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United States of America


HNC31: US095-Winston-Salem (Fairchild 1455 Fairchild Road , Winston-Salem, NC, 27105 USA

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The Principal Certification Engineer will be responsible for leading technical certification efforts for the Sustaining Engineering team within the Interiors Service and Support Organization. The role requires the successful candidate to ensure post-delivery design modifications and product deviations maintain continued airworthiness of in-service seating products.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Communicates with customer to establish understanding of customer's technical requirements and convey certification capabilities, requirements, organizational expertise.
  • Creates and reviews technical proposals for customers by integrating knowledge of product, regulatory requirements, market, price point, organizational capabilities, and business strategy.
  • Prepares documentation including Cert plans, Compliance Reports, Qualification plans/reports, defining test pass/fail criteria. Checks documents produced by other engineers.
  • Coordinates activities to ensure that all agreed upon product specific certification requirements are met. This may include working closely with the DERs, ODAs, DOAs, OEMs, or FAA/CAAs.
  • Conducts reviews of complex analyses and tests pertaining to the development of new designs, methods, materials, and reports to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. Reviews entail advanced engineering principles, company standards/procedures, industry standards, regulatory guidance, and regulatory requirements.  Provides constructive feedback to internal and external customers.
  • Reviews/ approves drawings and reports to ensure conformity to regulatory requirements. As required, checks for document clarity, completeness, form, fit, function, and conformity to standards, procedures, and specifications.
  • Research regulations, develops critical data, and generates documentation in response to customer/integrator requirements and/or FAA or foreign regulatory agency requests. Effectively communicates with necessary parties.
  • Coordinates or leads continuous improvement initiatives that involve cross-functional team settings and responsibilities.
  • Enhance technical knowledge through training, reading technical publications, and participating in the development of industry standards. Mentor and provide training to other engineers.
  • Participates in defining of engineering approaches and in planning/scheduling work.
  • Executes strategies to improve certification efficiency, reduce cost and demonstrate airworthiness with regulatory agencies.
  • Represents the Certification team in design reviews.
  • Participates as a team player across the organization and keep the values and vision of the organization.
  • Up to 10% travel, based on business needs.

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

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Microsoft Office suite to include Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedures manuals.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to use reasoning, creativity, and rational analysis to reduce the scope of certification, while maintaining the compliance of the product.
  • Experience analyzing and identifying failure modes of systems.
  • Prior experience reviewing and approving drawings.
  • Prior experience with approving product deviations.
  • Advanced knowledge of product certification including knowledge of PMA/TSO/STC/OEM qualification and certification.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and productively with team members and cross functional teams.
  • Familiarity with various tasks involved in certification and testing of airplane interior components.
  • Minimum of 5 years of Certification/Test experience, including prior experience in certification by test and certification by analysis
  • Knowledge of FEA and other simulation tools used to mitigate certification risks or reduce the scope of certification effort.

Collins Aerospace, an RTX 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


This role is also eligible for the Re-Empower Program. The Re-Empower Program helps support talented and committed professionals as they rebuild their capabilities, enhance leadership skills, and continue their professional journey. Over the course of the 14-week program, experienced professionals will gain paid, on-the-job experience, have an opportunity to participate in sessions with leadership, develop personalized plans for success and receive coaching to guide their return-to-work experience. Upon completion of the program, based on performance and contributions participants will be eligible for a career at RTX.

Minimum Program Qualifications

· Be on a career break of one or more year at time of application

· Have prior experience in functional area of interest

· Have interest in returning in either a full-time or part-time position

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 ensure the role type (defined below) is appropriate for your needs before applying to 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.

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! 

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.

RTX 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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Principal Certification Engineer
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