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Junior Technician, Satellite Communications

Requisition Number:  14583
Contract Type:  Permanent

Woodbine, MD, US Somis, CA, US Haleiwa, HI, US Bristow, VA, US Hawley, PA, US


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 Woodbine earth station. You will be responsible for the monitoring, operation, troubleshooting, and maintenance for satellite communications equipment at Earth Stations located throughout the Western Hemisphere. You will be responsible for maintaining service throughput for unmanned aerial vehicles, cruise line services, in-flight internet, and several humanitarian missions. This is a union represented position.


Extended Job Description:



  • 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, and fiber-optic systems
  • Performs component-level troubleshooting required on High-Power Amplifiers (HPA), fiber-optic systems, upconverters, downconverters, RF switching units, 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 experience
  • Must be able to perform shift work as a cohesive part of a team and with minimal supervision
  • The ability to read and interpret schematics, assemble wave guide systems, efficiently utilize sophisticated 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 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 both at Woodbine and at all HTS sites
  • Troubleshoot equipment issues remotely, provide instruction via email or phone, and test repaired equipment through remote Monitoring and Control (M&C) equipment
  • Apply electrical and electronic theory and related knowledge, usually under the direction of engineering staff, to build, repair, calibrate, and modify electrical components, circuitry, controls, and machinery
  • Install, calibrate, and maintain integrated computer/communications systems consoles, simulators, and other data acquisition, test, and measurement instruments and equipment to launch, track, position, and evaluate air and space vehicles



  • Customer service
  • Prioritization
  • Problem-solving
  • Team player
  • Flexibility
  • Self-motivated
  • Written and verbal communication
  • Global cultural awareness




  • 0-3 years of experience and Bachelor’s degree in RF Engineer, Electrical Engineering, Telecommunica-tions, or related field (experience 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, HTS, and TCP/IP 
  • Ability to read RF and Electrical Drawings



  • Experience working as satellite communication technician
  • Experience working at a teleport or earth station
  • Experience creating RF drawings and diagrams
  • Ability to solder small components, wires, and cable connectors


In addition to a competitive salary and benefits package, we offer you a truly global opportunity in an exciting industry and all the support you’ll need for both your professional and personal development. But most of all, we offer a truly unique opportunity to play your part in making a difference for those who need it most. We strive to uphold honesty, transparency and courage in everything we do. We’re proud to belong to the SES team and collaborate towards success.



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.

Nearest Major Market: Hagerstown

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