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KBR Satellite Communications Engineer in Sioux Falls, South Dakota


Satellite Communications Engineer

The Satellite Communications Engineer provides technical leadership in the areas of hardware maintenance, engineering, and configuration for all ground station equipment serviced by the DCPF.

Core Responsibilities

  • Coordinates, communicates, and provides technical status to other team members and the Landsat Operations Task Manager as appropriate.

  • Provides engineering support and maintenance to all ground station equipment

  • Provides SatComm/Hardware engineering support to maintain all systems in accordance with appropriate system requirements. This includes the antenna(s), RF equipment and all associated ground station equipment.

  • Submit, analyze, and manage configuration change requests in accordance with established Configuration Management (CM) processes.

  • Provide technical engineer support for ground station upgrades, procurements and new mission support

  • Support new mission development activities for the ground station and support integration with current missions

  • Support equipment inventory control and follow government property/procurement rules

  • Lead system anomaly investigations and troubleshooting activities.

  • Lead special projects and initiatives as assigned by the DCPF Hardware Engineer

  • Lead which may include activities such as process improvements.

  • Rotating 24x7 on-call is required.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Satellite Communications/Systems or equivalent.

  • Associate degree in Satellite Communications Engineering or electronics technology may be substituted for a BS degree with a minimum of 6-8 years of experience in ground station maintenance


  • Minimum of 4-6 years related experience in SatComm Engineering or equivalent.

  • Experience with satellite ground systems is required

  • Experience with the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite communications is preferred

  • Leading system anomaly investigations and troubleshooting activities

Required Skills

  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills.

  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.

  • Radio Frequency (RF) / Intermediate Frequency (IF) test equipment knowledge.

  • Ability to read and interpret schematics and wiring diagrams

  • General computer hardware and software proficiency.

  • Experience with Microsoft Office applications such as (Word, Excel, Project, and PowerPoint).

  • Ability to conduct studies related to ground station operations, create performance plans, installation guides, requirements, operations concepts.

Desired Skills

  • Windows/Linux System Administration knowledge

  • Understanding of network topologies

  • Ampex DCRSi drive knowledge.

  • Understanding of RF Design principles

  • Experience with Analog and Digital Fiber Optics

  • CAD software knowledge

  • Systems Tool Kit (Satellite Took Kit) knowledge

  • Aerial work platforms

  • Component level troubleshooting and replacement

Candidates must have resided in the US for the prior 3 years

Candidates must have strong technical abilities, excellent communication skills, and a teamwork emphasis. Candidates must also be able to integrate into a highly-skilled Information Technology Team.

The candidate must be able to obtain and maintain a national agency check and background investigation after hire to obtain a badge for facility access and user accounts.

This position will be posted to the career opportunities listing on the KBR website ( ).

This position may be filled by a KBR teammate on the TSSC Contract. Please apply on-line.

KBR is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/m/f/disabled/veteran.

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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.

KBR is a global provider of differentiated professional services and solutions across the asset and program life cycle within the government services and technology sectors. KBR employs approximately 28,000 people worldwide with customers in more than 80 countries and operations in 40 countries. ​

KBR is proud to work with customers across the globe to provide technology, value-added services, and long- term operations and maintenance services to ensure consistent delivery with predictable results. At KBR, We Deliver.