Engineer for Software Tactical Data Link Test and Evaluation - Secret clearance, San Diego, CA - Military Veterans

at General Dynamics

San Diego, California

Responsibilities for this Position
Location: USA CA San Diego - 53560 Hull St (CAC152)
Full Part/Time: Full time
Job Req: RQ138576

Type of Requisition:

Clearance Level Must Currently Possess:

Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain:
Top Secret

Public Trust/Other Required:

Job Family:
Software Engineering

Job Qualifications:

Digital Communications, Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Link 16, Test Planning

5 + years of related experience
US Citizenship Required:

Job Description:

GDIT is looking for a Software Test Engineer joining our team to support software T&E and analysis work for the Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) in San Diego, CA.

This is an onsite position

In this role, a typical day will include:
  • Software Test and Evaluation (T&E) of Link-16 Advance Tactical Data Link (ATDL) which includes T&E planning and support of activities related to Qualification Tests of the Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio System (MIDS JTRS) terminal and Link-16 waveforms
  • Identify and develop applicable tests, conduct tests, analyze test data, and document test results for inclusion in the formal block upgrade qualification Test Data Reports
  • Preparing the test portions of the Qualification Test mission-based test plan and procedures
  • Preparing automated software scripts and initialization loads for tests
  • Identifying potential issues related to the concurrent operation through post-test analysis
  • Supporting efforts relating to test execution and post-test analysis for waveform implementation
  • Providing support for the retest MIDS terminals to verify that software updates to those terminals corrected problems identified in qualification tests
  • Participating in the biweekly problem review boards (PRB)
  • Dry run block upgrade software scripts and loads on-site

  • Active Secret clearance
  • Engineering degree (will accept experience in lieu of)
  • Digital Communications or wireless engineering technology background
  • 4+ years of systems/software T&E experience, preferably with tactical communication systems
  • Ability to work on-site NIWC Pacific in Point Loma San Diego.

  • BSEE or BSCS and a minimum of 4 years technical experience with DOD tactical systems
  • Current technical experience (within the last 3 years) in Tactical Communications Systems to include TDL, ATDL, SDR, and/or related C4I systems at the systems level. Desired TDL, ATDL, and SDR Test and Evaluation (T&E) experience to include analyzing test requirements, T&E planning, developing traditional and Mission-Based test procedures, providing for traceability of requirements, test execution, post-test analysis and generating test reports. T&E experience should include testing for functionality and interoperability using relevant TDL/ATDL test tools.
  • Prefer an electrical engineer or computer scientist with an emphasis in digital communications or a prior Electronics Tech (ET) or Aviation Electronics Tech (AT) with demonstrated technical experience in Link16 or similar data link.


Competitive and broad benefits package.

Full-time, 40-hour work week, 9/80 schedule.

Project offers autonomy, challenging work, and team environment.

The likely salary range for this position is $92,000 - $138,000, this is not, however, a guarantee of compensation or salary; rather, salary will be set based on experience, geographic location and possibly contractual requirements and could fall outside of this range.

Scheduled Weekly Hours:

Travel Required:
Less than 10%

Telecommuting Options:

Work Location:
USA CA San Diego

Additional Work Locations:

Total Rewards at GDIT:
Our benefits package for all US-based employees includes a variety of medical plan options, some with Health Savings Accounts, dental plan options, a vision plan, and a 401(k) plan offering the ability to contribute both pre and post-tax dollars up to the IRS annual limits and receive a company match. To encourage work/life balance, GDIT offers employees full flex work weeks where possible and a variety of paid time off plans, including vacation, sick and personal time, holidays, paid parental, military, bereavement and jury duty leave. To ensure our employees are able to protect their income, other offerings such as short and long-term disability benefits, life, accidental death and dismemberment, personal accident, critical illness and business travel and accident insurance are provided or available. We regularly review our Total Rewards package to ensure our offerings are competitive and reflect what our employees have told us they value most.

COVID-19 Vaccination: GDIT does not have a vaccination mandate applicable to all employees. To protect the health and safety of its employees and to comply with customer requirements, however, GDIT may require employees in certain positions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccination requirements will depend on the status of the federal contractor mandate and customer site requirements.

We are GDIT. The people supporting some of the most complex government, defense, and intelligence projects across the country. We deliver. Bringing the expertise needed to understand and advance critical missions. We transform. Shifting the ways clients invest in, integrate, and innovate technology solutions. We ensure today is safe and tomorrow is smarter. We are there. On the ground, beside our clients, in the lab, and everywhere in between. Offering the technology transformations, strategy, and mission services needed to get the job done.

GDIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status, or any other protected class.


San Diego, California

General Dynamics is a global aerospace and defense company.

Our portfolio spans the realm of the world's most technologically advanced business jets, wheeled combat vehicles, command and control systems and nuclear submarines. We offer these through our five business groups: Aerospace, Combat Systems, Information Technology, Mission Systems and Marine Systems.

General Dynamics employs thousands of people across the globe, with locations in more than 45 countries. We rely on the skills of our employees and their knowledge of customer requirements to deliver best-in-class products and services.

Who We Are Looking For 

General Dynamics is seeking military veterans and military spouses across the country who bring a deeply rooted skillset that includes team-oriented approaches to problem-solving, demonstrations of leadership and an overall commitment to the mission of the organization.  We recognize the knowledge and skills gained during your military experience are invaluable to the success of a team. We’re proud of the thousands of veterans and military professionals who have chosen to apply their leadership, teamwork and problem-solving skills to a career at General Dynamics and to continue supporting the mission of those serving today.

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At General Dynamics, our employees are the heart of our company. We rely on their dedication to excellence and their intimate knowledge of customer requirements to meet the needs of customers around the globe, day in and day out. Our employees' unique blend of skill, innovation and agility drives our continued success, and we take our responsibility to them seriously. If you are a military veteran or military spouse ready to advance your career, view our available career opportunities to the right for more information and to apply today!

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