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Satellite Communications Engineer - McMurdo, Antarctica

at GHG Corporation

Posted: 9/27/2019
Job Status: Seasonal
Job Reference #: 1176425
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Job Description

  • ASC
  • McMurdo Station, ATA
  • NEG/DOE
  • Other
  • Seasonal

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Job purpose

Responsible for operation, maintenance support (tier 2 and 3), satellite system link analysis, and integration of satellite communications systems 

Duties and responsibilities

  • Perform tier 2 and 3 support to existing satellite communications links. This will include interrogate link analysis data to identify any link or satellite system performance issues.
  • Assist on-ice operational personal with any antenna or satellite system ops support needs.
  • Help identify, develop or modify any satellite system maintenance or performance issues, including antenna ops or link performance so the satellite link will operate at optimal performance.
  • Provide engineering services for satellite communications system designs which can include developing and analyzing link budgets, system upgrades, design and integration of upgrades, for new services and projects. The satellite systems are used to support voice, data, video transfer and urgent life safety needs such as medical video teleconference calls.
  • Provide engineering and ops services for Satellite monitoring and control systems. These systems are an integral part of our satellite communication system.
  • Provide engineering and subject matter expert support to all other departments such as Information security, systems Architecture, USAP management and to the customer, the NSF, or the customer's agents.
  • Review satellite systems for sparing and life cycle maintenance schedules. This will include establishing both tactical and strategic budgeting plans to meet life cycle replacement needs.
  • Review satellite system, antenna, electronics, and maintenance schedules to ensure uninterrupted communications capabilities from stations as well as field camps that require satellite communications capabilities.
  • Provides engineering services in developing and reviewing satellite system designs, and project documentation.
  • Provides engineering support to Project Managers, Technical writers, and other project staff members.
  • Act as camp manager in the result of an over land traverse to Black Island Transmitter Facility during the austral winter.
  • Assist the RF communications team as required by the communications supervisor.
  • Provides clear and concise reporting and documentation on satellite systems status at a minimum of a weekly basis.
  • Acts as "smart hands" for other satellite communication based infrastructures around station.
  • Works with the Manager, Supervisor or Project Manager, in Information Technology, as team member using Project Management methodology to accomplish engineering projects.
  • Deploy to Antarctica or other locations to gather information or to be able to work and perform as a team member. This will include working on site in Antarctica for any satellite system upgrades or any satellite system installations, as required.
  • Designs, assembles, tests, deploys and supports mobile Satcom terminals as required.
  • Provides engineering level analysis or recommendations to ASC management and the NSF as it pertains to satellite communications.
  • Must maintain a safe workplace and ensures that safety is the highest priority in the workplace.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • BS in Engineering, Communications Systems or Satellite Systems preferred. Equiv. exp. accepted in lieu of degree of 3 years of diversified satellite engineer experience in design, system integration, operational support and review is required.
  • An additional 4 years supporting and maintaining technical communication equipment is required in other RF communication fields such as HF, UHF/VHF, microwave is preferred Monitoring and Control (M&C) software a plus.
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent residence is required.

Competencies

  • Technical Capacity.
  • Organizational Skills.
  • Strategic Thinking.
  • Problem Solving/Analysis.

Physical requirements

  • Deployment will be required in this position. The individual in the position must successfully complete physical and dental and examinations as required by the NSF for deploying to Antarctica. Failure to meet these requirements may result in withdrawal of employment offer or other employment action.
  • Complies with applicable safety, environment, health, and waste management policies and procedures.
  • Individual must be capable of operating a standard desktop computer; must be able to lift and carry up to 25 pounds.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Position Expectations

  • This is a full-time, seasonal, position located in Antarctica.
  • All expenses paid while on-ice meals, lodging, medical, gear, travel to and from Antarctica.
  • Performance Period: February 2020 - October 2020

 

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