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Rockwell Collins Overview

Cedar Rapids, IA
10000+ employees
Company - Public (COL)
Aerospace & Defense
$5 to $10 billion (USD) per year
At Rockwell Collins, we never forget that the world's leading aerospace and defense companies rely on us for smart communications and aviation electronics solutions. We put our technology and innovation to work to help you advance your goals. Working together ... Read more

Mission: Building trust every day.

Glassdoor Awards

Top CEOs: 2017 (#91)

Company Updates

  • The world is full of possibilities when people and technology are connected.

    Together with our customers, we are forging those connections. Our solutions in connectivity, communications, cockpit and cabin interiors span the entire aircraft for a seamless flight experience. Our investments in new ideas, new technology and new capabilities are helping to transform the futures of pilots and warfighters, passengers and airlines, flight and ground crews, and aviation itself.

    At Rockwell Collins, we are in the business of making connections – that help us unlock possibilities and see the future.

  • Nearly half of our current US job openings are in the state of Iowa. With a number one overall state ranking from US News & World Report, there is no better time to learn more about Iowa and Rockwell Collins.

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Rockwell Collins – Why Work For Us?


Join us, and you’ll build a rewarding career and work alongside some of the brightest minds in the industry – talented people around the globe who are passionate about delivering revolutionary products and services to our customers. You’ll find exciting challenges, ongoing education and support.

Our legacy

Remember Neil Armstrong’s line, “... one giant leap for mankind?” It was Rockwell Collins technology that carried his words and video 239,000 miles to Earth. We also played a critical role in the invention of the GPS system, as well as the radar technologies that help airlines see ahead of them, and the encrypted communication technologies that help men and women stay safe and connected even in today’s complex battlefield.

Today, our aviation electronics are installed in the flight decks of nearly every airline in the world, and our communication systems transmit nearly 70 percent of United States and allied military airborne communications. We are uniquely positioned to develop information management solutions for airlines and business aircraft operators that integrate state-of-the-art hardware, software and connectivity.

Ethics, sustainability & awards

Named one of the best places to work by Forbes, and by DiversityInc as a Top 50 Company for Diversity, we operate with the highest ethical standards around the globe. We are proud – and humbled – to be recognized for the sixth consecutive year on the Ethisphere Institute’s World’s Most Ethical Companies list in 2015.

Our Global Sustainability Team is constantly searching for ways to reduce our carbon footprint and lower operating costs by actively managing and reducing energy usage. We’re proud to report that by fostering a culture of conservation, we’re saving millions of dollars in operating costs by we’ve reducing greenhouse gas emissions and water usage.

Join us, and work where forward thinking and innovative solutions can help protect the future.


Rockwell Collins is a place where leadership, collaboration and innovation are more than just abstract concepts. We bring these ideas to life every day, across our many departments and global locations. We offer exciting career opportunities in the following areas:


We have corporate roles available in information technology, human resources, finance, strategy, legal, communications, customer service and investor relations.


Our engineers design, develop and deliver innovative – and extremely cool – global solutions in both aerospace and defense, and our passion for technology has earned us a record-making numbers of patents to solve complex problems.

Marketing & sales

Marketing and sales positions at Rockwell Collins include marketing management, business development, customer relationship development, and field marketing.

Manufacturing & operations

Customer-focused and performance-driven manufacturing and operations roles help the company operate more efficiently and ensure the highest quality. As leaders in Lean Electronics, we encourage all employees to learn and practice these skills.

Program & project management

Program and project managers at Rockwell Collins are at the heart and soul of our business. They have life-cycle responsibility for business pursuit and capture, product development, transition to production, and customer delivery and support.



We offer a wide range of exciting opportunities for students and recent grads, working alongside the brightest minds in the industry and uncovering real solutions. Join us and you’ll enjoy:

  • Competitive wages and benefits
  • Ongoing career development resources
  • The opportunity to work on developing new technologies
  • Meaningful projects that solve problems

In addition to meaningful professional experience with an innovative company, we offer our interns and co-op students many additional valuable benefits:

  • Internships
  • Co-op employment
  • Summer engineering projects
  • Software engineering at Rockwell Collins
  • Opportunities for new grads

You can learn more about all these programs on our career website.


We encourage all our people to learn new skills and develop new talents. So if you have a thirst for knowledge, here are some of the valuable opportunities and resources available to you at Rockwell Collins.

Rockwell Collins University

Rockwell Collins University provides a variety of innovative learning solutions for employees and leaders worldwide. Our business-focused approach ensures our people get the training they need, so that ongoing learning becomes a reality.


Our Communities of Practice and Employee Resource Groups help our people around the world connect so they can network and share knowledge, best practices and stories about their work experiences.

Tuition reimbursement

We offer a generous tuition reimbursement program for undergraduate, masters’ and PhD programs or certifications through accredited academic institutions. 


Our mentoring efforts help our people set career direction and goals, learn new skills and gain valuable insight and advice from more experienced colleagues.


We have a long history of respect for our veterans, and we value the contributions they make to our success. Because we recognize and share their commitment to integrity, hard work and excellence, we actively recruit and hire veterans for a variety of roles.

Rockwell Collins continues to be recognized by a number of organizations for our work to employ and empower veterans:

  • Nominated for the Freedom Award, the U.S. Department of Defense’s highest

award for support of the National Guard and Reserve

  • 2015 Top 25 Military Friendly Supplier Diversity Program, National Veteran

Owned Business Association

  • 10 Best Corporations for Veteran-Owned Businesses, National Veteran Owned Business Association
  • Military-Friendly Employer, G.I. Jobs magazine for the past four years
  • Top 10 Companies for Veterans, DiversityInc for the past two years

Veterans’ resources

We work hard to make our facilities welcoming and inclusive for all our transitioning vets by supporting a special military and transitioning employee resource group, as well as a program that promotes on-campus mentoring between a student veteran and employee veteran.

In addition, we’ve partnered with the White House on their Joining Forces initiative to commit to hiring and training more veterans, and we’re working nationally with Student Veterans of America to provide scholarships, mentorships, employment, and benefits counseling to student veterans and alumni. In addition, we’re actively engaged in supporting the Governor’s Home Base Iowa initiative.

Rockwell Collins Reviews

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    Rockwell Collins is a company with cool technology and they have a concerted effort to improve the IT tools to employees. The company has strong ethics and has pushed out even senior leaders who have integrity issues.


    Rockwell Collins often gets caught up in the quarterly push for earnings and doesn't focus long term. They tend to be perfectionists by nature which often leads to a criticizing culture and reasons not to do things.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to looks for ways to be fresh, and empower the front line employees. You have brilliant people working for you - your role as a leader is to unleash that - not micromanage it.

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Rockwell Collins Photos

Rockwell Collins photo of: Behind the scenes action while shooting our #IWantToBeRC campaign.
Rockwell Collins photo of: Another behind the scenes shot for our #IWantToBeRC campaign.
Rockwell Collins photo of: Our Melbourne, FL, human resources team enjoying breakfast.
Rockwell Collins photo of: Participants from the Summer Engineering Projects Program (SEPP) took the opportunity to tour the Rockwell Collins Hangar at the Eastern Iowa Airport.
Rockwell Collins photo of: A group of summer interns from our Melbourne, FL, office take a group shot after receiving individual professional headshots.
Rockwell Collins photo of: More orientation fun with our summer employees (coops & interns.)
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Rockwell Collins Interviews



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    Anonymous Employee in Wilsonville, OR
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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Rockwell Collins (Wilsonville, OR).


    Started off with a phone interview with a team manager for about an hour, covering my academic background, work experience, interest in the position, etc. A week later, had a shorter call 10 minute call with another manager mostly centered around scheduling time for an onsite interview.

    Onsite interview was split between the two managers in the morning, primarily covering behavioral questions, past experiences (both technical & non-technical), my career plans, the products & services designed there, and high-level discussion of engineering & avionics industry. Heavy emphasis throughout the day on behavioral questions.

    Went for lunch and came back in the afternoon for 3 rounds of technical interviews with design engineers. Covered basics across analog & digital design (fairly FPGA heavy) and some questions about past projects on my resume.

    Overall not too stressful - definitely leaned on the longer side though, and by 4 p.m. I was off my game. Received an offer the following Monday.

    Interview Questions

    • Draw a block diagram of a project you worked on & describe it (whiteboard)   Answer Question
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Rockwell Collins Awards & Accolades

  • Nunn-Perry Award, US Department of Defense, 2014
  • Top 50 Companies for Diversity, DiversityInc, 2015
  • Top 10 Companies for Veterans, DiversityInc, 2015
  • Silver Edison Award - Transportation, Edison Awards, 2015
  • America's Best Employers, Forbes, 2015
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