DCPF Ground Station Technical Team Lead

KBR Lyons, SD 2019-06-08

KBR (formerly SGT) is seeking a Landsat Data Capture & Processing Facility (DCPF) Ground Station Technical Team Lead (GSTTL) to join its talented team in Sioux Falls, SD. KBR, headquartered in Houston, TX, is the prime Technical Support Services Contractor to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), providing support in the areas of science, engineering and technical operations at the Earth Resources Observation & Science (EROS) Center (http://eros.usgs.gov/) near Sioux Falls, SD (http://www.siouxfalls.org). This position will focus on day-to-day activities and anomaly investigations associated with data acquisition, data capture, data assembly, and data processing to ensure all Landsat raw data, mission data, and processed data are successfully passed along to the Landsat Data Processing and Archiving System (DPAS). The DCPF GSTTL also supports the Landsat Ground Station (LGS) Systems Engineer (SE) and LGS Sat-Comm Hardware Engineers (HWE) during any ground station anomalies and testing of any new hardware and software associated with the LGS ground station.

Core Responsibilities

  • Assist Landsat Operations Task Manager in managing the activities of all DCPF operations personnel and the day-to-day operations of the front-end systems associated to the LGS: Antennas, antenna subsystems, ground station automation (EPOCH), CSIS, DCS, DCRS, LPS, LACS, and MACS)
  • Support DCPF GSTs to ensure all raw and mission data directly downlinked at the LGS station and to the remote Landsat Ground Network (LGN) stations are accounted for; work with LGS GSTs and or the LGN remote stations to ensure all data is accounted
  • Ensure any loss of Image data by the LGS or LGN stations are documented in Image Anomaly Reports (IARs) and are sent to the Landsat Mission Operations Centers (MOCs) for the creation of an Image Impact Report (IIR) to be generated by the MOCs once the impact to the Landsat mission is determined
  • Ensure any loss of S-Band Telemetry data, S-Band Tracking data, or loss of S-Band uplink/commanding by LGS is documented in S-Band Anomaly Reports and are sent to the Landsat MOCs
  • Assist with the transfer, recovery, extraction, converting, ingesting, processing, and archiving and investigations of any historical Landsat 1 thru 7 data discovered under the Landsat Global Archive Consolidation (LGAC) efforts
  • Coordinate or assist anomaly troubleshooting activities with the Landsat Operations Task Manager, LGS SE, LGS HWE, and other applicable Project

Team members, as needed.

  • Represent, communicate and coordinate technical activities with LGS System Engineer, LGS Sat-Comm Hardware Engineers, Landsat Operations Task Manager and other support staff on behalf of the DCPF Operations staff
  • Work with Landsat DPAS staff to resolve any anomalies between the front-end systems and the DPAS to ensure all raw data, mission data, and processed data are being archived successfully to ensure no loss of data
  • Work with Landsat Task Manager to ensure all deliverables for the Ground Operations are being meet and completed on time
  • Facilitate and work with GST Shift Leads to ensure certifications are being completed for new GST hires to ensure new hires are completely trained and certified on all data acquisition, data capture, data assembly and data processing systems associated with-in the LGS ground station
  • Assist GSTs with GST Shift Lead certifications (initial certification of new personnel) and conduct the annual shift lead re-certification exams to ensure all GSTs shifts leads are keeping current on all systems associated with-in the LGS ground station
  • Support LGS SE by reviewing Users Guides, System Test cases and conduct sustaining (Level-3) System Testing (ST) of all current front-end systems associated with-in the LGS ground station.
  • Represent DCPF Operations during new Development activities (i.e. Landsat-9, Landsat-10, etc.…)
  • Conduct and or witness (Level-5) Integration & Testing (&T) during new development activities
  • Conduct (Level-4) Functional Quality Testing (FQT) associated with new development activities
  • Conduct Regression Testing following GNE builds to ensure systems are operational ready to support Ground Readiness Testing (GRT)
  • Support GRT test procedure development and conduct all testing associated with the GNE
  • Support Mission Readiness and Operational Readiness Exercises
  • Facilitate and lead the reviewing, creating, and updating of Standard Operational Procedures (SOPs) associated with the LGS ground station to ensure GSTs are keeping current
  • Train and certify GSTs on any new hardware and or software associated with-in the LGS ground station to ensure GSTs are ready for operations

Other Responsibilities

  • Fill in as needed when Landsat Operations Task Manager is absent
  • Ability to operate the LGS Ground Station, as well as, system consoles and peripheral components of all computer systems with-in the LGS ground station; must be able to fill in as a GST in the event a GST staff member is not available
  • Obtain a thorough understanding of error conditions and system recovery techniques.
  • Assist in ensuring correctness of the daily checklists associated with the LGS ground station and the and pass checklists associated with each Landsat mission
  • Assist in the routine system re-boots, power down and power up procedures.
  • Ensure proper process is followed and documentation is properly maintained.
  • Initiate and track Configuration Change Requests (CCR) and Hardware Change Requests (HCR) as situations warrant.
  • Perform password updates on all systems with-in the LGS ground station to ensure they meet security requirements
  • Perform checkout of test and production systems following the monthly LSDS Linux, Oracle, and PostgreSQL security patch cycle to ensure all systems are functional following patching
  • Provide support in the system test environment for the DPAS when support from the front-end systems is required
  • Participate in peer reviews.


  • Minimum of 2 years of ground station operations required or one-year experience with an applicable degree
  • Minimum of 4-6 years related experience in computer operations, or equivalent required if no prior experience working in ground station operations area or 2 years of related experience and an applicable degree
  • Ground Station Technician (GST) Shift Lead Certification is desired


  • High school diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Associate or bachelor’s degree with emphasis towards computer science, information systems, or satellite communications is desired.

Required Skills

  • Ability to fill in as a Ground Station Technician in his/her absence.
  • Ability to work in stressful periods of time and ability to adapt to change
  • Experience working with ground station automation
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Fluent with Microsoft Office suite applications (Word, Excel, Visio, and PowerPoint)

Desired Skills

  • Knowledge of configuration management common practices.

Work Environment

  • Daily use of video display computer monitors.
  • Standard shift Monday thru Friday (i.e. 7:30am to 4:15pm)
  • 24hr on-call support (on-call rotation with another staff member possible)
  • Flexibility in availability and hours (on-call (nights and weekends)) and may be required to fill in as GST at times)
  • Access to High Speed Internet outside of EROS (be able to remotely log into work using work provided laptop and access to EROS through VPN) in support of on-call

The candidate must be able to obtain and maintain national agency credentials after hire for facility and system access.

This position will be posted to the career opportunities listing on the SGT website (http://www.sgt-inc.com). This position may be filled by a KBR teammate on the TSSC Contract. Please apply on line.

KBR is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/m/f/disabled/veteran.

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