Principal Systems Engineer

AEVEX Aerospace
Tampa, FL
Added: April 26, 2024
Principal Systems Engineers are responsible for the design and implementation of complex systems by coordinating across functional disciplines to ensure performance and design requirements are met. They work with a variety of different teams, including software developers, hardware engineers, and other technical specialists to ensure that their company's products meet customer needs and industry standards. They must have an extensive knowledge of system requirements, performance indicators and parameters, requirement allocation and derivation, and trade analysis applied to the development of systems for military applications. In addition, they must have strong leadership skills to coordinate efforts across multiple departments and teams.

Essential Functions

  • Develop and maintain complex system architectures for large-scale projects and complex hardware assemblies.
  • Coordinate technical understanding and requirements across the integrated product team.
  • Typically lead integrated product team meetings.
  • Develop system and subsystem interface control documents.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to identify and resolve system issues and improve system functionality
  • Develop and maintain technical documentation, including system diagrams, user manuals, and standard operating procedures
  • Lead project planning and implementation efforts, including resource allocation, risk assessment, and project scheduling
  • Stay up to date with emerging trends and technologies in systems engineering and identify opportunities to implement them in the organization
  • Manage requirements traceability and evolution through the system development cycle
  • Establish verification methodology and requirements within the right side of the system V diagram.
  • Provide weekly status of system development progress with requirements burn down
  • Allocate requirements to systems and subsystems and coordinate them with engineering coordination
  • Evaluate system performance thresholds and provide direction
  • Be the point of contact for system integration and checkout
  • Provide input for model development and simulation analysis
  • Review and interpret customer specifications effectively.
  • Identify, analyze, and resolve system design weaknesses, and explore trade spaces for solution sets.
  • Influence the shaping of future products by contributing to the framework (architecture) used across multiple products or systems
  • Work on complex issues where analysis of situations or data requires an evaluation of intangibles
  • Exercise judgment in selecting methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria for obtaining results
  • Work independently with little to no direction or oversight
  • Other duties as assigned

Standard Essential Functions

  • Regular and reliable attendance on a full time basis [or in accordance with posted schedule].
  • Responsible for exhibiting professional behavior with both internal and external business associates that reflects positively on the company and is consistent with the company's policies and practices.
  • Embodies AEVEX's cultural values and aligns daily actions with department goals and company culture.


  • Experience with designing, integrating, and testing Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance systems to include the following:
  • LOS and BLOS Communication (Military Radios, Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks, and SATCOM)
  • Networking
  • Mission Management Systems
  • Position, Navigation, and Timing Systems (Global Navigation Satellite Systems and Inertial Navigation Systems)
  • Experience with configuration management tools
  • Familiarity with requirements management tools (e.g. DOORS, Jama, etc.)
  • Familiarity with systems engineering and modeling tools (e.g. SysML, DoDAF, etc.)
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams
  • Strong project management skills, with the ability to lead complex projects from planning through implementation
  • Knowledge of industry standards and best practices for systems engineering, including ITIL, ISO, and NIST
  • Has managed requirements traceability and evolution through the system development cycle
  • Familiarity with electronics and systems related to navigation, image collection, and analysis
  • Has developed systems test plans, procedures, and reports and reviewed and interpreted specifications
  • Writing Systems Safety protocols and ensuring personnel safety during field testing


  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, engineering or a related field
  • Master's degree in systems engineering preferred


  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in systems engineering, with a focus on design, development, and maintenance of complex systems for defense applications

Physical Requirements

  • Frequently required to sit, and to reach to use computers and other office equipment

Security Clearance

  • Ability to obtain/maintain a Secret DoD clearance, U.S. Citizenship required.

AEVEX provides a full suite of comprehensive benefits, including a 401(k)-retirement plan, comprehensive Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability and Life insurance group coverage with a portion of the premiums paid by the company, professional development funds, and an Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) with counseling, legal help, child and elder care support, among other benefits.

About AEVEX Aerospace

AEVEX Aerospace, headquartered in Solana Beach, California, supports the U.S. national security mission and partner nation needs around the world by providing full-spectrum aviation, remote sensing, and analysis solutions. The company's capabilities include custom design and engineering; rapid prototyping; sensor integration and sustainment; aircraft modification and certification; flight test instrumentation and support; mission operations service; advanced intelligence data processing, exploitation, and dissemination solutions; and tailored hardware and software mission-system tools. AEVEX uses agile and customized approaches to rapidly define, develop, and deliver specialized solutions for airborne special mission needs for the U.S. Government, partner nations, and commercial businesses. AEVEX has major offices in California, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia.

Equal Employment Opportunity

AEVEX Aerospace is an Equal Opportunity employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, religious creed, color, sex (including pregnancy, breast feeding and related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, military and veteran status, marital status, age, protected medical condition, genetic information, physical disability, mental disability, or any other protected status in accordance with all applicable federal, state and local laws.

Applicants who are offered employment from AEVEX Aerospace, LLC ("AEVEX") will be subject to a background check by a third party. Prior to the background check being conducted, the applicant will be required to complete disclosure and authorization forms authorizing AEVEX to conduct a background check. The authorization is made in electronic form and will only be shared with individuals who have a business need to review the information to make employment decisions. During the background process, applicants will verify personal information such as the below. An applicant who provides incomplete information will be disqualified from employment at AEVEX.

  • Criminal Convictions (misdemeanor and felony).
  • Prior Employment History
  • Educational History

AEVEX reserves the right to disqualify a candidate based on the results of the background investigation.