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Staff Structural Engineer

Requisition ID: R10083866

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Clearfield, UT, 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 Aeronautics Systems has an opening for a Staff Structural Engineer to join our Design and Analysis team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Clearfield, UT.

Our Design and Analysis team works with experienced engineers, supporting sophisticated analysis of composite aerospace structures and processes. We engineer the latest composite structures for military/commercial aircraft and launch structures and are leaders in next-generation structure development. Would you like to work on the cutting edge of aerospace? Come join our team!


  • Primary focus of position is analysis of composite laminates and metallics, sandwich structures, bonded and bolted assemblies, trade study designs and structure sizing, Independent Research & Development project support, and development design and analysis
  • Support will include working on a variety of development and product designs for aircraft, launch vehicles, and satellite structures including both composites and metallics
  • Working closely mentoring, providing technical guidance, and reviewing work of junior structural engineers
  • Secondary focus may be as a liaison between our analysis team and material testing team providing subject matter expertise reviewing and guiding test planning and execution for composite mechanical/thermal property testing
  • Other aspects of this position may include working with design engineers and learning basic design skills
  • Providing support for Research & Development, Testing, and Manufacturing groups during the product development process
  • Acting as an advisor to management and customers on advanced technical research studies and applications
  • Applying advanced technical principles, theories, and concepts to contribute to the development of new principles, concepts and theories

Our team enjoys a significantly diverse range of assignments and collaborates with many Northrop Grumman teams to provide innovative solutions to complex and exciting problems. We are part of the composites technology development organization and work closely with research & development engineers, engineering technicians, structure design and analysis engineers, test engineers, and process engineers to provide state-of-the-art solutions to the most engaging problems.

We work a 9/80 work week, which gives us every other Friday off to pursue passions outside the office. Travel is up to 10%, all within the continental US and typically involves a 2-3 day trip once per year. Northrop Grumman offers a full suite of benefits to our employees. We are regularly voted among the top companies for work life balance. Our Clearfield location is surrounded by the beautiful Wasatch Mountains which provide numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation. Do you enjoy skiing, hiking, or biking? Picture yourself in Utah!

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) discipline and at least 14 years of related experience; 12 years with Master’s; 9 Years with PhD
  • Demonstrated experience in Finite Element Analysis (FEA) for aerospace structures using Abaqus and/or Nastran based solvers.  Static structural and structural/thermal analysis
  • Experience analyzing composite materials for structures and assemblies
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOD Secret Clearance & Special Program Access

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current DOD Secret Security Clearance
  • Experience supporting engineering testing and characterization of composite material mechanical and/or thermal properties: Test planning, test support, and data reduction
  • Familiarity with ASTM composite test methods and standards
  • Experience with any of the following software packages: Abaqus CAE, FEMAP, HyperMesh, HyperSizer, Siemens NX, MATLAB
  • Basic skills using CAD software packages, NX preferred
  • Knowledge of structural dynamics analysis, fatigue, and damage tolerance
  • Experience simulating composite cure deformations

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: $139,000 USD - $208,600 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.