Iridium Satellite

  • Senior Lab Engineer

    Job Locations US-AZ-Chandler
    Job ID 2019-1576
    Worker Category
    Regular Full-Time[F]
  • Company Overview

    Iridium is the only truly global voice and data satellite communications network that connects people, organizations, assets, government and relief agencies with “on-the-move” availability.  Together with its ecosystem of partners, Iridium delivers essential, reliable communications with an easy-to-integrate platform and service for improved efficiency.  With more than 20 years of experience, Iridium delivers the next-generation of connectivity, Iridium CertusSM - the most versatile global broadband service that satisifies the critical need to send and receive communications when traveling by land, sea or air.  For more information about Iridium products, services and partner solutions, visit

    Position Summary, Job Requirements & Responsibilities



    Iridium is looking for a Senior Lab Engineer to support the Iridium Communications System (ICS) in Chandler, Arizona. The selected candidate will work with a team of engineers to provide the design, development, maintenance, repair and operation of the Iridium Technical Support Center (TSC) labs. The candidate will monitor and assess lab state and perform problem mitigation independently or at the direction of program management. The candidate will also assist in the setup, calibration, technical operation, diagnosis, repair and maintenance of the lab equipment and simulator subsystems. Additionally, the candidate will document changes made to the labs due to enhancement, repair or configuration change.


    Candidate will assist in maintaining the Network Infrastructure of the labs general computing infrastructure and maintain the test systems computing infrastructure.


    Candidate will design, document, implement, calibrate, repair and maintain the Radio Frequency (RF) test systems infrastructure. Will develop RF designs and help fabricate equipment for the TSC labs. Will verify RF systems are operating safely and then document and train the lab personnel and the Iridium program on safe RF operations. Must be able to integrate, maintain and verify proper operation of Iridium Subscriber Equipment with lab test systems. The successful candidate will be results driven with strong sense of ownership.


    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Candidate will perform electrical circuit and board design, work with vendors to fabricate boards, and cable connectors, perform minor repairs to existing electrical circuit boards, and integrate electrical circuits and wire tape telecom block, in to the TSC lab test systems
    • Perform circuit board design and build
    • Perform AC/DC circuit maintenance ; work collaboratively with software, hardware, test, and system development engineers
    • Research, design, document and implement hardware upgrades of lab infrastructure and test systems
    • Integrate, maintain and operate lab hardware and software systems
    • Assist in the mitigation of risks and/issues identified
    • Collaborate with team members across various functional disciplines to ensure high product quality and establish and maintain good working relationships

    Experience & Education Requirements / EEO

    Experience/Education Requirements:

    • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related technical field experience
    • 5+ years’ related experience
    • Experience maintaining MS Windows, UNIX and Linux computer systems is required.
    • Demonstrated systems troubleshooting experience
    • Demonstrated systems integration experience
    • Expertise with the Microsoft Windows and Office product suite
    • Ability to work well both independently and in team structures
    • Ability to create custom cables (RJ45, DB15 or other DB connectors, RF cables, Electrical, Fiber, Antenna, etc.)
    • Ability to use lab equipment including but not limited to spectrum analyzers, oscilloscopes, network analyzers, signal generators, state machine driven traffic simulators, protocol analyzers,
    • telecommunication T1/E1 analyzer, power meters required
    • Ability to travel up to 15 days annually
    • Ability to be on-call to support operational issues
    • Ability to communicate clearly with team members and management
    • US Citizenship is required

    Desired Abilities and Skills:

    • Knowledge of software programming in C/C++, C#, shell programming, PERL and/or TCL preferred
    • Soldering skills are beneficial
    • Ability to design and update microprocessor firmware is highly desired
    • Familiar with the use and application of timing sources
    • Familiar with telecommunications equipment, physical checkout of E1, Layer-1 test set

    Physical Requirements:

    • Ability to climb a 20-foot ladder and be able to work occasionally on the roof of the TSC building
    • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. occasionally

    Iridium is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or status as a protected veteran. EOE of Minorities/Females/Vets/Disability and other protected categories.


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