Spectrum Certification Engineer - 36308 in Fort Meade, MD at Alion Science and Technology

Date Posted: 6/13/2021

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Job Description

Alion’s expertise in wireless communication is unrivaled.  This includes 50+ years’ of experience performing complex RF Engineering analysis for DoD customers, civilian government agencies, and commercial companies worldwide.  Our expertise in collecting, analyzing, and formatting spectrum data, including RF measurement, frequency assignment, spectrum certification, LiDAR, and other geo-referenced data, enables us to produce refined RF modeling and simulation tools and applications with the reliability and precision needed to assure spectrum access and control.  Alion’s analysis-driven tools support diverse tasks such as spectrum forensics and deconfliction, testing for coverage amid urban clutter, and antenna site planning.  Alion's Radio Frequency and Electromagnetic Spectrum Engineering Directorate (RESED) offers a variety of work, from projects supporting international satellite coordination to countering IEDs.  Our work is increasingly important in a world that depends on well-coordinated, interference-free spectrum access.

Alion is seeking an RF Spectrum Certification Engineer to support work in ISR.


  • Under limited supervision, study and analyze the Spectrum Dependent System’s (SDS) technical characteristics to insure that the system can (1) operate in spectrum bands per the national and international tables of spectrum allocation; and that (2) equipment being brought into the agency inventory conforms to applicable national spectrum management regulations, directives, standards, and specifications.             
  • Study, analyze, review, and advise the Program Office (PO) on technically acceptable radio frequency (RF) parameters of a system.  
  • Research and analyze supportable frequencies bands, and develop and advise on spectrum supportability for testing within the US&P. 
  • Research, advise, and assist in the development of the Spectrum Supportability Risk Assessment (SSRA) with the Program Office and material developers to identify regulatory, technical, operational, and Electromagnetic Environment Effects (E3) issues. 
  • Review, study, analyze, advise, and develop technical reports and DD 1494 Forms or EL-CID request in support of successfully obtaining spectrum certification 
  • Research and analyze each referenced SDS application for completeness and compliance. Conduct detailed analysis on all frequency allocation requests which entails the use of approved RF engineering principles/practices.  Submit SDS spectrum systems frequency allocation application requests to the agency representative for the NTIA SPS and the DoD Review Process.  Ensure that the submittal includes the full frequency allocation application along with all analysis documentation.  
  • Perform a detailed study and analysis of ESG PWG applications to inform customer whether these proposed SDS will adversely affect agency RF systems. 
  • Process application changes (Note-to-Holders) for SDS into the DoD Review Process.  
  • Submit researched and corrected SDS host nation coordination request (HNCR) applications to the MC4EB HNC review process.  


  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, physics, or math is required
  • 5 or more years of relevant experience is required
  • Ability to work in a dynamic, multitasking environment
  • Professional demeanor as well as excellent spoken, written and presentation skills
  • Excellent organization and time management skills
  • Any Knowledge of the national level spectrum certification process and how to successfully obtain SPS spectrum certification approvals for the DD Form 1494 or EL-CID requests is preferred  
  • Any knowledge of the use of Spectrum XXI, Spectrum Certification System, EL-CID, and other DoD Spectrum management software applications is preferred
  • US Citizenship is required
  • An active DoD Secret security clearance is required



Security Clearance: Secret

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