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Physical Security Engineer

Type: Full Time

Location: Washington DC

Reports To: ARMADA HQ

Security Clearance Required:  Active Top Secret

Travel Requirement: 10%

Employee Referral Program: Yes

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Conduct physical security surveys and inspections, as requested, throughout 94 Client Districts comprising more than 250 facilities to determine if designated areas meet accepted standards for the safeguarding of life, property, assets and classified information. Draft results of surveys and inspections to include detailed evaluations and recommendations for review and revision in accordance with the Physical Security Specialist. This includes generation of cost estimates and/or Statements of Work.

  • Apply appropriate security standards during building design, upgrade and/or renovation phases to new, upgraded, or renovated Client spaces. The Candidate must be able to integrate all physical, technical and system security requirements, including but not limited to Hirsch Access Control, intrusion detection systems (IDS), closed circuit video (CCV), ballistic protection, and duress systems, into the overall security design, using AutoCAD, Visio, Microsoft Project and Microsoft Word.

  • Provide technical support on the following defined security systems, to include ACS / IDS / CCTV / intercoms; perimeter security systems, including portals / walk-through metal detectors (WTMD) / x-ray machines / gate / vehicle barriers; and door hardware.

  • Identify and diagnose issues for service / repair on ACS / IDS / CCTV / intercoms; perimeter security systems and door hardware.

  • Manage / track service history for all defined systems.

  • Meet with equipment vendors to discuss service / maintenance issues.

  • Create / manage service requests for all defined systems.

  • Provide escort to vendors for all defined systems.

  • Notify and work with building supervisory organization (SEPS) of issues with defined systems.

  • Test defined systems after repair to confirm proper functionality and close out service request.

  • Assist in review of alteration, expansion, and new construction documentation to identify security related items that require revision or further clarification to meet applicable standards. Provide technical assistance on physical security requirements and standards, especially during project development. Participate in project meetings with Facilities Management, Client field offices, other federal agencies and building contractors.

  • Provide technical assistance on physical security systems troubles and issues to the Client personnel, Regional Security Specialists, and other customers related to Hirsch Access Control, IDS, CCV, ballistic protection and duress systems. Assistance can be in the form of telephone/email support, remote in capability, or on-site visits.

  • Coordinate the installation of security systems with the Client, federal partners, and the security vendor. Assist the Physical Security Staff with the receiving and deployment of Government Furnished Security Equipment.

  • Take part in special projects and studies affecting the overall security of Client facilities and property.

  • Participate in cross-training and assist with the training of new personnel, as directed.

  • Submit time and expense reports per Company protocols, comply with Company and contract policies and procedures, support other duties as assigned by PM or Company Leadership.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs):

  • Ability to multi-task, pay close attention to detail, stay alert and focused, and coordinate and manage electronic security equipment.

  • Ability to use computer software applications including, but not limited to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, databases and email.

  • Possess excellent organizational and file management skills and the ability to plan and execute administrative work with little supervision

  • Possess excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to work independently with little or no supervision

  • Possess excellent typing abilities and the skill to prepare documents accurately with minimal errors.

  • Ability to professionally interact with customers, colleagues and command members at all levels; and to foster positive business relationships.

Minimum/General Experience:

The Physical Security Engineer shall have a minimum of 5 years of project management and physical security experience. The individual must have a documented work history demonstrating success at increasing levels of responsibility and project complexity in the area of physical security. The individuals must have good critical thinking and writing skills and the ability to facilitate complex discussions with stakeholders.

Minimum Education:

BS/BA in a related field. Five to seven years’ experience in physical security.


The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work to be performed. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of the contractor assigned to this position.

Special Notes: Relocation is not available for these jobs.

ARMADA provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. ARMADA complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. 

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