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Test Engineer 3

Hanover, MD · Information Technology




Analyzes system requirements and concept of operations documents,

acquisition plans, and system descriptions to develop evaluation and test

plans and procedures, prepare for and conduct the data collection and

analysis, and report status and results. Supports the development of

Government test and evaluation documentation e.g., Test & Evaluation

(T&E) Strategy, Test & Evaluation Master Plan, Event Test Plans, Test

Readiness Assessments, and T&E Reports. Works with other test

organizations to support T&E program integration. Provides specialized

T&E capabilities tailored to system functions, level, maturity, and

performance area as assigned in the SOW.

The Level 3 Test Engineer (TE) shall possess the following capabilities:

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

Review planned acquisition approaches to support T&E schedule alignment with decision

maker needs for T&E support

Analyze performance risk areas to focus T&E planning

Specify, validate, and adapt Modeling and Simulation for T&E use

 Apply Statistical Analysis of variations in performance behavior to characterize confidence in

performance estimates

 Select, develop, & use analysis tools

 Execute the evaluation plan on data collected by the Testing Tasks

 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

Establish and employ Data & Configuration Management capabilities

Support Data Authentication group functions; and comply with program Discrepancy Reporting

criteria and processes

Assess operational and system performance requirements for testability and criticality to frame

and prioritize T&E objectives and enable evaluation planning

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

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

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


Participate in the T&E Working-level Integrated Product Team (WIPT) and/or Integrated Test

Team for coordination of evaluation plans

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)

 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

 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

 Communicate issues and solutions to the broader government and contract management

structure as requested by Leadership

Ensure the appropriate level of independence of the team from the solution provider to support

government management of objectivity risk

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

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



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.

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