Rockwell Collins Sr Lead Electrical Engineer - Flight Controls & Navigation Hardware in Sterling, Virginia

Requisition ID: 9758

Want to work with some of the most talented, dedicated people on the planet? Do you value relationships, commitment, innovation and integrity? Want to be a part of a company that has been named numerous times as America's Best Employer in Aerospace and Defense by Forbes magazine?

Then Rockwell Collins is the place for you. Join our team and build a rewarding career while helping to deliver the most trusted source of aviation and high-integrity solutions in the world.

We are currently searching for a Sr Lead Electrical Engineer - Flight Controls & Navigation Hardware to join our team in Sterling, VA (2300). A comprehensive relocation package is available for qualified candidates. Employing some of the most talented, dedicated people on the planet is not by chance. People from all over the globe choose Rockwell Collins as the place to build a rewarding career, while helping create and deliver communications, integration, and engineering solutions that our global customers demand so that our world keeps moving and stays connected. It's an exciting time to become a part of our team. Join us and discover how high your career can soar at Rockwell Collins.

Job Summary

The Rockwell Collins Control Technologies (RCCT) Flight Controls & Navigation Hardware Team is seeking to fill a Sr. Electrical Engineering position with a talented individual. RCCT is the premier developer and manufacturer of flight control navigation and electronic engine control systems specializing in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The primary responsibility of this role is to lead design, build, and test efforts, and document complex electronic assemblies through the complete development life-cycle in a multi-disciplinary avionics and aerospace environment. Additional responsibilities include support for factory transition, and design of support equipment for production testing.

Job Responsibilities

The primary assignment for this position would be to support new product developments.

Typical duties include:

  • Leadership of small cross-functional team

  • Design ownership as Lead Systems Engineer for projects of moderate to high complexity

  • Understanding and promoting requirements capture and review

  • Extensive experience with analog and digital schematic design and oversight of circuit card layouts

  • Optimization for production efficiency and Design to Cost

  • Collaborating with manufacturing test engineers to develop production test software and hardware solutions

  • Oversight of DO-160 (or similar) EMI and environmental testing

  • Verification of requirements

  • Creation of certification artifacts

  • Perform limited project engineering tasks such as providing project status to engineering management

  • Updating electrical designs for parts obsolescence and new technology insertion

  • Lead proposals and engineering estimates for moderate to large scope electrical designs

  • Review metrics and hardware defects trends, identify systemic root causes and process improvements

  • Managing cost and schedule of assigned tasks

  • Reporting cost and schedule to program leadership

  • Individual job duties may vary

Basic Qualifications

This position requires the commitment of professional working hours that may require the employee to extend beyond a typical 7:30 am to 4:30 pm workday, or beyond a 40 hour work week.


  • US Citizenship

  • Bachelor's degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) discipline, preferably Electrical/Electronics Engineering

  • 8+ years of engineering experience with 3+ years of engineering leadership experience

  • Must be very experienced in a lab environment performing hands on troubleshooting with complex engineering equipment (e.g. Oscilloscopes, Analyzers, Function Generators, etc) –

  • Must be experienced with the use of EDA tools for schematic capture and signal integrity analysis (i.e. DxDesigner, Hyperlynx)

  • Must be able to multitask and effectively manage time well

  • Must exhibit strong drive to complete tasks on time, be self-motivated

  • Highly attentive to details and quality of work output

  • Must possess strong interpersonal communication skills

It is desired that applicants also have:

  • Experience with data and memory interfaces (i.e. PCIe, DDR, Ethernet, ARINC-429) preferred

  • Must understand good printed circuit board layout and stackup design practices

  • Experience managing small cross-functional teams

  • Experience with embedded microprocessor design

  • Interpret, investigate, and prescribe DO-160 (or similar) EMI and environmental tests

  • An understanding of DO-254 design assurance guidance for airborne electronic hardware

  • Experience or training in all aspects of the hardware life cycle, including requirements capture, design and development, requirements verification qualification, and certification

At Rockwell Collins, we believe a solid work-life balance creates a healthy lifestyle and inspires creativity and innovation. We value our people and invest in their development, growth and success at our company by providing development opportunities through Rockwell Collins University, networking, mentoring, and tuition reimbursement.

And that's just for starters.

Some of our competitive benefits package includes:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance

  • Three weeks of vacation for newly hired employees

  • Company-paid winter holiday shutdown for most locations

  • Generous 401(k) plan that matches 62.5 percent of the first 8 percent of eligible compensation you contribute (or 5 percent if you save 8 percent)

  • An Incentive Pay Plan based upon company performance

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • And more

Interested yet? Apply now and embark on your next worthwhile adventure!

Rockwell Collins is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other protected status.