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RTX Corporation Principal Electrical Engineer (Onsite) (Sign on bonus eligible) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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United States of America


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

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Our nation’s security and the safety of our service personnel hinge on the reliability and superiority of our technology. In the high-stakes realm of defense, where dropped calls are not just an inconvenience but a critical failure, the role you’ll play at Collins Aerospace becomes not only a job, but a mission. As part of our Communications Products Engineering Department, your work will directly contribute to keeping our warfighters a step ahead in hostile territories. We’re committed to providing high-capability, secure communication equipment that spans land, air, sea, and space. Join us in a role where your efforts ensure that our men and women in uniform stay connected and protected when it matters most.

We are seeking a Principal Electrical Engineer to assume a key role within the Communication Products Engineering Department in Mission Systems. This Engineer will lead the design and development of digital hardware used in high performance communication products that are critical to the defense of our nation, such as sophisticated software-defined radios and data links designed for use in various ground, airborne, and space applications. This position is located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Successful candidates should expect to be immersed in a fast-paced, team-based, and challenging technical environment where an individual with talent and initiative can stand out and thrive. To view more on Mission Systems, click here:

What YOU will do:

  • Collaborate with a multi-discipline team of Engineers to develop proven hardware designs that meet system performance and operational specifications.

  • Lead and perform circuit card design lifecycle activities including requirements capture, schematic capture, design documentation, signal integrity analysis, creation of board stackup and routing instructions, coordination and review of printed wiring board layout, creation of test plans, root cause analysis, and integration. Designs will include the use of FPGA, processors, and DDR memory components, and industry interfaces, such as Ethernet, I2C, SPI, and UART. Generate Printed Wiring Board (PWB) layout constraint guidelines and oversee the routing, layout, fabrication, and assembly of complex designs.

  • Prepare and present project and/or technical information to technical staff, program leadership, management and customers. This includes producing technical documentation, including specifications, hardware design documents, and test plans.

  • Test and troubleshoot electronic circuitry. Includes support lab of design verification testing for circuit card assemblies.

  • Perform trade studies as needed and select components necessary to implement the requirements. Includes supporting system architecture discussions where needed.

  • Mentor others in personal technical growth and may lead small teams to success with schedule, budget, and technical execution.

What YOU will learn:

  • Become an advanced subject matter expert in the domain area of high-speed digital design.

  • This role will provide opportunities to build skills that will help advance your career, whether that is in line to more technical roles, people leadership, etc. We are growing, so can you!

Education & Experience:

  • Requires a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering unless prohibited by local laws/regulations and minimum 8 years prior relevant experience or an Advanced Degree in a related field and minimum 5 years of experience or in absence of a degree, 12 years of relevant experience.

Qualifications you must have:

  • The ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. government issued security clearance is required.

  • U.S. citizenship is required, as only U.S. citizens are eligible for a security clearance.

  • Experience acting as a hardware technical lead on circuit card developments (including hardware designs with processors, FPGAs, memory, and industry standard interfaces).

  • Experience with all aspects of circuit card design from concept through delivery to higher level assemblies as evidenced by successful design completion.

  • Experience with schematic capture of electrical circuit designs. Includes familiarity with a schematic capture tool (examples may include Mentor Graphics xDxDesigner and/or Xpedition, Altium, Cadence Allegro, EAGLE, KiCAD, etc.) for creation of circuit card designs.

  • Hands-on experience testing circuit card assemblies and performing design verification activities.

Skills we value:

  • Ability to prepare bids and proposals.

  • Project management experience using Earned Value Management System (EVMS). Includes experience performing cost, schedule, and risk management for hardware development projects.

  • Experience with Agile for Hardware Development, including planning, tracking, and managing hardware development projects in JIRA is a plus.

  • Familiar with latest technology trends in the area of high-speed digital design, as well as microprocessor, memory, FPGA and interface protocols.

  • Experience with signal integrity and timing analyses for creation of robust circuit card designs.

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.

    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.

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

The salary range for this role is 96,000 USD - 200,000 USD. The salary range provided is a good faith estimate representative of all experience levels. RTX considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the role, function and associated responsibilities, a candidate’s work experience, location, education/training, and key skills.

Hired applicants may be eligible for benefits, including but not limited to, medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, 401(k) match, flexible spending accounts, flexible work schedules, employee assistance program, Employee Scholar Program, parental leave, paid time off, and holidays. Specific benefits are dependent upon the specific business unit as well as whether or not the position is covered by a collective-bargaining agreement.

Hired applicants may be eligible for annual short-term and/or long-term incentive compensation programs depending on the level of the position and whether or not it is covered by a collective-bargaining agreement. Payments under these annual programs are not guaranteed and are dependent upon a variety of factors including, but not limited to, individual performance, business unit performance, and/or the company’s performance.

This role is a U.S.-based role. If the successful candidate resides in a U.S. territory, the appropriate pay structure and benefits will apply.

RTX anticipates the application window closing approximately 40 days from the date the notice was posted. However, factors such as candidate flow and business necessity may require RTX to shorten or extend the application window.

RTX 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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