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United Technologies Corporation Staff Mechanical Engineer in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Job ID: 01351288

City: Colorado Springs

State: Colorado

Country: United States

Category: Engineering

Job Type: Full Time


Date Posted:



United States of America


HCO01: Interiors (Seats) - CO Springs 1275 N Newport Road, Colorado Springs, CO, 80916 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.

Do you want to be a part of something bigger? A team whose impact stretches across the world, and even beyond? At Collins Aerospace, our Mission Systems team helps civilian, military and government customers complete their most complex missions — whatever and wherever they may be. Our customers depend on us for intelligent and secure communications, missionized systems for specialized aircraft and spacecraft and collaborative space solutions. By joining our team, you’ll have your own critical part to play in ensuring our customer succeeds today while anticipating their needs for tomorrow. Are you up for the challenge? Join our mission 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.

The Ejection Seat Lead Mechanical Engineer will lead other engineers in supporting the design, development, and testing of ACES ejection seat components and subsystems. The position will be the technical POC and will be responsible for provide engineering deliverables through all phases of development from concept generation through qualification testing and the initial production implementation. This individual will propose new technology, create innovative design solutions, execute design reviews, work directly with customers, and support testing of the ejection seat products. This position is a lead design and lead project engineering position. This position will occasionally serve as a lead test engineer and will be co-leading customer reviews along with the project manager.

Essential Responsibilities:

Responsible for being the technical leader for medium and large(>$1M/yr spend) ejection seat design projects.

Conduct requirements analysis and layout technical/design plans for the development effort as well as develop the requirement compliance plan.

Interacts with Business Development department to ensure customer satisfaction and garner program wins.

Assist the engineering manager by supporting the project manager in preparation of bids and proposals for small, medium, and large programs.

Successfully execute on design/development tasks required to develop and qualify aircraft ejection seats.

Utilizes NX 8.5 CAD software to produce 3D design models and to facilitate the drafting department in producing drawings

Review the work of other staff members and the UTAS Global Engineering Center-India (GEC-I) engineering team members to ensure requirements are met and are of high quality.

Work as the liaison between COS Design Engineering and GEC-I Engineering on technical design tasks.

Lead a cohesive engineering team and be the primary technical POC with the Integrated Product Development Team (IPDT) to develop various aircraft seating products.

Work as part of a cohesive test team testing ejection seats with state of the art anthropometric manikins (similar to automotive industry manikins) at ejection velocities from zero airspeed to beyond the speed of sound (800+ MPH groundspeed)

Review requirements and lead design reviews to evaluate new product design and functionality in support of meeting customer requirements and successful certification efforts.

Facilitate necessary customer requirement testing to ensure product safety.

Be the technical focal for customer technical communication

Leads the team in conceptualization and preparation of preliminary and final detail design and documentation of systems, components, and assemblies.

May occasionally design test fixtures, tooling, and aircraft fuselage mounts and undercarriages to mount to our track for our HMTF testing.

Adheres to all UTAS rules and codes of conduct.

Performs other duties as required.

Basic Qualifications:

This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in the appropriate discipline and 7 years of relevant experience or an Advanced degree in the appropriate discipline and 5 years of relevant experience.In the absence of a degree, 11 years of relevant experience is required.

Experience Required:

A minimum of 10 years of aerospace engineering experience.

A minimum of 5 years in a lead engineering role including experience leading product development projects through SRRs, PDRs, CDRs, TRRs, and PRRs.

A minimum of 5 years of experience working in an Integrated Product Development Team (IPDT) environment

Outstanding communication skills

Strong interpersonal skills and skills facilitating working in a teamwork environment

Strong analytical skills including strong knowledge of physics, dynamics, and statics.

Direct experience with manufacturing processes

Experience presenting design solutions to internal and external customers

3D CAD experience with high end CAD software (e.q. NX, Catia,)

US Citizen or Green Card required.


Five years of experience with the UTAS Product Introduction Process

Five years of Unigraphics/NX CAD experience including Team Center and Team Center Multi Site PLM experience

Experience with aircraft cockpit, crew station, escape system, ejection seat, or crew systems design

Experience working on military programs

Experience with machining, sheet metal, composites, and fabric design

Experience with energetic cartridge actuated devices or propellant actuated devices

Experience of aerospace specifications

Experience with FEA or Strength hand calculations

Experience with aerospace materials and associated manufacturing processes

Experience with electro-explosive devices

Experience working at or with Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman, Raytheon, the US Air Force, US Navy or other aircraft OEM customers.

Experience with lean principles, continuous improvement, or UTC Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE)

Experience with international engineering support groups

Skills Required:

The ability to visualize, design, and develop cutting edge mechanical structure, mechanisms, cartridge actuated devices, parachutes, head/neck protection devices, arm restraint devices, leg restraint devices, torso restraint devices, survival equipment, electronic sequencers, etc. to enable safe ejection that meets the very stringent department of defense expectations for ejection seat performance.

Strong leadership skills

Individual must be very detail oriented and thorough in the design activity due to the criticality of the ejection performance. A life is at stake with every part designed by the team and this engineering position.

Innovative, detail oriented, and dedicated to satisfactory completion of all elements of the design tasks.

Strong customer skills and customer focus (both internal and external customers

Ability to work independently but primarily as the technical lead for an integrated product team.

Ability to multi-task and prioritize both daily issues and long-term projects.

100% dedicated to following all safety procedures and precautions.

Excellent computer skills, including skill in Microsoft Office applications and the ability to learn new software.

Experience at troubleshooting including in depth root cause analysis and corrective action closure.

This position is a lead engineer position but does not have direct reports.


10% of time traveling - primarily to customer reviews, to support testing at our Utah Hurricane Mesa Test Facility, or other test facilities. Periods of travel up to 25% may be required for a short time during test phases of the development programs. Most travel is domestic. Foreign travel may be required on occasion but is not frequent.

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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