Engineer I, Satellite Monitoring Group (Technical Operation Center)

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DT Uplink Management


DISH is a Fortune 200 company with more than $15 billion in annual revenue that continues to redefine the communications industry. Our legacy is innovation and a willingness to challenge the status quo, including reinventing ourselves. We disrupted the pay-TV industry in the mid-90s with the launch of the DISH satellite TV service, taking on some of the largest U.S. corporations in the process, and grew to be the fourth-largest pay-TV provider. We are doing it again with the first live, internet-delivered TV service – Sling TV – that bucks traditional pay-TV norms and gives consumers a truly new way to access and watch television.


Now we have our sights set on upending the wireless industry and unseating the entrenched incumbent carriers.


We are driven by curiosity, pride, adventure, and a desire to win – it’s in our DNA. We’re looking for people with boundless energy, intelligence, and an overwhelming need to achieve to join our team as we embark on the next chapter of our story.


Opportunity is here. We are DISH.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

DISH’s Digital Broadcast Centers provide advanced online video delivery and satellite video delivery for broadcasters and Pay-Tv operators across North America.  Through our network of uplink centers, these world-class facilities are also home to DISH’s 24/7 traffic, technical operations, and satellite access centers.  This team is comprised of experienced professionals dedicated to providing customers with an unparalleled level of service delivering content and programming to over 16 million subscribers every day.


DISH is seeking a self motivated individual for the Satellite Monitoring Group (Technical Operation Center), in Cheyenne, WY,  who will be part of a well-organized and motivated engineering team responsible for monitoring, escalating and troubleshooting signal quality and RF anomalies within the ground-to-space-to-ground segments used in large-scale Direct-to-Home satellite operations. Position includes operating a vast network of remote monitoring sites in support of various work activities. (e.g. scheduled/unscheduled ground system maintenances, spacecraft payload launches, system reconfiguration….).   Background with computer engineering SW skills are a Plus:  Java, .NET, JavaScript, PHP, MySQL, Mongo, Docker, LINUX.


Primary responsibilities fall into the following categories:

  • Assist with coordinating and supporting various maintenance activities and configuration changes for 6 large satellite broadcast centers.
  • Effectively investigates, analyzes and communicates long and short term spacecraft payload performance trends, assists with coordinating proper corrective actions.
  • Compose service outage reports, weather outage reports, shift reports, failure analysis, technical procedures, drawings, and training material.
  • Keeps teammates and management informed of progress on noted discrepancies and facilitates and tracks them to resolution.
  • Candidate will read, write and interpret documents pertaining to safety, training, and general business functions.
  • Will be required to adhere to company & department policies, procedures.
  • SHIFT WORK: 24x7x365 as needed; to include weekends and holidays; Shift rotations of 1 to 3 month typical, 6 to 12 month if needed.




Skills - Experience and Requirements


A successful SMG Engineer I will have the following:

  • Accredited Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Mathematics, Electronics, or Physics or nine (9) years of equivalent industry experience. (With the described degree, three (3) years of actual work related experience required)
  • Has a solid understanding of theoretical and operational concepts related to the commercial satellite communications industry, Ability to work with electronic test equipment and industry standard tools including spectrum analyzers and Monitor & Control systems
  • Operate a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as alarm panels, computer printer and copy machine. The ability to respond to audible and visual alarms, communicate vocal details via short wave radio, voice box, telephone to convey information.
  • Strong communication skills, organized, and ability to multi-task.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, space segment link budget calculations, G/T analysis projections and EIRP parameters, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
  • Previous experience in working with Link budget design related to Transponder and Ground Station Equipment, Frequency reuse, Spot Beam technologies, and digital Modulation (QPSK, 8PSK, 16-QAM).
  • Has a solid understanding of theoretical and operational concepts related to the earth-to-space-to-earth segments of the commercial satellite communications industry
    • Satellite antenna tracking and control up to13.2 meter.
    • 2-way/4-way Variable Phase Combining and redundancy techniques.
    • Traveling-Wave-Tube amplifiers, High-power Klystron amplifiers and SSPA.
    • High power Diplexer Frequency Combining networks.
    • Uplink Power Control systems.
  • Demonstrates ability to analyze issues and determine solution options that effectively and accurately drives resolution.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers and customers.


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