RF Engineer, Ground Systems

Req ID:  33292
Travel:  Less than 20%

Atlanta, GA, US, 30294

Education:  Four-year college degree
Experience:  At least 3 years of experience required
Equivalency:  Combination of education & experience considered



Join an innovative team that is responsible for evolving the customer experience by establishing globalized connectivity without boundaries. By reaching beyond the satellite industry to leverage the broader communications landscape, our vision will define the performance and flexibility required to open new profitable markets, drive new revenue streams and ensure the most reliable and secure communications globally. To accomplish our goal, we are looking for bold thinkers who will continue our legacy of innovation for decades to come.


Your role in helping us shape the future:

As a key contributor, this position is primarily responsible for infrastructure design, deployment, system integration, technical documentation, and architecture standardization across Network Engineering Satellite Ground Systems. You will be a strategic contributor that will provide life cycle management for the integration of existing and emerging technology systems and can provide leadership in the identification, validation, and adoption of new market opportunities into existing infrastructure. You will work collaboratively with team members to design, build, and deploy innovative solutions by translating requirements into tested system specifications. In collaboration with senior management and network architecture, this position ensures that all system architecture utilizes best practices and is aligned with the overall strategic momentum of the company. This role will solve customer business problems and focus on customer satisfaction by using standardized testing, validation of fault performance, and providing customer support during user acceptance and fault escalation. In conjunction with network planning and architecture, this role will interact with Intelsat upstream and downstream teams to define detailed Statement of Work (SOW) documentation. In collaboration with senior SME’s, this position will assist in the creation of a training environment for the Engineering and Operations teams. In addition, you will provide level 4 services support to the Operations team.


Are you up to the challenge?

  • Participate with teams on existing and proposed architecture to ensure streamlined integration, secure system launch performance and that proper monitoring/analytic tools are in place.
  • Ensure that all designs and integrations apply consistent methodology with best practices, to deliver stable and secure networks.
  • Support the design and development of documentation and implementation procedures for complete ground systems, including detailed drawing packages to include system level drawings, detailed wiring diagrams, rack assemblies, parts lists, and test procedures.
  • Perform engineering calculations related to design that require the application of standard engineering principles, theories, concepts and techniques.
  • Test and evaluate new products and technologies to ensure alignment with project deployments and corporate needs.
  • Identify emerging markets and trends and provide solutions for integration approach.
  • Provide SME (Subject Matter Expert) support for service feasibility.
  • Collaborate with Planning, Sales, Product Development, Program and Project managers, Vendors, Contractors, and Customers to ensure project success, technical scope, schedule, budget, and resource adherence.
  • Create detailed scope requirements for the Statement of Work (SOW) process, ensuring that final documentation is clear and accurate to ensure the greatest work efficiency.
  • Collaborate with Project Managers to ensure the success of the design detailed in the SOW, including communication regarding technical scope, schedule, budget, and resource needs.
  • Work closely with Planning, Finance, Engineering, and other applicable departments to ensure the profitability of all designs.
  • Practice and enforce compliance with current operating standards, to best assess effectiveness and process alignment.
  • Follow corporate strategy and provide proactive leadership to mentor and coach all team members.
  • Enhance training materials and deliver ongoing training to Operations team members.


Can you drive these processes?

Deploy end-to-end customer solutions for RF systems; Systems design and integration; Key Performance Indicator (KPI) Data Gathering and Analysis; Manage Vendor Hardware and Software life cycles; Manage new product and feature enhancements; Provide consultation / SME support for internal and external customers. 


You should definitely have:

  • A Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering, Advanced Military Satellite RF systems training, or similar discipline with at least two years of RF systems experience (or an equivalent amount of education and work experience).
  • Must have intermediate level knowledge of satellite ground systems including antenna systems, active and passive RF components, transmission lines, and RF propagation theory.
  • Must have intermediate level knowledge of transmission system redundancy schemes, frequency conversion theory, and RF amplification theory
  • Must have intermediate level knowledge and experience in troubleshooting RF anomalies for both ground and satellite-based systems to include Intermodulation, harmonics, and system noise
  • Must have intermediate level of various Modulation and Coding schemes used in today’s satellite industry
  • Must have experience with satellite link optimization tools and techniques
  • Must have experience with program management tools and techniques at both project and program levels
  • Ability to analyze complex situations and utilize creative problem-solving abilities.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft based applications
  • Must have ability to work multiple projects simultaneously with the ability to prioritize tasks and projects to achieve successful deadlines.
  • Must have exemplary communication skills


It would be nice if you had:

  • Experience to emerging technologies in Satellite Network Broadband systems and modem technologies
  • Experience in IP and serial interfacing theory and applications
  • Experience in Monitoring and Control systems
  • Experience in other non-satellite-based communication technologies such as cellular, terrestrial microwave, optical systems
  • Experience in Site Acceptance Testing and Antenna Verification Testing
  • Experience in Digital Video/Audio technologies
  • Experience in Program Management disciplines
  • Experience in evaluating, creating, and responding to RFIs, RFQs, RFPs, and SOWs
  • Experience in A/C and D/C power systems


What it’s like to work with us:

Intelsat is connecting the world and transforming the satellite landscape by reaching beyond the traditional satellite industry. We are defining new products that will open new, profitable markets. To help us reach this goal, you should be a bold thinker who will perform a key role in shaping Intelsat innovation for years to come.


  • We emphasize personal and professional growth
  • Awesome benefits including PTO, medical, tuition reimbursement, and training
  • Fun, diverse, and inclusive culture


Other Job Info:

  • Must be able and willing to travel domestically and internationally.
  • Must be able and willing to perform physical support activities (e.g. cable tracing/running and racking, stacking, replacing and installing hardware) as requested.
  • You will interact with Intelsat upstream and downstream teams to define detailed Statement of Work (SOW) documentation.
  • Job requires ability to sit for long periods of time


  • This role is subject to ITAR; candidates must be a US Person (this includes US Citizen, Permanent Resident or Protected Individual such as an asylee or refugee).
  • These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job.  This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of employees assigned to this job.
  • Company description: Intelsat is the largest provider of fixed satellite services worldwide. We enable providers of media, telecom and government services to deliver information and entertainment to people at home, in the office or on the move. On a day-to-day basis, Intelsat supplies video, data and voice connectivity in approximately 200 countries and territories for approximately 1,800 customers, many of which Intelsat has had relationships with for over 30 years. Some of the world’s leading media and communications companies, multinational corporations, Internet service providers and government/military organizations hallmark Intelsat’s customer base. Customers access capacity through extensive service offerings, which include transponder services, hybrid managed services combining satellite capacity and terrestrial facilities, and channel services.

Nearest Major Market: Atlanta