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Architect and Chief Engineer Description at United Technologies Corporation

Architect and Chief Engineer

Business Unit UTC Aerospace Systems Job ID 49337BR Date posted 06/08/2017 City Houston State Texas Country United States
Do you have what it takes to push the boundaries of game-changing technologies, deliver results while working with a diverse team of talented individuals, and challenge yourself knowing that what we do matters to Spaceflight? Are you Mission Ready? This job is for you!

The UTC Aerospace Systems Houston business designs and manufactures Environmental Control and Life Support Systems for the space industry. Our hardware is paramount to survival in harsh environments, and our passion for our work demands excellence in everything we do, from the talent we recruit to the highly-engineered systems we deliver. We value people, integrity, ideas and performance.

This position offers an exciting opportunity to grow technically and broaden capabilities while proudly contributing to unique state of the art solutions that truly make a difference.

The Space Systems Architect and Chief Engineer will:

Provide site wide support for developing and advancing systems architectures and engage with business development in shaping new business opportunities. Interact with all levels of the organization, NASA and the DoD community. Be capable of quickly assimilating diverse technologies and architecting strategies for advancement in areas such as Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Systems, Life Support Systems (LSS), EVA (Extravehicular Activity) Human Health and Performance, Biomechanics, Suit Sizing and Fit, Waste Management, and EVA Space Operations. Serve as a resource for introducing space technologies into adjacent markets. Serve as an expert resource for resolving system level failures and developing and implementing root cause and corrective action plans.

Key responsibilities of the Space Systems Architect and Chief Engineer include the following:

  • Innovating, advancing and expanding core capabilities; architecting systems level roadmaps to support business strategy; developing plans and schedules that ensure the timely delivery of technical solutions.
  • Engaging the stakeholder community and cultivate relationships that advance technical capability and support business growth.
  • Authoring White Papers and supporting cost, schedule estimation and proposal development.
  • Supporting existing program execution as needed.
  • Minimum of 10 years of technical and business leadership experience in the aerospace and defense industries: Strong Space and maneuverable in DoD R&D, PMO space.
  • Certified Systems Engineering Architect preferred with proficiency in program management, EVMS and business development with strict adherence to ethics and handling of sensitive information.
  • Strong leadership skills in driving standard work (work instructions & procedures), process improvement, and the application of continuous improvement tools & methods.
  • Extensive experience in the design and certification of space flight hardware.
  • Strong organizational skills; able to lead, manage, and bring clarity and structure to dynamic and ambiguous problems; outstanding people, teamwork, and collaboration skills; excellent written and verbal communications skills.
This job is considered a sensitive position in accordance with NASA Guidelines. The selected candidate will be subject to drug and alcohol testing per NASA's regulation subpart 1823.5 Drug-Free Workforce.

Candidate must be a US citizen and able to obtain and maintain a DoD clearance if required.
Education Bachelor's Degree in Engineering discipline required w/10+ years experience
MS in Engineering discipline preferred, and MBA or equivalent with electromechanical hardware development experience is also preferred
United Technologies Corporation 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.


  • Mechanical Engineering - Applied Mechanics

Pratt & Whitney is a recognized leading producer of the world's most advanced jet engines. This is your opportunity to join a company steeped in history yet focused on the future by developing engines that provide step-change improvements for the next generation of commercial aircraft and fifth generation military aircraft. Pratt & Whitney, a pioneer in flight and technology, is part of the United Technologies Corporation (UTC) family. UTC is a Fortune 50 company located in over 4,800 locations in approximately 80 countries with $65.2 billion in revenues in 2014.


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