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Principal / Sr. Principal Programmable Logic Engineer (AHT)

Requisition ID: R10077964

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Northridge, 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: 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.

Northrop Grumman Defense Systems is currently seeking a Principal / Sr. Principal Programmable Logic Engineer to provide talent to our Advanced Weapons (AW) group in Northridge, CA. 

Relocation assistance, while not guaranteed, may be available.

Job Summary

· Perform analysis, design, and test of one or more complex designs, requiring the use of ingenuity and creativity without detailed direction from management or other engineers.

· Study design concepts and criteria to ascertain engineering principles and solutions to generally defined problems.

· Participate in peer evaluation of completed design and make modifications necessary to achieve a design that satisfies requirements.

· Develop, coordinate, and conduct the test programs required to verify and validate the design.

· May also oversee component supplier or subsystem design, analysis, manufacture, and test.

Key responsibilities

· Developing RTL designs in VHDL or Verilog using state of the art Xilinx and Intel/Altera SoC FPGA development toolsets.

· Assist in the development of circuit cards using Intel/Altera FPGAs, high speed serial interfaces, analog and power circuits.

· Performing or assist in performing signal integrity analysis using Mentor Graphics HyperLynx toolset.

· Overseeing and participating in hardware test and integration in a laboratory environment using a variety of test equipment including oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, and DMMs.

· Using oral and verbal presentation skills to effectively communicate at a detailed technical level, as well as distilling advanced concepts into fundamental principles for teammates and customers.

· Working and performing in a multi-disciplinary research and development environment.

· Evaluating engineering design concepts.

· Creating test plans and procedures for a variety of circuit cards, including environmental testing.

· Developing specifications and requirements, reviewing Engineering Change Proposals, and generating formal whitepapers and failure reports.

·  Supporting program Engineering Configuration Change Board (CCB), Corrective Action Board (CAB), and Failure Review Board (FRB) meetings as required.

· Identifying opportunities for improvement based on review of failure data and supporting development and implementation of component design improvements and updates.

· Supporting design reviews and test activities as needed.

· Supporting subcontractor assessment, selection, and coordination activities with respect to analog and digital design needs.

· Adhering to and following established design processes, including design documentation, review, and release processes.

The selected candidate for this position is required to be on-site.

This position can be filled as a Principal Systems Engineer (T03) or Sr. Principal Systems Engineer (T04) level depending upon level of education, experience, and demonstrated skills.

Basic qualifications for each level are listed below.

BQs for a Principal FPGA Engineer are:

BS in Electrical or Computer Engineering (or related degree) and 5+ years of experience, or MS with 3 years of experience in Electrical or Computer Engineering. (or related degree) and 3+ years of experience in RTL/FPGA designs including evaluation of engineering design concepts.

· Must hold or be able to obtain an active DoD Secret Clearance.

· Must be familiar with and proficient using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, Visio)

· Experience collecting test data using digital storage oscilloscopes, digital multi-meters, logic analyzers, in-circuit emulators, RF network analyzers, spectrum analyzers, and arbitrary waveform generators.

· Experience reading and interpreting military requirements, specifications, and engineering drawings/schematics.

· Proven experience building effective working relationships with customers, coworkers, and vendors.

· Must be a self-starter capable of performing assigned tasks with minimal direction.

· Must be an innovative thinker with a demonstrated ability for solving complex problems that may require ingenuity and “out of the box” ideas.

· Experience working in an inter-disciplinary functional team.

· Must be able to study and understand complex electronics/mechanical systems

· Must be meticulous with documentation.

· Must understand and be able to show traceability to requirements and technical references.

· Experience in reviewing presentations, emails, white papers, trade studies, and reports for content and accuracy.

· Proven ability to sustain products through end-of-life, including obsolescence management.

BQs for a Sr. Principal FPGA Engineer are:

BS in Electrical or Computer Engineering (or related degree) and 9+ years of experience, or MS with 7 years of experience in Electrical or Computer Engineering. (or related degree) and 5+ years of experience in RTL/FPGA designs including evaluation of engineering design concepts.

· Must hold or be able to obtain an active DoD Secret Clearance.

· Must be familiar with and proficient using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, Visio)

· Experience collecting test data using digital storage oscilloscopes, digital multi-meters, logic analyzers, in-circuit emulators, RF network analyzers, spectrum analyzers, and arbitrary waveform generators.

· Experience reading and interpreting military requirements, specifications, and engineering drawings/schematics.

· Proven experience building effective working relationships with customers, coworkers, and vendors.

· Must be a self-starter capable of performing assigned tasks with minimal direction.

· Must be an innovative thinker with a demonstrated ability for solving complex problems that may require ingenuity and “out of the box” ideas.

· Experience working in an inter-disciplinary functional team.

· Must be able to study and understand complex electronics/mechanical systems

· Must be meticulous with documentation.

· Must understand and be able to show traceability to requirements and technical references.

· Experience in reviewing presentations, emails, white papers, trade studies, and reports for content and accuracy.

· Proven ability to sustain products through end-of-life, including obsolescence management.

Preferred Qualifications

· Knowledge of programming languages including C/C++ or scripting languages such as TCL/TK or Python is strongly desired.

· Knowledge of MATLAB is strongly desired.

· Experience or familiarity in anti-tamper and cybersecurity implementations also a plus.


Salary Range: $111,600 USD - $167,400 USD
Salary Range 2: $138,300 USD - $207,500 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.