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Senior Systems Engineer, Aviation Surveillance Systems

Herndon, Virginia

Job ID SAS20220206-83350
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On the L3Harris team, your job is to secure the world. We don’t work here just for the advanced technology and equipment: We work here because we know what – and who – we’re protecting. From families to the intelligence community, and from our climate to our men and women in uniform – we’re making the world a safer place. Working with the L3Harris's engineering team, you'll join our team of qualified, diverse individuals and work in a fast-paced environment with high expectations, global scope, and a collaborative team setting.

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  • Level: Experienced
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L3Harris is dedicated to recruiting and developing diverse, high-performing talent who are passionate about what they do. Our employees are unified in a shared dedication to our customers’ mission and quest for professional growth. L3Harris provides an inclusive, engaging environment designed to empower employees and promote work-life success. Fundamental to our culture is an unwavering focus on values, dedication to our communities, and commitment to excellence in everything we do.

L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across space, air, land, sea and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $18 billion in annual revenue and 47,000 employees, with customers in more than 100 countries.


Job Title: Senior Systems Engineer, Aviation Surveillance Systems

Job Code: SAS20220206-83350

Job Location: Herndon, VA

Job Description:

The successful candidate will be involved in all phases of the system life cycle for various manned and unmanned Air Traffic Management surveillance systems. This individual will be a subject matter expert with comprehensive knowledge in requirements analysis and system design, system integration and test, operational support, with an in-depth knowledge of architecture. This position will entail leading complex project initiatives of substantial importance to the organization with minimal oversight or direction and will require communication within and outside of the organization to stakeholders at various levels. An ability to explain and influence changes to practices, processes, and approaches is an essential skill needed for this position.

Essential Functions:

  • Leading the design and specifications of an enterprise surveillance system with various surveillance sensors including FAA PSR/SSR, ADS-B, MLAT, and various commercia passive sensors
  • Leading the design and specifications of enterprise surveillance software systems with software subsystems specifications/ICDs, and architecting configuration parameters schemes
  • Leading as the Systems Engineering technical leader to provide technical guidance to systems and other teams on the update and maintenance of the SBS ADS-B, FIS-B, TIS-B, WAM, radio and radar systems
  • Providing technical guidance on best practices for building DO-278B compliant systems
  • Designing and executing Agile/DevOps activities for systems under development
  • Leading the development of systems engineering models to capture architecture baselines
  • Accelerating systems engineering efforts on new capability development programs (IRADs)
  • Working as part of a team driving digital transformation to model-based practices within the enterprise
  • Providing technical leadership to systems engineering team in FAA surveillance solutions and MBSE
  • Providing accurate technical estimates for use in bid and proposals
  • Frequent interactions with the customers, other IPTs and upper management
  • Ability to travel up to 10%


  • Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of 12 years of prior relevant experience. Graduate Degree and a minimum of 10 years of prior related experience
  • Bachelor of Science degree in a STEM discipline
  • 9+ years’ experience with FAA NextGen programs
  • Deep domain knowledge in surveillance sensors including FAA PSR/SSR, passive and active radars
  • Experience using Cameo
  • Demonstrated proficiency in technical writing including requirements specifications, ICDs and proposals
  • Demonstrated leadership in systems engineering, software engineering and testing
  • Ability to obtain FAA Public Trust clearance, US Citizenship required

Preferred Additional Skills:

  • Must have excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience in systems modeling and Cameo Enterprise Architecture
  • Hands-on experience with Avionics, RF data links, RADAR systems.
  • Safety analysis and network experience
  • Proficiency using Atlassian tools, such as JIRA, Bitbucket, Confluence, etc.
  • Demonstrable experience developing data analysis scripting
  • Familiarity with National Airspace System (NAS) operations

Please be aware many of our positions require the ability to obtain a security clearance. Security clearances may only be granted to U.S. citizens. In addition, applicants who accept a conditional offer of employment may be subject to government security investigation(s) and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

By submitting your résumé for this position, you understand and agree that L3Harris Technologies may share your résumé, as well as any other related personal information or documentation you provide, with its subsidiaries and affiliated companies for the purpose of considering you for other available positions.

L3Harris Technologies is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. L3Harris is committed to treating all employees and applicants for employment with respect and dignity and maintaining a workplace that is free from unlawful discrimination. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or other related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, citizenship status, characteristic or membership in any other group protected by federal, state or local laws. L3Harris maintains a drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing and background checks, where permitted by law.

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