By Light HQ

SATCOM Subject Matter Expert (SME) Level 3

Job Locations US-MD-Ft. Meade
Posted Date 4 months ago(8/3/2022 12:19 PM)
# of Openings
TS/SCI w/ Polygraph


By Light is currently seeking a skilled SATCOM Subject Matter Expert.  The SATCOM SME translates Government requirements into project plans from configuration to deployment and sustainment for a particular SATCOM subject matter area (i.e., simple to complex systems). Deploy, install, and implement SATCOM at Continental United States (CONUS) and Outside Continental United States (OCONUS). Assists other project members with analysis and evaluation and with the preparation of recommendations for SATCOM system improvements, optimization, development, and/or maintenance efforts in the following specialties: information systems architecture; networking; telecommunications; automation; communications protocols; risk management/electronic analysis; software; life-cycle management; and modeling and simulation. SATCOM SMEs are authorities on past and current SATCOM technologies necessary for SATCOM mission success worldwide.


  • Develop and apply statistical methods and analysis techniques to troubleshoot any issue and resolve challenging SATCOM/network problems.
  • Use software utilities and/or hardware functionalities to resolve anomalous operational issues.
  • Provide analysis and documentation on emerging threats, issues and/or changes in operating scope. Brief Government technical and management staff as required.
  • Perform end-to-end configuration, implementation, test, deployment, and documentation of Hostile area IT systems.
  • Customize Network topologies to maximize dataflow and minimize latency.
  • Investigate and resolve unexplained anomalous network activity
  • Document new/potential sources of unauthorized access to networks, databases and systems and potential mitigation strategies
  • Work independently; manage schedules to meet customer requirements. Meet with the clients, stakeholders, and customers to define technical project scope, gather Government requirements, and suggest policy recommendations and solutions
  • Sustain operational SATCOM systems
  • Shall operate Satellite Modems, Redundancy Switch, associated cables, and interconnects; Up Converters, Redundancy Switch; Down Converters, High Power Amplifiers (HPAs), Low Noise Amplifiers (LNAs), Low Noise Block (LNB); Waveguide (rigid, flex, and elliptical) joints and connections; Intermediate Frequency (IF) cable an_d connections; Antenna, Antenna motors, Solid State Power Amplifiers (SSPA), Antenna Control Unit (ACU), and associated cabling and interconnects; Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Units; Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS); Generator (if applicable).
  • Maintain and troubleshoot using any Test Measurement and Diagnostic Equipment (TMDE) required over and above the Built-In-Test (BIT) capability of the supported equipment.
  • Shall manage and maintain telecommunication installations/shelters.
  • Coordinate and perform analysis to identify and incorporate new SATCOM technologies, produce new processing and reporting capabilities, integrate with other Government SATCOM systems and/or processes, or upgraded or reconfigured Government systems.
  • Provide analysis and innovative solutions for SATCOM; networking, security, and communications challenges.
  • Identify SATCOM systems risks and determine the administrative or engineering means to mitigate the risk.

Required Experience/Qualifications

  • Twelve (12) years' experience in the following areas, is required: knowledge of current SATCOM tools, SATCOM system design, deployment and operations; communication protocols; and encryption techniques/tools and contracts of similar scope, type, and complexity is required.
  • Bachelor's degree in a related field from an accredited college or university is required. Four (4) years of additional experience may be substituted for a bachelor’s degree.
  • DoD 8570 compliance with Information Assurance Technician (IAT) Level I or higher is required. (e.g. A+)

Special Requirements/Security Clearance

  • TS/SCI w/ Polygraph required
  • By Light does not require COVID-19 vaccinations or boosters; vaccination requirements and testing are subject to the status of the federal contractor mandate and customer site requirements; testing is at the cost of the employee.


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