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Teledyne Principal Systems Engineer in Billerica, Massachusetts

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Teledyne Technologies Incorporated provides enabling technologies for industrial growth markets that require advanced technology and high reliability. These markets include aerospace and defense, factory automation, air and water quality environmental monitoring, electronics design and development, oceanographic research, deepwater oil and gas exploration and production, medical imaging and pharmaceutical research.​

We are looking for individuals who thrive on making an impact and want the excitement of being on a team that wins.

Job Description

Job Summary:

Seeking a talented Principal Systems Engineer to work in systems engineering team to lead full system engineering efforts in program and product development. In this role, you will work to understand customer needs, identify & manage performance requirements, and provide overall customer satisfaction. You will contribute technical expertise, drive innovation, oversee all technical work, including setting, maintaining design Specifications and requirements, and incorporating the latest design methods and tools to improve internal and external design practices. You will provide technical leadership in all phases of product development, including product definition, architecture, design, layout, and production support.

Primary work location: Teledyne FLIR at Esquire Road, Billerica, MA 01862, USA

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Serving Chief engineer role, responsible for leading full system technical activities on medium-to-large product or program development through complete life cycle.

  • Responsible for technical compliancy and successful delivery of the IR&D and CR&D program products to customers

  • Responsible for providing technical direction and path forward to a multi-discipline engineering team.

  • Responsible for creating and managing project and product specifications.

  • Responsible for translating and interpreting customer specifications to project engineering team.

  • Oversee and ensure key subsystems specification flow-down.

  • Working closely with program/project management, ensure the program/project compliance to the specification and on-time delivery within budget.

  • Lead technical efforts on program KOM, SRR, PDR, CDR and TRR, PRR etc.

  • Make significant contributions to technical presentations and technical reports, analysis, and proposals to customers.

  • Collaborate with multi-discipline engineering team on program execution.

  • Ensure technical activities fall in program work scope.

  • Integrate innovative technical solutions to satisfy market and customer requirements including features, performance, cost, manufacturability, quality, and time to market.

  • Oversee technical matters and technical compliancy to specifications with external vendors on key subsystems and components supply.

  • Contribute as a core member of the program or product development leadership team.

  • Oversee development of new IR & EO sensor products in the areas of concept definition, radiometric systems design & analysis, Imaging characterization, image nonuniformity correction, optical engineering, performance modeling, and prototype performance validation.

  • Create specifications and test plans for systems with emphasis on sensor technology, optical systems, and system integration and test. Flow down system specifications to subsystems.

  • Responsible for leading extensive laboratory testing and qualification efforts for new and existing optical systems and IR sensor products. Develop all necessary test plans, perform data collection, analyze data, and document results.

  • Provide systems engineering support and coordination for ensuring optical, mechanical, software, and electrical design conformance to requirements of the overall system.

  • Provide business development support in the areas of new customer requirements analysis, proposal writing, sensor performance modeling and fielding technical inquiries.

  • Provide systems engineering support to manufacturing, production and customer service groups as needed in support of existing products. Take a leading role in troubleshooting technical problems.

  • Mentor other engineers, technicians, and others supporting similar technical efforts.

  • Contribute to Intellectual Property development and/or author and/or make substantial contributions to technical papers.

  • Lead and contribute to new technology investigations, system trade studies, technical surveys, competitive product analyses, as request

  • Perform other job-related duties, as required.

Job Qualifications:

  • BS or MS or Ph.D. in engineering

  • 12+ years direct Systems Engineering experience, 12 years or more relevant Systems Engineering experience.

  • Good understanding of Gimbal surveillance product development cycle

  • Full system engineering experience in development of large and complex products with EO/IR imaging sensors, Laser tracking & detection, fine and sophisticated mechanical and control subsystems, gimbal systems etc. DOD/Space system engineering experience is a plus.

  • Strong experience and capability in leading or working with a multi-discipline team on new product development from conceptual stage to PDR, CDR and to LRIP

  • Demonstrated experience in developing, maintaining, and tracking specification and requirements compliance matrix, risk identification and risk mitigation.

  • Experience in system modeling, analysis, design, and troubleshooting.

  • Experience in EO/IR imaging sensor/imaging system modelling, characterization, and test

  • Experience in leading or participating multidisciplinary engineering efforts (Mechanical, Thermal, electrical, firmware/software etc.)

  • Good communications skills and experience presenting to senior management.

  • Good persuasive writing skills

  • Good understanding of Laser rangefinder, Laser designator and their applications

  • A great collaborator

Applicants must be either a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, legal permanent resident, asylee, refugee or must be eligible to apply for and obtain the appropriate export control license from the U.S. Departments of State or Commerce.


Teledyne and all of our employees are committed to conducting business with the highest ethical standards. We require all employees to comply with all applicable laws, regulations, rules and regulatory orders. Our reputation for honesty, integrity and high ethics is as important to us as our reputation for making innovative sensing solutions.

Teledyne 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 characteristic or non-merit based factor made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. ​

You may not realize it, but Teledyne enables many of the products and services you use every day .

Teledyne provides enabling technologies to sense, transmit and analyze information for industrial growth markets, including aerospace and defense, factory automation, air and water quality environmental monitoring, electronics design and development, oceanographic research, energy, medical imaging and pharmaceutical research.