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UT205: 1128 W 2400 South, Salt Lake C 1128 West 2400 South AST - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City, UT, 84119 USA

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Applied Signal Technology (AST) is seeking Senior Principal Systems Engineer with Design, Development, Integration, and Test experince and an Active TS/SCI with Poly who strive for excellence and have a passion to be part of a team that strengthens our nation and improves the security of our world.

AST provides trusted strategic and tactical SIGINT solutions that secure the interests of the U.S. and its partners.  AST’s work in areas such as high-capacity broadband communications, signal processing and analysis, tactical SIGINT, and wireless communications continually challenges our extraordinary engineers to resolve problems and make the world a safer place.  AST’s work environment is passionate, highly collaborative and provides engineers the freedom to strengthen and expand their skills, explore new and creative ideas, and work closely with our nation’s finest service members all while embracing integrity, diversity and work-life balance.  AST offers generous reward and recognition programs in compensation, broad career development opportunities, excellent health care options, educational assistance, parental leave, flexible work schedules, 401(k) with matching, paid holidays and paid time off.

We are seeking a Senior Principal Systems Engineer to lead and consult on various products and programs, provide systems engineering on new and existing products, and develop and propose new concepts and solutions to our customers. This engineer will be hands-on and work closely with our customers, senior management, program managers, and cross discipline technical staff to thoroughly understand customer objectives and then to develop solutions.  This engineer may also work on or lead Research and Development projects that extend into advanced technology exploration.  Expected systems engineering functions will include concept development, engineering design, integration and evaluation, and operations and maintenance of various systems or systems of systems.  This engineer will also be expected to have extensive early and continuing interaction with customers to define solutions, project scope and then act as a liaison for the customer within the company.  This engineer will also be expected to lead large groups of engineers and large design efforts, present formal presentations in front of large groups and customers, conduct detailed design reviews, handle multiple projects and tasks simultaneously, gain a detailed understanding of systems, flows, CONOPs and advanced concepts, innovate and provide strategic direction, and make critical decisions while under pressure.

This is an ONSITE position at the Salt Lake City, UT location.

“eligible for relocation.”

To find out more about AST please, click the link below.

Applied Signal Technology: WHO WE ARE

Qualifications/Experience Needed:

• Minimum of 10 years of practical experience in Systems Engineering or leading technical developments including experience with design, development and testing of custom hardware and software systems of high complexity

• Experience with Design, Development, Integration, and Test

• Experience with RF, Optics, Networking, or Telecommunications standards and processing techniques

• Familiarity with data center or co-location infrastructure and environments

• Experience interacting with development teams to resolve discrepancies and issues

• Experience identifying, analyzing and resolving problems in all phases of the system lifecycle

• Experience problem solving and debugging

• Experience recognizing areas of improvement or customer needs and relaying them to senior staff as business development possibilities

• Experience working with customers, end users, hardware design teams, and software design teams

• Active and Current DoD TS/SCI with CI Poly or higher clearance

* Typically requires a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) unless prohibited by local laws/regulations and minimum 10 years prior relevant experience or an Advanced Degree in a related field and minimum 8 years of experience or in absence of a degree, 14 years of relevant experience 

Security Clearance:

  • Active and transferable U.S. government issued security clearance is required prior to start date
  • U.S. citizenship is required, as only U.S. citizens are eligible for a security clearance
  • 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  

Preferred Qualifications:

• Experience developing high-speed processing hardware, embedded systems, FPGAs, complex control software, or embedded software

• Experience with cloud infrastructure, including AWS, Azure, or Google

• Experience with reverse engineering complex software/hardware systems

• Understanding of telecommunications systems concepts and signal processing fundamentals

• Experience formalizing, developing, and writing requirements, plans, and procedures based on customer discussions, briefings, interactions, and statements of work

• Experience developing system-level designs, high-level control and data interfaces

• Experience with bid and proposal activities related to system development

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.

Do you want to be a part of something bigger? A team whose impact stretches across the world, and even beyond? At Collins Aerospace, our Mission Systems team helps civilian, military and government customers complete their most complex missions — whatever and wherever they may be. Our customers depend on us for intelligent and secure communications, missionized systems for specialized aircraft and spacecraft and collaborative space solutions. By joining our team, you’ll have your own critical part to play in ensuring our customer succeeds today while anticipating their needs for tomorrow. Are you up for the challenge? Join our mission today.

Collins Aerospace Diversity & Inclusion Statement:

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 consider the following role type definitions as you apply for 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.

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.

This requisition is eligible for an employee referral award.  ALL eligibility requirements must be met to receive the referral award.


The salary range for this role is 118,000 USD - 246,000 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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