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Principal Network Engineer

Hampton VA General Dynamics Information Technology

Type of Requisition:


Clearance Level Must Currently Possess:


Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain:



No Suitability Required

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Job Family:

Systems Engineering

Job Description:

We are GDIT. General Dynamics Information Technology is seeking a Principal Network Engineer for our Air Force customer in Hampton, VA. If you are seeking an opportunity to support our nation's military, live in a place with low cost of living, low crime and on a program that has a lot of excellent opportunities within a Fortune 100 company – then this position is perfect for you!

The GDIT Air Defense Communications Service program and its employees have the responsibility of maintaining 99.999% availability for the DoD/Air Force Air Defense Communications Systems, 7 days per week, 365 days per year.


  • Analyzes customer requirements and solves unusually complex problems with highly innovative solutions

  • Provides expert knowledge for maintenance and upgrade of networks including servers, routers, switches, firewalls, remote access systems, and telecom equipment

  • Provides expert knowledge for maintaining network integrity and connectivity while ensuring compliance with policies and maintains system backup and recovery capability

  • Analyzes, evaluates and plans method of approach and organizes means to achieve solution of complex technical problems

  • Develops advanced engineering ideas and guides their development into a final product

  • Develops advanced solutions to a variety of highly complex engineering problems

  • Perform highly advanced network/systems design, development, and integration from the start of a project life cycle to the end

  • Provides and applies advanced engineering to highly complex infrastructures including installing, configuring, testing, and maintaining network devices, telecom equipment, radio equipment,  operating systems, application software, and system management tools

  • Provides and applies advanced engineering skills to highly complex systems modeling, simulation, and analysis

  • Performs continual maintenance and provides advanced solutions for security, backup, and redundancy problems

  • Prepares and maintains documentation for processes and procedures related to engineering projects

  • Maintains current knowledge of rapidly changing technology, always on the lookout for new technologies, and works with management to evolve current processes

  • Invents innovative ways to drive production operational efficiency

  • Coordinates the acquisition of hardware and software as well as subcontractor services as needed

  • Creates plans and configures systems for data communication networks

  • Designs and builds hardware and software components for computer or telecommunications networks

  • Evaluates new communications technologies to enhance capabilities of the network

  • Maintains current knowledge of relevant technology as assigned

  • Consults with executives and customers to deliver complex network solutions

  • May coach and provide guidance to less-experienced professionals

  • May serve as a team or task lead

  • Recognized as an industry leader in network engineering


  • Active Secret clearance

  • History of working in a Cisco environment

  • BA/BS (or equivalent experience), 15+ years of experience (or equivalent of total of 19+ years)

  • Must meet the certification requirement of DoD Directive 8140.01 and 8570.01-M

  • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) or higher – (Highly Preferred)

    • Lack of valid/current certification would be evaluated on a case-by-case basis for exceptional candidates with an extensive network engineering background.

  • Work is onsite in Hampton, Virginia

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Scheduled Weekly Hours:


Travel Required:

Less than 10%

Telecommuting Options:


Work Location:

USA VA Hampton

Additional Work Locations:

COVID-19 Vaccination: GDIT does not have a vaccination mandate applicable to all employees. To protect the health and safety of its employees and to comply with customer requirements, however, GDIT may require employees in certain positions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccination requirements will depend on the status of the federal contractor mandate and customer site requirements.

We are GDIT. The people supporting some of the most complex government, defense, and intelligence projects across the country. We deliver. Bringing the expertise needed to understand and advance critical missions. We transform. Shifting the ways clients invest in, integrate, and innovate technology solutions. We ensure today is safe and tomorrow is smarter. We are there. On the ground, beside our clients, in the lab, and everywhere in between. Offering the technology transformations, strategy, and mission services needed to get the job done.

GDIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status, or any other protected class.

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