Rockwell Collins Senior Systems Engineer - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in Sterling, Virginia

Requisition ID: 7295

Want to work with some of the most talented, dedicated people on the planet? Do you value relationships, commitment, innovation and integrity? Want to be a part of a company that has been named numerous times as America's Best Employer in Aerospace and Defense by Forbes magazine?

Then Rockwell Collins is the place for you. Join our team and build a rewarding career while helping to deliver the most trusted source of aviation and high-integrity solutions in the world.

We are currently searching for a Senior Systems Engineer - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to join our team in Sterling, VA (2300). A comprehensive relocation package is available for qualified candidates. Employing some of the most talented, dedicated people on the planet is not by chance. People from all over the globe choose Rockwell Collins as the place to build a rewarding career, while helping create and deliver communications, integration, and engineering solutions that our global customers demand so that our world keeps moving and stays connected. It's an exciting time to become a part of our team. Join us and discover how high your career can soar at Rockwell Collins.

Job Summary

Rockwell Collins Control Technologies Inc (RCCT) is the premier developer and manufacturer of flight control navigation and electronic engine control systems specializing in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Our success and rapid growth equal new opportunities for talented engineers to join our team. At RCCT you will work with enthusiastic and innovative business and technical professionals in a fast paced and positive environment. You will contribute directly to exciting projects on the cutting edge of controls technology.

Our group has become one of the go-to places for solving difficult flight control, estimation, and navigation problems. Our customers come to us because they know we have the skills, knowledge, and determination to tackle the tough problems and deliver products that work every time. Some examples of applications we support include:

– Unmanned aircraft landing systems

– Computer vision for precision pose estimation

– Hand-held targeting systems

– Fly-by-wire control systems for airliners

– Damage tolerant flight control for autonomous rotorcraft

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Join a team of Rockwell Collins engineers responsible for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles’ flight control and navigation systems.

The primary responsibility of this role is to lead development of real time navigation and flight control systems through the complete system development life-cycle in a multidisciplinary avionics and aerospace environment.

Job Responsibilities

  • Significant domain knowledge and knowledge of products, systems and applicable regulatory requirements in assigned portfolio (e.g. avionics products). May be considered a domain specialist or a generalist in multiple domains and/or systems area of expertise.

  • Serve as a systems architect or as the lead systems engineer to capture, analyze, decompose, translate and create requirements for systems of moderate to high complexity.

  • Develop functional, interface and performance specifications for hardware and software implementation. Identify and document architecturally significant requirements and technical risk areas.

  • Lead technical proposal preparation and serve as the subject matter expert in non-advocate, internal and customer reviews. Support elaboration of systems activities development plans in the context of a team and with program execution, including customization of systems development processes. Lead and/or participate in DAR and SysNAR's

  • Serve as the test lead in integration, verification and validation for products and subsystems of moderate to high complexity.

  • Estimate, track, manage and report status relating to technical, cost, schedule, and risk performance for assigned scope of work which may span across multiple projects. Decisions may have major impact on cost, schedule, and technical performance.

  • Serve in a design quality role (systems) helping to ensure that project planning is accomplished to the appropriate level of fidelity and that development teams are following appropriate processes.

  • Understand and utilize internal processes, methods and tools for systems development and documentation efforts. Develop and/or utilize prognostic metrics for system design and development. Review metrics and defects trends, identify systemic root causes and process improvements. Recommend new approaches, tools and techniques that drive continuous improvement in systems development processes

  • Maintain awareness of technology within the domain or system and develop technology strategies for the domain or system. Provide inputs to technical & product roadmaps.

  • Mentors product development teams in the utilization of the appropriate RC processes and tools during product development, thus increasing product quality and improving customer satisfaction.

  • Individual job duties may vary.

Basic Qualifications

A successful candidate will:

  • Possess a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related Engineering discipline

  • Have 5+ years of real time systems development experience including defining and documenting requirements, participating in software design and architecture development aspects, verification and validation activities at the system/integrated level

  • Have US Citizenship/Permanent Resident Status

A successful candidate may:

  • Have knowledge and experience with the aerospace industry, sensor fusion, vehicle control, and/or algorithm development

  • Have demonstrated team leadership experience

At Rockwell Collins, we believe a solid work-life balance creates a healthy lifestyle and inspires creativity and innovation. We value our people and invest in their development, growth and success at our company by providing development opportunities through Rockwell Collins University, networking, mentoring, and tuition reimbursement.

And that's just for starters.

Some of our competitive benefits package includes:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance

  • Three weeks of vacation for newly hired employees

  • Company-paid winter holiday shutdown for most locations

  • Generous 401(k) plan that matches 62.5 percent of the first 8 percent of eligible compensation you contribute (or 5 percent if you save 8 percent)

  • An Incentive Pay Plan based upon company performance

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • And more

Interested yet? Apply now and embark on your next worthwhile adventure!

Rockwell Collins is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other protected status.