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Hardware Engineer 3 w/ 20 years experience

Annapolis Junction, MD
Provide hardware engineering expertise to analyze complex hardware systems, hardware design, architecture, network design and other technical hardware issues. Procure and perform acceptance testing on equipment. Provide hardware maintenance support, both preventative and remedial. Prepares specifications for hardware by analyzing documented and derived system requirements. Conduct site surveys. Prepares engineering plans and site Technical Design Packages. Organize and direct hardware installations. Configure (and document configuration of) computers, networking devices and various peripheral equipment. Prepare site installation and test reports. Ensure that problems have been properly identified and solutions will satisfy the user’s requirements. Prepare reports and recommendations concerning existing and emerging hardware technologies. Provide specific input to the hardware components of system design to include end-user devices, servers, networking devices, data storage devices, and specialized processors.

Prepare functional requirements and specifications for hardware acquisitions. Analyze hardware specifications and system/subsystem requirements to conceive and document a practical design for hardware components to include servers, network devices, transmission media, storage devices, user interface devices, and special processors. Ensure that problems with operational hardware have been properly identified and solutions will satisfy the user’s requirements. Assist with preparing installation guides, field test procedures, and troubleshooting guides. Conduct site surveys; assesses and documents current site network configuration and site-unique requirements. Develop hardware installation schedules based upon set-up, integration, and test timelines. Train site personnel in proper use of hardware. Recommend specifications for hardware acquisitions. Prepare engineering plans and site installation Technical Design Packages. Prepare drawings documenting as-built configurations at each site. Prepare site installation and test reports. Configure computers, communications devices and peripheral equipment. Prepare installation guides, field test procedures, and troubleshooting guides. Organize and directs hardware installations across multiple sites. Design and verify test harnesses/simulated interfaces for all test and integration phases. Analyze and recommend hardware specifications for project-unique or modified commercial hardware. Assist with building simulations of proposed systems and provides hardware throughput analyses to system engineers. Prepare Mean-Time-Between-Failure and Mean-Time-To-Repair analyses. Analyze operational data to identify choke points, failure modes, and other data for design or maintainability improvements. 
  • Plan all phases of hardware project to include schedules, budgets, and maturation of technical performance parameters
  • Organize and direct teams to address critical system failures that potentially derive from hardware component failure or misconfiguration
  • Work closely with system engineering and test engineering to develop and validate hardware portion of test plans, test procedures, throughput models, failure analysis, and risk analysis
  • Develop proposals for the program manager to reduce or avoid customer costs in up-front acquisition costs or operational/disposal costs
  • Direct the work of other hardware engineers on a project requiring a variety of hardware engineering activities and tasks

Twenty (20) years experience as a HE analyzing complex hardware systems for SIGINT solutions is required. Bachelor’s degree in Communications Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Information Systems, Mathematics, or related discipline from an accredited college or university is required. Five (5) years of additional hardware engineering experience may be substituted for a bachelor’s degree.
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