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Project Engineer III
San Diego-CA-US

Cobham is seeking a Project Engineer for our San Diego location.


The Project Engineer is responsible for the technical/operational leadership of complex development programs within guidelines set by program manager and customer.  Defines, generates and reviews project requirements documentation.  Performs technical studies to analyze and refine project requirements.  Monitors project to ensure work scope, schedule and budget are within budget are well defined and maintained.  Provides the coordination between resource managers/supervisors and ensures all necessary reviews and approvals are received.  Responsible for conducting performance/project reviews during life cycle of development through production transfer.



  • Provide consistent and regular metrics to validate and support Customer SDRLs

  • Works closely with program management to adhere to schedule and budget and is accountable for the Profit and Loss. 

  • Aids in development of a set of project planning documents, including Integrated Master Schedules, Integration and Test Plans, Resource Plans, Capital Equipment Plans, and associated documents.

  • Maintains project schedule, provides inputs to develop and report project Estimation at Complete (EAC), report adherence to cost and schedule baselines for project.   Provides input for the preparation of baseline change requests, variance reports, and manage resource requests.

  • Develops, builds and manages the integrated multi-function program team and represents both the interests of the customer and the business from a technical standpoint. 

  • Manage an RF subsystem development effort with responsibility for all relevant technical disciplines including RF design, mechanical design, manufacturing, integration and test, and subsystem engineering.

  • Interface with Executive Staff and Program Management leadership on all aspects of Design execution. 

  • Provide technical direction for team, lead trade studies, lead development of design reviews, and anomaly resolution teams. Work with program management and other Project Engineers, as applicable, to meet all project deliveries and to ensure delivered systems meet all customer requirements.

  • Leads technical team to perform functional analysis, timeline analysis, detail trade studies, requirements allocation and interface definition studies to translate customer requirements into hardware and software specifications

  • Primary technical interface with the customer

  • Ensures the logical and systematic conversion of customer or product requirements into total systems solutions that acknowledge technical, schedule, and cost constraints

  • Employees are committed to ensuring a safe and healthy work environment. Employees are responsible for cooperating with all aspects of the safety program. All employees are expected to demonstrate proper safety behaviors, including reporting any unsafe conditions or safety violations to a supervisor or manager. Employees are dedicated to obtaining and maintaining the Cobham goal of zero accidents and injuries.



  • Responsible for leading a team of engineers through successful design, integration and test of complex RF/Microwave subsystems

  • Liaise with customers, suppliers and partners is essential, along with gaining their commitment acceptance, managing their interaction and translating the relevant program requirements to each while being cognizant of scope creep

  • Works on complex scope where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of variable factors;

  • Exercises judgment in selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results;

  • Determines methods and procedures on new assignments;

  • Generate Basis of Estimates and related proposal material in response to RFPs/RFQs.   



  • Supports highly complex project and requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, 5 years of previous Project Engineering experience and a minimum of 8 years engineering or related experience in design and development of broadband integrated.   

  • Technical standards, principles, theories, concepts and techniques to solve complex professional tasks.

  • Negotiating skills, commercial proficiency and conflict resolution.

  • Communication skills: ability to receive messages by telephone, in person, electronically and in writing; ask questions and rephrase statements to clarify meaning; ability to read, interpret and comprehend complex written and verbal instructions; communicate across organizational levels; ability to read, analyze and interpret professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations; ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals; ability to speak effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients and customers and the general public; ability to communicate with quality, integrity and respect in a way that inspires others and encourages innovation and possibilities; technical writing skills to document test requirements and prepare concise technical reports;

  • Reasoning skills: ability to sufficiently apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form; ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations;

  • Math skills: ability to work with advanced math including calculus, complex numbers; ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals; ability to compute rate, ratio and percent; apply concepts of advanced algebra and geometry;  

  • Computer skills: experience working in a networked environment using a Windows and/or Windows like interface using Microsoft office suite, in particular MS-Project or equivalent;  ability to use Enterprise-wide information systems such as SAP and drawing-viewing programs such CAD or CAE, preferred;   

  • Technical skills: ability to read schematics, assembly drawings and parts list; experience with engineering change management and data management; ability to create electrical schematic and mechanical drawings preferred; basic knowledge of programming preferred.

  • Working knowledge of electronics including power and RF theory; RF/Microwave parameters & test procedures;

  • Experience with Earned Value Management Systems (EVMS) preferred.

  • Time Management & organizational skills: ability to plan effectively using different tools; flexibility and adaptability to changing priorities and assignments; ability to maintain confidentiality;

  • Excellence Behaviors: remain engaged, proactive and positive even in tough circumstances; own assignments and be fully accountable for their success; align actions, behaviors and conversations to what matters most; bring out the best in others and recognize the value in every person’s contributions; ability to work independently being proactive to resolve work issues or notify supervisor of resources needed; ability to coordinate with other employees and as part of a team.


SECURITY: Will be required to obtain and maintain  a Secret clearance, which requires USA Citizenship.


Cobham's values of Trust, Talent and Technology have driven us from our launch in 1934 by Sir Alan Cobham, an aviation innovator, to becoming a global leader in state-of-the-art aerospace and defense systems. And it’s the insights of our innovators today that will secure our collective future. Innovators like you.


Cobham is one of the world's leading companies engaged in the development, delivery and support of leading-edge aerospace and defense systems in the air, on land and at sea. Our clients and partners trust Cobham to deliver the mission-critical technology they need, and we trust our employees to draw on their ingenuity and passion to deliver those solutions. This leads to an empowering culture for our people. Our Leadership team is open, sharing plans for the next five years, driving retention by offering demanding, exciting work, and providing full guidance and mentoring.


Cobham is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and embraces diversity in our employee population. It is the policy of Cobham to provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information. Cobham will refrain from discharging, or otherwise discriminating against, employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants.