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Senior Specialist Systems Engineer-Safety

Phoenix, Arizona; St. Petersburg, Florida; Grand Rapids, Michigan

Job ID 1863
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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 50,000 employees, with customers in more than 100 countries.

Job Title: Senior Specialist Systems Engineer-Safety

Job Code: 1863

Job Location: Phoenix, AZ, Grand Rapids, MI or St. Petersburg, FL - relocation can be provided for those that qualify

Schedule: 9/80 with every other Friday off

Job Description:

We are currently seeking a Systems Safety Avionics Engineer to work in a fast paced and demanding environment.  Our team defines system requirements, analyzes the design, assesses test data, reviews operating and maintenance manuals, and assesses risk through systems safety analysis. You must be flexible, dynamic and proactively communicate with your co-workers, management and customers alike.  Finally, you must excel in managing your own time and prioritizing multiple requests, and you must thrive in an environment where you enjoy making contributions that positively impact the company’s success.

Essential Functions:

  • Support Design Engineering, Product Engineering, Quality Engineering
  • Perform Functional Hazard Assessments, Preliminary System Safety Analysis, System Safety Assessments
  • Systems design analysis respective of potential failure modes affecting functional hazards, fault tree analysis, common mode analysis, Failure Modes Effects Analysis
  • Define appropriate safety requirements and requirement validation and verification
  • Customer interaction and support
  • Project coordination and oversight
  • Ability to examine a system's design to evaluate hazards and assess risks as well as ensure the system architecture can meet the assigned probabilities for each hazard
  • Familiarity with the testing process to coordinate with test developers to ensure that tests adequately address the safety-critical aspects of the design
  • Experience using safety analysis tools such as CAFTA
  • Ability to quote and estimate work effort
  • Interfacing with customers, suppliers and internal functional groups (sales, marketing, customer support, etc.)
  • Help maintain and develop engineering processes
  • Assist in the design, test and maintenance of all products


  • Requires strong knowledge of job area. Typically viewed as having a specialty within discipline. May have broad knowledge of project management. Bachelor’s Degree and minimum 6 years of prior relevant experience. Graduate Degree and a minimum of 4 years of prior related experience. In lieu of a degree, minimum of 10 years of prior related experience.
  • Must have 6 or more years of directly related professional experience preferably in the avionics industry
  • Experience must include writing systems requirements and systems validation procedures
  • Knowledge of ARP4754A, ARP4761 and MIL-STD-882E safety processes
  • Knowledge of DO-178 and DO-254 processes
  • Must be a US Citzen


Preferred Additional Skills:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering or related engineering discipline
  • Experience with surveillance products (TCAS/TAWS/Transponders/Windshear), displays or flight data recorders
  • Good interpersonal skills and be able to work with multiple teams and directly with customers
  • Ability to take initiative to eliminate barriers and uses resources to ensure desired results
  • Fosters an environment that promotes creativity and innovation
  • Self-motivated with good communications skills
  • Able to work without appreciable management oversight and direction

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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