Datalink System Engineer NGTS

Job Locations MD-Lexington Park
Work Region
Ability to Obtain Secret

Position Summary

At MAG, we provide and enable real-time situational awareness to help our customers make the world smaller and safer. We are laser focused on serving our customers by providing technical expertise, operational excellence, and flawless execution. Our success is due entirely to the high caliber of employees we recruit, hire, and retain. At MAG, we look for individuals who thrive in a high-performance environment where challenges are the norm and success is expected.


As a Datalink System Engineer, you will support the Next Generation Threat System (NGTS) development team and training device owners in a wide array of responsibilities. NGTS is a highly advanced virtual training system offering Navy and Air Force pilots the ability to train in a mission setting. The Next Generation Threat System product is a continually evolving synthetic environment generator that supports multiple platform/services training, testing, analysis and research, and development.


*** This is a Hybrid Opportunity - after initial on site training, expectation is 1/2 days a week onsite***

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Duties include, but not limited to:

  • Designs, documents, implements, and tests Datalink Simulation Models and associated simulator hardware.

  • Performs datalink software development based upon customer requirements.

  • Technical review of customer requirements and participate in test planning meetings.

  • Develop test plans and procedures, and schedules.

  • Execute test events, collect data and conduct analysis, create reports.

  • Operate data link systems and equipment.

  • Collaborating with team members.

  • Interfacing with datalink models.

  • Working with industry, SMEs, and operators to push the state of the art in simulation used for platform Operational Test and high-end training.


Minimum Requirements


Knowledge and Skills

The required skills and knowledge include:

  • Technical experience with Datalink Link 16.
  • Good understanding of basic computer networking.
  • Good understanding of computer system design and software development (C++ Preferred).
  • Ability to communicate and present technical details both written and verbally.
  • Must have the ability to accommodate a hybrid schedule (1-2 days a week in office) with a mandatory 2-3 month on site training period.

The minimum years of related experience required:

  • 3 year relevant Datalink Engineering



The minimum level of education required is:

  • BS in Scientific or Engineering Discipline.
  • Degrees in Aerospace, Computer Science, Data Science, Software Systems, Electrical, Electronic, Mechanical, Information Technology, Mathematics, Physics may qualify as substitute.


Desired Requirements


The desired skills, knowledge, and education include:

  • Technical experience with C Band, Ku Band, Common Data Link.
  • Technical experience with Link 11 and OTH Gold.
  • Technical experience with SADL, JREAP, Link-22, VMF, CSAR/CSEL, MADL
  • Knowledge of data analysis methods and tools.
  • Able to evaluate tactical communications emerging technologies.
  • Experience with Linux Operating Systems.


Other Qualifications


Outside of the above, other certifications, licenses, or clearances include:

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret security clearance.



Special Note

The position is contingent upon candidate’s ability to meet physical and medical requirements as needed by the position; including compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local jurisdictional requirements.

Government or customer site-specific requirements may include, but are not limited to, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination status, except in circumstances where a candidate is legally entitled to an accommodation.

Company Policy


MAG Aerospace (MAG) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to Diversity and Inclusion. We encourage diverse candidates to apply to our positions.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.
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MAG provides reasonable accommodation to applicants under the guidance of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam-Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, and certain state and/or local laws.


If you need assistance due to a disability, please contact the MAG Aerospace Recruiting email: or call (703) 376-8993.





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