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Associate Hardware Test Engineer/ Hardware Test Engineer

Requisition ID: R10079417

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Baltimore, MD, 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 Mission Systems is seeking an Associate Hardware Test Engineer/ Hardware Test Engineer to join our Advanced Secure Processing Operating Unit in Baltimore, MD.  This team produces cutting edge technology that protects mission critical information for various industry partners and government customers. 

The Engineer will support a product line of several programs and be part of the technical production team to produce deliverable hardware and software to meet contractual deliveries. This engineer will work largely in a classified environment to support ramp up production efforts due to increased business growth in the area. To successfully accomplish this goal, the Engineer will work closely with a team of systems engineers, operations project managers, technicians, and manufacturing organizations to process product through classified operations, address in-line issues, offer solutions, and keep production moving forward.

What You’ll Get to Do:

  • Process Circuit Card Assembly (CCA) products through classified Linux-based systems and special test equipment given defined work instructions
  • Conduct hands-on testing and troubleshooting, analysis of failure trends and root cause/ corrective actions
  • Address and provide support to technicians working on production processes
  • Check work in progress (WIP) in SAP to determine products to progress through production on a day to day basis, taking priority direction from the program management team or chief production engineer
  • Support the chief production engineer on process improvement activities
  • Contribute towards process documentation and refinement as necessary
  • Attend weekly technical production meetings for status on work progress

This position is a great fit for someone with a solid troubleshooting mentality; who can read and understand board level electrical schematics; enjoys working in a team environment; and can effectively communicate issues and project progress. 

This position may be filled as an Associate Hardware Test Engineer or a Hardware Test Engineer based on the qualifications below.

Basic Qualifications for an Associate Hardware Test Engineer:

  • Bachelor’s degree in an Engineering discipline or related STEM field
  • Current, active Department of Defense Secret Clearance
  • Experience with hardware/software interactions

Basic Qualifications for a Hardware Test Engineer:

  • Bachelor’s degree in an Engineering discipline or related STEM field plus 2 years of relevant experience; or a Master's degree in an Engineering discipline or related STEM field plus 0 years of experience.
  • Current, active Department of Defense Secret Clearance
  • Experience with hardware/software interactions

Preferred Qualifications for both levels:

  • Proficiency in Linux Operating Systems  
  • Previous work with CCA Board design/troubleshooting
  • Experience with troubleshooting test detractors
  • Experience with JTAG/Serial/Ethernet communications
  • Knowledge of SAP
  • Bash scripting



Salary Range: $67,000 USD - $100,600 USD
Salary Range 2: $81,000 USD - $121,600 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

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.