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Flight Test Engineer/Principal Flight Test Engineer (Edwards AFB)

Requisition ID: R10049559

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Edwards AFB, CA, USA
  • 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
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 3

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.

This requisition may be filled at the higher grade level based on the requirements listed below.

The Systems Test Team is looking for experienced Flight Test Engineers to contribute to, and monitor acceptance tests during production, as well as first flight and beyond for a prototype aircraft and one of the nation’s most important test programs.

    The selected candidate will develop system knowledge of the prototype aircraft and be responsible for the safe and efficient data collection to verify requirements of the program and ultimately provide a platform for the warfighter. To do this, they will review and evaluate test requirements to ensure completeness of the test program, support and host test planning working groups, and be responsible for the authoring of acceptance test plans and detailed test plans. Using their test plans, these test engineers will monitor data during acceptance tests and ground and flight tests and perform data analysis to ensure the requirements meet the customer’s needs.

    The candidate must have excellent communication skills, must work well in a team environment, and must also be able to work independently in a dynamic environment because they will be responsible for making real-time decisions during testing regarding safety, efficiency, and effectiveness. They will be a subject matter focal point between maintenance, design engineering, and test site team - contractor and customer.

Basic Qualifications: 

  • Flight Test Engineer (Level 2):  A minimum of 2 years of applicable flight testing experience with a Bachelor's or 0 years with a Master's degree in STEM field

  • Principal Flight Test Engineer (Level 3): A minimum of 5 years of applicable flight testing experience with a Bachelor's or OR minimum of 3 years with Master's degree in STEM field

  • Secret or Top Secret clearance as well as the ability to obtain a Special Program Access clearance

  • Overtime, odd shifts, and weekend work will occasionally be required

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


Salary Range: $74,900 USD - $112,300 USD
Salary Range 2: $92,200 USD - $138,400 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

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.

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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.