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HIA32: Cedar Rapids, IA 400 Collins Rd NE , Cedar Rapids, IA, 52498-0505 USA

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As a Principal Software Engineer in this organization, you will be involved in the development of state-of-the-art communications systems.  The Communication Systems directorate makes some of the most cutting edge products across the enterprise. We develop innovative solutions that keep our military members safe, connected and informed. Our team has some of the most knowledgeable experts in the industry and work with all the most recent technologies in embedded software development.  Within Collins Aerospace we work alongside FPGA, hardware, and systems teams in order to seamlessly embed our advanced technology into our communications product portfolio. Examples of these products range from high-frequency radios to secure, sophisticated software-defined radios that can enable pilots and soldiers to transfer data, voice and imagery over the air. 

Primary Responsibilities: 

  • Design, develop and continuously enhance our customized Linux OS ecosystem and maintain ownership over areas such as build toolchain, kernel, root filesystem, bootloader, device drivers, and BSP for a wide variety of hardware boards. 
  • Contribute to the design, coding, testing, delivery and ongoing support for embedded Linux software systems. 
  • Participate in root cause analysis and resolution of complex hardware-software issues. 
  • Prepare software builds for execution in a simulation environment, reference platforms and on the target hardware. Understand and utilize the appropriate Collins Aerospace processes and tools during product development, resulting in increased product quality and improving customer satisfaction. 
  • Contribute to engineering estimates for new program pursuits. 

Basic Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree (Typically requires a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM)) and 8 years of prior relevant experience OR 
  • Advanced Degree in a related field and minimum 5 years of experience OR In absence of a degree, 12 years of relevant experience is required. 
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen 
  • Must have or be capable of obtaining a US Department of Defense (DoD) security clearance. Candidate selected will be subject to a government security investigation/reinstatement and must meet eligibility requirements 
  • Proficiency with embedded C/C++ 
  • Proficiency with scripting languages (Bash and Python) 
  • Experience with embedded Linux device drivers 
  • Experience with board bring-up and target hardware integration 
  • Experience with debugging and root cause investigations using hardware schematics and tools such as logic analyzer and Wireshark 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with GIT and SVN version control systems 
  • Experience packaging custom Linux distribution with Buildroot. 
  • Experience in developing and maintaining Linux board support packages (BSP) for embedded systems 
  • Development experience Agile methodologies and DevSecOps 
  • Experience with industry cost estimation tools such as SEER-SEM  
  • Candidate is expected to be able to demonstrate communication skills and an ability/desire to work in a team environment, establishing collaborative working relationships with peers and co-workers.  The candidate must be adaptable to change, determined to accomplish tasks based on program schedule and contribute to a positive work environment.  A successful candidate will consistently produce exemplary results on the projects and teams they collaborate with. 

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.

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. 

The salary range for this role is 96,000 USD - 200,000 USD. The salary range provided is a good faith estimate representative of all experience levels. RTX considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the role, function 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.

This role is a U.S.-based role. If the successful candidate resides in a U.S. territory, the appropriate pay structure and benefits will apply.

RTX anticipates the application window closing approximately 40 days from the date the notice was posted. However, factors such as candidate flow and business necessity may require RTX to shorten or extend the application window.

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 Software Engineer - Embedded Linux (Onsite) (Sign on bonus eligible)
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