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Manufacturing Engineer/ Principal Manufacturing Engineer

Requisition ID: R10075034

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: Days (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 a Manufacturing Engineer/ Principal Manufacturing Engineer to join the Test and Assembly team, at our advanced manufacturing and design facility located at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia, PA

The Manufacturing Engineer will support Manufacturing Operations Engineering and will have design/process and hands-on manufacturing responsibilities, spending approximately 50% of the time or more on the factory floor with hours that may span multiple shifts.

The Manufacturing Engineer is responsible for taking the product design from the drawing and converting it into a sequence of detailed assembly/ manufacturing instructions.  The activities involved as part of this role include:

  • Create new and modify existing assembly/ manufacturing instructions with necessary operations to support build sequence, while also including specifications/quality requirements

  • Develop tooling / fixtures to conduct the operations steps and to serve as manufacturing aids for technicians

  • Provide guidance to Design Engineering during drawing reviews regarding design concepts and specification requirements to best utilize equipment and manufacturing techniques; and to identify any manufacturability challenges or changes required ahead of drawing release

  • Provide guidance to technicians on the factory floor to assist in any technical questions regarding the product build; and to resolve issues regarding non-conformances

  • Investigate and initiate corrective action to ensure product quality; resolve quality issues that arise during the build process to ensure all parts conform to the design configuration

  • Inspect performance of machinery, equipment, and tools to verify their efficiency

The ideal candidate will be able to work individually as well as collaborate with a diverse group of individuals, work tactically, but with an eye towards future strategy, and exhibit solid communication skills with internal management personnel and clients.   

Basic Qualifications for a Manufacturing Engineer:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or similar Engineer degree plus 3 years of relevant experience, or Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or similar Engineer degree plus 1 years of relevant experience  

  • Experience with solid modeling tools such as Siemens NX or Solidworks/Pro E 

  • Experience working in a Manufacturing environment

  • U.S. citizenship with the ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret clearance

Basic Qualifications for a Principal Manufacturing Engineer:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or similar Engineer degree plus 5 years of relevant experience, or Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or similar Engineer degree plus 3 years of relevant experience  

  • Experience with solid modeling tools such as Siemens NX or Solidworks/Pro E 

  • Experience working in a Manufacturing environment

  • U.S. citizenship with the ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret clearance

Preferred Qualifications for both levels:

  • Mechanical Engineering degree

  • Experience with Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerance (GD&T)

  • Manufacturing or engineering background in a marine discipline (e.g., Rotating Machinery engineering or manufacturing)

  • Experience with Large Mechanical Assembly and Heavy Lifting Principles

  • Experience with machine tool equipment and machine shop processes (Vertical and/or Horizontal Machining centers

  • Experience in implementing new designs and processes into a factory environment

  • Working knowledge and past experience with equipment and tool suppliers

  • Understanding of welding processes

  • Fluency in MS Office Tools with a focus on documentation  

  • Active Secret Security Clearance


Salary Range: $74,900 USD - $112,300 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.