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General Engineer, Fort Belvoir, VA ID#19029 Active Secret Clearance. Top-Secret Preferred

Join the team who values your skills and expertise. From intelligence and cybersecurity to vulnerability assessment and mission assurance, Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs (CNSP) brings experience and results. Building on a reputation as a dedicated, disciplined and tightly-knit organization, CNSP supports DOD and other federal clients in their critical, strategic and operational programs. CNSP is looking for qualified talent to give our clients the support they deserve and the quality they expect from our team – a team of experts, like you.

Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs is part of Cherokee Federal – a team of tribally owned federal contracting companies focused on building solutions, solving complex challenges, and serving the nation’s mission around the globe for more than 60 federal clients. For more information, visit



We are seeking an Engineer to assist the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Mission Assurance Department. The General Engineer will conduct installation infrastructure vulnerability assessments of water, wastewater, electricity, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), petroleum products, fire protection infrastructure, generators, and natural gas systems that directly support the Mission Assurance Programs on DoD installations.



  • Assess the water system vulnerability assessment and fire risk management surveys conducted by the installation.
  • Conduct Structural Engineering vulnerability assessment of perimeter, Access Control Points, facility standoff, facility protection in support to the Mission Assurance
  • Conducting vulnerability assessments of the above utilities to identify single points or lines of failure to terrorist attacks, insider actions, or natural disasters.
  • Surveying HVAC systems for ground level air intakes and shut down switches.
  • Assessing the supporting infrastructure for critical assets, including communication hubs and command and control facilities.
  • Assessing fire protection infrastructure for adequacy to protect critical assets and primary gathering buildings.
  • Assessing lightning protection and preliminary Electromagnetic Pulse protection/requirement for critical facilities.
  • Assessing existing facilities, future facilities and all other planned facilities considering standoff requirements IAW Unified Facility Criteria, CCMD OPORDS and related DoD documents.
  • Reviewing protection-related documents including; AT Construction Annex, Barrier Plans, and related Annexes.
  • Identifying probably natural hazards that could affect the mission survivability of mission critical facilities and assets.
  • Preparing Engineering tutorial and presenting during assessments when requested by the assessed location.
  • Evaluating and making recommendation to MILCON projects under design.
  • Preparing Assessment Team Reports based upon vulnerabilities observed during the assessments.
  • Conducting blast analysis utilizing “Vulnerability Assessment and Protection Options (VAPO)” and other comparable software program, assess damage to facilities and personnel, and provide recommendations to reduce the blast effects.
  • Conducting other assessment areas defined by the SME Benchmark matrix.



This position will not have supervisory authority.



  • Active Secret Clearance Preferred. Top Secret Clearance Required. 
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering is required.
  • Five years’ experience editing or technical writing experience preferred.



  • Ability to evaluate designs and provide recommendations as needed.
  • Knowledge of risk management concepts employed by DoD or Department of Homeland Security.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Unified Facilities Criteria associated with design, infrastructure, DoD AT Minimum Building Standards, minimum standoff distance, fire protection, etc.
  • Experience conducting vulnerability assessments in the engineering discipline.
  • Ability to effectively communicate via written and oral means.
  • Ability to write well understood assessment reports.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks with little to no supervision.
  • Trained or ability to complete training on the Vulnerability Assessment Protection Option (VAPO) software.
  • The ability to pass a federal background check and a drug screen.



The duties of this position are primarily performed in a climate-controlled office environment. Occasional travel and overnight stay may be required.


About Cherokee – Federal
Cherokee Federal – a division of Cherokee Nation Businesses – is a team of tribally owned federal contracting companies focused on building solutions, solving complex challenges, and serving the nation’s mission around the globe for more than 60 federal clients. Our team of companies manages nearly 1,000 projects of all sizes across the construction, consulting, engineering and manufacturing, health, and technology portfolios.

Since 2012, the Cherokee Federal team of companies has won more than $5 billion in government contracts. Our 3,000+ employees work in 26 countries, 50 states and 2 U.S. territories.

Why choose Cherokee Federal? Visit our website and learn about the great reasons to join our team.



Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

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