Communications Systems Engineer

US - CA - Carlsbad Ref #10885 29-Dec-2021

Job description

One team. Global challenges. Infinite opportunities. At Viasat, we’re on a mission to deliver connections with the capacity to change the world. For more than 35 years, Viasat has helped shape how consumers, businesses, governments and militaries around the globe communicate. We’re looking for people who think big, act fearlessly, and create an inclusive environment that drives positive impact to join our team.

Job Responsibilities

As a Communication Systems Engineer, your responsibilities include design and implementation of end to end communications solutions to meet customer requirements.  You will work side-by-side with customer facing representatives, internal development, and directly with customers to understand specific problems and determine practical solutions using, creativity, technical knowledge, and past experience. You will design and specify system performance from requirements through implementation, test, and deployment. You will create, demonstrate, validate, and iterate on solutions using both internal and external feedback and technical trade-offs to meet difficult performance requirements in stringent environmental conditions. You will contribute technical and programmatic content to proposal development in multiple markets including, but not limited to, US DoD, and internationally. Sound interesting?  Keep reading...


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or related discipline
  • 5+ years of related work experience in communications, networking, and security.
  • Practical and theoretical knowledge of communications (RF, Digital, Optical), and networking (TCP/IP)
  • Excellent communications skills, both written and oral
  • Experience with Link Budgets
  • Capable of engaging with internal and external Subject Matter Experts about technical problems, trade-offs, and solutions.
  • Experience writing and support proposals, and/or technical publications including whitepapers
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office tools suite
  • U.S. Government position. U.S. Citizenship required
  • Ability to travel up to 25%
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Ability to perform tasks effectively without guidance within large teams, small teams, and individually.

  • 8+ years' experience with SATCOM equipment, including hands on experience
  • Knowledge of, and experience with industry technologies including, but not limited to: SATCOM theory, terrestrial communications infrastructure, TCP/IP Networking, digital communications, Routing and switching, QoS, ACM, FDMA, MF-TDMA, Linux, and cybersecurity
  • Knowledge of, and experience with MIL-STD waveforms, and MIL-STD testing
  • Hands-on operational and/or test experience with commonly used communications and test equipment (modems, terminals, spectrum analyzer, oscilloscope, antennas, routers)
  • Experience with technical product development, project lifecycle, and product management (Requirements development, Milestone reviews, testing, documentation, customer acceptance, etc)
  • Willingness to obtain U.S. Secret Clearance

If the Federal Executive Order for Government Contractors becomes effective, this role may require vaccination.  In such instance, absent an approved accommodation based on a religious or medical reason, employees in this role will be required to be fully vaccinated no later than applicable deadlines, which are unknown at this point.  Viasat will strive to give individuals as much notice as practicable if a vaccine mandate becomes applicable to this role.

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Additional Requirements and information

Minimum education:


Years of experience:

5-8 years


Up to 25%


US Citizenship Required


Must be able to obtain a United States Secret Clearance

Worker Classification:


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