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Sr. Specialist, Electrical Engineering-- New Concepts and Rapid Innovation

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

Job ID 10769
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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: Sr. Specialist, Electrical Engineering-- New Concepts and Rapid Innovation

Job Code: 10769

Job Location: Phoenix AZ or St Petersburg FL or Grand Rapids MI (relocation available for those that qualify)

Schedule: 9/80 req,(every other Friday off)

Job Description:

As an Advanced Development electrical engineer, you are focused on enhancing the technical capabilities of Commercial Aviation Solutions through rapid ideation, prototyping, flight testing, and gathering Voice of the Customer inputs to transition these concepts to production. The applicant will interact with business development and all engineering functions, with specific focus on electrical engineering. Rather than a specific technology focus, the ideal candidate will be a technology generalist with understanding across a broad number of fields, and ability to quickly learn and make connections between engineering fields. You will be involved with multidisciplinary project teams involving mechanical, electrical digital/analog, RF, and software engineering in planning, designing, prototyping, and testing of avionics Flight Displays, Transponders, Data Recorders, Air Data Systems, RF and Sensor-based systems, along with complementary Data Analysis capabilities.

Essential Functions:

  • Work as a technology generalist with large amounts of design freedom to identify the most effective and timely solution, with main focus in electrical realm.
  • Conceptualize, design, support fab, and integrate digital, analog, and power circuitry, with supplemental RF principles, in the avionics realm.
  • Electrical schematic generation and review with support for and review of CAD layout (preferred skills with Altium and/or Xpedition).
  • Complement electrical design work with software tasks (approx. 10%) to create functional design capabilities. Python or C++ working knowledge desirable.
  • Work effectively designing individual circuits, aircraft system architectures, and everything in between.
  • Learn and apply new techniques and skills on every project, including outside one’s main engineering discipline.
  • Develop effective responses to customer needs, whether internal or external, that rapidly provide proof of concept rather than fully productized solution.
  • Interpret customer needs on individual programs to drive the design through systems engineering processes including developing concepts of employment, use cases, functional block diagrams, supporting hardware/software requirements definition, decomposition, allocation, and specifying interfaces.
  • Devise plans to mature technologies through the TRL process to reduce technical risk in development programs.
  • Effectively communicate across multiple technical teams in a fast-paced, prototype development environment.
  • Communicate directly with customers, in person or virtually, to understand their problems and formulate actionable solutions.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Travel up to 10%.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in engineering or science. Prefer Electrical Engineering. 
  • Minimum 6 years of prior relevant experience in an engineering discipline with systems engineering principles, including requirements definition, requirements verification, design reviews and documentation, integration, test and demonstration.
  • Minimum 6 years’ experience with electrical hardware design.
  • Minimum of 2 years' experience in customer-facing roles (internal or external).
  • Hands on experience designing and developing avionics products, RF, or sensor systems.
  • Working knowledge of at least one software language (python or C++ desirable)
  • Board-level electrical engineering design experience (full product lifecycle – conceptual, design, test, fielding), RF principles working knowledge, at least one software language capability (python desirable), innovative mind-set to develop solutions

Preferred Additional Skills:

  • Experience with and an understanding of aerospace systems, especially in the development of integrated hardware/software products
  • Experience with prototyping tools such as User Interface development, 3D printing, or other concept generation
  • Experience with Model-Based Systems Engineering
  • Experience with FPGA firmware development
  • Excellent people skills, with experience leading and collaborating in a multi-disciplinary, diverse, and dynamic team environment.
  • Excellent communication skills (written, verbal, & presentation)
  • Knowledge of DO-160, DO-178, and DO-254
  • Experience with Design to Cost
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple programs and responsibilities simultaneously
  • Ability to operate and identify appropriate path forward with minimal oversight
  • Pilot License or Part 107 certificate, and experience creating flight test scenarios and systems


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.

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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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