Senior Systems Engineer - KC -135
Rockwell Collins
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 United States

Requisition ID: 10920


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 Senior Systems Engineer - KC -135 to join our team in Cedar Rapids, IA (1000). 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 KC-135 is arguably the airplane that is most important to the success of the United States Air Force’s capability to accomplish its primary mission of global reach.  Every minute of every day, on average, twenty KC-135 airplanes are flying. The Rockwell Collins Fixed Wing Systems team is directly responsible for ensuring the KC-135 continues to meet the needs of the Air Force every day and for many years to come.

Job Responsibilities

The Rockwell Collins Fixed Wing Systems team is seeking a highly motivated Senior Platform Systems Engineer who can develop new and leverage existing technologies to provide innovative systems solutions for the USAF KC-135 platform.  Responsibilities include platform system engineering through all phases of system product development including: program pursuit and capture, requirements capture and analysis, system architecture design, requirements allocation and traceability, system/subsystem integration, system verification, system validation and life-cycle product support. The candidate must be able to interface with business development, program management, software engineers, product-line systems engineers, hardware engineers and customers. The candidate must be highly motivated and a self-starter.

Basic Qualifications

A successful candidate should have experience working in highly collaborative environments, demonstrate the ability to take ownership of tasks and lead efforts spanning multiple stakeholders, possess exceptional written and oral communications skills, the ability to break down and execute on complex tasks with minimal instructions, and have a keen aptitude for technical work that spans multiple levels of detail. The ideal candidate will have the following:


Candidates must have:

  • US citizenship and able to obtain a US DoD Security Clearance

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

  • Ability to collaborate well across multiple disciplines

  • Working knowledge of avionics and navigation principles


Preferred candidates would have:

  • An understanding of Avionics systems, software and hardware development processes

  • Knowledge and experience working with Avionics regulatory and certification requirements: TSO, DO-160, DO254, DO-178B/C, and ARP4754.

  • The ability to estimate, track, and report project costs and schedules while managing scope & risk

  • Ability to travel up to 10%

  • Familiarity with tools such as JIRA, ALM, DOORs, Subversion, PREP and Agile development methods


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.

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Job code: 10920