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Sr Principal Test Engineer

Requisition ID: R10077876

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Corinne, 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 Space Systems is currently seeking an experienced Senior Principal Test Engineer for our Research and Developmental Laboratory in our Promontory, UT facility. 

This job requires the ability to apply advanced technical theories, principals, and concepts in the solution of unusually complex technical problems.

Position requires supporting cross functional investigation/ problem resolution teams. Position requires a hands-on innovator comfortable with working under consultative direction from highly qualified and capable teams rather than by formal superior review.

Assignments are often self-initiated and include determining/pursuing course of action necessary to obtain desired results.

Position will serve as Subject Matter Expert and become the organization spokesperson/advisor to senior management on advanced projects, research studies, and applications.

Role description:

Work with a broad spectrum of customers from individual contributors to consultants outside of Northrop Grumman to develop new test methods and processes involving all types of pressurized fluids and gases. Successful candidate will be assisted to come to speed quickly by shadowing current subject matter expert.

Job Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Build, support, and partner with a diverse team to ensure test methods meet all applicable requirements and regulations.
  • Author, update, and review/approve work instructions.
  • Process Owner for a broad spectrum of test processes using all different types of pressurized fluids and gases.
  • Operate and maintain data acquisition systems: assemble, setup, and validate DAQ hardware configurations and solve DAQ hardware related problems.
  • Ensure proper setup/calibration of various types of data collection devices such as pressure transducers, load cells, flow meters, LVDT’s, strain gages, and thermocouples.
  • Technical owner for numerous expensive, complex pieces of fabrication and test equipment.
  • Develop documentation packages; educate and/or train other engineers and technicians on new or modified tooling and/or processes.
  • Install new tooling, equipment, etc. as-needed for new programs and customers.
  • Research and modernize control systems and hardware as needed to maintain lab capabilities.
  • Create and maintain software configuration files, duty cycle, test scripts, and test procedures for various dynamic test configurations.
  • Serve as a mentor/guide to a staff of 2 – 4 engineers and technicians.

Desired Qualifications

  • Highly hands-on, experienced in hydraulic and pneumatic test systems and their operation.
  • Experienced in instrumentation, computerized data acquisition, reduction, and analysis.
  • In-depth knowledge of electrical systems.
  • Comfortable supporting a broad range of working environments, from developmental lab through production scale.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced dynamic environment as part of a multi-discipline team.
  • Responsive and follows-through in a timely fashion on all inquiries.  Multi-tasker --- can handle working multiple projects at one time. 
  • Creative and open minded to new materials, processes, etc.
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to work independently and organize/prioritize job assignments and tasks
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to clearly present technical information including hazards and mitigation plans to all organizational levels in written and oral formats.
  • Able to see how the system works (big picture) while working on individual components (details)


  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering (Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Physics could be considered),  with 9 years of experience, MS with 7 years of experience, or PhD with 4 years of experience.
  • Ability to obtain Security Clearance

Salary Range: $108,600 USD - $163,000 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

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.