Principal Systems Engineer – RF & Antenna (Onsite)




Aurora, CO


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United States of America


CO102: 16800 E Centretech Pkwy,Aurora 16800 East Centretech Pkwy Building S75, Aurora, CO, 80011 USA

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At Raytheon, the foundation of everything we do is rooted in our values and a higher calling – to help our nation and allies defend freedoms and deter aggression. We bring the strength of more than 100 years of experience and renowned engineering expertise to meet the needs of today’s mission and stay ahead of tomorrow’s threat. Our team solves tough, meaningful problems that create a safer, more secure world.  

Job Summary:

Raytheon is looking for a Principal RF and Antenna Engineer to be a team member of an adaptable and multidiscipline development team within the Space Protection and Control mission area. Responsibilities will include analysis, trade studies, design reviews, design, testing, fielding, and operations throughout the life cycle from initial concept definition through detailed design, development, and qualification testing and into fielding and customer support. The ideal candidate will have a thorough engineering background with experience in radio frequency (RF) communications links and systems, antenna design, functionality, and operation.

Location: Aurora, CO (Onsite)

Security Clearance: An Active TS/SCI Security Clearance, Able to obtain Special Access "Active and transferable https://U.S. government issued security clearance is required prior to start date. https://U.S. citizenship is required, as only https://U.S. citizens are eligible for a security clearance."

Basic Qualifications:

  • Current/existing TS/SCI security clearance

  • Minimum 8+ years of related work experience

  • Experience with formal test and verification methodologies associated with ground station antenna and antenna electronics

  • Knowledgeable on key specifications for ground station antenna to include systems performance measurements (G/T, EIRP, feed/sub alignment), and general maintenance activities.

  • Deep satellite RF link design experience (forward error correction encoding, modulation, Doppler effects, radome effects modeling, system link budgets, weather, etc.)

  • Experience with RF test procedure development and implementation

  • Experience establishing and maintaining good working relationships with all levels of the organization, including Government customer, Program leadership, subcontractors, and support organizations

  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite (https://e.g. Project, PowerPoint, Excel and Word)

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Must be willing and able to travel, as required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with reflector system design, feed antenna design, solid state amplifiers performance parameters, high power tube amplifiers technology and associated key performance parameters.

  • Ability to translate mission needs into technical capability requirements.

  • Experience with radar / communications systems signals processing

  • Experience with reference timing signals distribution design, computer networking, basic cyber security/INFOSEC, Security A+ certification or equivalent desirable

  • Experience operating RF test equipment, spectrum analyzer, network analyzer, signal generators, phase noise test sets, and near-field probes

Education and Experience Requirements:
8 years of relevant experience, typically with a Bachelor's degree (Typically STEM focused - Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics); OR
6 years of relevant experience with a Master's degree (Typically STEM focused - Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics)

What We Offer**:**

Whether you’re just starting out on your career journey or are an experienced professional, we offer a total rewards package that goes above and beyond with compensation; healthcare, wellness, retirement and work/life benefits; career development and recognition programs. Some of the benefits we offer include parental (including paternal) leave, flexible work schedules, achievement awards, educational assistance and child/adult backup care.

The salary range for this role is 94,000 USD - 196,000 USD; however, RTX considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the role 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.

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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Why you should apply for a job to RTX:

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  • 4.1/5 in overall job satisfaction

  • 69% say women are treated fairly and equally to men

  • 78% would recommend this company to other women

  • 79% say the CEO supports gender diversity

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  • Programs are also available for dependent and adult care, family leave, college planning, counseling and personal convenience services.

  • We provide programs that offer solutions to life’s challenges, including a variety of flexible work arrangements and paid time off.

  • Employees may participate in tax-advantaged accounts to pay for eligible health and dependent care expenses with pretax dollars.