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Principal/Sr. Principal Structural Design Engineer (TS or SCI Clearance Required)

Requisition ID: R10067267

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Redondo Beach, CA, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: SCI
  • 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.

Strategic Space Systems Division (SSSD) is an industry-leading provider of 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.

Northrop Grumman Strategic Space Systems Division (SSSD) has an opening for a Principal or Sr. Principal Structural Design Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Redondo Beach, CA. The responsibilities include (but are not limited to) the following:

As a Structural Design Engineer, you will be responsible for engineering the preliminary, conceptual, and detailed design of Spacecraft components, sub-systems, and systems, including the creation of detailed simulation models and drawing release, and the coordination of manufacturing, integration, test, and delivery of the space vehicle structures.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Lead, mentor, and train a team of engineers
  • Provide technical oversight
  • Responsible for cost and schedule associated to SOW
  • Collaborate with IPTL in the development of the integration schedule
  • Resolve system-level issues and constraints, such as stress, structural integrity, thermal, dynamics, and critical clearances
  • Perform requirements definition, conceptual design, preliminary / layout, and detail design, drawing release, design review presentations, and support to fabrication/integration
  • Perform bus equipment layout, payload layout, preliminary cable and harness routing (DC, RF, Waveguide)
  • Work closely with stress, manufacturing, M&P, and test to develop design requirements, define structural load paths, develop CAD models and prepare engineering drawings to fabricate flight and structural test articles.
  • Interface with other cross-functional groups, customers, and vendors
  • Provide I&T Sustaining support
  • Responsible for source control drawings, interface control drawings, & installation drawings.
  • Lead and participate in system-level trades to ensure the vehicle design meets all physical, mechanical, and environmental requirements while accommodating the required payload, power, propulsion, thermal, communications, and attitude control system requirements
  • Supports Program milestone reviews (SRR, PDR, CDR, IDR, etc.) and Gate Closure/Lien Closures
  • Create a culture of trust

This requisition may be filled at either a Principal Structural Design Engineer level or Sr. Principal Structural Design Engineer level based on the qualifications listed below.

Basic Qualifications for Principal Structural Design Engineer:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline from an accredited university with 5 years of engineering experience OR Master’s Degree in STEM with 3 years of engineering experience OR Ph.D. in STEM with 0 years of engineering experience
  • Prior work experience in space subsystems design, mechanical design integration, or related engineering experience.
  • Proficiency in a CAD system.
  • Candidate must have and be able to maintain at least ONE of the following active U.S. Government security clearances: Dept of Defense Top Secret level - OR - SCI access with a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI)

Basic Qualifications for Sr. Principal Structural Design Engineer:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline from an accredited university with 9 years of engineering experience OR Master’s Degree in STEM with 7 years of engineering experience OR Ph.D. in STEM with 4 years of engineering experience
  • Prior work experience in space subsystems design, mechanical design integration, or related engineering experience.
  • Proficiency in a CAD system.
  • Candidate must have and be able to maintain at least ONE of the following active U.S. Government security clearances: Dept of Defense Top Secret level - OR - SCI access with a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with spacecraft design, integration and test
  • Active DoD Top Secret Clearance with current Polygraph OR SCI with current Polygraph
  • Proficiency in CATIA V5 and/or CATIA 3DX
  • Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering
  • EVMS/CAM, and Project Management experience

Northrop Grumman offers a competitive and robust benefits program. As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman, you are eligible for:

Medical, Dental & Vision coverage
Educational Assistance
Life Insurance
Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions
Paid Time Off
Health & Wellness Resources
Employee Discounts
Flexible Schedules: For example, some roles offer 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 view Northrop Grumman Benefits.


Salary Range: $101,400 USD - $152,200 USD
Salary Range 2: $125,800 USD - $188,600 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.