Rockwell Collins Design Engineer - Rapid Response (RRT) in Winston Salem, North Carolina

B/E Aerospace, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rockwell Collins Inc., is a leading manufacturer of aircraft interior products and solutions.

B/E Aerospace is the world’s leading manufacturer of aircraft cabin interior products. B/E Aerospace designs, develops, and manufactures a broad range of products for both commercial aircraft and business jets. For more information, visit the B/E Aerospace website at

B/E Aerospace's Oak Plaza operations are comprised of the core enabling functions, including: Engineering, Research & Development, Program Management, Product Support, Strategic Supply Chain, Sales & Marketing, Quality, Finance and Human Resources. Together these functional teams collaborate to help engineer the most innovative and highest quality main cabin economy and premium aircraft seating for various customers around the globe.

As a leader in the aerospace industry, we are growing rapidly and have a number of exciting positions available right now, including a Design Engineer – Engineering Services, Rapid Response Team in our Seating Products Groups business located in Winston-Salem, NC.


This position is a Design Engineering role within the Engineering Dept. working in the Rapid Response Team (RRT). This group provides engineering support to Operations once the design has been released into production.

This role requires time spent between the Engineering office and the manufacturing build site, approximately 75/25 % respectively, which are both located in Winston Salem, NC.

The role requires interaction with multiple internal cross functional groups which include manufacturing, quality, design teams, purchasing, program management and change management. It also requires close liaison and project oversight with external Design teams to resolve issues.

The team member will also be involved with process improvement initiatives including Kaizen projects, creation of standard work for engineering, DFMA, and various lean activities.

This position requires excellent communication skills and someone who is self motivated and a self starter to drive investigation and closure of manufacturing issues.

The engineer will also need to utilize skill sets which include multitasking responsibilities, prioritization and organizational skills, communication skills in presenting technical content in person using web meetings or written format to resolve issues and support the Business needs.


  • Design and modify mechanical components and assemblies with an emphasis on manufacturability, reliability and maintainability (DFMA).

  • Problem solve mechanical problems that are identified during the manufacturing of the seats at the build site which include interferences, tolerance stacks, bill of material errors, poor accessibility, cost reductions, hardware selections, and quality pickups.

  • Perform engineering calculations to determine the size and strength of components. Solve design problems and check computations contributing to analytical designs.

  • Prepare, modify and release drawings created in CAD using NX9 and Teamcenter to verify fit, form and function of mechanical designs.

  • Maintain cad data for product families that includes part families, multilevel assemblies, parametric modeling using the company’s best practices for design standards, assembly constraints, bills of materials.

  • Utilize engineering tools such as FMEAs, FEA, and DFMA to validate design content.

  • Evaluate materials and parts for use in new designs including communicating with current and new suppliers.

  • Operate in a team environment with other functional areas providing input to design solutions and participate in design reviews.

  • Engineering Process improvements utilizing lean, kaizens, and DFMA.

  • Work closely with cross functional teams to determine the best design solution that will comply with structural and flammability FAA compliance.


  • Bachelor's degree in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering from an accredited four-year college/university required and minimum of one year related design experience required, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Experience working with CAD software such as Unigraphics, Solidworks, Pro-E, and/or Catia required. Experience using and/or willingness to learn and use Unigraphics required.

  • Experience with full product life cycle design using 3D modeling in a production environment is required.

  • Experience in problem solving manufacturing and design issues.

  • Design experience with some of the following commodity types: machined components, vacuum formed, injection molded, sheet metal, casting or forgings, electrical harness routing, packaging of electrical or actuation systems, and composites.


  • Prior experience in the design of mechanical systems for commercial aircraft seating products is a plus.

  • Experience working with Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DFMA) principles.

  • Familiarity with FAA requirements a plus.

    EOE/Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabled. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.