EMC/TEMPEST Technician (Apprentice) - Advanced Programs Inc

EMC/TEMPEST Technician (Apprentice) - Columbia, Maryland


Assist in conducting Electromagnetic Interference (EMI)/ Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), Material and Facility Shielding Effectiveness Testing and TEMPEST testing using an approved test plan to relevant government standards by performing the following duties and job requirements: Will train the right candidate!

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Knowledge of typical RF lab test equipment (Spectrum Analyzer, Oscilloscope, Receivers, Antennas, Amplifiers, Multi-meters, etc.)
  • Ability to read and understand schematics and technical manuals.
  • Read and understand the test plan including test setup, test modes, test messages, and test monitors.
  • Help install the Equipment Under Test (EUT) in the shielded enclosure in accordance with the test plan and current Test Standard.
  • Verify that the EUT is operational in all test modes.
  • Verify that the detection system test equipment is in calibration and that it is operating correctly.
  • Assist in performing test setup ambient measurements and detection system sensitivity measurements.
  • Maintain test project log book and data sheets.
  • Assist in conducting the test in accordance with the approved test plan and the current test standard as specified in the SOW, quote, and PO.
  • Graph the test results using lab software.
  • Assist the Lead Engineer in performing EUT modifications, i.e. install filters, electronic components, shielding, etc. as necessary and verify that the EUT modifications perform as required.
  • Assist the Lead Engineer in preparing the Test Plan and Test Report as necessary.
  • Attend engineering meetings as required.
  • Able to use PC and be familiar with Microsoft Office software and tools.
  • Some travel may be required (minimal).



This job has no supervisory responsibilities.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Note: Will train the proper candidate as EMC/TEMPEST Tester. Chance for rapid advancement if candidate can achieve US Government TEMPEST Certification.


Associate's degree (A. A.) or equivalent from two year college, technical school or military SIGINT, COMSEC or INFOSEC training ; or six months to one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.


Ability to reduce data using RF conversion and correction factors to calculate final measurements (Voltage, current and power measurements). Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.


Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to sit during testing. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and color vision.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job in a test lab environment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Salary will be commensurate with experience.


Applicants must be able to supply references.

US Citizenship required for most positions. EOE/AA, M/F/D/V. Please send resumes and salary history to Advanced Programs, Inc. 7125 Riverwood Drive, Columbia, Maryland 21046 to the attention of Human Resources or email to hr@advprograms.com