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Sr Principal Flight Testing Engineer (Palmdale/ Edwards AFB))

Requisition ID: R10047893

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location Icon Location: Palmdale, CA, USA   |  Edwards AFB, CA, USA +1 more
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people's 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 nation's 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, they're making history.

The test team is looking for a Senior Principle OR Staff Flight Test Engineer.

The position will be in Palmdale or Edwards AFB.

  • The candidate will develop and publish Integrated Test Plans, detailed test plans, test schedules, and test procedures for developmental testing.  
  • Provide laboratory support for integration testing.
  • Support and host test planning working groups.  
  • Interface with test article design and analysis teams to define test configuration and data requirements.  
  • Review and evaluate test requirements to ensure completeness of test program.
  • Perform technical analysis of complete systems and prepares comprehensive system level evaluations.  
  • Support test card development and review in collaboration with other engineering disciplines and test operations personnel.
  • Support test readiness reviews, and pre/post-test briefings.
  • Provide mission control room support and makes real-time decisions regarding safety, efficiency, and effectiveness.
  • Conduct and contributes to pre and post-test data analyses to support anomaly identification and resolution. Maintains metrics on status of testing and constraints.
  • This position requires outstanding written and oral communications skills. Individual will be required to serve as either a principal subject matter focal point between maintenance, design engineering, and test site team - contractor and customer.
  • Individual must be able to work under only general direction to determine and develop approaches to solutions; must be able to work both within a team environment and independently; must be self-motivated, thorough, and detailed; and must be willing to learn additional engineering discipline areas.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Integrated Analysis & Data System (IADS)
  • Overtime, odd shifts, and weekend work will occasionally be required. 

Basic Qualifications for Level Sr Principal:

  • A Bachelors in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM Degree).
  • A minimum of 9 years of applicable experience with a BS Degree or 7 years with a MS degree in STEM Field
  • This position requires a DoD Secret or Top Secret clearance as well as the ability to obtain and maintain a Special Program Access clearance.
  • This position also requires guidance, navigation and control or flying qualities experience in a control room environment.

Preferred Qualifications: 
In depth knowledge of or test experience, to include control room monitoring.

Top Secret clearance

This position reports to Palmdale, CA, USA, however, this position can also be worked from Edwards AFB, CA, CA, USA.


Salary Range: $114,300 USD - $171,500 USD

Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results. Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.

The health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority. The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042 https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/.

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 http://www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.



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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 work-life balance, education assistance and paid time off.


Did you know?

Northrop Grumman leads the industry team for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the largest, most complex and powerful space telescope ever built. Launched in December 2021, the telescope incorporates innovative design, advanced technology, and groundbreaking engineering, and will fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe.