Posted on 
Apr 18, 2024

Principal Software Engineer

Mid-Senior ICs
Leonardo DRS, Inc.
Leonardo DRS, Inc.
Leonardo DRS, Inc.
Consumer Products & Tech

Leonardo DRS is a prime contractor, leading technology innovator and supplier of integrated products, services and support to military forces, intelligence agencies and defense contractors worldwide. The company specializes in naval and maritime systems, ground combat mission command and network computing, global satellite communications and network infrastructure, avionics systems, and intelligence and security solutions. Additionally, the company builds power systems and electro-optical/infrared systems for a wide range of commercial customers.

Job Description

DRS Daylight Solutions business provides industry-changing mid-infrared laser light technology for government and commercial markets, including: defense and security; life sciences; and industrial process control. As a mid-IR technology pioneer, Daylight Solutions has delivered more mid-IR systems to more applications world-wide than any other company.


At DRS Daylight Solutions, you will be eligible for competitive pay, great benefits, including Medical, Dental, Vision, 401k match, 9/80 work schedule, and Tuition Assistance. Our Daylight family-oriented culture allows you to receive hands-on training, professional development, career advancement and exposure to the latest and greatest technology, where our motto is "To protect with Light". Come join the family!

Job Summary

The position will be responsible for driving technology in the design, development, validation and documentation of application software to support the test and manufacturing of laser-based products.  This role will require collaboration and tasking in support of other departments, disciplines and external customers on new products, existing products in production, and legacy fielded products.  Primary development tasks include management of software requirements and specifications, design and documentation of software architecture, source code development and management, end production validation and testing.  This position requires a solid foundation in Windows based PC software application development. Ability to complete a technical project independently.  Mentor and coach other engineers.

Job Responsibilities

•    Responsible for driving technology and completion of activity on time and budget.

•    Design, develop, analyze, document and support testing of software products, systems or subsystems.  

•    Ability to complete a technical project independently. 

•    Mentor and coach other engineers. 

•    Review customer specifications and requirements, and develop designs to best support them, including cost as a key design variable.  

•    Provide budget, cost and schedule input for design assignments.

•    Document component and subsystem specifications and material requirements.

•    Analyze designs as necessary.

•    Specify and evaluate supplier components, subsystems and services.

•    Support the program design to cost and design for manufacture requirements.

•    Develop prototypes to retire key development risks.

•    Communicate clearly (written and oral) with manufacturing, supply chain, program management and the customer as required.

•    Participate heavily in preparation of the more complex and significant proposals.

•    Provide technical expertise and assistance to other engineers and support personnel.

•    Interact with technical management, other professionals, technicians and support personnel to coordinate, recommend and confer regarding technical activities and progress.

•    Support, communicate, reinforce and defend the mission, values and culture of the organization.

The ideal candidate must have:


•    Must have experience in C++, QT and C# development for MS Windows. Experience with Jira is a plus.

•    Must have experience with Windows desktop Graphical User Interfaces.

•    Must have Instrument control and communication, multi-threading, and database interaction.

•    Test instrument control through a variety of communication protocols.

•    SQL Server Relational database experience.

•    Working with a version control system such as Git or SVN.

•    Report generation.

•    Software validation and testing.

•    Knowledge of Statistical Process Control (SPC)

•    Solid understating of the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) and software development processes

•    The experienced at providing code documentation and commenting code.

•    Scientific and numerical analysis programming skills.

•    Excellent written and oral communication skills.


•    Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science or related technical field with a minimum of 8 years of experience.  Advanced degree or relevant certifications preferred.

•    Expected to have knowledge and significant experience in multiple engineering disciplines.

•    Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance.


The expected pay scale for this position is $123,292/year - $191,412/year. Should the level, location, or scope of the position change during the hiring process, the pay scale may be modified accordingly. When extending an offer of employment, DRS Daylight Solutions considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position; any Federal Government contract labor categories and contract wage rates, the candidate’s relevant work experience, education/training, certifications, and key skills; internal equity; and market and business considerations.


Leonardo DRS, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates are equal opportunity employers and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. #LI-SF1

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