Battelle Memorial Institute Spectrum Certification Engineer in Baltimore, Maryland

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We are currently seeking a Spectrum Certification Engineer This position located in Fort Meade, MD.

Primary Function

Spectrum Certification Engineer position for an Air Force Spectrum Management Office (AFSMO) contract supporting DOD and Joint service support activities. Under limited supervision, study and analyze the Spectrum Dependent System’s (SDS) technical characteristics to ensure that the system can (1) operate in spectrum bands per the national and international tables of spectrum allocation; and that (2) equipment being brought into the agency inventory conforms to applicable national spectrum management regulations, directives, standards, and specifications.

Major Responsibilities

  • Study, analyze, review, and advise the Program Office (PO) on technically acceptable radio frequency (RF) parameters of a system.

  • Research and analyze supportable frequencies bands, and develop and advise on spectrum supportability for testing within the US&P.

  • Research, advise, and assist in the development of the Spectrum Supportability Risk Assessment (SSRA) with the Program Office and material developers to identify regulatory, technical, operational, and Electromagnetic Environment Effects (E3) issues.

  • Review, study, analyze, advise, and develop technical reports and DD 1494 Forms or EL-CID request in support of successfully obtaining spectrum certification

  • Research and analyze each referenced SDS application for completeness and compliance. Conduct detailed analysis on all frequency allocation requests which entails the use of approved RF engineering principles/practices. Submit SDS spectrum systems frequency allocation application requests to the agency representative for the NTIA SPS and the DoD Review Process. Ensure that the submittal includes the full frequency allocation application along with all analysis documentation.

  • Perform a detailed study and analysis of ESG PWG applications to inform customer whether these proposed SDS will adversely affect agency RF systems

  • Process application changes (Note-to-Holders) for SDS into the DoD Review Process.

  • Submit researched and corrected SDS host nation coordination request (HNCR) applications to the MC4EB HNC review process.

Major Responsibilities

  • Ability to work in a dynamic, multitasking environment.

  • Professional demeanor as well as excellent spoken, written and presentation skills.

  • Excellent organization and time management skills.

  • Possess expert knowledge of the national level spectrum certification process and how to successfully obtain SPS spectrum certification approvals for the DD Form 1494 or EL-CID requests.

  • Candidates must be willing to travel as required CONUS, OCONUS, and within the National Capital Region.

Position Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree (s) in electrical engineering

  • A minimum of one (1) year of experience working at a federal department level spectrum office directly processing spectrum certification actions to the IRAC’s Spectrum Planning Subcommittee (SPS) for consideration. Examples of a federal department level spectrum office are: The Navy and Marine Corp Spectrum Center (NMSC), Air Force Spectrum Management Office (AFSMO), Army Spectrum Management Office (ASMO) and/or any other federal department office that directly represents its office before the IRAC and its subcommittees.

  • A minimum of one (1) FTEs have one (1) or more years’ experience each with IFF/ radar systems and unmanned aerial systems spectrum certification to the SPS.

  • Candidates must be willing to travel as required CONUS, OCONUS, and within the National Capital Region.

  • Knowledge of the use of RF Spectrum Management, Spectrum Certification System, EL-CID, and other DoD Spectrum management software applications.

  • Positions are located in Annapolis Junction and Ft. Meade, MD.

  • Meet the Educational and Experience requirements above.

  • Must be a US citizen with an active secret DoD clearance and the ability to maintain that clearance.


  • Graduate of a spectrum management course such as, the Army’s Electromagnetic Spectrum Manager SLC is highly desirable and preferred.

  • A minimum of five (5) combined years of experience in the field of electrical engineering and spectrum certification

  • Detailed knowledge/experience with RF spectrum Management directive development and program implementation.

  • Previous/current experience with Air Force or Joint Staff operations or Command level operations coordination.

  • Knowledge of the use of Spectrum XXI, and other DoD Spectrum management software applications.

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The above statements are intended to describe the nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, activities and skills required of staff members. No statement herein is intended to imply any authorities to commit Battelle unless special written permission is granted by Battelle's Legal Department.


Battelle’s competitive benefits program includes comprehensive medical and dental care, matching 401K, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, disability coverage, and other benefits that help provide financial protection for you and your family.

Battelle provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, veteran-status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal, state, or local law. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle.

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