or verify troubleshooting steps for inclusion in IFC 4 IETM
  • Review IFC 3 IETM and recommend removal or update of existing IFC 3 DMs
  • Assist Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) engineers with review of IFC 4 FMECA.
  • Analysis and updates to failure modes.
  • Review of Common Support Equipment (CSE) required for IFC 4
  • Review of Peculiar Support Equipment (PSE) required for IFC 4
  • Review of Special Test Equipment (STE) required for IFC 4

Desired Skills and Experience

Experience/familiarity with the MQ-4C Triton Program is a plus.

Unmanned air vehicle ground stations experience/familiarity is desired.

Additional Info:

Anticipated at Monday-Friday.

Must be able to work in both office and aircraft hangar settings.

KBR is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, union status and/or beliefs, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

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