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Business Unit Collins Aerospace Req ID 01420224 Date posted 02/01/2021 City Richardson State/Province Texas Country/Region United States

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United States of America


HTX36: Richardson, TX 3200 E Renner Rd , Richardson, TX, 75082-2402 USA

Our growing team is looking for a motivated, confident and experienced leader to enable our Integrated Mission Systems Engineering (IMSE) team to create airborne, ground and maritime products and systems that make our war-fighters safer and more effective.  If you are enthusiastic about this mission, we want you to join our team.

As a Principal Communications Systems Engineer, you will be working on communication solutions integrated on strategic platforms.  The main responsibility is to focus on customer needs and requirements in order to design, develop, document and test hardware and software systems, ranging from black box to the extremely complex end-to-end platform systems.

Job Responsibilities

  • Serve as the Lead Communications Systems Engineer on the design and development of complex military communication systems

  • Technically plan, execute and manage their project tasks to meet programmatic needs

  • Develop platform use cases based on customer concept of operations through regular customer interaction

  • Create and present task status and technical solutions to team members, engineering leadership and customers

  • Develop communication systems requirements based on product, system level and customer requirements

  • Oversees the development of signal processing, waveform design, and analysis

  • Lead early project risk identification and development of mitigation plans

  • Adherence to the Collins Aerospace process methodologies while developing and managing commitments to meet engineering financial, schedule, and deliverables

  • Utilize experience and interpersonal skills to drive teams to success

  • Execute to developed Technical Program Metrics

  • Ability to work within a team environment to resolve complex issues

Basic Qualifications (Required)

  • Experience with Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) using modeling languages such as SysML and/or UML  

  • Comprehensive knowledge of the design methods, architecture / system impacts to mission operations, fielding and operational concerns of communications and RF subsystems

  • Comprehensive knowledge of link budget analysis, propagation theory, antennas, and RF Cosite Mitigation techniques

  • Comprehensive knowledge of antenna design, filters, and electromagnetic theory 

  • Experience with integration and test of ground and/or airborne platforms and communication systems

  • Experience with platform-level RF modeling and analysis tools (e.g. Ansys HFSS and EMIT)

  • Experience with leading investigations for complex, systems-level problems and recommending solutions to address problems

  • Strong background in LF/VLF, HF, VHF/UHF subsystem design, integration and test

  • Knowledge of full lifecycle design and development processes with practical experience in multiple phases of the system life cycle: requirements derivation, design, development, integration, validation/verification, sustainment, and decommissioning or retirement of the system.

  • Must be a U.S. citizen

  • Must have or be capable of obtaining a US Department of Defense (DoD) security clearance.  Candidate selected will be subject to a government security investigation/reinstatement and must meet eligibility requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree and 10 years of relevant experience OR

  • Advance degree and 7 years of relevant experience OR

  • In absence of a degree, 14 years of relevant experience is required

Preferred Qualifications

  • Able to investigate problems to the root cause and then champion the creation and implementation of corrective actions

  • Experience with MBSE design tools such as Enterprise Architect, Cameo, or equivalent

  • Working knowledge of bidding and project/task estimation tools (e.g. SEER products)

  • Demonstrated leadership of a team of Communication and RF Engineers in an Integrated Product Team (IPT) organizational structure

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks while balancing priorities and schedules and take technical direction from technical architecture and program management leadership

  • Experience with creating and executing test procedures to support the qualification of products to Government standards

  • Experience with Numerical Electromagnetics Code modeling

  • Experience with Microwave Office

  • Experience with Earned Value Management System (EVMS) methods

  • Active or current DoD Secret clearance with ability to obtain a Top Secret clearance

Collins Aerospace, a Raytheon Technologies company, is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Collins Aerospace has the capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and expertise to solve customers’ toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market.

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 Diversity & Inclusion Statement:

Diversity drives innovation; inclusion drives success. We believe a multitude of approaches and ideas enable us to deliver the best results for our workforce, workplace, and customers. We are committed to fostering a culture where all employees can share their passions and ideas so we can tackle the toughest challenges in our industry and pave new paths to limitless possibility.


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, including a Lifetime Income Strategy option

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • Life insurance and disability coverage

  • Optional coverages you can buy: Pet Insurance, Home and Auto, additional life insurance, accident insurance, critical illness insurance, group legal

  • Ovia Health, fertility and family planning

  • Employee Assistance Plan, including up to 5 free counseling sessions

  • Redbrick - Incentives for a Healthy You

  • Autism Benefit

  • Doctor on Demand, virtual doctor visits

  • Adoption Assistance

  • Best Doctors, second opinion program

  •  And more! 

Nothing matters more to Collins Aerospace than our strong ethical and safety commitments. As such, all U.S. positions require a background check, which may include a drug screen.


  • Background check and drug screen required (every external new hire in the U.S.)

  • Drug Screen only performed on re-hires who have been gone for more than 1 year

Raytheon Technologies 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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