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Design Engineer (5893)
Arlington, VA

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Job Description

Design Engineer

Primary Location: Rosslyn, VA, US

Must be a U.S. citizen

Security Clearance: Active TOP SECRET and must be eligible for SCI access

Job Summary

The Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) is the security and law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of State (the Department). DS is a world leader in international investigations, threat analysis, cyber security, counterterrorism, security technology, and protection of people, property, and information. Its primary mission is to provide a safe and secure environment for the conduct of U.S. foreign policy. The Office of Security Technology (ST) supports the DS mission through the application and use of appropriate technical security countermeasures.

The Countermeasures Program (CMP) and Security Technology Operations (STO) divisions are operational components within ST. CMP is primarily responsible for worldwide technical countermeasures policy for the Department. Countermeasures policies enforce the protection of sensitive and classified information. CMP also manages the overseas technical surveillance countermeasures (TSCM) program.

Key Accountabilities

* Conducts technical security assessments and plans countermeasures installations to deter technical espionage.
* Produces a variety of written documents, including memoranda, trip reports, telegraphic communications with posts, and engineering surveys or service reports detailing specific engineering services planned or performed.
* Travels extensively throughout the world to service overseas embassies and consulates, often in remote locations.
* Specifies designs, procures, and installs equipment or products for technical security and information technology systems, including countermeasures equipment, and acoustic/RF attenuation technologies, and network intrusion monitoring.

Knowledge and Skills

* Must provide expert consulting services on new product developments and technological applications in the market that are consistent with those employed by the Department.
* Must provide expert consulting services on new product developments and technological applications in the market that are consistent with those employed by the Department.
* Must maintain an expert level knowledge of installed base products and strive to sustain and improve the current technical security capabilities.
* Must have direct working knowledge of computer systems, computer security, and familiarity with operating and systems, hardware platforms, and networks (experience may be substituted for education).
* Must be able to logically and objectively analyze problems, apply sound judgment in assessing possible solutions, adjust to changing priorities, and meet tight deadlines.
* Must have effective written and oral communication skills and ability to present technical findings in a clear and concise manner to non-technical personnel.
* Must have knowledge of and hands-on familiarity with computer systems, computer security, operating systems, hardware platforms, and networks.
* Must be able to read, interpret and create electrical and electromechanical schematics and architectural drawings, including electrical /mechanical building
* systems drawings.

Experience and Education

* Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, or Electromechanical Engineering is required.
* Must have at least five (5) years of current experience in conducting technical security assessments; product evaluations, performing technical needs assessments, and recommending security upgrades.

Physical Requirements and Work Environment

* The Engineer may engage in work that can be physically demanding.


* This position is deployed up to 40% of the calendar year in multiple locations (not one specific area) which may include high-threat areas.
* Domestic travel may be required for training and program coordination.
* The employee must also be willing to serve in positions worldwide, which may include domestic assignments. Overseas locations may be located in high-risk environments to be disclosed upon interview.


The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Company Overview

Obsidian Solutions Group (OSG) is a diversified consulting and technology company providing flexible and responsive solutions to federal, state, and local agencies and organizations. Our core domains are overseas and domestic mission support operations, collection/analysis/identification, and information technology. Obsidian Solutions Group is comprised of strategic and operational personnel who provide its clients deep domain expertise across a comprehensive spectrum of skill sets, allowing mission accomplishment and development of long-term capabilities.

Obsidian Solutions Group is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, any other non-merit factor, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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