Arcata Associates, Inc. has a job opportunity for a Systems Engineer at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC) at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Edwards AFB is situated in Southern California’s Antelope Valley where abundant open space, excellent weather, and endless blue skies are the perfect setting for conducting NASA's atmospheric research and operations. Both the US Air Force and NASA have tested some of our nation’s most inventive and cutting-edge air vehicles in the infinitely clear skies above Edwards Air Force Base.
Arcata employees who work at the DFRC have a variety of options when it comes to deciding where to reside: The scenic mountain communities of Tehachapi and Stallion Springs, the lively cities of Lancaster and Palmdale, and the smaller, quiet communities of North Edwards, California City, and Rosamond. Edwards is centrally located with attractions like Disneyland, Universal Studios, Santa Monica Pier, Venice Beach, Lake Isabella, Lake Hughes, Mountain High and Big Bear Ski Resorts within reasonable driving distance.
About Arcata Associates:
Arcata Associates provides innovative IT solutions, engineering services, program/acquisition services, and Multimedia support to Government agencies and commercial companies. From supporting America's ventures into space, to the flight lines and front lines of the U.S. military, Arcata Associates proudly plays a key role in mission critical success every day. Our greatest strength is our people, and our commitment to excellence is evident in our achievements: 2011 and 2008 NASA Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year Award; 2011, 2010, 2008 NASA Dryden Flight Research Center Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year Award; 2010 Chubb Safety Award; James S. Cogswell National Industrial Security Award (1997 and 2008); 2008 NASA Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year Award; 2009 Las Vegas Review-Journal / Las Vegas Business Press Best Place to Work List.
Arcata Associates offers a rewarding, high-energy work environment that provides employees with opportunities for growth and development. The work is challenging and allows employees to play vital roles in exciting projects and missions that impact the business.
We offer a full complement of benefits to employees under our cafeteria plan. These include medical, dental and vision insurance for employees and their eligible dependents and domestic partners, life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance, and in some locations short and long term disability. Where allowed by law, payroll deductions for these benefits are taken as a pre-tax deduction from the employee's compensation.
In addition, Arcata offers a qualified 401(k) retirement plan, flexible spending accounts, education assistance, and a Paid Absence Allowance policy that includes paid leave for vacations, holidays, illness/injury, personal business, bereavement, jury duty and military leave.
About this opportunity:
The Systems Engineer position is a mid to senior-level position responsible for defining, designing, and developing system requirements. The incumbent will act as a Project Leader for major product/project designs and implementations.
•Develops and implements policies and standards and assures adherence to security procedures.
•Assesses architecture and current hardware limitations, defines and designs complex system specifications, input/output processes and working parameters for hardware/software compatibility.
•Supports development for system, hardware and software requirements and design to assure system requirements are met.
•May coordinate the design of subsystems and integration of the total system.
•Assists the project and customer in writing the IT Security Plan per FISMA (Federal Information Security Information Act) guidelines and follows through with obtaining Certification and Accreditation; maintains the Security Plan once Certification and Accreditation is obtained.
•May conduct independent technical investigations in systems design. Coordinates and consolidates design efforts on major projects.
The ideal candidate will have in-depth knowledge of, and practical experience with:
•The System Engineering life cycle process and project management processes.
•FISMA Guidelines for obtaining IT Security Assessment and Accreditation.
•Systems architecture experience including hardware and software requirements allocation and interface definition.
•Engineering project planning and estimating.
•Strong background in engineering communications, repeater systems, frequency bands and operating environments, ham radio communications and requirements, satellite phones, International Maritime Satellite (INMARSAT) systems and LMR systems desired
The Systems Engineer position requires:
•Bachelors Degree in Computer Science or a closely related field strongly preferred. In lieu of degree, 8 years of relevant work experience and technical certifications such as CCNA,CCNP, CCDP strongly desirable.
•Broad knowledge of Systems Engineering and Architecture, plus a minimum of 5 years experience in Systems Engineering.
•Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret-level Government Security Clearance
•Valid driver’s license
Applicants selected will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.
Arcata Associates, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and supports a drug free environment.