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Principal Engineer – Mechanical

Requisition ID: R10079959

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Radford, VA, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • 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.

Position Summary

This position is to support the Medium Caliber Ammunition Load Assemble and Pack Operation and is responsible for executing capital projects, overseeing large scale mechanical upgrades, and working with process engineering to implement proactive equipment upgrades that improve the safety, reliability, and efficiency of all NRE operations.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree with 5 years of experience OR a Master’s degree with 3 years of experience
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Must be able to obtain clearance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and Explosives as an Employee Possessor.
  • Must pass RFAAP badging requirements, including background check and drug screening.

Essential Functions

  • Lead major mechanical design and installation projects with a focus on cost, schedule, and robust design.
  • Create and maintain drawings for all new and existing equipment and layouts.
  • Actively troubleshoot and conceive of unique solutions to persistent manufacturing problems.
  • Develop ideas for capital expenditure projects that will increase process efficiency and decrease manufacturing costs.
  • Work in a team environment and function as a leader in mechanical and design solutions to process engineering problems.
  • Participate on teams to help make necessary improvements and changes to all process related issues in the Operations department.

Physical Requirements to Perform Essential Functions

  • Stand, walk, sit, and climb steps regularly.
  • Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
  • Ability to operate a computer.

Key Abilities Required to Perform Essential Functions

  • Excellent communication and leadership skills.  
  • Good computer skills, including use of Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint)
  • Detail oriented.
  • Ability to function as a project leader from concept/design to fully executed.
  • Ability to function in a team environment.
  • Ability to function autonomously, executing to overall business goals and objectives with minimal oversight and within delegated authority.
  • Ability to solve complex problems by evaluating information and data.
  • Commitment to operating safely, with environmental awareness, and with a focus on producing a quality product.

Salary Range: $79,700 USD - $119,500 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.