Principal Engineer Mechanical-19014519

Location: Wallops Island
US Citizenship Required for this Position: Yes
Relocation Assistance: Yes
Clearance Type: None
Number of Openings : 2
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 a Principal Mechanical Engineer to join our team in Wallops Island, VA. As an integral member of the Antares integration, test, and launch operations team, the Principal Mechanical Engineer will support and manage 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:
-Hands-on mechanical integration of flight hardware;

-Developing/maintaining processes and procedures for the assembly, test, and flight of launch vehicle systems;

-Designing and developing tooling to aid in the integration and test process;

-Coordinating integration activities with supervisors, program engineers and various customer organizations;

-Leading a team of technicians and quality inspectors in integration and test operations;

-Incorporating design changes on work-in-process or completed assemblies;

-Documenting and dispositioning hardware discrepancies and pursuing root cause and corrective actions;

-Evaluating and implementing Lean solutions to decrease cycle times;

-Other duties as assigned by supervisors.

Experience Requirements:

The candidate will possess an understanding of mechanical system design, integration and test.
Hands on integration experience with multiple sub-systems or components is required
Candidate must possess skills needed to write test procedures and review test data to ensure that hardware is tested properly and has passed all required tests.
Documentation skills and experience on common PC desktop applications are also required.


Basic Qualifications: 

Bachelors Degree (BS) in Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering
Minimum of 5 years experience with Bachelors in Science; 3 Years with Masters; 0 Years with PhD
Able to work independently and complete assigned tasks without direct supervision
US citizenship is required
Ability to work in a fast pace team environment and multi-task
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Willing to work 2nd shift operations on occasions as required
Travel less than 5%


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: 19014519

What's great about
Northrop Grumman

  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
Yes, 10 % of the Time
No - Teleworking not available for this position