KC-135 Senior Systems Engineer/Test Director (Onsite), CedarRapids, Iowa

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CedarRapids, 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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The KC-135 Stratotanker provides the core aerial refueling capability for the United States Air Force and has excelled in this role for more than 60 years. This unique asset enhances the Air Force’s capability to accomplish its primary mission of global reach. It also provides aerial refueling support to Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and allied nation aircraft. The KC-135 is the backbone of the USAF refueling fleet and is scheduled to remain so for decades to come.

This position is for an on-site Senior Systems Engineer for the KC-135 Tanker Systems Team within the Military Avionics & Helicopters department of Avionics Engineering at Collins Aerospace.  The position is in Cedar Rapids, IA.  This position is a Systems Engineer/Test Director leading and enabling System Integration Lab (SIL) testing for multiple domains, as well as planning and executing aircraft ground and flight tests on United States Air Force KC-135 programs.

Typical responsibilities include:

System development in all systems and technical elements of an entire development project. (Capturing system requirements through Validation & Verification)

Ensuring that all test activities are completed per the Integrated Test Management Plan (ITMP), the Aircraft Test Plan (ATP), and the Collins Aerospace Technical Consistent Process (TCP).

Working with Collins software and hardware teams, technical program managers, and systems leads to develop test plans and schedules.

Serving as the primary Collins test representative to the government Integrated Test Team (ITT).

Supervising and managing the KC-135 SILs and test stands.  Performing SIL troubleshooting and repairs in conjunction with other Collins specialties.             

Performing as the bid lead of testing efforts for proposals.

Mentoring other system engineers.

Working with the end user customer in a professional and collaborative manner.

Able to advocate for the Collins position with the government test stakeholders.

Basic Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of prior relevant experience OR

Advanced Degree in a related field and minimum 3 years of 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.

Candidate will be required to travel approximately 25% of the time, primarily domestically with some international travel.

Applicant must be capable of obtaining a U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Security Clearance, and U.S. Citizenship is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Aircraft systems or test experience with military aircraft (KC-135 desirable).

Aircraft flight test or engineering experience with military air refueling, tanker and/or receiver.

Knowledge and experience working with avionics military and civil regulatory and certification requirements.

Experience with Agile development method.

Experience with Digital Engineering tools and methods.

Knowledge in the areas of earned value and risk management.

Experience and ability to effectively use DOORS/JAMA/JIRA and ALM tool suite.

Adaptable and emotionally flexible to changes in assignments, responsibilities, and resources.

Highly self-motivated and contributing to a positive work environment.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills, to include experience and ability to effectively use Microsoft Project, PowerPoint, and Excel to author complex deliverable products.

Works successfully in team-centric environments.

Physically capable of participating in ground and flight test.

Advanced understanding of cockpit instrumentation and procedures.

Intimate knowledge of systems engineering processes and tools, and the ability to manage projects.

Willing to work beyond 40 hours per week as requested as a full-time salaried employee. 

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 flight deck solutions, airborne communications, vision systems, sensors and fire protection for commercial and military customers around the world. That means we’re helping people reach their destination safely and keeping pilots, passengers, flight crews, airlines, airports and military personnel 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.

We make modern flight possible for millions of travelers and our military every second.  Our major product lines are on-board virtually every aircraft flying. Be it keeping passengers safe with our emergency power generation systems, or creating a positive in flight experience through reliable cabin pressure controls and quieter engines, Power & Controls focuses on delivering a best-in-class experience to our customers. We hire the top people in the industry. Their ideas drive our performance, and their integrity keeps our customers happy. Join us as we take flight!

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. 

Regardless of your role type, collaboration and innovation are critical to our business and all employees will have access to digital tools so they can work with colleagues around the world – and access to Collins sites when their work requires in-person meetings.

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.


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

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