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Raytheon Technologies Reliability Engineering Co-op (Summer/Fall 2021) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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United States of America


HIA32: Cedar Rapids, IA 400 Collins Rd NE

, Cedar Rapids, IA, 52498-0505 USA

Collins Aerospace, a Raytheon Technologies company, is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Collins Aerospace has the capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and expertise to solve customers’ toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market.

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 is seeking an Engineering Co-op to join the Commercial Systems Reliability Engineering team in supporting the development of innovative aviation electronics solutions for the world’s leading Air Transport, Business & Regional and Military avionics companies. If you are interested in a dynamic environment for personal and professional growth, we invite you to explore this opportunity.

Position Description

Specific assignments may range from:

  • Helping to conduct Accelerated Stress Testing, which includes testing products in a Highly Accelerated Stress Testing chamber that stresses products thermally and with vibration, separately and combined. This chamber has Liquid Nitrogen boost and super heaters that allow ambient air transition rates of up to 80°C/min. This is a systematic way to accelerate the aging process of the products in order to identify and correct any design or manufacturing process issues prior to fielding the equipment.

  • Helping to conduct Proof of Screen tests which validate the Highly Accelerated Stress Screening (HASS) profiles used for Environmental Stress Screening (ESS) in manufacturing of avionics. ESS is a method of testing equipment to precipitate latent defects out of the products prior to customer delivery. HASS is an accelerated method to conduct ESS and each product must be qualified for HASS before the population of products can undergo this screening. The PoS validates the HASS profile and ensures that the high environmental stresses applied to the products will not harm them, or reduce their useful life.

  • Assisting Reliability Engineers with reliability predictions using the 217Plus Reliability Prediction methodology. The output of a Reliability Prediction serves a few purposes: failure rates are provided for each component predicted, which are then used in predicting the frequency of failure of specific failure modes in a product (used in FMEAs and Fault Trees), to provide an initial idea of what the field reliability of a product will be once put into service (MTBF), and sometimes for estimating the differences in reliability of competing designs.

  • Assisting Reliability Engineers with Failure Modes and Effects Analyses, which are done to identify functional or component failure modes and their associated effects on the equipment and system in order to ensure that they are detectable and do not have the possibility of creating an unsafe effect on the operation of the aircraft.

  • Assisting Reliability Engineers with a variety of other engineering tasks, including Derating Analysis, ESS Effectiveness Assessments, field data analysis, etc.

Assignment ComplexityThe individual will work in the Reliability engineering discipline, which is not included in most engineering degree curriculums, but for which an Electrical Engineering background (with a Mechanical Engineering minor) is ideally suited


The individual will work under general and limited direction in relation to long range organization and group goals as well as being responsible for successful completion of assigned tasks within the committed schedule. The individual will be held accountable for implementing the workload set forth by the Group Manager and the assigned engineering mentor.

Position Requirements and Abilities

  • Basic knowledge of physics and electronics

  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office tools is required

  • Completion of Sophomore year in an Engineering degree program is a minimum requirement, ideally the candidate is pursuing an Electrical Engineering degree (a Mechanical Engineering candidate might also qualify).

  • Effective oral/written communication skills (including technical writing)

  • Effective interpersonal and team skills

Basic Qualifications

  • Requires a High School Diploma or equivalent and student must be pursuing a Bachelor's or advanced degree in an applicable discipline.

  • Must be a U.S. Person/Permanent Resident “Green Card” holder.

Nothing matters more to Collins Aerospace than our strong ethical and safety commitments. As such, all U.S. positions require a background check, which may include a drug screen.


  • Background check and drug screen required (every external new hire in the U.S.)

  • Drug Screen only performed on re-hires who have been gone for more than 1 year

Diversity drives innovation; inclusion drives success. We believe a multitude of approaches and ideas enable us to deliver the best results for our workforce, workplace, and customers. We are committed to fostering a culture where all employees can share their passions and ideas so we can tackle the toughest challenges in our industry and pave new paths to limitless possibility.


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.

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

Raytheon Technologies is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age or any other federally protected class.

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Raytheon is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, age, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.