Engineering Assistant

Date: May 26, 2023

Location: Lexington, MA, US

Company: MIT Lincoln Laboratory


The Tactical Defense Systems Group works to understand air defense issues, in particular, air vehicle survivability, vulnerability of U.S. Air Force (USAF) aircraft to weapons systems, electronic countermeasures, and air surveillance for homeland defense.  The group focuses on understanding USAF and threat air defense systems through tests and measurements. Test activities include flight, field, and laboratory testing. The group operates two airplanes, all highly instrumented, and numerous ground systems as needed for test efforts. The group also develops new hardware for testing and prototype systems as well as for instrumenting existing sensors. The group's activities continue to evolve in parallel with USAF efforts, but the emphasis remains on providing answers to questions from our Air Force sponsors by conducting field measurements using state-of-the-art instrumentation and then analyzing the resulting data.


Position Description


  • The successful candidate will work with engineering project teams to support laboratory, field, and flight testing with, large system deployment and setup, site surveys, and logistics
  • Work with laboratory engineers to outline hardening strategies for devices to be transition from the laboratory to the field
  • Provide site survey services at potential installation locations to include identifying potential mounting locations, addressing power and communication connection issues
  • Design fixtures and support structures for the devices to be deployed
  • During system installations, the candidate will fully understand building rules and regulations and coordinate with the facility owner for expectations both during and at conclusion of the program
  • Lead large installations projects as required, but also serving as a contributing team member on others




  • 5 years of experience highly desired
  • Willingness to work in adverse conditions to include elevated roof tops and towers
  • Desired to have familiarity with coordinating logistics for heavy equipment like trucks, cranes, forklifts, and backhoes
  • Safety for one’s self and coworkers must remain a top priority
  • Strong communication skills to effectively work with many different laboratory departments such as purchasing, property, utility, trade shops, and travel
  • Must maintain multiple certifications: tower climbing, CPR, first aid, lockout tagout
  • Significant domestic and international travel to support field and flight test campaigns will be required
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a government top security clearance




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Selected candidate will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation and must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret level DoD security clearance.

MIT Lincoln Laboratory is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or genetic information; U.S. citizenship is required.


Requisition ID: 39823 

Nearest Major Market: Boston

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