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Hanscom seeks engineers, scientists, program managers for hire

Maj. Andrew Travis, right, Battle Management directorate weather division staff meteorologist speaks with Ted Papadopoulos, a foreign military sales chief engineer and Janna Miller, an FMS lead engineer at the Weather Engineering Facility ribbon cutting ceremony, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., Sept 5.

Maj. Andrew Travis, right, Battle Management directorate weather division staff meteorologist speaks with Ted Papadopoulos, a foreign military sales chief engineer and Janna Miller, an FMS lead engineer at the Weather Engineering Facility ribbon cutting ceremony, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., in September 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Maki)

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Hanscom’s top officials are looking for more than 45 computer scientists, engineers and program managers to help develop and field the latest weapon system technology.

Candidates can expect to work on tomorrow’s most advanced radars, communication and intelligence systems, command and operation centers, network infrastructure, and cyber defense systems, all while providing combat airpower to America’s Airmen.

“The Air Force is always looking for talented engineers and scientists to support our program offices,” said Ed Lee, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Hanscom chief of engineering resources. “This is a unique opportunity to support the country and have a real-world impact to the success of the warfighter.”

To qualify for consideration, applicants must have a computer science or engineering degree, preferably electrical. Positions are open for entry-level through senior and supervisory engineers.

“We have a large demand for those specialties and will look closely at anyone who brings us the right skillsets,” he said.

To ensure the weapons systems are up to par, the 96th Cyberspace Test Group, Detachment 1, is searching for computer scientists and test engineers to support test activities across the base, which often means taking systems to military ranges and using them in the air or ground side-by-side with other military capabilities.

“Testing is where the rubber first meets the road for most acquisition programs,” said Lt. Col. Josef Peterson, 96 CTG, Det. 1 commander. “It can provide some of the most exciting hands-on interaction with the Air Force’s latest systems.”

In addition to the engineer and test and evaluation specialists, there are more than 30 vacancies for program managers available on the installation. Program managers are typically team leaders and coordinators and work closely with personnel from other specialties, such as engineers, financial managers or contracting officers to acquire systems and execute Air Force missions around the globe.

“The opportunities for personal and professional growth here are abundant,” said Mike Giger, workforce management and development chief for the Program Management Functional Support and Management Division. “Plus, it’s very satisfying to work with teams focused on supporting national defense.”

Lee said he knows his team is competing for engineers in a highly competitive market in a high cost-of-living area. However, those seeking employment at Hanscom can take advantage of post-college development and intern programs that offer young engineers rapid promotion through federal ranks coupled with training and student loan repayment options.

Those interested in supporting the critical mission of providing advanced weapon systems to the warfighter and maintaining air superiority in defense of the U.S. and its allies can contact Lee directly at edward.lee.11@us.af.mil.