LMR Tactical Communications Specialist (Remote w/Travel)

Ashburn, VA
Work Type: Remote
  • Job Category: Information Technology
  • Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time
  • Clearance: Suitability
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Req ID: RIV02965

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Job Summary:

U.S. Border Patrol Tactical Communications (TACCOM) operates and maintains one of the largest tactical voice communications infrastructures in the Federal government. Originally acquired in the 1970s and 1980s, the Land Mobile Radio (LMR) system and component equipment that CBP inherited from legacy U.S. Border Patrol and U.S. Customs Service provide critical voice communications for over 46,000 agents and officers from CBP’s operational component organizations: the U.S. Border Patrol (USBP); the Office of Field Operations (OFO); and Air and Marine Operations (AMO).

Job Responsibilities:

  • Identify tactical communication requirements and prepare the design and development documents for wireless and wired tactical communication equipment/system installation.

  • Conduct site surveys and analyze results; report findings as requested.

  • Develop test and evaluation procedures for the TACCOM Lab with TACCOM and Office of Information and Technology (OIT) engineers.

  • Develop site-specific tactical communication technical documentation (i.e., Cabling Requirements Document, Design Drawings, Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) Estimate and Bill of Materials (BOM).

  • Perform tactical communications layout, installation, integration, testing, programming, and troubleshooting for tower fixed network and facilities LMR equipment. Installations may include the mounting and grounding of antennas, mounts, cable ladders, cable, and other supporting devices.

  • Contribute by doing price research to present to the Government business managers for the development of Independent Government Cost Estimates (IGCE) and contribute as requested by the Government business managers on Statements of Work (SOW).

  • Make system modifications to adapt electronic and communication operations for specific projects and/or locations.

  • Manage the schedule for the TACCOM LMR Lab.

  • Provide quality assurance and control for Lab Testing documentation, including the creation of test plan templates.

  • Act as the lead technical writer.

  • Travel as needed per the instructions of the ITTD’s Technical Representative.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Six (6) years of experience in tactical communication integration, installation, testing, programming, microwave, backhaul, troubleshooting and design; or equivalent.

  • Working experience with knowledge of wireless LMR technology and operations, digital communication system, Radio Frequency (RF) Networks, protocols, and Internet Protocol (IP) networking.

  • Familiarity with the Motorola R56 standards and guidelines.

  • Familiarity with FAA Standard 19E lightning and surge protection, grounding, bonding, and shielding requirements for facilities and electronics equipment.

  • Proficiency with programming and troubleshooting tactical communications P25 equipment to include, but not limited to, the following: APX 7000, APX 7500, XTS 5000, XTL 5000, Harris XL-200, Cambium PTP microwave, Fluid Mesh microwave, 4RF microwave radios, Avait, Quantar repeater, Astro-Tac receiver, Astro-Tac 3000 comparator, GTR 8000 repeater, GPW 8000 receiver, and GCM 8000 comparator.

  • Working knowledge of Audio Video (AV) and Video Teleconferencing (VTC) equipment and capabilities.

  • Work may require some strenuous physical exertion such as lifting heavy objects in excess of 50lbs., helicopter flights to remote locations, and crouching or crawling in small work areas.

  • Must be willing to travel to CONUS and OCONUS locations.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

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