Range Control Officer: Defense Innovation Unit (MV) - 35006 in Mountain View, CA at Alion Science and Technology

Date Posted: 1/11/2021

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Position Summary

Alion Science and Technology is seeking a Range Control Officer (RCO) to provide test supervision, safety response, and general support for range operations. The RCO will supervise and control vendor access and activities on government-owned test ranges, primarily Fort Hunter Liggett range in central California. The RCO will provide first response safety and medical support in the case of an accident, and must possess not only relevant qualifications, but also the experience, maturity, and crisis management savvy to safely defuse potentially hazardous situations.  They must also excel in stakeholder management, communication (written and verbal), and positive collaboration, as they will be the primary point of contact for both the government range owners and the vendor’s test and operations team.  This position is based in Mountain View, CA.

Duties and Responsibilities: The Range Control Officer provides support for safe and effective test and range operations, as well as associated operations mission tasks by:

  • Coordinating and executing flight and ground test events in coordination with all stakeholders
  • Serving as the first responder to incidents and accidents to include fire suppression, technical rescue surface/subsurface, and medical response
  • Serving as the individual responsible party for multiple groups of government and civilian stakeholders
  • Coordinating ground- and air-space use and deconfliction
  • Having the ability to carry firearms as needed
  • Conduct the operation of air- and ground-vehicles in support of test operations
  • Certifying other DoD and non-DoD personnel as Range Safety Officers
  • Understanding the foundational technical characteristics of the systems being tested, including flight controls, aerodynamics, connectivity, power sources, etc.
  • Excelling at mission execution without specific instructions
  • Responding positively to chaotic and dynamic situations
  • Possessing excellent social and organizational skills
  • Functioning effectively for extended periods of time in austere conditions

Education and Experience


  • Minimum 5 years of military, expeditionary, medical, or test operations experience
  • Minimum High School Diploma or equivalent in a related field or has equivalent work experience
  • Certified EMT


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in a related field or has equivalent work experience
  • 5+ years of military, expeditionary, medical, or test operations leadership experience
  • Certified Range Safety Officer and EMT
  • Parachute, SCUBA, Part 107 FAA

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