Zel Technologies UAS Engineer in Albuquerque, New Mexico

UAS Engineer

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  • 22-Mar-2018 to 21-Aug-2018 (EST)

  • Albuquerque, NM, USA

  • Full Time

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Must have an active clearance to be considered for this position

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Job Summary: Zel Technologies is seeking candidates for a UAS Engineer position to support the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Research & Development Directorate (RD). The successful candidate will help in identifying and conducting innovative, operationally focused CWMD and other asymmetric threat-related research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) in order to deliver products and services to combatant commanders (CCDRs), the Military Services, and DTRA. The System Engineering and Integration (SE&I) support provided to the Research & Development Directorate (RD) Test Science and Technology Department (RDTS) ensures effective program execution from technical management to test operational support. RDTS, located at Kirtland Air Force Base (AFB), New Mexico (NM), also maintains mobile test capabilities and operates permanent test sites at Kirtland AFB; White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), NM; and Nevada National Security Site (NNSS), Nevada (NV). The RDTS provides end-to-end test event planning, management, test bed design and construction, pre-test predictions, safe execution, and post-test data analysis.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Independently develop, manage, and implement instrumentation plans and methodologies to meet measurement objectives to support DTRA testing

  • Develop plans, methodologies and instrumentation system to test Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), Unattended Ground Sensors (UGS), and autonomous systems used in CWMD testing

  • Develop testing for methodologies to defeat unmanned and autonomous systems as well as verifying offensive capabilities

  • Conduct market research and stay abreast of latest unmanned and autonomous systems as well as sensors, detectors, and samplers that can be integrated into various platforms

  • Integrate hardware and software across many different UAS, UGS, autonomous, and data acquisition systems and platforms to create integrated fixed and mobile instrumentation capabilities.


  • UAS/UAV experience

  • Test plan development

  • Hardware validation

  • Hardware and Software integration

  • Verification Testing

  • Market Research

  • Good interpersonal skills

  • Effective communicator (verbal and written)

  • Respond to inquiries from customers, management, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.

  • Ability to manage time & resources

  • Ability to write reports to present to management

  • Contact with the customer/provide customer support

  • Good interpersonal skills

  • Effective communicator

  • DTRA Testing Experience desiredAnalysis of Alternative assessments experience desiredCapability Based Assessments experience desiredUGS Experience desired


  • BA/BS + 5 years experienceOR 4 - 9 years experience in lieu of degree

Special Requirements:

  • Must have a current Secret clearance with the ability to acquire a TS clearance and obtain a Special Compartmental Information (SCI) level clearance

Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer "This contractor and subcontractor shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60741.5(a). This regulation prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals on the basis of disability, and requires affirmative action by covered prime contractors and subcontractors to employ and advance in employment qualified individuals with disabilities."

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