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Senior Technician - Earth Station Operations

Company: DISH
Location: Silver Spring
Posted on: May 7, 2022

Job Description:

DISH is a Fortune 250 company with more than $13 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.

Position Summary:
This position is at a technically proficient level and provides the foundation to build continuity within the department.
The scope of this job includes operations, fabrication, installation, maintenance, and repair of radio-frequency (RF)
equipment used in large scale satellite downlink and uplink operations. This position requires one to possess
intermediate knowledge in all earth station operations and maintenance. This position also has leadership
responsibilities to include training, documentation, and mentoring.


  • Leads the fabrication and installation of equipment racks, equipment and rack hardware, waveguide assemblies,
    RF and data cables, and fiber optic equipment and cables.
  • Provides technical drawings and documentation of equipment installations and configuration changes.
  • Conducts training and mentoring for less experienced technicians.
  • Acts as a technical advisor to ESO technicians and other departments.
  • Possesses intermediate knowledge in the function and operation of antenna tracking systems, traveling wave
    tube (TWT) and klystron amplifiers, up-converters, down-converters, fiber optic transmitters/ receivers,
    modulators, RF matrix switches, and monitoring & control systems (M&C).
  • Proficient in the operation of broadcast transmission test equipment. These include, but are not limited to,
    spectrum analyzers, network analyzers, RF signal generators, fiber optic test sets, RF detectors, oscilloscopes, RF
    power meters, and multimeters.
  • Composes and contributes technical data to shift reports, service outage reports, maintenance tickets,
    department procedures, and purchase orders.
  • Assists in managing and leading department projects.
  • Performs component level troubleshooting and repair of high power amplifier equipment (including TWTAs and
    Klystrons), fiber optic systems, up-converters, down-converters, RF switching units, antenna tracking systems,
    and earth station ancillary equipment.
  • Performs routine and non-routine operations, maintenance, and repair on transmit/receive and receive only
    satellite antenna systems.
  • Conducts and coordinates outage and restoral activities to include following operational procedures and
    escalation of notifications.
  • Performs additional duty management that includes, but is not limited to, tools, publications, test equipment,
    safety, preventative maintenance, drawings, and database management.
  • Performs broadcast operations to include quality service monitoring, reporting, path swaps, slating, and
    configuration verification.
  • Performs weather operations during inclement weather using local weather operations procedures.
  • Performs shipping, receiving, security, escort duties, and any support activities as required.
  • Participate in and support continuous improvement initiatives to increase effectiveness and efficiency of
    processes and procedures.
    Basic Requirements:
    • Possesses an intermediate level of computer software skills with business software to include, but not limited to
      word processors, spreadsheets, databases, email, slide presentations, and technical drawing software.
    • Possesses a basic level of computer software skills with business software to include, but not limited to, a word
      processor, spreadsheet, database, email program, and a slide presentation program.
    • Familiar with basic network computer configurations (e.g. IP addresses, subnet masks, default gateways).
    • Ability to apply/perform mathematical concepts including algebra, logarithmic functions, and trigonometry.
    • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
    • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical documentation, procedures, and drawings.
    • Ability to compose and present written reports and proposals to management.
      • 3-9+ years of progressively related experience.
      • High School Diploma/GED and vocational education preferred.
        Working Conditions:
        This position requires shift work in/near a normal office environment. Work is also conducted outdoors in all weather
        conditions sometimes at heights reaching up to 50 ft. In addition, this position also requires working around high
        voltage and RF radiation.
        While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk, sit, climb ladders, lift up to 100
        lbs. with assistance, use hands and fingers to handle, feel, reach (with hands and arms), balance, stoop, kneel, crouch,
        crawl, distinguish colors, talk, and hear.
        Compensation: $16.00/Hour - $23.83/Hour
        From versatile health perks to new career opportunities, check out our benefits on our careers website .

        Employment is contingent on Successful completion of a pre-employment screen, which may include a drug test.

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