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Unmanned Airborne Systems (UAS) SME - Engineer IV Communications

SES Space & Defense
Tampa, FL
  • Expired: January 13, 2023. Applications are no longer accepted.


The Unmanned Airborne System (UAS) Subject Matter Expert (SME) will provide Tier 3 tracking, planning, troubleshooting and coordination for all things satellite communications (SATCOM) systems related to UAS platforms. This can consist of work with full motion video (FMV), sensor data transport issues and development, and unit level support. The UAS SME will take part in any operations, mission planning, conferences and document writing as required by the customer. The UAS SME is part of a team that ensures effective SATCOM network utilization for UAS platforms. The UAS SME may be required to work priority issues after normal work hours, telephonically. The duty schedule for this position is a 5 day work week (Monday through Friday), 8 hours per day. The 5 day work week may include some nights/weekends and/or holidays and will include travel. The position is located at MacDill AFB, FL, and requires some travel to meet mission requirements.

Primary & Essential Accountabilities

  • Support UAS SATCOM systems troubleshooting for the purpose of operational support
  • Provide subject matter expertise to AISR management center and government personnel.
  • Perform site surveys and assist in the development of aircraft and Regional Ground Entry Point (RGEP) operations.
  • Act as an operation lead, representing UAS interests for enterprise upgrades and changes during Information Planning Team (IPT) meetings.
  • Prepare and review applicable UAS aircraft documentation with reference to SATCOM networks and systems.
  • Verify technical equipment specifications to ensure all new and existing aircraft follow policies and procedures set by USSOCOM J6 policy.
  • Coordinate with supported organizations to ensure all new and existing aircraft follow AISR SATCOM policies and procedures set by USSOCOM.
  • Travel to sites if necessary for planning, implementation, or troubleshooting of UAS platforms.
  • Participate in the research, evaluation and selection of new technologies.
  • Support training of AISR management center personnel.
  • Prepare reports documenting utilization levels, failure rates or other statistical reports as directed.
  • Review documentation for UAS operations perspective and interests, ensuring accuracy and that UAS equity stakes are represented.
  • Analyze complex communication systems, including planning, designing, evaluating, selecting operating systems and protocol suites and configuring communication media with concentrators, bridges and other devices
  • Resolve difficult interoperability problems to obtain operation across all platforms including e-mail, files transfer, multimedia, teleconferencing and the like
  • Configure systems to user environments
  • Support acquisition of hardware and software as well as subcontractor services
  • May act as a technical project leader or provide work leadership for lower level employees
  • May provide written technical descriptions and contribute in the development of technical solutions in support of proposal efforts
  • Support, communicate, reinforce and defend the mission, values and culture of the organization
  • Attend appropriate engineering, customer or business meetings

Qualification Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree and 8+ years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • SME level knowledge of the MQ-9, MQ-1A, MQ-1B, and/or MQ-1C platforms and Ground Control Systems.
  • Candidate must have a Top Secret (TS) Clearance with SCI eligibility.
  • Must have earned an 8750 IAT II certification or obtain prior to 1 July 2019.
  • Strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as cooperatively in a team-oriented environment
  • Ability to successfully interact with other IT professionals and end-users
  • Strong analytic and problem-solving skills
  • Is open and responsive to change and demonstrates a commitment to the process of continuous improvement by identifying and responding actively and with sensitivity to the needs of all customers.

SES Space & Defense is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. SES Space & Defense is committed to workplace diversity, equity & inclusion. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by local, state, or federal law.

SES Space & Defense


Tampa, FL
33694 USA