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United Technologies Corporation Principal Systems Engineer - Military/Civil Avionics in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Job ID: 01347756

City: Cedar Rapids

State: Iowa

Country: United States

Category: Engineering, Systems

Job Type: Full Time


Date Posted:



United States of America


HIA32: Cedar Rapids, IA 400 Collins Rd NE , Cedar Rapids, IA, 52498-0505 USA

At Collins Aerospace, we’re dedicated to relentlessly tackle the toughest challenges in our industry – all to redefine aerospace.

Created in 2018 through the combination of two leading companies– Rockwell Collins and United Technologies Aerospace Systems – we’re driving the industry forward through technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for global aerospace and defense. Every day we imagine ways to make the skies and the spaces we touch smarter, safer and more amazing than ever. Together we chart new journeys, reunite families, protect nations and save lives. And we do it all with some of the greatest talent this industry has to offer.

We are Collins Aerospace and we hope you join us as we REDEFINE AEROSPACE.

Our Avionics team advances aviation electronics and information management solutions for commercial and military customers across the world. That means we’re helping passengers reach their destination safely. We’re connecting aircraft operators, airports, rail and critical infrastructure with intelligent data service solutions that keep passengers, flight crews and militaries connected and informed. And we’re providing industry-leading fire protection and safety systems that our customers can count on when it matters most. Are you ready to learn from the most knowledgeable experts in the industry, develop the technologies of tomorrow and reach new heights in your career? Join our Avionics team today.Collins Aerospace makes modern flight possible. Of course, that wouldn’t be possible without the capabilities and technologies of our organization, as well as our engineers – a highly skilled, accomplished network that spans more than 180 sites, 24 countries and 6 Strategic Business Units (SBUs).

Our industry-leading experts are setting the standards for the aerospace industry and paving the way for the future. But as new challenges present themselves, we need fresh, creative and motivated minds to overcome these hurdles, help us break barriers and achieve new levels of innovation. Do you have what it takes to join a global, diverse organization that doesn’t shy away from big opportunities? If so, we invite you to join our ranks and create the next generation of aerospace technologies.

Together, we will nurture an engineering culture that values intellectual curiosity, risk takers and integrity. A place where we will challenge ourselves, our teams, and the status quo and where we will work to find a way – the right way – to achieve what others can only dream of.

Job Overview

As part of the Military Avionics & Helicopters engineering organization, we bring civilian avionics technologies to military and special mission customers around the globe. We are a department of Systems Engineers and Project Engineers based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Our Systems Engineers typically have a background as a pilot, a degree in Aerospace Engineering, or Avionics industry experience in software development. We architect, integrate, and verify avionics solutions that are capable of performing in both civilian and special mission capacities. We work directly with customers around the globe to find solutions that fit their unique needs. The Mil-Civil Platform Systems Department is capable of delivering ARP-4754A/DO-178B civil certified solutions. We provide systems engineering through all phases of product development including: program pursuit and capture, requirements capture and analysis, system architecture design, requirements allocation and traceability, system / subsystem integration, system verification, system validation, and life-cycle product support.

Job Responsibilities

Systems engineering tasks include capturing and defining stakeholder requirements, system interconnect/interface design, coordination with design engineering and the customer, integration testing, and customer integration support. The candidate will also be responsible for providing direction, coordination, and control of assigned systems projects, including management of specific work packages for scope, cost, and schedule in accordance with established systems engineering processes.

Additional activities may include:

  • Serving as a systems architect or as the lead systems engineer on a program

  • Acting as a technical advisor to senior engineering and LCVSM leadership, while maintaining awareness of competition in external national or international organizations, the market served by the system and influence business unit market / product strategies

  • Developing technical & product roadmaps and competitive assessments in area of expertise

  • Lead technical proposal preparation and serve as a subject matter expert in non-advocate, internal and customer reviews

  • Mentoring team members on systems engineering activities such as:

  • Working with subsystem/domains to define and agree upon detailed requirements

  • Integration of applications with IMA platform hardware/software and with the complete avionics system

  • Engineering estimates preparation

  • System testing and completion of certification documentation

  • System architectural modeling, performance analysis and technical reporting

Basic Qualifications

  • This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in the appropriate discipline (STEM degree is highly preferred) and 10 years of relevant experience or an Advanced degree in the appropriate discipline and 7 years of relevant experience. In the absence of a degree, 14 years of relevant experience is required.

  • The candidate should possess a background in systems, software or hardware engineering

  • The successful candidate will be highly motivated, well organized and able to communicate effectively with other engineers, leadership and customers.

  • A background in aerospace, aviation and/or avionics is highly desirable but not an absolute necessity.

  • Domestic and International travel may be required.

Key qualifications we look for in our Systems Engineering team:

  • Involvement in a complex aerospace/aviation systems or subsystems development

  • Working knowledge of avionics and navigation principles.

  • Professional or recreational piloting experience

  • Familiarity with tools such as JAMA or DOORS, JIRA, Subversion, PREP (peer review tool)

  • Knowledge and experience working in an AGILE environment such as Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)

  • Experience with the Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion IPS or EDS Architecture

  • Knowledge and experience working with Avionics regulatory and certification requirements such as: TSO, DO-160, DO-254, DO-297, DO-178B/C, and ARP4754A.

Key skills for success:

  • Adaptable to changes in assignments and responsibilities.

  • Highly self-motivated and contributing to a positive work environment.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Works successfully in team-centric environments.

  • Desire to work as part of a global engineering team.

At Collins, the paths we pave together lead to limitless possibility. And the bonds we form – with our customers and with each other -- propel us all higher, again and again.

Some of our competitive benefits package includes:

• Medical, dental, and vision insurance

• Three weeks of vacation for newly hired employees

• Generous 401(k) plan that includes employer matching funds and separate employer retirement contribution

• Tuition reimbursement

• Life insurance and disability coverage

• And more

Apply now and be part of the team that’s redefining aerospace, every day.

United Technologies Corporation 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, age or any other federally protected class.

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United Technologies Corporation 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, age, or any other federally protected class.

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