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Principal Electrical Engineer/Sr. Principal Electrical Engineer

Requisition ID: R10078549

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Clearfield, UT, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking 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 Aeronautics Systems is searching for a Principal/Senior Principal Electrical Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Clearfield, UT.

Candidate will be responsible for the design of power, controls and process instrumentation per the NEC. Provide detailed cost estimates for project design and implementation. Troubleshoot industrial electrical equipment. Develop electrical maintenance guidelines for industrial equipment. Integrate and specify electrical equipment for robotics, PLC’s, servo drives and instrumentation.

Job Summary including Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Design, build, support, and continue the development of automated manufacturing machines and systems.
  • Manage projects to technical, quality, budget and schedule requirements.
  • Learn the details of currently implemented control system hardware and software for automated machines. 
  • Assist maintenance personnel as needed when troubleshooting equipment. 
  • Participate in development activities to improve capabilities and bring new ideas into projects.
  • Maintain documentation related to machine and systems design, fabrication and proofing.
  • Provide estimates for upgrade to existing or new equipment and systems.
  • Some travel to fabrication vendors and other Northrop Grumman facilities required.
  • Oversee and direct day-to-day efforts of tradesmen during integration of system assemblies, cables, computers, PLC, electro-mechanical assemblies, instrumentation and software into a complete system ready for checkout. 
  • Inspect or direct the inspection of control hardware installation to ensure conformance to established drawings, specifications, and schedules
  • Prepare purchasing requisitions for system components as required.
  • Assist the project lead and group manager with system estimates, project reviews, project budgets, design and development of new system products.
  • Prepare Statements of Work (SOWs) and supporting documents for procurement of automated equipment systems
  • Develop schedules, work assignments and staffing requirements to ensure successful project completion
  • Coordinate with other engineers and craftsman assigned to the project or a task, and reviews work progress and results
  • Support final test and checkout of system, including axis tuning and device calibration
  • Prepare the final system documentation (electrical drawings), system manuals, system operating procedures, system spare parts list and preventative maintenance schedule.

Competencies for Success

  • Ability to complete tasks with minimal guidance and with a sense of urgency
  • Ability to be trained and a willingness to work with others in a team environment
  • Experience with project management including budget, schedule and technical
  • Experience with design, fabrication and installation of equipment and systems
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills in managing time, projects and resources.
  • Leadership ability.
  • Technical attention to detail.
  • Drive and motivation to be proactive in problem solving and continuous improvement
  • Strictly follows and adheres to departmental procedures and protocols.

This role may be filled at a Principal or Senior Principal level based on the qualifications outlined below.

Basic Qualifications:

Principal Electrical Engineer

  • Bachelor in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) discipline and a minimum of 5 years of related experience OR a Masters in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) discipline and a minimum of 3 years of related experience
  • Ability to obtain a DoD Secret Security Clearance and Special Program Access within a reasonable period of time as determined by the needs of the business
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite – Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Project
  • UL-508 Standards
  • Control System Programming
  • Experience with electro-mechanical systems and their components.
  • Experience with Servo motors
  • Knowledge of current Safety Standards used in Automation Control, this includes motion, laser scanner, light curtains
  • Experience with AutoCAD or other drafting software package
  • Experience generating electrical schematics
  • Experience with project management including budget, schedule and technical
  • Experience with design, fabrication and installation of equipment and systems

Senior Principal Electrical Engineer

  • Bachelor in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) discipline and a minimum of 9 years of related experience OR a Masters in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) discipline and a minimum of 7 years of related experience
  • Ability to obtain a DoD Secret Security Clearance and Special Program Access within a reasonable period of time as determined by the needs of the business
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite – Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Project
  • UL-508 Standards
  • Control System Programming
  • Experience with electro-mechanical systems and their components.
  • Experience with Servo motors
  • Knowledge of current Safety Standards used in Automation Control, this includes motion, laser scanner, light curtains
  • Experience with AutoCAD or other drafting software package
  • Experience generating electrical schematics
  • Experience with project management including budget, schedule and technical
  • Experience with design, fabrication and installation of equipment and systems

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bosch Rexroth Indramat and Yaskawa servo equipment
  • Beckhoff PLC and EtherCAT equipment
  • Allen Bradley PLC and Ethernet systems
  • Industrial Safety Systems (ANSI B11 and/or IS013849)
  • Knowledge of Hydraulic Systems, Pneumatics, Heating (Electrical, Boiler)
  • Experience with Industrial Robots, preferred Kuka robots (KRC4 controllers).
  • Proficiency with AutoCAD software.
  • Expertise to develop electrical schematics that are logical, well organized and require little to no redlines.

What We Offer

At Northrop Grumman, we are on the cutting edge of innovation -- building the next generation of sophisticated aircraft to protect our country. Our diverse portfolio of programs means there are endless paths to cultivate your career. We are well-known for our inclusive, family environment, phenomenal learning opportunities, and exposure to a wide variety of projects and customers. We also offer exceptional benefits/healthcare, a great 401K matching program, and 14 Employee Resource Groups inclusive of all employees!


Salary Range: $90,400 USD - $135,600 USD
Salary Range 2: $112,000 USD - $168,000 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.