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Principal Engineer – Thruster

Requisition ID: R10065831

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Manhattan Beach, CA, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • 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: 1

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.

Strategic Space Systems Division (SSSD) is an industry-leading provider for prime satellite and payload capabilities and directed energy and electronics solutions for national security, military, and civil customers. We are built on a heritage of providing innovative, affordable and reliable aerospace and defense products that our customers rely on to achieve mission success. Join the Space revolution and make the impossible, possible.


Strategic Space Systems Division has an opening for a Principal Engineer - Thruster, to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Manhattan Beach, California.

The position involves working in the Chemistry Laboratories section which performs rocket thruster testing to support spacecraft propulsion production for Northrop Grumman. The successful Principal Engineer will be capable and comfortable working independently, collaboratively, and proactively. The successful candidate will have the skills to evaluate and apply engineering techniques to solve a broad range of rocket thruster testing challenges, both technical and production schedule driven. This individual must have effective communication and social skills, including the technical writing, and be able to interface with a variety of disciplines.  The successful candidate will be required to develop an internal customer base for the basis of their ongoing tasks. 

Essential Functions:

  • Capable of evaluating internal customer’s technical problems

  • Perform rocket thruster testing as needed

  • Develop and execute experimental rocket thruster test campaigns

  • Effectively communicate the results to their customer

As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman Space Systems, you are eligible for our robust benefits package including:

  • Medical, Dental & Vision coverage

  • 401k

  • Educational Assistance

  • Life Insurance

  • Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions

  • Paid Time Off

  • Health & Wellness Resources

  • Employee Discounts

 
This position’s standard work schedule is a 9/80. The 9/80 schedule allows employees who work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday to take every other Friday off.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors of Science degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) discipline plus 5 years of engineering experience OR Masters of Science degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) discipline plus 3 years of engineering experience OR Doctorate of Science degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) discipline plus 0 years of engineering experience.

  • Possess technical hands-on hardware engineering skills

  • Data interpretation knowledge associated with rocket thruster testing

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret and/or SCI security clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with hydrazine and/or monomethyl hydrazine rocket fuels and associated rocket thruster testing

  • LabVIEW experience

  • Rapid prototyping and machine tool experience

  • Active in-scope secret and/or SCI security clearance


Salary Range: $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 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.