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Applied Research Associates, Inc.
Reston, Virginia, United States (on-site)
24 days ago
Applied Research Associates, Inc.
Reston, Virginia, United States (on-site)
24 days ago


The Capital Area Division (CAD) of Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) has an outstanding opportunity for an exceptional Electrical / Power Systems Engineer with experience in power generation and distribution systems. As part of the Counter-WMD Analysis Cell (CWAC), our tight-knit and highly focused team conducts detailed technical analyses of foreign, WMD-related industrial facilities, processes, and equipment using multiple intelligence sources, analytical tools, and engineering know-how. We also support a multi-disciplined team that performs Research & Development on technological applications for detecting, identifying, characterizing, modeling, and defeating WMD threats to support tactical and strategic planning efforts. In short, our CWAC team provides direct support to elements of the Intelligence Community, Combatant Command planning staffs, and operational units tasked with solving the most difficult problems involving the most dangerous weapons threatening the United States and its allies. The work is challenging, dynamic, relevant, and important to the security of the country.

Essential Functions:

  • Identify and characterize power generation and distribution system equipment.
  • Integrate an understanding of power system operations with industrial production processes to identify design flaws, capability limits, and potential failure mechanisms.
  • Support exercises that test and/or demonstrate new technologies, methodologies, and analytical tools that are under development.
  • Produce clearly written technical analyses and briefings at levels comprehensible to an audience ranging anywhere from the layperson to senior-level government representatives, to subject matter experts.
  • Share expertise with junior counterparts.


Required Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or equivalent degree, or an advanced trade school certificate with extensive experience in the electrical field and power generation.
  • 10+ years of experience solving electrical engineering problems
  • Practical electrical systems knowledge gained through design, construction, or facilities management work experience.
  • Working knowledge of the design and operation of power-generation plants (diesel, gas turbine, hydroelectric, nuclear, and/or coal-fired), main- and low-voltage transformer substations, power distribution grids, uninterruptible power supplies, and related components & subsystems.
  • Expert knowledge and use of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • An active TOP SECRET clearance and ability to pass a Counter-Intelligence polygraph is required.

Preferred Skills:

  • Direct experience supporting reverse engineering, threat analysis, and vulnerability/survivability assessments of WMD-related facilities, processes, and infrastructure (to include underground facilities)
  • Working knowledge of power system engineering/simulation software tools such as ETAP, NEPLAN, NAP, etc.
  • Military or defense-related experience and an understanding of operational planning and functional defeat of hard targets and underground facilities
  • Working knowledge of engineering, 3D modeling, and geospatial analytical tools to include AutoCAD, ArcGIS, MatLab, SketchUp, Skyline Software, RemoteView, etc.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 71464062
  • Workplace Type: On-Site
  • Location:
    Reston, Virginia, United States
  • Company Name For Job: Applied Research Associates, Inc.
  • Position Title: Electrical / Power Systems Engineer
  • Job Function: Electrical Engineering
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: Over 10 Years
  • Required Travel: 10-25%

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