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UAS Program Engineer

Location: Washington, DC Categories: Engineering Req ID: 2022-6645 Potential to Telecommute: Hybrid

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Position Overview:

Modern Technology Solutions, Inc. (MTSI) is seeking a highly skilled UAS Program Engineer to join our team supporting CBP-AMO Headquarters/UAS Program Management Office in Washington, D.C.  You will support the Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations Unmanned Aircraft System programs.

At MTSI, our more than 1,400 co-owners recognize the high demand for specialized professionals within our industry and that you have many options to choose.  As an employee owned company where culture matters, we believe that by investing in our people we are investing in our company’s future!  

MTSI’s core capabilities are Systems Engineering and Integration, Modeling and Simulation, Test and Evaluation, Acquisition and Program Support, and Mission Assurance services. Our expertise includes ballistic missile defense, air defense, air vehicle survivability, unmanned aircraft, flight test operations, intelligence support, and cyber/space/homeland defense.

Recognized as an "employee comes first" company with over 27 years of consecutive growth we challenge our co-owners to provide the highest level of support and service, and reward them with some of the best benefits in the industry.  Day one all new co-workers start accruing PTO at a rate of 20 days, 6% 401k match with immediate vesting, semi-annual bonuses, and eligibility to participate in our Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).  We offer other employee focused benefits, including up to $10k in tuition reimbursement and an optional zero dollar deductible BCBS health insurance plan.

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As a UAS Program Engineer with MTSI you shall assist CBP-AMO Headquarters/UAS Program Management Office in (Washington, D.C.) supporting Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations Unmanned Aircraft System programs.

Your essential job functions will include but may not be limited to:

  • Engineering and logistics planning for UAS systems.
  • Support acquisition planning for UAS systems.
  • Technical and systems evaluation of new systems, to include UAS aircraft, sensors and communications systems.
  • Assist with development of Statements of Work, equipment lists, and technical data packages
  • Coordinate and review final technical documentation to include specifications, engineering reports, and maintenance and user manuals
  • Perform unmanned aircraft testing, to include test planning, range coordination, execution, data collection and analysis, post-test reporting, documentation, and briefing of test results of ground and flight tests and evaluations of aircraft and aircraft systems and sensors.
  • Provide strategic guidance to CBP personnel engaged in UAS program development; this will include activities such as: maritime applications, increased weather capability, sensor development for maritime, border, and special location applications, improving UAS mission effectiveness, modelling and simulation, personnel staffing, data transfer input into and out of specified command and control facilities.
  • Program development will be executed through the specified guidelines of current operational and procurement procedures established at CBP.
  • Serve as a UAS program facilitator/ambassador to other governmental agencies requiring UAS services and/or operating UAS programs.


  • 8 - 12+ years' of relevant experience in manned or unmanned aircraft system acquisition.
  • 4+ years' DOD/DHS program experience in engineering and logistics.
  • Familiarity with DOD aircraft and mission equipment, to include aircraft flight testing.
  • Requirements Analysis and Management experience.
  • Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS) Documentation experience.
  • Professional, effective communication and presentation skills, both oral and written. 

Desired Requirements:

  • UAS experience.
  • DoD Program/Project Management experience.
  • Air Vehicle/Systems Engineering experience.
  • DoD Programming, Planning, and Budgeting experience.

Education Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering plus 12 years of relevant experience in manned or unmanned aircraft system operation and/or acquisition. 
  • Master’s degree in Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering plus at least 8 years of relevant experience.

Certifications Desired:

  • DoD (or DHS equivalent) Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA)/Acquisition Core Certified:
    • Level III in Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering.
    • Level III in Test and Engineering.
    • Level II in Career Field Life Cycle Logistics.

Clearance Requirements:  

  • None to start, but must be Secret Eligible.
  • Individual must submit to a CBP BI; a favorably adjudicated BI will be required to maintain this position.
  • Active Secret Clearance, (Desired).
  • U.S. Citizenship is required for this position.

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Opportunities at MTSI

MTSI maintains an outstanding work environment that includes competitive compensation, outstanding benefits, the opportunity to be an employee-owner, and challenging work assignments with significant opportunities for advancement/career growth. To be considered for employment opportunities at MTSI, you must complete an online application.

EEO Statement: MTSI embraces nine core values including our first core value of Employees come first. Consistent with our Core Values, we are committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action-Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, military/veteran status, disability, or any other characteristics protected by law. MTSI is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. If you are interested in applying for employment with MTSI and need special assistance or accommodation to use our website or to apply for a position, please send an e-mail with your request to Determination on requests for reasonable accommodation is made on a case-by-case basis.

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