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Senior Engineer, RF and Electrical (R&D)

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Businesses Collins Aerospace Job ID 01481317 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

Our goal is to create technologies that allow Collins Aerospace to differentiate our products from competitors and create new market opportunities through innovation. That means we need to take risks that, if successful, could lead to large rewards. We’re presently creating state-of-the-art micro-scale electromagnetic filters and other components with a proprietary additive manufacturing process for fabricating custom components for Radio Frequency (RF), microwave, and millimeter wave systems that push the state of the art for phased array antennas, radio communications, radar, and electronic warfare applications.

This candidate will perform research & development in Radio Frequency (RF)/microwave/millimeter wave filter and component technologies. We are looking for an energetic, highly skilled engineer with a strong background in electromagnetics and finite element field solver tools such as Ansoft HFSS and Dassault Systems CST Studio Suite to work and study onsite in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with our internal proprietary fabrication process. Successful applicants will collaborate in the development of new electromagnetic component designs and fabrication process by carrying ideas from concept and planning through design, simulation, fabrication, test, model correlation, process iteration, process troubleshooting, component release, and technology transition into Collins Aerospace product lines. Additionally, this position involves collaboration with program management, our talented multidisciplinary team, and internal/external customers.This position requires domestic travel up to 5% of the time.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Architect, design, simulate, layout, test, and troubleshoot component designs and fabrication process for communication, navigation, radar, and electronic warfare products (includes updates and clean sheet designs)
  • Direct layout for complex analog/RF/microwave/mmWave circuit card assemblies and package substrates
  • Create presentations explaining the approach and relevance to the design
  • Present technology concepts to customers/subcontractors in support of funding pursuits
  • Lead continuous improvement projects that result in new approaches and techniques to product development
  • Monitor performance of assigned project tasks (including technical, cost, schedule, design to cost, product integrity and manufacturability)
  • Define requirements for new designs and develop requirements specification
  • Perform architectural design including block diagram documentation, trade off studies and design reviews
  • Participate in collaborative efforts to creatively solve problems in innovative ways
  • Present technology concepts to customers/subcontractors in support of funding pursuits
  • Lead small project teams (2-4 individuals)
  • Train and oversee efforts of less experienced designers

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of prior relevant experience OR
  • Advanced Degree in a related field and minimum 3 years experience OR
  • In absence of a degree, 9 years of relevant experience is required
  • Engineering/Other Technical Positions: Bachelor’s degree (typically in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM)) and a minimum of 5 years of prior relevant experience unless prohibited by local laws/regulations.
  • Demonstrated background with electromagnetic finite element field solver tools such as Ansoft HFSS, Dassault Systems CST Studio Suite, and/or AWR (“Microwave Office”)
  • Demonstrated ability to design, layout, and analyze using Computer Assisted Design (CAD) tools
  • Must be able to complete meaningful work in the absence of complete specifications and help create design requirements as a work in progress
  • Demonstrated ability to create mechanical geometry in CAD tools
  • Demonstrated ability to work with high frequency Vector Network Analyzers (VNA)
  • Demonstrates technical knowledge/expertise in multiple technologies
  • Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot problems while integrating components or subassemblies
  • Demonstrated ability to design and capture electrical schematics and direct Printed Circuit Board (PCB) layout
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills, and data-driven decision-making
  • Experience in generating test plans, leading verification campaigns, writing test reports, and briefing customers
  • Excellent verbal/written communication and teamwork skills
  • Experience in identifying, communicating, and mitigating risks
  • Knowledgeable of industry trends within his/her domain
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a creative, as well as practical problem-solving environment
  • 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

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience designing high frequency electromagnetic filters
  • Experience in integrating RF components/assemblies with digital components including microprocessors, FPGAs, or programmable logic devices.
  • Experience in using transceiver components: filters, low-noise amplifiers, mixers, power amplifiers, power regulators/converters, switches, frequency synthesizers
  • Experience with additive manufacturing processes
  • Bid & proposal resulting in successful capture of funding
  • Experience with environmental effects testing

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, criticalillness 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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