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CLS – Sr. Principal Aircraft Mechanic (Multi-location & Multi-Shift)

Requisition ID: R10076785

  • Category IconCategory: Flight Operations
  • Location Icon Location: Beaufort, SC, USA   |  Yuma, AZ, USA  |  Lemoore, CA, USA  |  San Diego, CA, USA +3 more
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: Any (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 52

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 to be staffed as an Aircraft Mechanic (Airframes/Powerline) or Egress/Seat Shop Mechanic

Put your skills to the test by pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. From global defense to sustainment and modernization to mission readiness, your experience and ability will make it a reality. Our programs are built on equal parts of curiosity and collaboration. Our combined effort means our customers can connect and defend millions of people around the world. With Northrop Grumman, you’ll have the opportunity to be an essential part of projects that will define your career, now and in the future.

Northrop Grumman Defense Systems (NGDS), F-35 Sustainment HPSI Operating Unit, has an opening for a Sr. Principal Aircraft Mechanic to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals.   You will be assigned as an Sr. Principal Aircraft Mechanic​ supporting F-35 organizational maintenance at Beaufort, Miramar, Yuma OR Lemoore . Your Mission will be to support O-Level maintenance on F-35.

Your duties and responsibilities include (but not limited to):

  • Performs Maintenance, Repair, Launch, and Recovery activities on F-35 aircraft.
  • Ensures aircraft are in exceptional mechanical condition and safe for flight by performing maintenance, inspections, and servicing requirements on all aircraft systems in accordance with JTD and all applicable program and service guidance.
  • Performs and/or assists with Field-Level Modifications and TCTD maintenance actions.
  • Assists with OJT training for team members and partner aircraft maintenance personnel.
  • Maintains and updates aircraft records and status within the Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) of ALIS. Keeps the production staff updated on aircraft status.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Aircraft Maintenance Manager.
  • Performs required Airframe and Powerplant General (APG) tasks as part of F-35 Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) performing heavy/depot level modifications. Maintenance tasks include configuring aircraft for modifications, removal and installation of attaching hardware, component removal and installations, assistance with software uploads, various system operational checkouts, and egress system maintenance. Technical requirements also include fault isolation, troubleshooting, and repair of system failures detected during operational checks associated with modifications and restoration of aircraft to flying condition subsequent to accomplishment of modifications and maintenance. Interprets and uses various test equipment and works from wiring diagrams, engineering drawings, job guides, and maintenance manuals.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Air Force 5 or 7 Level, US Navy or Marine Corps CDI, or equivalent Airframe and Power Plant (A&P).
  • High School Diploma or GED with a minimum of 6 Years of aircraft airframe/powerplants and/or crew chief experience.
  • Ability to read and interpret technical data and blueprint drawings.
  • Must have an Active Secret Clearance or higher (US Citizenship required), ability to obtain Special Access Program clearance, as required.
  • Must be willing to provide temporary support to our other CLS locations and/or emerging deployments
  • Must be willing to work a flexible work schedule that may include extended shifts, holidays, and weekends and support on call status for 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week, 365 days a year. 
  • Able to meet the physical demands of this position, including regularly required to lift up to 50 pounds and perform repetitive movements, work overhead, use hands to grasp, handle, and/or feel, reach. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, squat, crawl, and twist.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 8 Years F-22 or F-35 Airframes/Powerplants and/or Crew Chief Experience

This position reports to Beaufort, SC, USA, however, you are able to work from any of the additional 3 locations listed above.


Salary Range: $61,000 USD - $112,400 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.