Principal Test Director (Onsite)




Binghamton, NY


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United States of America


HNY31: Binghamton, NY 31 Lewis Rd , Binghamton, NY, 13905-1022 USA

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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 a 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!

The Simulation & Training Solutions (STS) team is seeking a Principal Test Director (TD) to join our team in Binghamton, NY. STS develops and builds simulators and training systems for both military and commercial customers, with the primary focus being the defense industry.  STS Training Device products cover a range of complexity and include desktop trainers, part task trainers, full-flight simulators, sophisticated maintenance training devices, high fidelity weapon system trainers and virtual training devices.

The Principal Test Director (TD) will primarily work on rotorcraft programs, including VH-92A, CH-148, and UH-60 platforms. The Test Director is the primary STS point of contact for the Verification and Validation Integrated Product Team (IPT).The TD collaborates with program management, project engineering, the customer and end users to plan and execute test events. Test events are run at customer facilities and travel is required. The TD also acts as a Subject Matter Expert during working groups and requirements definition. The TD records and tracks discrepancies that are identified during test events. The TD works with engineering to correct and retest deficiencies. The end goal of this process is to verify that all requirements are met and to validate that the training device meets the stated needs of all stakeholders.

The Test Director role requires a person with strong leadership and organizational skills who are also thorough and detail oriented. Excellent oral and written communication skills are a must. A successful candidate will have professional pilot experience in rotary wing and fixed wing platforms, and experience with simulator development and testing. This candidate will be able to apply their experience to add value for Collins Aerospace’s training device customers. This position will be located onsite at our Binghamton, NY location. A comprehensive relocation package is available for eligible candidates.

What you will do:

  • Be the primary STS point of contact for the program Test IPT

  • Plan and execute program test events at contractor and customer facilities.

  • Collaborate with program managers, engineers, the customer and end-users throughout the project lifecycle to ensure effective communication.

  • Create, update, and manage program test procedures.

  • Record and manage discrepancies found during test events.

  • Produce Test Plans and Test Results Reports for delivery to customers.

  • Work with system engineers to populate requirements verification and validation information.

  • Support engineering during integration phases

  • Provide status updates to Cost Account Managers

  • Provide inputs and support to the new business bid process!

  • Cultivate a culture of ownership, accountability, innovation, and technical excellence.

  • Travel to customer sites.

Education & experience:

  • 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.

  • The ability to obtain and maintain a https://U.S. government issued security clearance is required.

  • https://U.S. citizenship is required, as only https://U.S. citizens are eligible for a security clearance.

Skills you must have:

  • Professional pilot credentials (OEM Test Pilot, Military, Commercial, etc.)

  • Excellent collaboration and communication skills

  • Leadership Desire and Potential

Skill we value:

  • Experience with VH-92A, CH-148, and UH-60 platforms is HIGHLY preferred.

  • Active US Department of Defense (DoD) security clearance is HIGHLY preferred.

  • Microsoft Office Applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project)

  • Collaboration Tools (ALM, Jira, Subversion, Lotus Notes, MS Teams, etc)

Collins Aerospace, a Raytheon Technologies 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 meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market.

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 possibilities. 


  • 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.

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 contributions, 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, a 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 possibilities. 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. 


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