RF Test & Validation Engineer

The RF Test and Validation Engineer is responsible for the systems level preparation and execution of all test activities involving telecom payload up to the delivery to the Satellite Integration Facility. It also requires a strong link to the spacecraft level Payload Validation Engineer in order to support any preparation activities that may be required.

Ref: ZR_5948_JOB  ·  Posted on 03 June 2021

Introduction

The RF Test and Validation Engineer is responsible for the systems level preparation and execution of all test activities involving telecom payload up to the delivery to the Satellite Integration Facility. It also requires a strong link to the spacecraft level Payload Validation Engineer in order to support any preparation activities that may be required.

The role is to apply a “systems” approach to the testing to make sure all hardware, software, requirements, design, interfaces, resources and planning between different disciplines on the project is consistent and managed.

The RF Test and Validation Engineer is required to manage all aspects of Payload testing and performance verification in accordance with the customer technical and schedule requirements using the most cost effective methods. This role is critical to the success of each Payload Project as it is key to the validation of Payload performance in front of our customers.

Key responsibilities
  • Responsible for the analysis of customer requirements & definition of appropriate verification methods (Test, Analysis, Review of Design, Inspection).
  • Responsible for Project requirement traceability through the generation of a Design, Verification Document (DVM).
  • Responsible for ensuring that all activities identified in Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) are successfully conducted.
  • Responsible for definition of the Communications Module Test Strategy in line with requirements through Customer & Project liaison & negotiation.
  • Responsible for managing repeater performance validation via test – equipment and repeater level.
  • Identifying and implementing process improvements.
  • Interface between customer representatives, payload project team and AIT-PTH
    • Provision of data to other AIT discipline (Payload Configurations, Test Matrices, Test Requirements)
    • Payload project team representative to AIT-PTH CM Test preparation meetings.
  • Focal point for payload project team for all payload test/build related activities pre-CM delivery to the Satellite Integration Facility.
  • Prepare payload project team input to reviews & attend reviews
    • PDR, CDR, TRRs, TRBs, NRBs, etc.
Skills & experience

Essential:

  • Communications system design and analysis
  • Knowledge of Validation and Verification processes
  • Knowledge of RF Test techniques.
  • Teamwork with good communication skills.

Desirable:

  • Knowledge of Telecom Payloads
  • Payload system design and analysis
  • Leadership attributes
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Visual Basic (Excel Macros)
  • Knowledge of RF Test Systems and RF instruments. (Network analysers, Spectrum analysers, AWG; Power Meters; RF Amplifiers, Oscilloscopes; etc.)
  • Analysis skills and methodical approach to problem resolution and investigations
  • Understanding of the functionality of communication satellites and practical knowledge of complex test campaigns.
  • Availability to work abroad if required, as well as shift, ‘on-call’ and weekend working as required
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