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Sierra Nevada Corporation Principal Electrical Engineer - Instrumentation Lead in Dayton, Ohio

SNC has led thoughtful and disruptive change in the aerospace and defense industry for the past 60 years and now, we’re applying this tenacity and expertise to the U.S. Air Force’s (USAF) Survivable Airborne Operations Center (SAOC) mission. Join the SNC-led SAOC team and be a part of exciting and meaningful work to modernize and deliver the next-generation SAOC aircraft trusted by the President, Secretary of Defense and Chairs of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to ensure continued critical command, control and communication during national emergencies. If you’re passionate about building the airborne command post of the future, consider SNC for your next mission. Learn more about NC3 and SAOC here (https://www.sncorp.com/capabilities/nc3-systems/) .

Are you ready to unleash your technical creativity? Dream, Innovate, Inspire and Empower the next generation to transform humanity through technology and imagination! Electrical engineers at SNC research, design, develop, test, certify, deploy and improve cutting edge products and services. These cover a very wide range from advanced mission payloads and electronic systems through highly integrated aircraft to orbital and space exploration systems. You'll conceptualize and design new products and processes throughout the product lifecycle from analog and digital electronic circuit card assemblies to fully integrated systems.

The ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance), Aviation, and Security (IAS) business area is a leader in ISR and aviation, it is a leading prime manned and unmanned aircraft systems integrator for innovative, high-performance ISR and aviation systems. Its end-to-end Command, Control, Computers, Communications and Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities encompass design, integration, test, certification, ground/flight training and complete logistics support. IAS tailors solutions to customer cost, performance, and schedule requirements and designs to consistently exceed expectations – with an unrivaled record of on time and on (or under) budget deliveries. Learn more about IAS (https://www.sncorp.com/careers/isr-aviation-security/)

You will be leading a large instrumentation test team across the full spectrum of test operations to include data acquisition package design and installation; test planning, execution, analysis, and reporting support; data management; flight operations support; and customer interactions.


  • Leading a large team across a fleet of test aircraft through a full-scale test campaign

  • Leading the instrumentation effort from design to de-modification through requirements development, design, lab test, integration, and test operations support

  • Participating in customer lead Integrated Test discussions at the Senior Leadership level

  • Coordinating with Test Engineering & Operations teams on instrumentation needs, schedule, and facilities

  • Status work activity as a Control Account Manager

  • Perform functional analysis, timeline analysis, detail trade studies, requirements allocation and interface definition studies to translate instrumentation requirements into hardware and software specifications

  • Act as a technical liaison to the Test Engineering Manager


  • Experience with extensive ground and flight test programs

  • Experience with 14 CFR Part 25 testing

  • Experience with Military Systems testing

  • Experience independently executing functional responsibilities for small to medium sized programs

  • Familiar with Ethernet, 1553, ARINC 429, and CAN bus protocol

  • Bachelor's degree in an Engineering field of study and typically 14 years of experience

Preferred Skills:

  • Previous leadership experience: exposure to recruiting employees including assigning, directing and evaluating their work and overseeing the development and maintenance of staff competence

  • Ability to independently execute functional responsibilities for large programs

  • Large transport category jet aircraft test experience

  • Experience with designing and utilizing complex instrumentation data acquisition packages

  • Experience generating electrical and mechanical drawings for instrumentation installation activity

  • Software development or coding experience

At SNC we deliver customer-focused technology and best-of-breed integrations in the aerospace and defense sectors. SNC has been honored as one of the most innovative U.S. companies in space, a Tier One Superior Supplier for the U.S. Air Force, and as one of America’s fastest-growing companies. Learn more about SNC (https://www.sncorp.com/who-we-are/about-snc/)

SNC offers annual incentive pay based upon performance that is commensurate with the level of the position.

SNC offers a generous benefit package, including medical, dental, and vision plans, 401(k) with 150% match up to 6%, life insurance, 3 weeks paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and more (https://www.sncorp.com/careers/total-rewards/) .


To conform to U.S. Government international trade regulations, applicant must be a U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State or U.S. Department of Commerce.

Learn more about the background check process for Security Clearances. (https://www.dcsa.mil/About/)

SNC is a global leader in aerospace and national security committed to moving the American Dream forward. We’re known and respected for our mission and execution focus, agility, and disruptive and rapid innovation. We provide leading edge technologies and transformative solutions that support our nation’s most critical security needs. If you are mission-focused, thrive in collaborative environments, and want to make our country stronger with state-of-the-art technologies that safeguard freedom, join our team!

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we welcome our employees to bring their whole selves to their work. SNC is committed to fostering an inclusive, accepting, and diverse environment free of discrimination. Employment decisions are made without regarding to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law. Contributions to SNC come in many shapes and styles, and we believe diversity in our workforce fosters new and greater ways to dream, innovate, and inspire.