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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

Highest Rated CEOs: 2017 (#91)

Company Updates

  • Rockwell Collins’ Kelly Ortberg named a Highest Rated CEO by Glassdoor! Thank you current and former employees for making your voice heard!

    Rockwell Collins' Kelly Ortberg named a Highest Rated CEO by Glassdoor

    Rockwell Collins' Chairman, President and CEO Kelly Ortberg has won a Glassdoor Employees' Choice Award recognizing the 100 Highest Rated CEOs in large U.S. companies for 2017. Glassdoor, one of the world's largest and fastest growing job sites, released its annual report honoring the Highest Rated CEOs, which highlights the top leaders that employees love working for in countries throughout North America and parts of Europe.

  • B/E Aerospace is now part of 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.

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    I really enjoy working in the Richardson Texas facility where employee morale is important to management. Numerous activities & events held throughout the year. Great employee resource groups, recreational & leadership clubs. 9/80 work schedule. Good pay, free coffee & feel valued.


    Vacation carryover reduced to 1 week. There is not a single paid holiday between New Year & Memorial Day.

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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 Warrenton, VA
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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Rockwell Collins (Warrenton, VA).


    Very unique interview process. Candidates are asked to present a 30 minute overview technical project they worked on to a group of engineers. The group then have the opportunity asked the candidate questions about the project to gauge their technical understanding.
    After that there are a few small group or individual interview with different engineers and managers.

    Interview Questions

    • You have a serial interface between two systems that is used to communicate the systems state. You need to send over 4 unsigned 8 bit values with a range of 0-3 for each. How many messages would you need. Assume the C programming language is required   1 Answer
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Rockwell Collins Awards & Accolades

  • 100 percent score in the 2017 Corporate Equality Index, Human Rights Campaign foundation for LGBT Workplace Equity, 2017
  • Worlds Most Ethical Companies, Ethisphere Institute, 2017
  • Most JUST Company in the Aerospace & Defense, Just Capital and Forbes Magazine, 2016
  • Forbes America's Best Large Employers, 2016, Forbes, 2016
  • World’s Most Ethical Companies, Ethisphere Institute, 2016
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