Principal Project Engineer – SW RTE (Onsite), STERLING, VA


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Sterling, Virginia, USA

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HVA34: Sterling, VA 22640 Davis Dr , Sterling, VA, 20164-7104 USA

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Become part of an exciting team focused on the development of the systems and software for US Department of Defense training systems. This department is responsible for technical leadership for assigned programs and technologies such as simulation modeling, DevSecOps and Live, Virtual, Constructive enablers.

The Simulation & Training Solutions (STS) Defense Systems Engineering department seeks a Technical Project Manager (TPM) / Project Engineer (PE) to lead a team of engineers in the development of new and exciting simulation systems and products. The PE serves as the single point of contact for engineering on a development project. Responsible for the technical leadership and project management of the design & development activities, within the guidelines set by the Value Stream Leader (VSL) / Program Manager (PM), Engineering Leadership, and Customer.

This PE position is intended for one of our DoD programs. The role will include leading the development and execution of modifications to the baseline system. This PE position will include a component focused on bid and pursuit support, could serve as the lead on pursuit activities. Candidate should have prior engineering experience with developing in Agile teams and CI/CD development environments.

Candidates must have strong technical, leadership and organizational skills as well as project leadership/management experience. The candidate will be expected to spend a significant portion of their time in a direct technical role leading the current Increment execution. The candidate should show the ability to unleash energy within a team through passion, enthusiasm, and leadership. 

This position requires excellent written and verbal communication skills along with the ability to interface with Executive Leadership, Program Managers and Operations Managers across all business areas within Collins Aerospace. In addition to communication with those functional areas, the candidate should be able to demonstrate the ability to create and leverage powerful networks to get the job done. This position is located onsite at our Sterling, VA location.

Primary Responsibilities:

Engineering Information Data hub (Single point of contact for VSL/PM, Ops, Configuration Management (CM), Security, etc) for assigned program

Multi-disciplinary engineering team leader for systems, software, electrical, mechanical, and quality

Customer’s Technical Interface

Responsible to guide engineering development in accordance with the Collins Management Systems, Engineering Process, requirements, budget, and schedule

Develops and monitors project plans, schedules, and budgets for small to mid-size projects and suggests appropriate adjustments to ensure adherence to the established project plan, schedule, and budget.

Works with group managers to ensure that the project is appropriately staffed.

Identifies resource issues and works with group management to resolve, escalating to department management if needed.

Supports Technical Risk and Opportunity mitigation tasks

Pursues cost saving opportunities and risk mitigation to maximize project profitability.

Records and documents delay, changes in scope, and any other incidents that impact the scope of work or schedule to ensure smooth project operations.

Conducts meetings, consolidates, and presents plans and progress reports relating to business aspects of the project(s).

Identifies and reacts to project problems and recommends solutions, such as reallocating resources or changing contractual specifications.

Leads engineering bid efforts

Provides input to Gate Review material, Project Management Reviews, and EAC Reviews

This position may require occasional travel both domestically and internationally.

Basic Qualifications:

Typically requires a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) unless prohibited by local laws/regulations and minimum 8 years prior relevant experience or an Advanced Degree in a related field and minimum 5 years of experience or in absence of a degree, 12 years of relevant experience

Must be a US 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

Must have a software development background and the ability to show understanding of software development concepts such as modular Open System Approach (MOSA), Object Oriented Design, Multi-threaded coding, etc.

Must have experience with performing bid and pursuit efforts.

Must be able to show experience in leading a team.

Must have E-2 Training System experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Candidate must be well organized and able to communicate effectively with engineering team, leadership and customers.

Strong Agile mindset is a must.

Strong Agile Leadership experience as a Release Train Engineer, or Product Owner.

Experience with developing DevSecOps solutions, CI/CD focused skill set to help migrate development process forward a plus.

Familiarity with Cloud based deployment a plus.

Familiarity with systems engineering processes and requirements and design capture tools including ALM, JIRA, and Subversion is desirable.

Software development experience would be preferred.

Experience in supporting pursuit activities, including bids and proposals is also desired.

Experience in avionics simulation systems development, verification/validation, and interfaces would be beneficial.

Experience in Earned Value analysis and has experience as a Cost Account Manager (CAM).

Must be able to obtain a security clearance, active clearance a plus.

If you’re looking for an opportunity to join a fast-paced team, with opportunities for growth than this team could be the perfect fit for you.  The STS Project Engineering Team will allow you the opportunity to experience all facets of Collins Aerospace STS development and be closely aligned with our customer to bring the best possible Simulation experience to the war fighters of today and tomorrow.

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 possibilities.


* 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.

Some of our competitive benefits package include: 

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 contributions, 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.

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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RTX Collins Aerospace / Equal Opportunity Employer

JBRTX-01623701  2023.07.16

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