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Principal / Sr. Principal Airworthiness Engineer

Requisition ID: R10079550

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Woodland Hills, CA, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: No
  • 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 Mission Systems is a trusted provider of mission-enabling solutions for global security.  Our Engineering and Sciences (E&S) organization pushes the boundaries of innovation, redefines engineering capabilities, and drives advances in various sciences. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, innovative technologies to develop, design, produce and sustain optimized product lines across the sector while providing a decisive advantage to the warfighter.  Come be a part of our mission!

We are looking for you to join our team as an Airworthiness Engineer based out of Woodland Hills, CA. As an Airworthiness Engineer at Northrop Grumman you will have a challenging and rewarding opportunity to be a part of our Enterprise-wide digital transformation. Through the use of Model-based Engineering, DevSecOps and Agile practices we continue to evolve how we deliver critical national defense products and capabilities for the warfighter.  Our success is grounded in our ability to embrace change, move quickly and continuously drive innovation.  The successful candidate will be collaborative, open, transparent, and team-oriented with a focus on team empowerment & shared responsibility, flexibility, continuous learning, and a culture of automation.

What You’ll get to Do:

Perform technical airworthiness planning and verification support including development of airworthiness plans, basis of certifications, means of compliance, and certification activities for aircraft subsystems with integrated product teams and customer counterparts.

  • Review and coordination with other airworthiness engineers as well as internal engineering disciplines to include H/W and S/W design, system safety, and test
  • Interface with H/W and S/W design, system safety, and test engineering disciplines to obtain Airworthiness artifacts and compile Airworthiness documentation for compliance
  • Perform functional and process analyses, requirements allocation to translate customer requirements into criteria and requirements
  • Ensure the logical and systematic realization of customer airworthiness requirements into system solutions to meet program objectives (e.g., Flight releases, Type certification, and continued airworthiness)
  • You will work in a fast-paced work environment and collaborate across multiple engineering disciplines
  • Must have excellent communication, interpersonal skills, and the ability to interface with all levels of employees and management

This requisition may be filled at a higher grade based on qualifications listed below

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This requisition may be filled at either a Principal Level or a Sr. Principal Level. 

Basic Qualifications for a Principal Airworthiness Engineer are:

  • 5 years of experience with a Bachelors of Science in a STEM discipline; 3 years of experience with Masters; 0 Years with a PhD
  • Desire to work airworthiness planning and verification for aircraft subsystems
  • Familiarity with MIL-HDBK-516C and any of following: MIL-STD-810, MIL-STD-882E, DO-178B/C, and DO-254
  • Experience with airworthiness, quality, safety, electrical engineering or software engineering
  • Familiarity with DoD Military Airworthiness Certification
  • US Citizenship is required to obtain and maintain security clearance

Basic Qualifications for a Sr. Principal Airworthiness are:

  • 9 years of experience with a Bachelors of Science in a STEM discipline; 7 years of experience with Masters; 4 Years with a PhD
  • Desire to work airworthiness planning and verification for aircraft subsystems
  • Familiarity with MIL-HDBK-516C and any of following: MIL-STD-810, MIL-STD-882E, DO-178B/C, and DO-254
  • Experience with airworthiness, quality, safety, electrical engineering or software engineering
  • Familiarity with DoD Military Airworthiness Certification
  • US Citizenship is required to obtain and maintain security clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in a STEM discipline from an accredited university
  • Military and Civil Airworthiness experience
  • Military aircraft subsystems development or modification experience
  • Familiarity with one or more of the following: MIL-STD-1797, MIL-STD-1530, MIL-STD-3013, MIL-STD 1796
  • Familiarity with USAF Airworthiness Policy Directives, Instructions, and Airworthiness Bulletins (AWB)
  • Experience in Airworthiness Risk Assessments (AWRA), program risks and hazard analyses
  • Experience in Agile processes
  • Active Secret DoD Secret


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.