Radio frequency (RF) engineers are responsible for performing research that furthers the success of intelligence sensors and surveillance radars, including research in the fields of bistatic, passive and active multiple inputs, multiple outputs, monostatic, and over-the-horizon radar.
RF engineers must expand their current knowledge about radio frequency sensor components, data collection, and analysis to improve radar designing, testing, and evaluation. They are tasked with using measures of performance, effectiveness, and suitability in the lab and creating systems which allow other engineers to test these areas in the lab, and some of their work may be directly supervised by senior management engineers. Senior engineers typically help RF engineers execute all aspects of data campaigns and collection, and cleaning and clerical duties may also be necessary in any given shift.
At least five years of experience in radio frequency are generally required for this position. Some facilities require at least a bachelor’s degree in engineering, while others may require a master’s degree. Knowledge of analytical software such as Matlab, C, or VHDL is also required by some employers.
Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer Tasks
Conducts research that tests and analyzes design, operation, and performance of components and systems.
Designs, develops, and maintains radio frequency systems.
Gathers information to prepare and present reports on project topics.
Performs bench tests and evaluates radio frequency systems.