Polaris Alpha

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In addition to competitive compensation, Polaris Alpha offers excellent benefits:

• Comprehensive Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage
• Life and AD&D coverage at 3x annual salary
• 401k plan, 4% gifted contributions for all eligible employees - 100% vested in plan from date of enrollment
• 4+ weeks of PTO and 10 Paid Holidays observed
• Education Assistance Program
• Relocation programs

Job Description

Polaris Alpha develops innovative solutions to the most significant challenges affecting our Nation's ability to collect, utilize, and defend digital information. We’re passionate about developing cutting-edge, creative solutions, and fostering a highly sought-out place of employment for many of the brightest minds in the industry. We are the best because we hire the best. At Polaris Alpha, we have developed a culture of going above and beyond the normal expectations in the delivery of our work. Our clients and employees are the number one reason why we’re successful, and that formula won’t be changing!

Serve as a Field Engineer providing support for the US Army Project Manager Terrestrial Sensors (PM TS) Base Expeditionary Targeting Surveillance System – Combined program in SWA and other missions as required. Individuals will be performing a wide range of activities to include site survey, network installations, and mission upgrade of Force Protection FMV equipment throughout all Regional Commands in Afghanistan in support of ongoing operations. Qualified individuals will interface and communicate with operational customers in Theater and other team members to successfully perform integration, configuration, and maintenance of software and hardware assets in a large multi-protocol environment. Individuals will also perform setup, configuration, and troubleshooting of workstations, Cisco switches and routers, and other types of peripheral
equipment and software. Selected candidates must be capable of coordinating with military and civilian personnel in Theater to plan, support, resolve and document network infrastructure related issues. In coordination with the Fielding and Program offices, Field Engineers will forward deploy to the different FOBs and perform the required site surveys, installation and software and hardware upgrades in accordance with specifications (provided by the government). Tasks may include (but not limited to):

- Identify height requirements to establish line of sight radio connections and installation of such equipment
- Conduct sight surveys to determine what networking hardware is required to establish network connectivity for the dissemination of FMV from sensor to enterprise
- Installation of new software and hardware components
- Configuration of communication and network equipment (e.g. OSPF, EIGRP, DMVPN, BGP, Multicast, IGMP, PIM-DM/SM, Rendezvous Points, GRE (mGRE), and AES/IPSEC encryption)
- Equipment Troubleshooting

Additional duties may include providing feedback to CONUS technical support on the status and performance of the system and capturing lessons learned and best practices to refine standard operating procedures. It is likely that during this deployment period, you will be operating under hazardous conditions and living in an austere environment equivalent to the active duty US military units with whom you will be assigned. While deployed overseas, the level of effort required for successful execution of this position is 12 hours per day, 7 days per week for up to 365 working days, not including paid or unpaid leave.

Required Skills

Basic Qualifications:
- Must have a working knowledge of solid state components, their functions, capabilities and limitations. Must be experienced in soldering and wiring printed circuit boards and their integration into an operating system. Must have experience in the racking and stacking of electronic equipment and making minor changes in components to improve operation, eliminate overloads, etc. Must be able to interpret block diagrams.

This position requires the selected candidate to hold an active Department of Defense Secret level security clearance which requires US citizenship while working in support of a government contract.

Desired Skills

Beneficial but not required:
• CISCO Routers & Switches
• Tactical Local Area Network Encryption (TACLANE)
• Point to Point Radios
• Video Encoding Systems

- Previous deployment experience a plus

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:
Normal office setting, therefore the noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Work is generally sedentary in nature, but may require standing and walking. Use of hands to operate computer equipment. Frequent near vision use for reading and computer use.
Polaris Alpha is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

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