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
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.
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:
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.
and implements policies and standards and assures adherence to security procedures.
architecture and current hardware limitations, defines and designs complex system specifications,
input/output processes and working parameters for hardware/software compatibility.
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
•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
•FISMA Guidelines for obtaining IT Security Assessment and
•Systems architecture experience including hardware and software requirements
allocation and interface definition.
•Engineering project planning and estimating.
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
•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.