System Development Test Engineer

Req ID:  28798
Travel:  Less than 10%

Atlanta, GA, US, 30294

Education:  Four-year college degree
Experience:  At least 1 year of experience required
Equivalency:  Combination of education & experience considered




System Development Test Engineer

Your role in helping us shape the future:



Join an innovative team that is responsible for transforming the customer experience by creating and bringing to market new products and services based upon globalized connectivity without boundaries. We reach beyond the traditional satellite industry and the broader communications landscape.   As part of the Intelsat vision, we will define new products with the performance, features, 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.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The System Development Test Engineer supports Intelsat's Development Engineering team by testing, evaluating and bringing to market, new technologies and services that complement Intelsat's core and Managed Services product offerings.  This is a Systems Engineering position that requires knowledge and/or exposure to the engineering disciplines and technologies currently being implemented by Intelsat's Development Engineering team which include:  IP Networking and Architecture, plus RF Satellite Communications.

Work with a team of experienced development, design and deployment engineers who are responsible for the architecture, technical viability and operational implementation of Intelsat's managed services and the associated global IP network. Your mission is to perform lab testing with the goal of helping build the most reliable, high-performance and cost-effective space and ground network possible.


Are you up to the challenge?


  • You will work primarily in a lab environment under the guidance of more senior engineers.
  • You will be responsible for testing and evaluating the latest products and/or code releases from key OEM vendors for use within Intelsat's satellite and terrestrial networks.



Can you drive these processes?


  • Perform systems integration tasks associated with establishing a test environment, to include:  installing vendor equipment, fabricating and running cables, establishing the IP network environment for various testing scenarios, setting IF/RF levels and configuring a simulated and/or over-the-air satellite network environment for various testing scenarios.
  • Analyze and compare vendor product specifications with actual test results and provide recommendations.
  • Assist in the preparation of engineering test plans, test procedures, test reports and training materials.
  • Work closely with internal teams to ensure first deployments go smoothly for new product rollouts and key product updates.
  • Manage different stages of product testing for different products simultaneously, completing assigned new product roll out subtasks on time to meet new product revenue targets. 
  • Increase testing efficiency by exploring methods for automating routine test scenarios
  • Occasionally assist other Network Engineering departments in the staging and testing of equipment prior to deployment to customer sites and/or other Intelsat facilities.

You should definitely have:


  • A Bachelor's Degree in a related engineering discipline and a minimum of one (1) year experience in following (an equivalent combination of education and work experience may be considered in lieu of stated minimum education and experience requirements; experience is required in the following areas:
  • Working in a formal test lab environment and be familiar with test engineering best practices.
  • Using standard RF test equipment, such as:  Spectrum Analyzers, Signal Generators, Noise Generators, Power Meters, and Network Analyzers.
  • Using IP network test equipment, such as: SMARTBITS or Spirent packet generators, packet sniffers, data analyzers and test sets.
  • A working knowledge of IP networking protocols, IP addressing, and VLANs.
  • the ability to configure the same on a variety of IP network switches and/or routers including Cisco and Juniper products.
  • Exposure to RF engineering, such as:  digital modulation (DVB-S/DVB-S2), frequency converters, high power amplifiers, etc.
  • Skills to include being well versed in multiple computer operating systems (MS Windows, Linux, Unix, MAC).
  • Excellent verbal, written, analytical and communication skills.
  • The ability to perform physical support activities (e.g. cable tracing/running and racking, stacking, and replacing hardware.


It would be nice if you had:


  • CCNA or other networking certifications.
  • Experience working with one or more VSAT platforms and/or satellite modem products a strong plus.
  • Experience working with VMWare and other virtual applications a strong plus.                                                                             


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:


  • Job requires ability to lift up to 50 lbs




  • 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