Engineering Fellow - Test Strategy and Architecture

RTN 2 (Raytheon IDMS)
Tucson, AZ 85701
The Weapons & Platforms Center (W&PC) is seeking a strong Engineering Fellow with the critical skills and aptitude to drive solutions to complex questions.

Organizational Overview

The Weapons & Platforms Center (W&PC) Test Strategy and Architecture (TS&A) provides solutions to effectively develop, manufacture, and deliver prime item hardware for contract requirements. This is accomplished by driving a Systems Engineering approach across all test activities throughout the product life cycle, ensuring product performance, producibility, and warfighter satisfaction.

The mission of W&PC is to make TEST more applicable during the design and development process, more strategic and less reactive, and more affordable, agile, and robust throughout the entire contract life cycle. One way we secure these results is by deploying [Systems] Test Architects (TAs) during the Program planning stages, before the contract is won. Another way is to apply Systems Engineering principles in the definition and development for Test Environments (TEn). A TEn is defined as the total environment in which testing takes place.

W&PC seeks qualified candidates willing to innovate and collaborate with other Engineering Integrated Product Teams (IPTs) using Model Based Engineering (MBE) processes, tools, and techniques to resolve multi-faceted challenges during TEn development, or in the establishment of Program test strategies and test architectures.

Job Description:

As a senior engineering leader, mentor, and member of the W&PC team, the Test Systems Architect is accountable for architecting a technically sound approach for the Test and Evaluation (T&E) strategy or systems definition of Test Environments (TEns) for some of the most technologically advanced weapon systems in the world. The qualified candidate must be a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in one or more engineering domains applied to Systems Test. He / She must be a systems thinker able to see the big picture and have in-depth knowledge of TEn requirements, development, production, User Operations, and/or embedded test processes and practices. The experienced candidate must know how prime hardware should be tested at every level (from component to All-Up-Round) to ensure robustness and efficiency.

The ideal candidate must possess applied working knowledge of developmental test processes, test set-ups, integration, test equipment design & development, and/or verification / validation of product hardware using proven test systems, methodologies, and techniques. Successful candidates will demonstrate experience with composable systems philosophies and/or common architectures. Understanding of Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) and Manufacturing Readiness Levels (MRLs) is a must. The candidate will effectively utilize knowledge of models, simulations, test beds, prototypes, hardware integration, hardware manufacturing, warfighter methodologies, embedded test protocols, and/or full-scale Engineering Development Models to ensure comprehensive lifecycle testing that is both robust and affordable. Additional experience and expertise in the following areas is expected:

Broad Customer Interaction:
  • In addition to DoD contract work, the candidate is capable of identifying and defining specialized requirements for internal capital investment projects, IRAD projects, and other new business initiatives.
  • Established customer / government contact relationships throughout the industry.
  • Familiarity with government labs and/or test ranges.
Customer Affordability:
  • Focus on affordability to drive well-defined test requirements and realistic parametric test limits to produce cost-effective measurement techniques.
  • Ability to drive improvements in product affordability through increased built-in-test capabilities and/or decreased lifecycle needs.
Leadership and Business Acumen:
  • Exhibit strong technical competency in test & evaluation, as well as proven leadership capabilities at the Integrated Product Team Leader level (or above) for a major development acquisition program.
  • Ability to make a business case and the value proposition for technical decisions being considered.
U.S. Citizenship status is required as this position needs an active U.S. Security Clearance as of day one of employment.

Required Education, Skills, and Experience:
  • A minimum of fifteen (15) years experience in the areas of Test Systems design, systems integration, verification, validation and/or systems test requirements definition and decomposition.
  • A minimum of twelve (12) years experience in a technical leadership or program management role to include managing schedule and resources to meet assigned milestones.
  • A minimum of ten (10) years experience with development, environmental qualification, production manufacturing, depot, repair, and/or operations testing.
  • A minimum of ten (10) years experience in test methodologies for EO, IR, and/or RF systems.
  • At least five (5) years technical leadership for new business capture/pursuit, including contribution to or authoring of white papers, RFI responses, proposal technical volumes, Basis of Estimates (BOE), or other related experience.
  • Patents, Papers, and Publications in related technical field.
  • Experience with guiding and mentoring\\ junior engineers in areas of technical domain expertise.
  • Possession of, or the ability to obtain, an active Secret Clearance.
Desired Education, Skills, and Experience:
  • Masters Degree (MS) or Ph.D. in one of the aforementioned disciplines is preferred.
  • Top Secret Clearance, including SSBI, Poly, etc.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong presentation skills, with experience briefing senior leadership.
  • Experience in developing Integrated Test and Evaluation Plans.
  • Understanding of the DoD 5000.02 process, with focus on T&E aspects.
  • Experience using Systems Modeling Language (SysML) and/or Model Based Engineering (MBE) processes, tools, and techniques, with Rhapsody and IBM Rational Manager preferred.
  • Experience with embedded test techniques, design for test, design margin analysis, and/or design for manufacturing.
  • Experience with Agile processes and techniques.
  • Understanding of the role of DoD Key Leadership, the Chief Developmental Tester (CDT), and the expected interactions with the CDT.
  • Experience in Design of Experiments (DOE), Regression Analysis, System Simulation, Math modeling and optimization, and/or Data Analysis using Microsoft Excel, MATLAB, JMP, Minitab, or other equivalent tool(s).
Required Education:

Requires a Bachelors Degree (BS) in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and a minimum of fifteen (15) years of prior relevant experience

This position requires the successful issuance, transfer or maintenance of any clearances and/or accesses necessary for the position. Additional detail regarding security clearance factors can be obtained by accessing the DISCO website at:



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