Staff Electrical Engineer (FPGA Designer)

Collins Aerospace    Cedar Rapids, IA
Job Description

Date Posted:



United States of America


HIA32: Cedar Rapids, IA 400 Collins Rd NE , Cedar Rapids, IA, 52498-0505 USA

At Collins Aerospace, we’re dedicated to relentlessly tackle the toughest challenges in our industry – all to redefine aerospace.

Created in 2018 through the combination of two leading companies– Rockwell Collins and United Technologies Aerospace Systems – we’re driving the industry forward through technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for global aerospace and defense. Every day we imagine ways to make the skies and the spaces we touch smarter, safer and more amazing than ever. Together we chart new journeys, reunite families, protect nations and save lives. And we do it all with some of the greatest talent this industry has to offer.

We are Collins Aerospace and we hope you join us as we REDEFINE AEROSPACE.

Our Avionics team advances aviation electronics and information management solutions for commercial and military customers across the world. That means we’re helping passengers reach their destination safely. We’re connecting aircraft operators, airports, rail and critical infrastructure with intelligent data service solutions that keep passengers, flight crews and militaries connected and informed. And we’re providing industry-leading fire protection and safety systems that our customers can count on when it matters most. Are you ready to learn from the most knowledgeable experts in the industry, develop the technologies of tomorrow and reach new heights in your career? Join our Avionics team today.Collins Aerospace makes modern flight possible. Of course, that wouldn’t be possible without the capabilities and technologies of our organization, as well as our engineers – a highly skilled, accomplished network that spans more than 180 sites, 24 countries and 6 Strategic Business Units (SBUs).
Our industry-leading experts are setting the standards for the aerospace industry and paving the way for the future. But as new challenges present themselves, we need fresh, creative and motivated minds to overcome these hurdles, help us break barriers and achieve new levels of innovation. Do you have what it takes to join a global, diverse organization that doesn’t shy away from big opportunities? If so, we invite you to join our ranks and create the next generation of aerospace technologies.
Together, we will nurture an engineering culture that values intellectual curiosity, risk takers and integrity. A place where we will challenge ourselves, our teams, and the status quo and where we will work to find a way – the right way – to achieve what others can only dream of.

Role Overview

The Displays Center is searching for a Staff FPGA/ASIC Designer to join our team. This position will be responsible for the development of graphics and video processing FPGAs and ASICs for display applications. Our Displays Center leads the industry with cost competitive, innovative technology that sets us apart from our competition and helps our customers make the most of their investment in our products. We are responsible for designing displays for both commercial and military avionics as well as ground vehicles.

We are looking for a strong, passionate problem-solver with an action-oriented, collaborative mindset who strives to exceed expectations. This person will be in a cross disciplinary team environment and will need to be able to thrive on tackling challenges, as the position requires the use of problem solving skills in a hands-on work environment to address problems and implement appropriate design or process changes.

The successful candidate will be expected to lead medium sized projects on their own and mentor with more senior engineers to expand their understanding of display technology, engineering methods, and enterprise processes.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Define hardware requirements and perform validation

  • Develop FPGA architecture and documentation

  • Design RTL source code using VHDL

  • Perform synthesis, place and route, and timing closure and analysis

  • Implement and integrate FPGA designs at the board and system level

  • Perform verification activities (both simulation and hardware test) to satisfy the objectives of DO-254

  • Participate in customer and certification authority audits to ensure adherence to customer requirements and regulatory guidelines

  • Estimate, track, and report project costs and schedules

Required Skills

  • Experience with RTL coding in VHDL

  • Experience using FPGA simulation tools

  • Strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to effectively document and present one’s work and status

Desired Skills

  • Experience with DO-254 development and verification process

  • Experience with MicroChip (Actel), Intel (Altera), and Xilinx FPGAs and associated development tools

  • Experience with Hardware Testbench development for in-circuit verification

  • Experience with digital circuit architecture, design, resource tradeoffs, timing analysis, and timing closure.

  • Experience using FPGA simulation, synthesis and place/route tools

  • Experience with hardware configuration management and problem reporting tools

  • Excellent FPGA lab integration and troubleshooting knowledge

  • Familiarity with NSEU effects on volatile memory elements

  • Familiarity with image generation and processing

  • Familiarity with interface protocols (ARINC 661, ARINC 818, H.264/265, PCIe, SMPTE, DisplayPort, Analog Video, LVDS, etc.)

  • Good computer skills with ability to learn new programs/software

Basic Qualifications:
This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in the appropriate discipline and 7 years of relevant experience or an Advanced degree in the appropriate discipline and 5 years of relevant experience.In the absence of a degree, 11 years of relevant experience is required.

At Collins, the paths we pave together lead to limitless possibility. And the bonds we form – with our customers and with each other - propel us all higher, again and again.
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 contribution
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Life insurance and disability coverage
  • And more

Apply now and be part of the team that’s redefining aerospace, every day.

Thu, 10 Oct 2019 23:06:02 GMT

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