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Field IT Engineer

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At a Glance

  • Full time

  • Washington, DC metro area

  • Starting salary: $63,503 – $112,240

  • US citizenship required (dual national US citizens are eligible)

This position was formerly known as Field IT Technician

As a Field IT Engineer for the CIA, you are responsible for the installation, operation, and maintenance of computer, network and telecommunications systems in Agency data centers worldwide. Participating in the full project life cycle, you will plan, upgrade, modify, configure and document communications systems and associated infrastructure. Systems include LAN/WAN technology, terrestrial and RF communications platforms (to include satellite, VHF/UHF and microwave systems), uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), cryptographic equipment and fiber optics. In a supporting role, you will also perform installation, operation and maintenance of AC power distribution grids, emergency power generators, transformers, automatic voltage regulators (AVR) and heating ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC).

The capacity and commitment to serve globally is essential. Field IT Engineers typically work overseas in a temporary travel status up to 50% of the time. Some assignments may be in difficult, harsh and challenging environments to include conflict zone and hostile locations. Opportunities to live and work overseas are also available and most Field IT Engineers live abroad at some point in their careers. Field IT Engineers receive benefits and allowances for travel that positively impact their overall compensation.

Offices of the CIA – Directorate of Digital Innovation

The Directorate of Digital Innovation (DDI) is at the forefront of defining the future of digital expertise within the CIA. DDI focuses on developing the workforce with cutting-edge skills, investing in IT infrastructure, and modernizing the way the Agency does business. DDI officers help accelerate the integration of innovative methods and tools to enhance the CIA's cyber and digital capabilities on a global scale and ultimately help safeguard our nation. Learn more about the Directorate of Digital Innovation.

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Life at CIA

In addition to a comprehensive benefits package, the CIA offers exciting career opportunities and a dynamic environment. We're on the forefront of world-altering events – as they happen. So working here isn't just a job, it's a mindset and a lifestyle.

US citizenship required (dual-national US citizens eligible). All positions require relocation to the Washington, DC metro area.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Associate/Technical degree preferably in a related STEM discipline to include:
    • Electronics and Communications Engineering Technology
    • Computer Network Systems
    • Computer Science or related field
    • Information Technology
    • Electrical Engineering
  • Or, equivalent relevant civilian or military experience (minimum of four (4) years documented experience) in the following areas:
    • Installation and maintenance of network infrastructure in an IT enterprise
    • Electrical/Electrician Trades
    • Data network installer
    • Applied Science for Electrical Technology
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to lift up to 75 pounds when supporting installations or special requirements
  • Ability to climb ladders, stoop, bend and reach for extended periods of time
  • Ability to travel to foreign locations to include conflict zones and hostile areas
  • Ability to work independently and closely with other professionals
  • Dynamic and flexible professional approach
  • Strong desire to learn
  • Accountability for actions
Desired Qualifications
  • Desired certifications include:
    • Project Management
    • A+
    • Network+
    • Security+
    • CNA
    • CCENT
    • Fiber Optics
    • Journeyman license or equivalent certification in IT Infrastructure or Electrical trade
    • OSHA certifications
    • BICSI certifications
    • NTT
    • IEEE
All applicants must successfully complete:
  • A thorough medical and psychological exam
  • A polygraph interview
  • A comprehensive background investigation

To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last 12 months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to 12 months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.

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    DO NOT submit multiple applications; this will only slow the review of your application and delay processing. Please read the Application Instructions carefully before you begin the online application process.

    Important application instructions for this position:

    The following items must be attached to your on-line application (PDF format preferred):

    • Resume
    • Cover letter in which you specify your qualifications for one or more positions. Please address why you want to work in this role and what differentiates you from other applicants.
    • Unofficial transcripts for all degrees

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    Posted: Sep 17, 2020 09:27 AM
    Last Updated: Sep 28, 2020 12:12 PM

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