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Test Engineer Level 3 w/ 8 years experience

Annapolis Junction, MD · Information Technology
- Technical assurance and validation testing experience across a diverse variety of networking technologies
- Ability to adapt and ramp up knowledge of customer toolsets and workflows 
- VMware, virtualized platform, and dataflow experience preferred

Eight (8) years experience as a Test Engineer in programs and contracts of similar scope, type and complexity.
Bachelor’s degree in Math, Science, Engineering, Statistics, Engineering Management, or related discipline from an accredited college or university. Four (4) years of additional Test Engineering experience may be substituted for a Bachelor’s degree.

a) Conduct research into and apply knowledge of Government test and evaluation concepts and related engineering, acquisition, and operations activities as needed to support the T&E activities

b) Plan and execute Performance Analysis

c) Assess operational and system performance requirements for testability and criticality to frame and prioritize T&E objectives and enable evaluation planning

d) Review planned acquisition approaches to support T&E schedule alignment with decision maker needs for T&E support

e) Coordinate with program Systems Engineering (SE) and review T&E-related SE information to leverage functional analysis, system descriptions, parameter selection and dependencies, modeling and simulation, and initial performance risk assessments to inform evaluation planning 

f) Assess operational environments and priorities for evaluation attention and scenario selection, and to coordinate user participation in T&E

g) Analyze performance risk areas to focus T&E planning

h) Specify, validate, and adapt modeling and simulation for T&E use

i) Plan program and event level risk-tailored performance estimation and analysis of system and operational effectiveness and suitability metrics and conditions; level of T&E include inspection, demonstration, paper analysis, survey, simulation, and physical test

j) Apply statistical analysis of variations in performance behavior to characterize confidence in performance estimates 

k) Design surveys for evaluation of Subject Matter Expert (SME) input and user assessments of performance

l) Select, develop, & use analysis tools

m) Participate in the T&E Working-level Integrated Product Team (WIPT) and/or Integrated Test Team for coordination of evaluation plans

n) Execute the evaluation plan on data collected by the Testing Tasks

o) Produce Evaluation Plans (metric framework, scenarios/threads, timelines, requirements/T&E cross-walk), Analysis Plans, Data Requirements, Risk Assessments, Evaluation Reports, Status Reports; provide input to Government T&E products (e.g., Technology Readiness Assessments, Test & Evaluation Strategy, Test & Evaluation Master Plan, T&E Plans and Procedures, and Test Readiness Reports)

p) Plan and execute performance data collection

q) Plan program and event level testing for collection of data required for analysis and to sync T&E events with supported decision points

r) Design data sampling schemes to optimize the information/resource balance and to control testing uncertainties

s) Select, coordinate, and calibrate instrumentation, collection, and data management tools, targets and facilities

t) Ensure test readiness including training of test event participants regarding conduct of the event; equipment readiness, and security, legal, and privacy compliance arrangements

u) Establish and employ Data & Configuration Management capabilities 

v) Support Data Authentication group functions; and comply with program Discrepancy Reporting criteria and processes

w) Participate in T&E WIPT and/or Integrated Test Team for coordination of data collection plans

x) Execute testing and data collection per plan

y) Produce associated Test Plans, Procedures, and Reports/Briefings, Data Management Plan

z) Define and provide technical direction and guidance for the Level 1 and Level 2 TEs assigned to the task

aa) Recommend draft plans and reports from the Level 1 and Level 2 tasks for approval by the task leader

bb) Work directly with the Government sponsor to coordinate task implementation

cc) Maintain knowledge of current and evolving agency, national, and international standards applicable to the system development of interest 

dd) Provide overall leadership of the T&E task and serve as primary liaison to the government for supporting contract coordination and task execution

ee) Manage T&E resources and tasks; ensure quality assurance of test processes and products

ff) Coordinate and integrate evaluation and testing tasks and products

gg) Participate in T&E WIPT and/or Integrated Test Team as needed to ensure proper coordination of T&E activities

hh) Communicate issues and solutions to the broader government and contract management structure as requested by leadership 

ii) Drive innovation and responsiveness to program changes and evolving T&E status to help manage program risk: develop alternative courses of action, work-arounds, and fall-back positions with a recommended course of action for each risk, and monitor and re-evaluate risks at appropriate milestones

jj) Ensure the appropriate level of independence of the team from the solution provider to support government management of objectivity risk

Analyzes user's requirements, concept of operations documents, and high level system architectures to develop system requirements specifications.  Analyzes system requirements and leads design and development activities.  Guides users in formulating requirements, advises alternative approaches, and conducts feasibility studies.  Provides technical leadership for the integration of requirements, design and technology.  Incorporates new plans, designs, and systems into ongoing operations.  Develops technical documentation.  Develops system Architecture and system design documentation.  Guides system development and implementation planning through assessment or preparation of system engineering management plans and system integration and test plans.  Interacts with the Government regarding Systems Engineering technical considerations and for associated problems, issues, or conflicts.  Ultimate responsibility for the technical integrity of work performed and deliverables associated with the Systems Engineering area of responsibility.  Communicates with other program personnel, government overseers, and senior executives.
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