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GE Aerospace

Principal Engineer - Thermal Management Systems - Aerospace Research

Schenectady, NY

Job Description Summary

The Principal Engineer - Thermal Management Systems is a technical leader and innovator with demonstrated accomplishments in advanced thermal management systems technologies applied to aerospace subsystems and systems, including aircraft systems, avionics, gas turbines, and aerospace power generation. The Principal Engineer will partner with the leadership team and research community to drive technical strategy, build and deliver a portfolio of advanced thermal management and systems programs, and mentor team members while supporting the Aerospace business, government customers, and strategic partners.

Job Description

Essential Responsibilities:

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  • Invent and develop thermal management system technologies for future aerospace applications
  • Establish, maintain, and grow strategic relationships with the GE businesses and external community in areas of need for the organization
  • Champion the team's ideas with key stakeholders within GE Aerospace and externally to government agencies and partners
  • Develop and execute a portfolio of thermal management system programs; meeting deliverables, budgets, and schedules, while also contributing technically to projects
  • Contribute to an open environment and cross sharing of technology. Collaborate across disciplines and actively contribute to the GE Aerospace technical community
  • Provide technical guidance and development through effective coaching/mentoring
  • Represent and promote GE's research in the global technical community
  • Drive continuous improvement through standard work, KPIs, and process improvements
  • Patent your inventions and develop a record of publication via conferences and peer reviewed journals


  • Master's Degree in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering, or related discipline with a minimum of 20 years of experience in thermal management, fluid-thermal systems, or closely related discipline.
  • Strong foundational knowledge in one or more relevant technical disciplines: energy systems, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, propulsion, systems engineering, and/or thermodynamics
  • Proven track record of promoting compliance and safety practices
  • Demonstrated impact, technical project leadership capability and ability to lead, build and energize cross-functional teams in high-impact technology
  • Demonstrated ability to influence at senior levels
  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • Must be willing to work out of an office located in Niskayuna, NY
  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • You must submit your application for employment on the careers page at to be considered.

Desired Characteristics:

  • Doctorate in a relevant technical discipline and 15 years of relevant experience
  • 5 years of experience as a principal investigator leading complex projects with multidisciplinary teams
  • Be a change agent capable of influencing at all organizational levels
  • Strong ability to work in multi-business environment and develop technology synergy and roadmaps
  • Established network across the global thermal management and systems technical communities, including participation in relevant professional societies
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to inspire excellence and stimulate change

Due to the nature of the work done at Aviation Research, this role requires the individual to obtain and maintain US Government Security Clearance; prerequisite for a security clearance is U.S. citizenship. GE will require proof of status prior to employment.

The base pay range for this position is $130,000 - $240,000 USD Annually. The specific pay offered may be influenced by a variety of factors, including the candidate's experience, education, and skill set. This position is also eligible for an annual discretionary bonus based on a percentage of your base salary. This posting is expected to close on April 16, 2024.

Healthcare benefits include medical, dental, vision, and prescription drug coverage; access to a Health Coach, a 24/7 nurse-based resource; and access to the Employee Assistance Program, providing 24/7 confidential assessment, counseling and referral services. Retirement benefits include the GE Retirement Savings Plan, a tax-advantaged 401(k) savings opportunity with company matching contributions and company retirement contributions, as well as access to Fidelity resources and planning consultants. Other benefits include tuition assistance, adoption assistance, paid parental leave, disability insurance, life insurance, and paid time-off for vacation or illness.

General Electric Company, Ropcor, Inc., their successors, and in some cases their affiliates, each sponsor certain employee benefit plans or programs (i.e., is a "Sponsor"). Each Sponsor reserves the right to terminate, amend, suspend, replace, or modify its benefit plans and programs at any time and for any reason, in its sole discretion. No individual has a vested right to any benefit under a Sponsor's welfare benefit plan or program. This document does not create a contract of employment with any individual.

This role requires access to U.S. export-controlled information. If applicable, final offers will be contingent on ability to obtain authorization for access to U.S. export-controlled information from the U.S. Government.

Additional Information

GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation. GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a drug screen (as applicable).

Relocation Assistance Provided: Yes

Client-provided location(s): Niskayuna, NY, USA
Job ID: GE_Aerospace-R3755111
Employment Type: Other

Perks and Benefits

  • Health and Wellness

    • Health Insurance
    • Health Reimbursement Account
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • Life Insurance
    • Short-Term Disability
    • Long-Term Disability
    • FSA
    • FSA With Employer Contribution
    • HSA
    • HSA With Employer Contribution
    • Mental Health Benefits
  • Work Flexibility

    • Flexible Work Hours
    • Remote Work Opportunities
    • Hybrid Work Opportunities
  • Vacation and Time Off

    • Unlimited Paid Time Off
  • Financial and Retirement

    • 401(K)
    • 401(K) With Company Matching
    • Performance Bonus
    • Relocation Assistance
  • Professional Development

    • Tuition Reimbursement
    • Learning and Development Stipend
    • Promote From Within
    • Mentor Program
    • Shadowing Opportunities
    • Access to Online Courses
    • Lunch and Learns
    • Internship Program
    • Leadership Training Program
    • Associate or Rotational Training Program
  • Diversity and Inclusion

    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program
    • Employee Resource Groups (ERG)

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