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The FCC Is Looking for a Chief Engineer

Exceptional technical and interpersonal skills required

Postings for chief engineer positions are frequently sighted on various industry bulletin boards, as well as in the pages of Radio World.

But the ad recently posted by the FCC for its chief engineer position at the commission’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau is a bit different.

Here, the chief engineer acts as an advisor to the bureau chief and deputy bureau chiefs on all engineering and technical matters. He or she also works on specific assignments such reviewing complex or controversial technical proposals and studies related to wireless telecommunications services, and represent the bureau and commission in discussions with other federal agencies. 

The position requires not only advanced experience in fields related to wireless engineering, such as RF engineering and network deployment, but also exceptional communications skills, in order to work well with non-technical senior staff.

The WTB oversees nearly two million licenses, ranging from amateur radio to fixed microwave to mobile broadband services. The WTB also manages the tower registration process as well as interactive web tools such as the Spectrum Dashboard. The Mobile Wireless Competition Report, published by the WTB, is an annual assessment of the state of the wireless industry.

For the record, there is no single chief engineer of the FCC. Rather, most of the FCC bureaus have had their own chief engineer position. Applications must be submitted by July 19.

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