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Technology Readiness Assessment Systems Engineer (Level 5)

Fort George G Meade, MD · Information Technology

Job Description:

Support the customer Enterprise Test and Assessment (ETA) Technology Readiness Assessments (TRA) team.  The ETA TRA team executes a systematic, metric-based process to assess the maturity of program technologies and possible vulnerabilities.  The team also encourages programs to employ integrated test methodologies to the maximum extent possible.

Task Activities:

  • Provide program with end-to-end independent testing and verification of program’s capabilities;
  • Identify disconnects, risks, and concerns with test requirements, criteria, and testing;
  • Utilize existing systems engineering policies and processes to identify systems engineering, interoperability, and testing issues and risks;
  • Perform Technology Readiness Assessments on systems in accordance with DoD and customer requirements;
  • Perform technical reviews on enterprise systems engineering artifacts and prepare comments and recommendations to the Chief Systems Engineer;;
  • Continually review TRA processes and update them to reflect the current state of acquisition and technology;
  • Engage with other Operational Test & Assessment team personnel; Maintain awareness of status and schedule of programs of interest;
  • Advise programs and test teams on current standards, practices, and procedures for integrating, testing, evaluating and transitioning systems and enterprise capabilities;
  • Participate in reviews of systems and elements under development to ensure requirements traceability;
  • Participate in select forums to gather and promulgate TRA information beneficial to future assessments;
  • Prepare technical reports and provide rationale for recommendations;
  • Provide lessons learned to partner programs;
  • Prepare briefings, trip reports, and white papers on TRA activities.


Individual Capabilities/Experience Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree or advanced degree in a qualified engineering field (see note 1) or related discipline (see note 2) from an accredited university or college, plus at least fifteen (15) years of systems engineering experience. A Master’s degree or PhD may be substituted for two (2) years of experience. A high school diploma or GED plus nineteen (19) years of systems engineering experience is also acceptable.
  • This is a full time position requiring 1880 hours of support per year
  • This position requires TS/SCI clearance with polygraph.


Highly Desirable individual Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience applying a systematic, metrics-based process to evaluate a project’s technology maturity.
  • Experience with test planning and implementation for complex software engineering programs.
  • Able to work with supported organizations and test teams to review/improve test planning and execution.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including demonstrated ability to comfortably interact with all levels of organizational management, be willing to operate in a dynamic environment with minimal supervision, and possess strong interpersonal, problem solving, and decision-making skills.
  • Technical and people skills necessary to collaborate with customers, subject matter experts, and senior technical and programmatic leadership.

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