Principal Software Engineer (Hybrid), Cedar Rapids, IO

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa

The Collins Aerospace, Virtual Avionics Engineering (VAE) team in Cedar Rapids, IA is expanding due to increased demand for simulation training software that is derived from real-time aircraft operational flight programs and extended with ARINC-610 simulation standards and customer driven requirements.  The retargeted simulation software models aircraft systems from low level data bus flows to high level peer to peer subsystem communication and is built on top of proprietary graphics drawing libraries and runtime executives.  Resulting in high fidelity solutions that are optimized to range in use from Windows Desktop to Virtual Reality to certified Full-Flight Simulator applications.

This position supports training devices, software, and systems from moderate to high complexity while leveraging the latest in PC high-performance computing, gaming and display technologies for use in training and familiarizing Flight Crews and Ground Crews in the use of various Collins aircraft avionics systems from Commercial airspace to Military theaters. We are looking for motivated individuals with a keen desire to create innovative solutions and contribute with little oversight, sound judgement, and an eye for continuous product improvement. 

This is fast-paced development that requires ownership, attention to detail, and teamwork skills that contribute to a positive and productive work environment.  Development methodology is a hybrid of Spiral development and Agile planning and execution. We work directly with our customers to integrate and support our software in their training systems.  Both domestic and international travel to customer sites and industry demonstrations may be needed.

The VAE team also builds lower-level training devices by integrating our rehosted avionics software with Collins proprietary simulation environments and COTS equipment, see following links for examples:

This position will be worked Hybrid to our location in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Primary Responsibilities:

Systems-Software integration & review lead, bidding, planning, scheduling, technical cadence, subject matter expert, product owner

Expert Software Development in Windows MS Visual Studio with C/C++/C#, Ada, Python

Debugging real-time, multi-threaded applications and interoperable endian data marshalling

Troubleshooting hardware-software integration, shared memory and ethernet communication

Effective written and spoken communication skills, working directly with internal and external customers on issue resolution and management

This is a hybrid position and will be located in Cedar Rapids, IA; candidate should be local to the preferred location or willing to relocate. Ratio of time working onsite will be determined in partnership with your leader.

Basic Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree and 8 years of prior relevant experience OR

Advanced Degree in a related field and minimum 5 years of experience OR

In absence of a degree, 12 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 8 years of prior relevant experience unless prohibited by local laws/regulations.

Must be a US Citizen.

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.


* Please consider the following role type definitions as you apply for this role.

Onsite: Employees who are working in Onsite roles will work primarily onsite. This includes all production and maintenance employees, as they are essential to the development of our products.

Hybrid: Employees who are working in Hybrid roles will work regularly both onsite and offsite.  Ratio of time working onsite will be determined in partnership with your leader.

Remote: Employees who are working in Remote roles will work primarily offsite (from home).  An employee may be expected to travel to the site location as needed. 

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 program

Student Loan Repayment Program

Life insurance and disability coverage

Optional coverages you can buy: pet insurance, home and auto insurance, additional life and accident insurance,?critical illness?insurance, group legal, ID theft protection

Birth, adoption, parental leave benefits

Ovia Health, fertility, and family planning

Adoption Assistance         

Autism Benefit

Employee Assistance Plan, including up to 10 free counseling sessions

Healthy You Incentives, wellness rewards program

Doctor on Demand, virtual doctor visits

Bright Horizons, child and elder care services

Teladoc Medical Experts, 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.


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.

RTX Raytheon / Equal Opportunity Employer

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