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Principal Mechanical Engineer (Mechanical Ground Support Equipment) 3 / Sr. Principal Mechanical Engineer (Mechanical Ground Support Equipment) 4

Requisition ID: R10078175

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Dulles, VA, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking 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 Division designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation-related systems to customers around the world. Our main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures.

Northrop Grumman Space Systems Division is seeking an experienced Mechanical Engineer to assist a team of mechanical engineers to perform Mechanical Ground Support Equipment (MGSE) design engineering tasks on one or more spacecraft systems or subsystems.

Responsibilities may include the following:

  • Work on design of Mechanical Ground Support Equipment (MGSE) hardware from requirements all the way through integration and test. 
  • Perform detailed design tasks using Computer Aided Design (CAD) and other software tools to develop and document designs. 
  • Interfacing and communicating with customers, program, Integration and Test (I&T), functional management, other engineering disciplines and component suppliers. 
  • Perform cost and schedule planning for MGSE projects and proposals. 
  • Be self-motivated and provide technical solutions to a wide range of difficult problems under limited supervision.
  • Skills include, but not limited to, Computer Aided Design (CAD), knowledge of Geometric Dimension and Tolerancing (GD&T), 3D Printing, welding, Design for Manufacturing (DFM) and Mechanics of Materials.

This requisition may be filled at a higher grade based on qualifications listed below.

Basic Qualifications:

This requisition may be filled at either a Principal Mechanical/MGSE Engineer 3 or Sr. Principal Mechanical/MGSE Engineer 4.

Basic Qualifications: Principal Mechanical/MGSE Engineer 3:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or related area and 5 to 9+ years of experience.
  • Must be a US Citizen with the ability to obtain government clearance.
  • Experience in performing engineering tasks associated with design, manufacturing and integration of MGSE.
  • Experience with Computer Aided Design (CAD) software.
  • Experience with Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) standards and preparation of manufacturing documentation.
  • Experience with cost and schedule management.
  • Knowledge of structural members, including weldments and other material joining and subtracting techniques. 
  • Ability to proactively seek out requirements from engineering, manufacturing and I&T.
  • Ability to document assumptions and requirements.  Ultimately verify validity before proceeding with MGSE design and manufacturing.
  • Basic understanding of analysis and simulation methods and results.

Basic Qualifications: Sr. Principal Mechanical/MGSE Engineer 4:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or related area and 9 to 14+ years of experience.
  • Must be a US Citizen with the ability to obtain government clearance.
  • Experience in performing engineering tasks associated with design, manufacturing and integration of MGSE.
  • Experience with Computer Aided Design (CAD) software.
  • Experience with Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) standards and preparation of manufacturing documentation.
  • Experience with cost and schedule management.
  • Knowledge of structural members, including weldments and other material joining and subtracting techniques. 
  • Ability to proactively seek out requirements from engineering, manufacturing and I&T.
  • Ability to document assumptions and requirements.  Ultimately verify validity before proceeding with MGSE design and manufacturing.
  • Basic understanding of analysis and simulation methods and results.
  • Ability to lead a team of engineers and designers to close complex design solutions.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with large and small structure design.
  • Experience with CREO Parametric software.
  • Experience with hands-on hardware fabrication.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience.
  • Proficiency with analysis and simulation tools.

    Salary Range: $92,000 USD - $138,000 USD
    Salary Range 2: $114,100 USD - $171,100 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.


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    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.