Site Engineer - Entry/Mid Level (NSA Colorado) at National Security Agency (Denver, CO)

National Security Agency

Software Engineer Full Time

Responsibilities


The professionals at the National Security Agency (NSA) have one common goal: to protect our nation. The mission requires a strong offense and a steadfast defense. The offense collects, processes and disseminates intelligence information derived from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. The defense prevents adversaries from gaining access to sensitive classified national security information. NSA-Colorado (NSAC) is seeking a customer-oriented, self-starter Site Engineer to support NSAC's missions through a myriad of opportunities involving support to real-world operations and state-of-the-art technology research leading to enterprise transformation. A Site Engineer at NSAC is responsible for applying engineering disciplines to solve difficult mission and technical problems, evaluate proposed technical solutions, and monitor solutions through completion. In addition, a Site Engineer at NSAC provides requirements development, project management and system engineering services supporting the NSAC mission. These efforts identify and satisfy intelligence needs, improve operating efficiency and tradecraft, as well as implement and influence mission system architectures. As a Site Engineer at the NSA responsibilities may include: - Develop and apply system engineering principles that will be adopted into software and product development lifecycles using predictive and Agile best practices - Perform traditional project management functions overseeing site architectures, standards, and capabilities requirements - Participate in system designs, system/component performance and interface requirements and influence installation, integration and acceptance test activities - Develop an understanding of Agile principles (iterative and incremental collaboration) for developing, scheduling, coordinating, and managing multiple projects and resources. - Organize and facilitate Agile activities to be more effective and efficient during release planning, daily stand-ups, project reviews, retrospectives - Track and communicate metrics and progress to all relevant teams and management but work independently, without the need for day-to-day guidance. - Promote best practices, principles and methods used to identify, specify, and decompose systems requirements into design requirements - Identify and mitigate obstacles that may interfere with the ability of the teams to deliver assigned goals - Provide direction to project activities to ensure successful implementation and support - Promote continuous improvement and help teams increase velocity - Promote a collaborative team environment that fosters experimentation, creativity and innovation through strategic thinking and tactical execution - Ability to communicate, influence and partner effectively using strong verbal and written communication


Job Summary


As an Engineering and Physical Science professional, you will use your skills to create the systems and tools that will be used to enhance the operation of intelligence. You will advise, administer and perform scientific projects, such as planning, designing, and constructing specialized equipment, and ensuring adherence to sound engineering and scientific standards and principles. The NSA offers multiple areas of focus for facilities engineers, including computer, architectural, electrical, mechanical, and structural. In addition, we are seeking skills that include computer design, microelectronics, radio frequency design, and systems engineering. Apply your science and engineering skills to protect the nation.


Qualifications


Salary Range: $73,076 - $91,057 (Entry/Developmental) *The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position. With a professional Engineering degree, entry is with a Bachelor's degree and no experience. With a degree in either (1) Physics or Astronomy from an accredited college or university or (2) a relevant professional technical field (e.g. chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, geology), entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 1 year of relevant experience. For all of the above degrees, if program is not ABET EAC accredited, it must include specified coursework.* *Specified coursework includes courses in differential and integral calculus and 5 of the following 18 areas: (a) statics or dynamics, (b) strength of materials/stress-strain relationships, (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics, (d) thermodynamics, (e) electromagnetic fields, (f) nature and properties of materials/relating particle and aggregate structure to properties, (g) solid state electronics, (h) microprocessor applications, (i), computer systems, (j) signal processing, (k) digital design, (l) systems and control theory, (m) circuits or generalized circuits, (n) communication systems, (o) power systems, (p) computer networks, (q) software development, (r) Any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, or soil mechanics. Relevant experience must be in the design and engineering of communication systems and experience with antennas, test equipment, or assembling computers. Salary Range: $84,529 - $112,583 (Full Performance) *The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position. With a degree in professional Engineering, entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 3 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 1 year of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree and no experience. With a degree in either (1) Physics or Astronomy from an accredited college or university or (2) a relevant professional technical field (e.g. chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, geology), entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 3 years of relevant experience, or a Master's or Doctoral degree plus 1 year of relevant experience. For all of the above degrees, if program is not ABET EAC accredited, it must include specified coursework.* *Specified coursework includes courses in differential and integral calculus and 5 of the following 18 areas: (a) statics or dynamics, (b) strength of materials/stress-strain relationships, (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics, (d) thermodynamics, (e) electromagnetic fields, (f) nature and properties of materials/relating particle and aggregate structure to properties, (g) solid state electronics, (h) microprocessor applications, (i), computer systems, (j) signal processing, (k) digital design, (l) systems and control theory, (m) circuits or generalized circuits, (n) communication systems, (o) power systems, (p) computer networks, (q) software development, (r) Any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, or soil mechanics. Relevant experience must be in the design and engineering of communication systems and experience with antennas, test equipment, or assembling computers. Engineer in Training (EIT) and/or Professional Engineer (PE) certifications are preferred.


Competencies


The ideal candidate has a desire for continual learning with excellent problem-solving, communication, and interpersonal skills who is: - Understanding of engineering processes - Technical background and familiarity with IT terminology - Ability to adjust and apply technical knowledge in a dynamic environment - Proven experience building strong working relationships and working successfully in cross-functional teams - Ability to quickly understand project scope and identify key success and risk factors - Exceptional verbal, written and communication skills - Strong presentation and facilitation skills - Prioritize multiple tasks effectively - Enthusiastic team player, team leader as well as a self-starter - Comfortable working with ambiguity and evolving priorities - Flexible, yet firm in approach to managing projects - Develop and decompose functional, operational, or user requirements - Identify new and existing products, technologies, and/or architectures to solve design, development, and operational problems


Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule


On-the job training, Internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee. Monday - Friday, with basic 8hr/day work requirements between 0600 to 1800 (flexible)


How to apply


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DCIPS Disclaimer


The National Security Agency (NSA) is part of the DoD Intelligence Community Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). All positions in the NSA are in the Excepted Services under 10 United States Codes (USC) 1601 appointment authority.