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Advanced RF Test Engineer

Maxar Technologies Holdings, Inc.

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Palo Alto, CA
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Job Overview:

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Maxar is a world leading space technology and intelligence company. Allowing the ability to answer new questions from space in ways never before possible, at Maxar, we unlock the promise of space to help customers solve problems on Earth and beyond.

We are currently looking for a motivated Advanced RF Test Engineer to join our team in Palo Alto, Ca. We’re a diverse, talented team, providing mission critical testing of Spacecraft Electrical and RF Systems. If you seek a fast-paced, dynamic environment filled with solving difficult problems, this role will be an ideal next career step for you.

Life with Us

As an Advanced RF Test Engineer, you will collaborate with various engineers and other cross-functional groups to develop and document test setup plan and procedures. You will have the opportunity to learn, integrate, and validate RF test setup integral to the successful completion of Satellite RF tests. For development efforts, you will provide identification, installation and implementation of test equipment, instrumentation, and data acquisition systems. You will work closely with other engineers to identify potential test setup barriers and find resolution.

Your Career

We’re very serious about career development and continuing education at Maxar. We offer our team members the opportunity to define their own career trajectory. Our group has amazing resources to support learning and development. You will work with your supervisor, or a mentor, to set goals and design a development plan to advance your career.

What We Offer

  • Support for career development
  • Education reimbursement
  • Student loan repayment
  • Overtime

What you'll do day-to-day:

  • Perform RF test link budgets, then identify and request test parts and equipment needed to close RF test link budget
  • Create interconnect test drawing (ICD) design using AutoCAD drawing tool to show interfaces between test equipment and the Satellite
  • Work closely with Mechanical engineer to plan test setup design by identifying and resolving any mechanical barriers
  • Work seamlessly with RF test and system engineers to define test plans per contract requirements, and provide test plan execution for any new or specialized RF tests
  • Write and release test documentations and/or procedures
  • Execute test equipment functional testing, system testing, regression, and performance testing, in the laboratory and in the field
  • Identify basic analog test requirements (e.g., power supplies, current draw, etc.) and RF components that will be used in the test setup
  • Screen, review, and approve high RF power test loads
  • Perform test setup dry runs, troubleshoot, and resolve issues prior to executing actual tests
  • Setup and calibrate fault detection test system used in high RF power testing
  • Provide both internal and external deliverables on time
  • Support 24/7 Spacecraft schedule, when needed

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering or related field. Four years of additional experience may be substituted in lieu of a degree
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience
  • Understand the operation of various types of test equipment such as Oscilloscopes, Power Supplies, Digital Volt Meters, Spectrum Analyzer, Signal Generator, PNA-X network analyzers
  • Good understanding of RF and electrical fundamentals

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Interest in RF, Communication Systems, and/or Electrical Engineering
  • Some basic level of Programming language skills
  • Experience with drawing CAD tool such as AutoCAD
  • Understand mechanical concepts relating to test setup
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills across a geographically diverse team members and managers

COVID-19 Update:

All Maxar U.S. employees and international employees who work in the U.S. and visit Maxar sites must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 no later than January 18, 2022, except in cases where legally entitled to an exception.

Maxar Technologies values diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.