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MA&H Principal Systems Engineer - Flight Test

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Businesses Collins Aerospace Job ID 01481443 Most Recent Date Posted 10/20/2021 City Cedar Rapids State Iowa Country United States

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United States of America


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

Job Summary:

The aircraft/flight test engineer (systems engineer) position within the Military Avionics & Helicopters Engineering organization requires a highly motivated person to participate in ground and flight test activities on military aircraft. The flight test engineer needs to be a self-starter with the ability to work independently as well as a member of the broader software development and flight test team. They will be required to work closely with the customer and certifying agencies to establish and conduct flight test programs in the pursuit of airworthiness releases. Specific tasks associated with this position include; formulating test requirements, preparing and coordinating test plans, orchestrating support and support facilities. Preparing flight schedules, test procedures, and associated test cards, conducted in various tools (DOORS, JIRA, PREP, and Microsoft). Participating onboard aircraft (both on the ground and in-flight) contributing to the overall test execution throughout; aircraft trouble-shooting, onboard data collection and post-flight data analysis, documenting all aspects of test events, issue investigation and resolution, and writing test reports, documenting test results in support of production airworthiness releases.

If you are looking for an exciting job, working on the cutting edge of software development through software integration and aircraft testing – supporting military operations helicopter avionics upgrades (CH/MH-47, MH/UH-60L/M, A/MH-6, then come join the Collins Aerospace!

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 8 years of prior relevant experience OR
  • Advanced Degree in a related field and minimum 5 years experience OR
  • In absence of a degree, 12 years of relevant experience is required
  • Engineering/Other Technical Positions: Typically requires a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) and a minimum of 8 years of prior relevant experience unless prohibited by local laws/regulations.
  • Ability to obtain a US Department of Defense (DoD) SECRET security clearance
  • Ability to obtain FAA Medical Class 3 flight physical for civilians who participate in regular flights aboard military aircraft but who do not operate aircraft flight controls
  • Ability to work 40+ hours and abnormal hours as needed.
  • Travel (domestic-US, and possible International) is required of this position, estimating 30% of the year.
  • Physical ability to climb on and maneuver within aircraft is required for this position.
  • Must reside or relocate to Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Collins Aerospace’s Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS) experience
  • 6-10 years minimum of flight test or avionics operations or avionics systems software/hardware integration.
  • Military and/or Private Pilot rating certifications
  • Aircraft flight test experience
  • Working knowledge/understanding of data busses and protocols (Ethernet, MIL-STD-1553B, and ARINC-429)
  • Aptitude for hands-on aircraft troubleshooting to solve issues rapidly uncovered in flight tests.
  • Experience with DOORS, PREP, JIRA, and Microsoft Office Suite is desired
  • Strong organizational skills including associated documentation
  • Communicate with a wide variety of technical and management personnel as well as the customer, normally active duty military and associated contractors
  • Research test requirements and prepare test plans, procedures, and flight cards
  • Analyze and perform data reduction (video, digital) using MATLAB, Wireshark, or other analysis tools

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.

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 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

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.

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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