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Training Systems Operator, Camp Lejeune, NC

Jacksonville, North Carolina, United States of America
Closing date: 30 September 2024

Job Description:

The United States Marine Corps (USMC) Force-on-Force Training Systems-Next (FoFTS-Next) program will provide the training tools needed to prepare Marines for any contingency, anywhere.

Saab, Inc is looking for an experienced System Operator to support the FoFTS-Next program. The System Operator executes the system configuration, system set up, troubleshooting, and maintenance of the Communication & Exercise Control systems. The System Operator is a pivotal role within the program, as they are responsible for overall configuration management and maintenance of the communication/network system. The System Operator continuously troubleshoots and in case of failure, repairs the communication equipment during a training event. 

Join our team as we assist the Marines in revolutionizing their force-on-force training methodology!

Responsibilities Include:

Pre-Exercise/ Deployment

  • Conducts system preparation to include communication network system configuration, documentation, system allocation and tests.

  • Engages and informs the Support team and Site Leadership team prior to deployment of technical requirements, status, and any technical issues.

  • Conducts preventative maintenance and services on the communication network and supporting equipment, to include the Mobile C2, Mobile Network Node, Portable Network Node, and Fixed Antennas.

  • Ensures that frequency clearances, security clearances etc. are obtained.

  • Set up, configure, and test the communication network on in the fixed C2, mobile C2, mobile network nodes, and portable network nodes.

 Exercise Support

  • In support of the Operation Officer / Site Lead, plans, resources, and leads the technical network/communication support to all phases of an exercise.

  • Works with the Operations officer to build and execute the established communications plan for each exercise.

  • Establishes and maintains continuous area communications network (DAN and microwave backbone) to ExCons.

  • Conducts troubleshooting and initiates corrective actions to ensure that contractual requirements are met.

  • Establishes and sustains a safe and secure working environment within Communication and ExCon. (Deployment to Extraction).

  • Assists with the compilation of After-Action Review (AAR) data and raw material for the customer Take Home Package.

  • Tests and ensures that AAR terminals and MCTIS System Analyst terminals are in a working state.

  • Utilize specialized diagnostic test equipment to analyze system performance.

  • Identify degraded system performance and implement improvements.

  • Verifies mapping and annotates in ExCon any control measures imposed by the customer.

  • Designs buildings on map using Building Set Up tool and transposes any 3D buildings into relevant exercises.

  • When required assists with establishing WISE connectivity for 3rd party plug ins.

  • Manages, de-confliction, and supervises the movement of communications nodes in support of exercise activity.

  • Maintains a record of events and actions of any issues relating to operation of ExCon and Communications systems for follow-up post deployment.

  • Is responsible for the first line maintenance and repair of the pool of communications and ExCon equipment.

Post Exercise

  • Reports all technical issues as part of the Post Exercise Report and follows up actions in line with NCR procedures.

  • Ensures that the system is in a clean and proper working condition at the close of any event.

  • Suggests recommended preventive/corrective maintenance activities to the Technical Support Leader (TSL at Saab AB).

  • If needed, performs re-configuration of systems after exercise.

Administration

  • Coordinates and communicates all system upgrades to the Support Team.

  • Ensures all Communication and ExCon equipment is correctly accounted for, maintained, and repaired or replaced in co-ordination with Site Leads.

  • Maintains a risk register of all mission critical equipment and inform the Site Lead if damages or deficiencies could affect training delivery.

  • Keeps up to date with new technology and operating procedures.

  • Is prepared to support any training, exercise, maintenance, and marketing events.

  • Contributes to internal and external program meetings such as Progress Meetings (PMs) with customers if required.

Management and training

  • Conducts technical training for all staff when required.
  • Produces/update technical Working Instructions (WI/SOP) and assists with the production of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Responsible for several components of a project or a complex component of a larger project
  • Contributes to the adoption of new approaches to improve overall quality, reliability, and speed of implementation.

Other

  • Attend training in the CONUS or OCONUS as required.
  • Support Saab marketing activity, as required.
  • Support other Saab projects as required.
  • When required, surge to other locations in support of MCTIS exercises, whether that be to support Non-Homesite Installation Training or support of the conduct of an SLTE or MWX at another USMC installation.

Compensation Range: $45,100-$54,100

The compensation range provided is a general guideline. When extending an offer, Saab, Inc. considers factors including (but not limited to) the role and associated responsibilities, location, and market and business considerations, as well as the candidate's work experience, key skills, and education/training.

Skills and Experience:

  • BA/BS in an engineering discipline

  • Extensive network and computer experience (3+ years of experience)

  • Preferred candidate is U.S. Military Communications and/or network SNCO (8+ years of military experience) with honorable discharge or still serving in the SMCR/NG.

  • Communication Antenna/Mast installation experience

  • Microwave link experience

  • Troubleshooting analog, digital, RF system failures

  • Understanding of core networking infrastructure components and technologies such as cabling, routers, hubs, switches

  • Familiarity with networking topologies and architectures such as LANs, WANs, and wireless networking

  • Basic knowledge of the TCP/IP protocol stack, addressing, and name resolution

  • Standard Driver License

  • Valid U.S. Passport

  • Ability to receive and maintain a Secret Clearance

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs., stand and walk for long periods of time.

  • Potential for extreme weather conditions (over 100 degrees, or below 30 degrees).

  • Ability to work in a field environment for up to 12 hours at anytime of the day or night.

Citizenship Requirements:

Must be a U.S. citizen. Applicants selected may be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

Drug-Free Workplaces:

Saab is a federal government contractor and adheres to policies and programs necessary for sustaining drug-free workplaces. As a condition of employment, candidates will be required to pass a pre-employment drug screen.

Benefits:

Saab provides an excellent working environment offering professional growth opportunities, competitive wages, work-life balance, business-casual atmosphere and comprehensive benefits:

  • Medical, vision and dental insurance for employees and dependents

  • Paid time off including: minimum of 3 weeks vacation, 5 floating holidays, 8 designated holidays, parental leave, personal illness, bereavement, jury duty, long-term and short-term disability

  • 401(k) with immediate vesting on employer match

  • Tuition assistance

  • Student loan assistance

  • Wellness account, Care.com subscription and employee assistance programs

  • Employee stock purchase program with employer match

About Us:

Saab is a leading defense and security company with an enduring mission, to help nations keep their people and society safe. Empowered by its 19,000 talented people, Saab constantly pushes the boundaries of technology to create a safer, more sustainable and more equitable world. In the U.S., Saab delivers advanced technology and systems, supporting the U.S. Armed Forces and the Federal Aviation Administration, as well as international and commercial partners. Headquartered in Syracuse, New York, the company has business units and local employees in eight U.S. locations.

Saab is a company where we see diversity as an asset and offer unlimited opportunities for advancing in your career. We are also a company that respects each person’s needs and encourage employees to lead a balanced, rewarding life beyond work. Saab values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran, disability status, or any other federal, state, or locally protected category.