Position: SR. RF Engineer
Location: Herndon, VA
Duration: Long Term
RF Engineer – must have extensive experience in detailing RF Metric requirements, and in pulling/creating reports from system data, and be able to set and communicate client's requirements
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following: Other duties may be assigned. In this position, either directly or through others, the incumbent will:
Sr. Radio Frequency Engineer is responsible for the analysis, design, implementation, optimization and enhancement of wireless telecommunications networks. Responsibilities include link budgets analysis, system dimensioning for coverage and capacity including traffic analysis, initial system design and dimensioning, coverage planning, site identification, evaluation and zoning support, frequency planning , interference analysis and optimization. The individual will typically oversee and guide the work of Associate and Design Engineers, in charge of managing the day to day operations of the projects, and interface with Project Managers. The Senior Engineer will answer technical questions as well as day to day operational questions.
Background/Experience to qualify for this position, the following minimal background and skill levels are required:
• Minimum BSEE/BSCS and 7 to 10 yrs of Applicable Experience. MSEE/MSCS preferred. Applicable experience may be substituted for degree requirements.
• Successful track record defining direction and providing specific instruction for engineering projects/programs leveraging personal knowledge and organizational skills to increase team efficiency, facilitate personal development and mentor colleagues.
• Demonstrated research and problem solving skills via prior work experience. Experience with wireless infrastructure provider and/or operator is desired.
Knowledge of 3G (CDMA 1xRTT and EV‐DO) infrastructure equipment.
Knowledge of 4G (LTE) equipment preferred.
Knowledge of CDMA/EVDO carrier turn‐up, Multicarrier optimization, PN planning, Paging Group planning, and Neighbor list optimization is preferred.
Necessary Skills/Attributes for this position the following skills and abilities must be demonstrated at a proficient level:
• Fully proficient in set-up, calibration, utilization, and data processing of various design and optimization equipment and software (HP, Grayson, Comarco, TEMS)
Perform site candidate evaluation and selection
Support of leasing/zoning teams
Comprehensive knowledge of at least two of the common industry propagation tools (Planet, Tornado, Wizard, Odyssey, dB Planner, etc.) for model calibration, drive test data post-processing, map generation, frequency planning and interference matrix analysis, site database maintenance, etc.
Verify RF related site engineering drawings
Perform design criteria, system dimensioning, link budget and traffic analysis Perform frequency and BCC planning
Understand equipment co-location requirements for multiple operators and perform inter-modulation analysis
Good knowledge of system topology and air interface parameters for at least 3 of GSM/GPRS, EDGE, CDMA, TDMA, iDEN, network technologies
Understanding of system topology and air interface parameters of at least one of the main 3G technologies (UMTS, 1XRTT/3XRTT, OFDMA, etc.)
Excellent knowledge of the main equipment vendors like Nokia, Ericsson, Nortel
Carry out optimization techniques (proper antenna selection for optimal horizontal/vertical performance, mechanical/electrical tilting, appropriate transmit power setting, antenna clearance, neighbor list analysis, etc.) for optimal site/cluster performance
Generate RF engineering related reports in Excel, Access, SQL as required.
Assume the RF lead role, manage and co-ordinate activities of the RF team as required.
Play an active role in recruitment of RF engineering staff and be a mentor to other engineering colleagues as required
Help to define processes and procedures for RF engineering tasks.
Communicate RF team budget, milestones and deliverables to project management and implement plans to accomplish the milestones within budget, as required.