Senior Principal Systems Engineer, ChulaVista, California

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ChulaVista, California

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United States of America


HCA21: Aerostructures – Chula Vista 850 Lagoon Blvd, Chula Vista, CA, 91910 USA

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Collins Aerospace Aerostructures is looking for a Senior Principal Systems Engineer who will be a specialist for high temperature pneumatic valves and their integration into aircraft engines and nacelles. This role requires expertise in the design of pneumatic valves and will be considered a subject matter expert within the organization. Knowledge of equipment and design engineering along with qualification testing, system validation and verification will be required. Knowledge of propulsion systems and anti-icing systems is strongly preferred.  You will be a focal point of contact for suppliers, customers, and internal leadership.

The position is working in a Hybrid capacity at our Chula Vista CA facility. Relocation assistance is available.

Primary Responsibilities

Manage the requirements, design, and qualification of pneumatic high temperature valves and anti-icing systems
Lead root cause investigations into technical issues for pneumatic valve and other electromechanical components
Communicate with suppliers, external customers, and senior leadership regularly to discuss technical issues and resolution
Lead strategic initiatives to develop future valve and anti-icing system architecture
Visit suppliers as required for process improvements, product enhancements, failure investigations and testing
Lead system architecture, supplier selection and technical assessment for new programs
Establish and mature relationships across departments for technical alignment, problem resolution and customer support (aftermarket, supply chain, program office, finance)
Mentor and coach a multi-disciplined engineering team in a fast-paced environment
Able to travel up to 25% domestically and internationally when circumstances permit
Perform other duties as required

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree (typically in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM)) and a minimum of 10 years of prior relevant experience unless prohibited by local laws/regulations
Advanced Degree in a related field and minimum 7 years’ experience OR
In absence of a degree, 14 years of relevant experience is required
Must be a U.S. Person/Permanent Resident “Green Card” holder
Experience with high temperature pneumatic valves
Able to communicate and make presentations to senior level leadership

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with design and qualification requirements for aircraft propulsion systems
Knowledge regarding turbine engines including compressor stages and bleed air
Experience managing a group of engineers
Experience with high cycle fatigue testing and analysis
Experience with RTCA DO160 testing
Understanding of LEAN/Continuous Improvement
Experience with aerospace control systems
Important to be creative, analytical, self-starter, energetic and work well in a team environment at all levels of organization

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 Advanced Structures team leverages advanced materials and additive manufacturing to develop complex interior and exterior solutions. These solutions ensure structural integrity of the aircraft, help aircraft take off and land, stay trim in the air, move forward, carry cargo and conduct rescues. We delight our customers with superior products and best-in-class service. Our global team is committed to continuous improvement – we work hard to make our solutions lighter-weight, stronger and more technically advanced, so that plane travel can be safer, more affordable and more sustainable in the years to come. We are looking for the best and brightest to fly and land with us! 

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

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