Field Service Engineer

General Dynamics Mission Systems Chantilly , VA 22022

Posted 2 months ago

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in systems engineering, a related specialized area or field is required (or equivalent experience). Agile experience preferred

Department of Defense Secret security clearance is preferred at time of hire. Candidates must be able to obtain a a Secret clearance within a reasonable amount of time from date of hire. Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Due to the nature of work performed within our facilities, U.S. citizenship is required.

Responsibilities for this Position

General Dynamics Mission Systems has an immediate opening for a Field Service Engineer. This position provides an opportunity to further advance the cutting-edge technology that supports some of our nation's core defense/intelligence services and systems. General Dynamics Mission Systems employees work closely with esteemed customers to develop solutions that allow them to carry out high-stakes national security missions. In addition to receiving a competitive salary and generous health and personal benefits, the selected candidate will enhance their skill set by working among a talented and technically accomplished group of colleagues. The employee will also enjoy a flexible work environment where contributions are recognized and rewarded.

GDMS currently operates, maintains, and sustains the US Radionuclide systems in support of the US Government's mission as part of International Monitoring System (IMS). The IMS is a worldwide network of observational technology that helps verify compliance with, and identify violations of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).

The successful candidate will work with a collaborative team to operate, maintain, troubleshoot and provide on-site maintenance to nuclear monitoring sensor to advance GDMS monitoring capabilities. On-site visits to include Hawaii, Guam, Florida, Germany, Japan, Chile, Ecuador (Galapagos), Alaska, Wake Island, Diego Garcia, and Palmer Station (Antarctica). Primary responsibilities include working effectively in a multidisciplinary team environment, interface with customers, prioritize multiple tasks and work in an organized fashion. The candidate must have impeccable attention to detail to allow for managing the complex sensor network. The Service Engineer will:

  • Collaborate with engineers to report, investigate and verify the operation of the systems.

  • Analyze system data (State of Health, Meteorological, and Gamma Spectroscopy).

  • Address issues related to network, power, MEP and equipment failures.

  • In conjunction with other engineers, provide on-call support during business hours. Occasional troubleshooting efforts are required during non-business hours.

  • Complete on-site maintenance to deployed monitoring systems, approximately 1-3 week travel required to these locations.

  • Perform hands-on electrical and mechanical duties in our testbed laboratory.

  • Manage site preparation activities, infrastructure upgrades, installation, testing and tuning of radionuclide systems.

  • Manufacture and integrate collection systems, subsystems and components to support the complete system life-cycle.

  • Follow testing, inspection and verification instructions per checklists and procedures for components and subsystems.

  • Collaborate with software engineers to design and improve existing software suite.

  • Domestic and international travel required (about 25%).


Candidates must show a passion for innovation, a sophisticated understanding of mechanical, software, electrical and nuclear systems and applications, and the ability to manage, grow and evolve GDMS capabilities. Preferred qualifications include:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work in a team environment

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Demonstrate time management and organizational skills

Experience in the following areas is preferred but not required:

  • Familiarity with Linux, Unix, Python, SQL, and Bash is preferred.

  • Adept ability to query databases, parse system logs, and analyze datasets.

  • Experience with Gamma ray spectroscopy

  • Experience with the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty or other Arms Control treaties

Company Overview

General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) engineers a diverse portfolio of high technology solutions, products and services that enable customers to successfully execute missions across all domains of operation. With a global team of 13,000+ top professionals, we partner with the best in industry to expand the bounds of innovation in the defense and scientific arenas. Given the nature of our work and who we are, we value trust, honesty, alignment and transparency. We offer highly competitive benefits and pride ourselves in being a great place to work with a shared sense of purpose. You will also enjoy a flexible work environment where contributions are recognized and rewarded. If who we are and what we do resonates with you, we invite you to join our high performance team!

General Dynamics is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce. EOE/Disability/Veteran

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