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Technician, Communications Satellite, Represented

Requisition Number:  17851
Contract Type:  Permanent

Somis, CA, US

Communications Satellite Technician, Represented

Shiftwork from Somis, CA



As the Communications Satellite Technician, Represented, you will provide first-level technical support for all customer service/ teleport operation, installation, and maintenance processes at the South Mountain, Somis, Ca., Teleport. You will be responsible for the monitoring, operation, troubleshooting, and mainte-nance for satellite communications equipment at the Somis, Ca. teleport, and remote system monitoring and troubleshooting of the Haleiwa, HI teleport.  Responsibilities also include maintaining ground opera-tions service throughput for aerial vehicles, cruise line services, in-flight internet, TT&C systems and partic-ipate in design, installation and operation of occasional missions. This is a union represented position. 


You will be responsible for (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Fabrication, installation, maintenance, and repair of the radio-frequency (RF) equipment used in large-scale satellite downlink and uplink operations; such as waveguide assemblies, cables, RF Systems, Fiber-Optic systems and Networks
  • Performs system to component-level troubleshooting as required on High-Power Amplifiers (HPA), fiber-optic systems, upconverters, downconverters, RF switch assemblies, Antenna Control Units (ACUs), Low-Noise Amplifiers (LNAs) and Low-Noise Block Downconverters (LNBs)
  • Performs maintenance and repair on large transmit/receive and receive-only satellite antenna systems
  • System level and bench level electronics troubleshooting
  • Must be able to effectively perform shift work as a cohesive part of a team and solely without supervision 
  • The ability to read and interpret schematics, assemble wave guide systems, efficiently utilize Industry Standard test equipment, perform documentation tasks, and successfully interact with management & engineers is a must
  • Perform moderately complex on-site installation, preventative maintenance and routine repair or replacement of electronic and electromechanical equipment such as: up/down converters, HPA's, fiber optic subsystems, LNA/LNB's, antennas, IP and Baseband equipment (modems, multiplexers, DVB and Broadband technology platforms) and video systems
  • Maintains, monitors, and configures High Throughput Satellite (HTS) equipment at South Moun-tain Teleport, Somis, Ca., U.S.
  • Troubleshoot equipment issues remotely, provide instruction via email, phone, and remote Moni-toring and Control (M&C) equipment
  • Apply electrical and electronic theory and related knowledge, usually under the direction of engi-neering staff, to build, repair, calibrate, and modify electrical components, circuitry, controls, and machinery
  • Install, calibrate, and maintain integrated computer/communications systems consoles, simula-tors, and other data acquisition, test, and measurement instruments and equipment to support Satellite launch, track, position, and evaluation missions
  • Create and maintain RF drawings and block diagrams





Must Have

  • Bachelor’s degree in RF Engineer, Electrical Engineering, Telecommunications, or related field expe-rience (can be substituted for education) 
  • Ability to work rotating shifts (day, evening, and night), weekends, holidays, and on call
  • Ability to lift 50lbs, climb ladders, and work in confined spaces 
  • Experience with SATCOM, broadband, telecommunications, digital video, RF carrier multiplex paths, and TCP/IP 
  • Ability to read RF and Electrical Drawings
  • Fluency in written and verbal English 


Nice to Have

  • Ground System experience in Satellite Acquisition, including Antenna control, peak optimization pro-cedures and RF path verification.
  • Experience working as satellite communication technician 
  • Experience working at a teleport or earth station
  • Ability to solder small components, wires, and cable connectors
  • Fluency in written and verbal English




The base salary for this full-time union-represented position is $70,000.00+ + bonus + equity + benefits


In addition, we offer:

  • Bonus and equity plans
  • Comprehensive and competitive benefits plans
  • A range of wellness activities and employee assistance programs (varies by location)



SES and its Affiliated Companies are committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, genetic information, protected veteran status, disability, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law. In conformity with U.S. Government technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and/or other applicable U.S. law, regulation or other requirements imposed by the U.S. Government, certain positions may require U.S. Citizenship, status as a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. or a “protected individual” as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligibility to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State or U.S. Department of Commerce.

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