2019 Associate Engineer Electrical-19014756

Location: Wallops Island
US Citizenship Required for this Position: Yes
Relocation Assistance: Yes
Clearance Type: None
Number of Openings : 1
Shift : 1st Shift

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact peoples lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nations history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, theyre making history.

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation-related systems to customers around the world. Our main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures.

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems is looking for an Associate Electrical Engineer to join our team in Wallops Island, VA.  As an integral member of the Antares integration, test, and launch operations team, the Associate Electrical Engineer will support various aspects of the assembly, integration, test, and launch of the Antares launch vehicle to deliver supplies and scientific equipment to the International Space Station under the NASA Commercial Resupply Services (CRS2) contract.  Candidates will contribute to the final assembly, integration, test and flight of various orbital and sub-orbital space launch vehicle systems.

Specific duties may include:
  • Work in a fast-paced team environment performing launch vehicle avionics hardware & software system and subsystem level integration, test and launch operations.
  • Coordinating and leading Electrical Technicians performing functions supporting activities such as, integration, test, checkout, operation, and maintenance of complex electronic flight, ground testing and launching systems
  • Hands-on electrical integration and test of flight hardware; operating and maintaining electronic or electro-mechanical components, circuits or systems;
  • Reviewing, updating and maintaining test procedures utilized during manufacturing and launch pad operations for correctness and completeness against mission requirements, launch vehicle configuration, and component changes and modifications
  • Supports and leads the testing and/or evaluation/validation of electrical systems
  • Coordinating and performing testing with NASA, FAA, and Wallops Flight Facility Range and Safety personnel
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with launch vehicle Systems, Mechanical, Quality and Safety Teams.
  • Troubleshooting, documenting and dispositioning flight and test equipment hardware and software discrepancies and pursuing root cause and corrective actions;
  • Evaluating and implementing Lean solutions to decrease cycle times.
  • Maintaining launch day schedule by performing other duties as necessary.


Performance standards that an incumbent must have to be successful in this position include:

  • Leadership and teamwork capabilities

  • Interpersonal communication skills

  • Extracurricular activities (campus organizations, clubs, student organizations, community service)

  • Ability to effectively articulate technical challenges and solutions

  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills

Experience Requirements:

  • The candidate will possess a fundamental knowledge of and an understanding of the interrelationship of electronic hardware, electro-mechanical devices and control and data acquisition software
  • Hands on electrical integration and testing experience with multiple sub-systems or components involving a broad range of engineering disciplines such as; analog, digital, power, RF and embedded systems is desirable
  • Candidate must possess skills needed to interpret mission requirements, launch vehicle configuration, and component changes and modifications in order to update and maintain and perform test procedures.  Review test data to ensure that hardware has passed all required tests and is flight ready.
  • Knowledge and experience using test automation applications and data analysis tools such as LabVIEW and or MATLAB is desirable.
  • Experience in the testing of space-flight instruments and/or spacecraft or related electronic and electro-mechanical components and systems is desirable but not required.

Prospect Qualifications: A prospect, regardless of age and hiring source must meet all of the below criteria:

  • Bachelors Degree (BS) in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Information Technology or other related technical field
  • Possess an overall cumulative GPA of 3.25/4.0 or higher
  • Be eligible to obtain a U.S. Government security clearance (U.S. citizenship is a pre-requisite)
  • Ability to work in a fast pace team environment and multi-task
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Willing to work overtime and 2nd shift operations on occasions as required
  • Travel less than 5%
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.7
  • Prior internship or research experience in related field
  • Proficiency in Microsoft office suite

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions


Job ID: 19014756

  Reasons to apply:

  1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
  2. Use your skills to build and deliver innovative tech solutions that protect the world and shape a better future.
  3. Enjoy benefits like flexible work schedules, education assistance and paid time off.
None Required