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1624 - Radio Frequency/Satellite Communications Engineer

Las Cruces, New Mexico
Secret Clearance


We are seeking a Radio Frequency Engineer in Las Cruces, New Mexico at the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) White Sands Complex (WSC) to support the Space Network operations. The selected individual will support NASA programs that integrate with state-of-the-art RF satellite communications systems and technologies. Assignments will include a variety of engineering tasks such as development of requirements, generation of engineering documentation and deployment of systems that meet specified requirements.

This position is supporting NASA at the White Sands Complex (WSC) near Las Cruces, New Mexico. Operating here are two functionally identical satellite ground terminals: The White Sands Ground Terminal, and the Second TDRSS Ground Terminal. These ground terminals ensure uninterrupted communications between various ground stations, NASA’s orbiting fleet of Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS), customer spacecraft (satellites), and the computer systems that support such spacecraft. WSC serves as an interface for distributing satellite data to control centers and scientists who then use the daily influx of data to expand our ever-growing knowledge of the Earth and the universe.


  • Develop and evaluate system requirements.
  • Perform communications analyses including link budget assessments.
  • Develop engineering documentation for the installation of new and/or modification of existing electronic systems that meet defined requirements.
  • Ensure that technical, budget and schedule requirements are met through new or modified designs.
  • Oversee system modifications to ensure implementation is executed according to design documentation.
  • Develop and execute test plans and procedures.
  • Maintain system documentation to accurately reflect the configuration baseline.
  • Provide troubleshooting assistance in isolating and correcting unusual hardware problems.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Math or Engineering and 2+ years of experience in the following areas:
  • Satellite ground system or other RF communications engineering
  • RF wireless communications systems definition and analysis, including link analysis.
  • RF satellite communications systems parameters and their impact on RF link performance


  • 5+ years of related experience
  • Familiarity with NASA, DoD, or other agency systems engineering processes.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge of the NASA Space Network


  • Active secret clearance