Acoustics Engineer: Arlington, VA


As an Acoustic Engineer assigned to the Office of Design and Engineering’s Electrical Engineering Division (DE/EE), the contractor provides a wide range of professional engineering services and technical consultation to management, other professionals, and contractors engaged to carry out the design and construction of projects in all acoustic and sound transmission aspects of the design and construction of safe, secure, and fully functional facilities at overseas diplomatic posts throughout the world. In furtherance of these responsibilities, the contractor performs tasks and assignments that include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:

  • Works closely with assigned design manager on the design of a specific engineering construction project, to ensure timely and correct technical information is available to top management;
  • Reviews and revises drawings, calculations, and specifications related to acoustics, including design proposals suggested by tenant agencies as well as other federal agencies whose requirements impact facilities. Correlates proposals with contract architects and engineers;
  • Develops and ensures the applicability of current engineering criteria (guidelines for agency-wide use) relating to the design of buildings; serves as an authority on acoustic design standards; and assists the Office of Facility Management in establishing criteria and standards governing aspects of facility operations, maintenance and repair;
  • Serves as a consultant to post management regarding buildings and sites that require acoustic or sound transmission concerns;
  • Provides a wide variety of expert-level and professional advice and assistance in the acoustic engineering field to include:    
  • Develop scopes of work, testing services fee estimates and assist with contract negotiations
  • Inspection and/or survey of installation practices for verification of contract performance requirements
  • Evaluation and testing of spaces to verify acoustic performance in new and existing US mission properties
  • Accompany Diplomatic Security teams on site security certification surveys and resolve technical acoustic problems as they arise;
  • Develop systems that both conform to technical and physical security
  • Reviews and make recommendations of approval for acoustic project plans; review acoustic engineering aspects of minor improvement proposals and maintenance and repair proposals; develop, design, and review projects related to the renovation of a building; review and consult on acoustic engineering aspects of buildings to be purchased or leased to ensure compliance with government criteria; and represent on technical acoustic/electrical engineering matters on interagency committees relating to OBO activities and policies associated with acoustic and electrical engineering design.


  • In response to inquiries from public, media, or elected representatives, contractor drafts statements, interpretations, or clarifications of United States Government policy, criteria, or procedures associated with the acoustic, audio/visual design, and electrical engineering aspects of OBO projects.
  • Develops and ensures the applicability of current engineering criteria (OBO guidelines for agency-wide use) relating to the acoustic, audio/visual and electrical design of buildings; serves as an OBO authority on acoustic, design standards; and assists the Office of Facility Management in establishing criteria and standards governing acoustics and sound transmission aspects of facility operations, maintenance and repair;
  • Manage projects and be able to research and gather information


  • The candidate must possess a bachelor degree in the field of Acoustic, Electrical Engineering, Architecture, or related field.
  • Minimum 15 years design experience is acceptable in lieu of a bachelor’s degree.
  • Secret clearance or U.S Citizen with the ability to obtain a Secret Clearance.
  • The Acoustic Engineer shall have no less than ten (10) years of demonstrated experience designing acoustics and noise control systems for commercial, municipal, or federal facilities. Contractor shall have experience designing buildings to ensure they comply with local noise ordinances and standards, minimizing noise caused by high way and air traffic, and ensure privacy related to secure operations. Knowledge or experience with architectural design and construction practices is required.
  • Mastery of the latest state-of-art architectural and/or acoustic applications and developments, and the ability to apply this knowledge to the integration of state-of-the-art sound countermeasures and/or reduction systems into the design and construction of highly sophisticated, secure, advanced-design embassy facilities. Mastery sufficient to serve as an expert in the full range of duties concerned with design and layout of acoustic countermeasures for use in multistory buildings, residences, and special purpose buildings owned and/or operated by OBO, and to fulfill the specialized security requirements of overseas diplomatic posts.
  • Mastery of design and construction practices and methods that ensure office and public spaces are in compliance of commercial and federal noise control performance requirements.
  • Mastery of applicable consumer statutes and regulations, as well as applicable industry standards.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of related engineering fields, such as mechanical and electrical engineering sufficient to effectively consult, interface, and partner with fellow professionals engaged in related aspects of assigned projects.
  • Ability to interpret plans and specifications for a variety of large and complex building projects, and to investigate extensive changes in design specifications, construction and materials proposed by contractors or others to accommodate conditions at construction sites and to expedite construction.
  • Ability to understand engineering principles and practices in foreign countries, to ensure that OBO projects are designed and built to OBO standards without conflict with the host country; including knowledge of local building specifications and building codes.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, on highly complex, controversial and time-sensitive matters, to highly diverse audiences at all levels of expertise and authority, both within and outside of government.

NOTE: These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work involved for this job.  It is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of this job.

The ALL NATIVE GROUP companies offer a rewarding career experience. In addition to dynamic career opportunities, we provide competitive salaries, excellent benefits, retirement funding, as well as ongoing training and professional development.

We are committed to providing the best possible climate for maximum development and goal achievement for all our employees. As subsidiaries of a Native-owned corporation with offices around the world, ALL NATIVE GROUP companies are proud to promote an inclusive and diverse workplace and respect the cultural traditions in the communities where we operate.

The ALL NATIVE GROUP companies are an equal opportunity employer. All applicants are considered without regard to age, sex, race, national origin, religion, marital status or physical disability. However, preference may be extended to persons of Indian descent in accordance with applicable laws.

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