Job Overview

Summary

NASA, the world's leader in space and aeronautics is always seeking outstanding scientists, engineers, and other talented professionals to carry forward the great discovery process that its mission demands. Creativity. Ambition. Teamwork. A sense of daring. And a probing mind. That's what it takes to join NASA, one of the best places to work in the Federal Government.

The Information Technology and Communication Directorate, Communications and Security Services Division, Communications Services Branch (Code 761) is seeking a highly skilled individual to serve as a Information Technology Specialist and member of specialized Network Support Committees.

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Duties

You will serve as an Information Technology Specialist in the Information Technology and Communication Directorate, Communications and Security Services Division, Communications Services Branch. You will coordinate with Human, Deep Space, Aeronautical and Scientific Satellite Projects to identify the requirements for global ground communication facilities and operations. Translates and finalizes these requirements into a specified number of voice, data, and message services. Uses knowledge of the complex voice, data, and electronic message transfer capabilities of the existing network in the identification of potential problems and in the provision of unique transmissions services, equipment, and circuit
arrangements oriented to specific and unusual NASA projects. This involves managers, tracking and
telemetry engineers, Control Center Operations Manager and NASCOM Operations Manager in the integration of communication equipment interfacing with the Project Center and computer systems.
Maintains close coordination with the Nascom Operations Manager to assist in resolving conflicts in the use
of available communication equipment interfacing with the Project Control Center and computer systems.
Includes requirements for switching and monitoring data bandwidth and the determination of the optimum circuit configuration consistent with the technical and operational capability of the complex commercial,
independent, domestic, international, military, NASA, and other government facilities comprising the NASA
Integrated Services Network (NISN). Reviews project implementation schedules to insure implementation of
ground communications services to meet project simulation, launch, and flight operational requirements.
This involves coordination with engineering personnel of the Division in the equipment procurement, delivery, and installation plans; the ordering of leased communications services; and as required coordination with the commercial common carriers and other agencies in providing new and existing communications services. Prepares briefing to project personnel, the Division Chief, Branch Head, and
others, the current status of the overall communications systems implementation for the project, including
the work accomplished, the work planned, and systems reliability predictions, the identification of problems
encountered, their solution and/or recommend solutions and plans. Interprets and evaluates voice and data
flow requirements for communications in support of spacecraft tracking, data acquisition and command
control operations of specific projects to determine their impact on present and future communications facility engineering requirements. Performs and/or conducts special studies and surveys of communication techniques, equipment, systems, or practices for improvement in the voice and data interchange within the NISN. Makes specific recommendations in the areas of facility, equipment, and system utilization, hardware, application, circuit routing, operating practices, performance parameters, modifications, maintenance, and other service improvements.