Senior Principal Systems Engineer – Flight Test Engineering (Remote)(Signing Bonus Eligible), REMOTE CITY, TEXAS


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Remote City, Texas

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United States of America


HTX99: Field Office – TX Remote Location, Remote City, TX, 73301 USA

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We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced Flight Test Engineer to join our team. The successful candidate will be responsible for the planning, execution, and reporting of flight test programs for our rapidly growing company and flight test capability.  This role requires a thorough understanding of flight test principles and practices, as well as experience with flight test instrumentation and data acquisition systems. 


The successful applicant will have the opportunity to engage with and work on a variety of platforms across Mission Systems portfolios within Collins Aerospace. These will span fixed-wing, rotary-wing, fighter, manned and unmanned, aided teaming, and strategic C2/C3 platforms. 


Primary Responsibilities: 

Lead for bidding, planning, execution of flight test programs – including SIL, ground testing, flight testing, data analysis, and reporting. 

Collaborate with internal teams and external stakeholders to ensure flight test programs meet safety, regulatory, and customer requirements. 

Develop and maintain flight test plans, test cards, and test reports. 

Analyze flight test data and present results to internal and external stakeholders. 

Identify and troubleshoot technical issues related to flight test programs. 

Ensure compliance with applicable regulations, standards, and procedures. 


Flight Test Experience 

Develop & maintain flight test plans, procedures, and schedules in coordination with the program manager and government customers. 

Lead technical and flight reviews in support of test program timelines and goals.

Analyze product/stakeholder specifications and requirements and develop test designs and approaches to best support them within time and cost constraints.

Ensure that flight test activities are conducted safely and efficiently, and that all personnel adhere to established safety protocols and procedures.

Analyze flight test data and provide recommendations for system improvements and corrections to the design and development team.

Prepared and delivered flight test reports and briefings to customers and program stakeholders.

Support of verification testing, transition to production, and field issue resolution. 

Project Execution 

Work closely with program management and technical disciplines to ensure that flight test activities are integrated with other program activities and requirements. 

Manage flight test budgets and resources and identify and mitigate risks to program success. 

Provide technical leadership to program teams.

Contribute to the proposal and business development process to support future flight test program opportunities.

Maintain knowledge of industry best practices, emerging technologies, and regulatory requirements related to flight testing.

Effectively communicate with team members, manufacturing, supply chain, program management, senior leaders, customers, and key stakeholders as required.

Support, communicate, reinforce, and defend the mission, values and culture of the organization. 

Basic Qualifications:

Typically requires a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) unless prohibited by local laws/regulations and minimum 10 years prior relevant experience or an Advanced Degree in a related field and minimum 7 years of experience or in absence of a degree, 14 years of relevant experience

Active and transferable U.S. government issued security clearance is required prior to start date. U.S. citizenship is required, as only U.S. citizens are eligible for a security clearance.

Relevant experience includes flight test planning and execution, data analysis, test design and architecture, and/or process improvement.

Ability to travel 30% of the time, with occasional surge needs. 

Ten plus years’ experience in: 

Flight test safety programs and hazard analysis. 

Flight test planning in DoD and Commercial aviation test plan authoring

Air worthiness requirements within the DoD and FAA

Flight Test Director role, test card authoring and Flight Test execution

Planning and coordinating airspace and range utilization

Test reporting and writing

Pursuit order capture, proposal writing, bid and estimation experience for Flight Test and Evaluation efforts on medium ($50M) to very large ($500M+) scale programs

Experience with budget and cost management. Ability to organize and manage multiple products/programs with the focus on delivering within cost and on schedule.

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. 

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


The salary range for this role is 112,000 USD – 236,000 USD; however, Raytheon Technologies considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the role and associated responsibilities, a candidate’s work experience, location, education/training, and key skills. Hired applicants may be eligible for benefits, including but not limited to, medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, 401(k) match, flexible spending accounts, flexible work schedules, employee assistance program, Employee Scholar Program, parental leave, paid time off, and holidays. Specific benefits are dependent upon the specific business unit as well as whether or not the position is covered by a collective-bargaining agreement. Hired applicants may be eligible for annual short-term and/or long-term incentive compensation programs depending on the level of the position and whether or not it is covered by a collective-bargaining agreement. Payments under these annual programs are not guaranteed and are dependent upon a variety of factors including, but not limited to, individual performance, business unit performance, and/or the company’s performance.

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-01619728  2023.05.06 

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