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Raytheon Technologies Principal High Speed Digital and FPGA Software Engineer in El Segundo, California

In the last few years you might have seen several amazingly beautiful images on social media of the Earth from space in exquisite detail, or perhaps images in the news forecasting the weather and reporting on natural disasters. Maybe you’ve even gazed at these images from deep space wondering when humans will journey to the farthest reaches of the universe. Behind many of these amazing images are the technologies and innovations created by the engineers at Raytheon Intelligence and Space (RIS). Our RIS El Segundo campus is situated in sunny Southern California, a location rich in aerospace history, we have unparalleled heritage in advanced sensing systems for space exploration, national security, and civil space programs.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Principal High Speed Digital and FPGA Software Engineer to join the Space Test Automation team at our El Segundo, California campus to further help evolve our technology and grow our business into new domains and markets.

In this role you will be responsible for the design, development, Integration & Test (I&T), and validation of Special Test Equipment (STE) Software for Space hardware and remote sensing applications. The ideal candidate for this position is someone who is passionate about advances in technology, has an innovative mindset, dedicated to driving continuous improvements, and enjoys proactive interaction and collaboration with multiple engineering teams and functional disciplines.

Security Clearance Requirement: The ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. Top Secret or SSBI Security Clearance is required. U.S. citizenship is required as only U.S. citizens are eligible for a Security Clearance.

Required Skills:

  • Software Engineering experience working in an integrated product team environment designing Test Equipment for Defense and/or Space Systems

  • Extensive experience working in an engineering laboratory, developing software for Special Test Equipment (STE)

  • Comprehensive FPGA programming experience, including LabVIEW FPGA and VHDL or Verilog programming experience

  • Familiarity with using Component Level Intellectual Property (CLIP) firmware import functionality in LabVIEW FPGA

  • Experience with general hardware communication protocols (GPIB, Ethernet, RS-422, etc.)

  • Solid engineering laboratory experience, including: design, test, and debugging hardware and software

  • Experience in creating and presenting software design engineering presentations and summary explanations for senior level internal and external stakeholders

    Desired Skills:

  • Experience working with optical, digital, and/or RF test systems

  • Demonstrated ability to perform test equipment trouble-shooting and failure diagnosis

  • Experience assisting with proposal development including Basis of Estimate (BOE) creation

  • Experience with supporting formal reviews such as Critical Design Review (CDR), and Failure Review Board (FRB)

  • Experience with requirements management tool like DOORS

  • C++ or Python programming experience

  • Current Top Secret or SSBI Security Clearance highly preferred

    Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, or related STEM Degree Program with 8+ years of relevant experience required, OR

  • Master's Degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, or related STEM Degree Program with 6+ years of relevant experience required


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.