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Test Engineer Level 3 w/ 8 years experience

Hanover, MD · Information Technology
Eight (8) years experience as a TE in programs and contracts of similar scope, type and complexity is required. Bachelor’s degree in Math, Science, Engineering, Statistics, Engineering Management or related discipline from an accredited college or university is required. Four (4) years of additional TE experience may be substituted for a bachelor’s degree.

The Test Engineer will be responsible for testing and validation of all analytics, including MapReduce and Spark analytics.  The tester will have to have extensive knowledge of the function and intent of the analytics, as well as a strong understanding of the project's data structure and type.  The Test Engineer will work directly with the developers to create test strategies and remediate any discrepancies found.  
  • Experienced in running MapReduce jobs, including manipulating workflow.xml files to change feeds, batches and any other parameters
  • Comfortable running MapReduce tools from the command line
  • Very experienced in Unix environment
  • Experienced in running PIG jobs across large data sets.
  • Familiarity/Experience with Apache Spark
  • Java Spark and Python Spark are desirable
  • Familiarity with AIRFLOW
  • Familiarity with ACCUMULO
-Assist with any or all of the Level 1 tasks as constrained by technical training and previous testing experience
-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
-Plan and Execute Performance Analysis
-Assess operational and system performance requirements for testability and criticality to frame and prioritize T&E objectives and enable evaluation planning
-Review planned acquisition approaches to support T&E schedule alignment with decision maker needs for T&E support
-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
- Assess operational environments and priorities for evaluation attention and scenario selection, and to coordinate user participation in T&E
-Analyze performance risk areas to focus T&E planning
-Specify, validate, and adapt Modeling and Simulation for T&E use
- Plan program and event level risk-tailored performance estimation and analysis of system and operational Effectiveness and Suitability metrics & conditions; levels of T&E include inspection, demonstration, paper analysis, survey, simulation, and physical test
-Apply Statistical Analysis of variations in performance behavior to characterize confidence in performance estimates
-Design surveys for evaluation of Subject Matter Expert (SME) input and user assessments of performance
-Select, develop, & use analysis tools
- Participate in the T&E Working-level Integrated Product Team (WIPT) and/or Integrated Test Team for coordination of evaluation plans
- Execute the evaluation plan on data collected by the Testing Tasks
-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 & Procedures and Test Readiness Reports)
-Plan and Execute Performance Data Collection
- Plan program and event level testing for collection of data required for analysis and to synch T&E events with supported decision points
-Design data sampling schemes to optimize the information/resource balance and to control testing uncertainties
-Select, coordinate, and calibrate Instrumentation, collection and data management tools, targets, & facilities
-Ensure test readiness including training of test event participants re conduct of the event; equipment readiness, and security, legal, and privacy compliance arrangements
- Establish and employ Data & Configuration Management capabilities
-Support Data Authentication group functions; and comply with program Discrepancy Reporting criteria and processes
-Participate in T&E WIPT and/or Integrated Test Team for coordination of data collection plans
-Execute Testing and Data Collection per plan
-Produce associated Test Plans, Procedures, and Reports/Briefings, Data Management Plan
-Define and provide technical direction and guidance for the Level 1 tasks to the Level 0 and Level 1 TEs assigned to the task
-Recommend draft plans and reports from the Level 1 tasks for approval by the task leader
-Work directly with the Government sponsor to coordinate task implementation
-Maintain knowledge of current and evolving agency, national, and international standards applicable to the system development of interest
- Provide overall leadership of the T&E task and serve as primary liaison to the government for supporting contract coordination and task execution
- Manage T&E resources and tasks; ensure quality assurance of test processes and products
- Coordinate and integrate Evaluation and Testing tasks and products
-Participate in T&E WIPT and/or Integrated Test Team as needed to ensure proper coordination of T&E activities
-Communicate issues and solutions to the broader government and contract management structure as requested by Leadership
- 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
-Ensure the appropriate level of independence of the team from the solution provider to support government management of objectivity risk
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