Raytheon Seeking a CIW-Certified, Sr Quality Assurance Engineer II in Colorado Springs, CO

Raytheon Seeking a CIW-Certified, Sr Quality Assurance Engineer II in Colorado Springs, CO

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Sr Quality Assurance Engineer II
Colorado Springs, CO US

The Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services (IIS) Mission Assurance organization is seeking a Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer to support system integration, test and transition activities for the GPS OCX Program in Colorado Springs, CO. The Global Positioning System Advanced Control Segment (GPS OCX) Raytheon team is responsible for full lifecycle engineering of the Ground Operational Control Segment of the worldwide GPS system.

As a QA Engineer you will apply engineering knowledge and Quality principles to assess compliance, determine root causes of issues, improve processes, and contribute to the successful completion of this important program. You will also be a key interface point with the GPS OCX customer, working collaboratively in their facility to ensure the integrity of the products and services Raytheon provides

Duties will include:

  • Provide leadership and expertise to implement and maintain the GPS OCX Mission Assurance and Quality processes for host/server environments at the customer site.
  • Conduct audits, assessments and inspections by investigation and examination of objective evidence, standards, procedures, work instructions, drawings, specifications, regulations, etc.
  • Support site installations and deployments.
  • Perform/participate in document reviews, Test Readiness Reviews, Functional/Physical Configuration Audits.
  • Witness/audit acceptance and qualification testing.
  • Assist Engineering, Integration, Test, and System Administrators in solving process/product anomalies. Perform inspections and analysis of Quality anomalies.
  • Schedule and perform program audits and objective evaluations to verify compliance and effectiveness with program processes.
  • Schedule and perform product conformity audits such as software version verification.
  • Verify Discrepancy Report implementation and closure
  • Prepare and present detailed and management-oriented written and oral reports, as required
  • Review and approve root cause analysis and corrective actions plans. Ensure adequacy to prevent recurrence as well as validating the effective implementation of corrective actions.
  • Identify and implement process improvements involving new and/or existing techniques.

Required Experience, Knowledge, and/or Skills:

Must have a current Secret security clearance (or ability to reactivate a previous clearance upon start)

  • At least 6 years of Quality Engineering experience with hardware and software development, integration and test
  • Knowledge of Computing Environments, COTS and Virtualization technologies
  • Experience with the implementation, verification and improvement of software configuration management tools and processes
  • Ability to perform independent assessments and evaluations, gather and analyze metrics
  • Knowledge of inspection standards such as IPC620
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment, including the potential to work nights and weekends in excess of 40 hours/week
  • Self-starter, able to work effectively with little oversight in team environment
  • Proficient computer skills in MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint

Desired Experience, Knowledge, and/or Skills:

  • Experience with Air Force operational and facility management protocols
  • Knowledge of current GPS ground control segment and/or experience with system transition to operations
  • ASQ Certified CQA, CQE, CSQE, CQIA or CQI
  • Raytheon Mission Assurance Certification Program (MACP) Level 5 certification (any track)
  • CompTIA or CIW certs a plus
  • Detail oriented, process focused, and excellent organizational skills
  • Negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply six sigma techniques

Required Education:

Bachelor’s degree in math, science, or engineering is required

Read more and apply for the position at Raytheon.

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The Impact of Apprenticeship

The Impact of Apprenticeship

Solving the many unemployment problems in America has always been one of the top priorities of any political administration. No matter the political alignment, having a strategy that finds Americans a way into the workforce is essential. In fact, looking for alternate ways for Americans to enter the workforce was a major focus of our past election, with Hillary Clinton stating “College is crucial, but a four-year degree should not be the only path to a good job. We’re going to help more people learn a skill or practice a trade and make a good living doing it.” Donald Trump has also promised “to increase access to higher education and skills training.” Thankfully, President Obama has already planted the seeds of expansion for apprenticeship, a form of employment that combines on-the-job learning with additional training outside of the workplace. As the United States’ government continue to invest their time and money on apprenticeship, the program has shown that it is becoming a worthwhile investment in terms of money and effectiveness.

In a blog post by Forbes contributor Nicolas Wyman, he compiles the statistics that show how worthwhile the Registered Apprenticeship program has been. He states that “dollar for dollar, no workforce training method packs as much punch as apprenticeship.” In fact, “every federal dollar invested in apprenticeship programs brings a $27 return on investment.” However, return on investment should not be the most important identifier of a successful workforce strategy. The most important part of any workforce strategy is whether it can target the demographics that need jobs and how effective it is. To that point, Wyman writes that “apprenticeship is key to addressing youth unemployment, widening income disparities and the shrinking of the middle class.” Wyman also shows the advantages that come from being an apprentice, writing that “nine out of ten apprentices are employed immediately upon finishing their training, at an average starting salary of around $50,000 a year.” This is a major incentive for those that wish to forego university and enter the workforce.

Investing in Apprenticeship Inforgraph - Courtesy: Nicholas Wyman

Courtesy: Nicholas Wyman

With Registered Apprenticeship expanding and diversifying the types of programs offered, it is becoming a potential solution for many job seekers. Unfortunately, many of these job seekers and businesses still believe that apprenticeship can only be used in specific trade occupations when, in truth, “today’s apprenticeship programs are becoming more sophisticated and progressive, and can be found in many modern fields from engineering, sales and marketing, to computer programming and health care.”

A great representation for how far modern apprenticeship programs differ from what they were in the past has been South Carolina’s Apprenticeship Carolina program. This program is “comprised of six apprenticeship consultants” that work with employers to help make apprenticeship programs that are customized for their workplace. It has become the poster child for how to successfully implement apprenticeship into the fabric of a workforce strategy. In fact, the number of apprenticeship programs in South Carolina have increased 800% since 2007 – “from 90 to 809.” This figure also includes a significant rise in youth registered apprenticeship programs. With huge companies, like “BMW, Boeing, and Volvo”, backing their apprenticeship programs, they have successfully integrated apprenticeship throughout multiple industries. Even with a great apprenticeship strategy, South Carolina is still looking to offer more incentives for businesses to get on board with apprenticeship. South Carolina Senator Tim Scott (R) and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker (D) are looking to “incentivize public-private partnerships and provides a tax credit for employers who hire apprentices” through the Leveraging and Energizing America’s Apprenticeship Programs Act (LEAP Act). Not only is this a great tool to continue the momentum South Carolina has put into their apprenticeship model, it shows that Registered Apprenticeship has bipartisan support. With support from all sides and a history of effectiveness, Registered Apprenticeship looks to help answer many needs from job seekers and employers alike in the coming years.

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Coding Challenge: Change the CSS Style Sheet Using JavaScript - SOLUTION

Coding Challenge: Change the CSS Style Sheet Using JavaScript - SOLUTION

Below is a solution to the Change the CSS Style Sheet Using JavaScript coding challenge that I posted earlier this month.


There are many possible solutions to this coding challenge. The solution shown in the example below is only one possible option.

There were several errors in the original coding challenge:

  1. The id for the link tag on line 7 and the id selected on line 42 should have matching capitalization (mainStyles v. mainstyles).
  2. The anchor tags in lines 21-26 are not closed properly (</a> instead of <a>).
  3. The button id for the "Wild" button should be "wild" and not "experiment" in order to match the rest of the code.
  4. A quotation mark is missing from the getElementById method on line 42.
  5. The cleanBtn variable is used on line 50, but is not defined in the code.
  6. The variable named at the top of the switch statement should be called "stylesheet" and not "style."
  7. The second case in the switch statement is missing a colon.
  8. The expBtn variable in line 58 should be called wildBtn.
  9. A comma is missing from the addEventListener method on line 63.
  10. A semicolon is missing at the end of line 64.
  11. All instances of the getElementById() method are written as getElementByID(), which has incorrect capitalization.
  12. Extra lines of code need to be added to each case of the switch statement to remove the classes from the buttons that are not selected.
  13. The changeCSS() function needs to be called when the page is first loaded in order to select the current style sheet.

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