DCATS - SATCOM Systems Engineer II

Job Locations US-VA-McLean
Job ID
# of Openings
Clearance Requirement
Education Requirement
High School Diploma/GED
Experience Level
8570 Compliant


SMS is a fast growing, veteran-owned business that's has supported Federal Government's IT initiatives for over four decades.  We work side-by-side with our Federal clients as a trusted, long-term partner to offer innovative advice and leadership to solve their most pressing and complex problems. We orchestrate people, strategies, technologies and best-of-breed business processes. The SMS advantage in management and technology consulting includes deep domain expertise in complex networking design and unifying communities of interest. 


We have strong capabilities in design & build, planning, governance, quality management, security, analytics, virtualization, operations and business process improvement. For 40 years, SMS has brought customer satisfaction to Federal clients and formed lasting alliances with leading technology companies and talented small businesses to deliver joint, leading-edge, cost-effective services and products. 

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This is an exciting opportunity for an individual experienced in Department of Defense (DOD), Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) earth terminal and Digital Communications Satellite Subsystem (DCSS) baseband equipment operations/maintenance or commercial equivalents. The individual would become a member of a team responsible for providing support in the planning, design, fabrication, testing, integration and installation of computer-based satellite communications systems, subsystems and associated equipment.  We are looking for a system technician that has a background in working closely with a technological team of professionals and should be familiar with the various types of cabling found with-in a communications facility (e.g.: fiber, coax, multi-pair cable, power, etc.). Specific experience in the operations and maintenance of DOD long-haul satellite systems and DCSS baseband/communications equipment such as the Multiplexer Integration and DCSS Automation System (MIDAS), and Internet Protocol routers and switches (Cisco, Juniper, etc.) a plus.


Specific responsibilities include:

  • Develop and review DOD DSCS site DCSS baseband installation/integration implementation plans, multiplexer interconnect plans, equipment requirements to determine the adequacy of existing equipment configurations, identify/recommend equipment to meet new mission requirements and monitor site installation, floor plans and cabling.
  • Attend, support, and represent the client at meetings, conferences and working groups.      


  • Three to eight years of progressively responsible SATCOM engineering experience with DoD satellite systems.
  • Applicant must possess refined critical thinking skills, should be a self-starter, may direct the activities of other team members, diplomatic, multi-task capable, adaptive to a dynamic environment, dependable and reliable. 
  • The candidate must possess good writing skills and be able to clearly and articulately convey technical information, ideas and concepts in day-to-day operations, meetings, briefings and conferences.
  • This position requires strong interpersonal skills in working with the customer, program manager and technical team in a self starter role.
  • Prior experience in a government consulting services environment is required.
  • The candidate must possess knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), as well as Project and Visio.
  • Familiarity with Autodesk’s AutoCAD/AutoCAD LT a plus.
  • Applicant must be a US Citizen and be willing/able to travel within and without the continental United States.
  • The ability to obtain a Secret security clearance and US Passport is required.


High School Diploma required.  Bachelor’s degree in an MIS related field is preferred.



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SMS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


SMS is a veteran-owned network integrator established in 1976.  With an employee retention rate averaging over 5 years, our ability to hire quality people and retain them in a rapidly evolving IT market proves why we are a world-class information technology company. At SMS, we place a high value on quality of service, customer satisfaction, and best-of-breed policies and practices. As a result, SMS is proud to be ISO 9001:2008 Registered and a CMMI Level 3 certified company, ensuring that we continue to meet and exceed the expectations of our customers, partners and employees. 


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