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

Clearance Level
Software Engineering
San Diego, California
Onsite Workplace
Key Skills For Success

Digital Communications

Electrical Engineering


Link 16

Test Planning

REQ#: RQ138576
Requisition Type: Regular
Your Impact

Own your opportunity to work with the largest government agency in the nation. Make an impact by advancing the Department of Defense’s mission to keep our country safe and secure.

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.

Work Requirements
Years of Experience

5 + years of related experience

* may vary based on technical training, certification(s), or degree

Travel Required

Less than 10%

Salary and Benefit Information

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.
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About Our Work

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.

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.

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.