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Principal / Electronics Test Engineer (Top Secret) – (Manhattan Beach, CA)

Requisition ID: R10068464

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Manhattan Beach, CA, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Top Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: No
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 2

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.

We have an opening for an Electronics Test Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals in the Strategic Space Systems Division (SSSD) organization supporting the Electronics Assembly and Test Department (EA&T). This position will be located in Manhattan Beach, CA.

The Test Engineering group in the Electronics Assembly and Test Department (EA&T) is looking for a level 2 or 3 Test Engineer with experience:

  • Working with a cross-disciplinary team (including technicians, design engineers, system engineers, quality engineers, and program management)

  • Writing test procedures

  • Supporting board, slice, and unit level electronic testing of Digital, RF, Optical, and Power Converter products

In this position you will research, design, develop, and test a variety of electronic equipment and systems, including radar and radiation detection equipment in a fast paced manufacturing environment. You will be expected to be a self-starter and work with minimal supervision.

Test Engineers are responsible for:

  • Working with the design team to maximize product testability

  • Providing test flows

  • Reviewing work plans

  • Reviewing test equipment and test set requirements to ensure compatibility with available facilities

  • Identify additional facilities that may be required

  • Identify general support type test equipment and test fixtures that will be needed during production testing

  • Write, review, and approve all test procedures

  • Interface with the ground support department during test set design

During the test phase of production, test engineers are EA&T’s test liaison with systems engineering, design engineering, software engineering, test set support, security, process planning, environmental test (such as vibration and thermal vacuum testing), quality, and program management. Test engineers are responsible for providing technical support for generating procedure change orders, dispositioning test discrepancy reports, and providing on-floor technical support during production.

This position can be filled at level 2 or 3.

Basic Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree in a STEM field and 2 years of experience, OR A Master’s degree, OR a PhD

  • U.S. Citizen with an active Top Secret clearance with a background investigation date within 6 years or be able to obtain, SCI access with a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) completed within 5 years

Principal Engineer

  • Bachelor’s degree in a STEM field and 5 years of experience, OR A Master’s degree with 3 years of experience, or a PhD

  • U.S. Citizen with an active Top Secret clearance with a background investigation date within 6 years or be able to obtain, SCI access with a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) completed within 5 years

Preferred Qualification:

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering

  • Working with electronic test equipment such as oscilloscopes, network analyzers, and signal generators, etc.

  • Working in a hardware manufacturing environment

  • Supporting flight hardware troubleshooting, and reviewing test data

  • Familiar with different product types (i.e. Digital, RF, Power, Optics, etc.)

Northrop Grumman offers a competitive and robust benefits program.

As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman, 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

  • Flexible Schedules (For example the ability to work a 9/80 work schedule, which allows an employee to work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday and take every other Friday off of work)

For more details please visit our total rewards site or chat with one of our recruiters to learn more.





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Salary Range: $82,400 USD - $123,600 USD
Salary Range 2: $101,400 USD - $152,200 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.