Senior Principal Systems Engineer (Hybrid)

Chula Vista, California, 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.

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

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
Important to be creative, analytical, self-starter, energetic and work well in a team environment at all levels of organization
Able to travel up to 25% domestically and internationally when circumstances permit

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 a plus
Experience with aerospace control systems

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.

Collins Aerospace’s Aerostructures business is a world leader in the design, manufacture, integration and support of nacelles — the aerodynamic structures which house aircraft engines. Our nacelle technologies improve fuel efficiency, reduce engine noise and supply critical stopping power when an airplane lands. Today, our innovative nacelle systems are featured on many of the world’s newest and most game-changing commercial, regional and business jet platforms. And we’re not stopping there: we’re working hard to create the next generation of nacelles that are greener, quieter and more efficient. In addition, our Engineered Polymer Products division is a leading developer and manufacturer of advanced, high-performance composite and elastomeric structures and products for marine applications. Whether in the air or underwater, we’re pushing the limits of innovation. Want to join us on this important journey?

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.


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
Life insurance and disability coverage
Optional coverages you can buy: Pet Insurance, Home and Auto, additional life insurance, accident insurance, critical illness insurance, group legal
Ovia Health, fertility and family planning
Employee Assistance Plan, including up to 5 free counseling sessions
Redbrick – Incentives for a Healthy You
Autism Benefit
Doctor on Demand, virtual doctor visits
Adoption Assistance
Best Doctors, 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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Senior Principal Systems Engineer (Hybrid)