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Designer 4

Requisition ID: R10072870

  • Category IconCategory: Technical Support
  • Location IconLocation: Elkton, MD, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • 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.

Job Description:
Northrop Grumman is in need of a Sr Principal Designer to work for its Elkton, Maryland location.  The position can be done remotely with regular travel to the facility location and others.

Designs components or portions of systems and modifies existing designs to develop or improve products and facilitate manufacturing operations. Utilizes computer-aided design equipment and/or graphic tools such as, Mentor Grapihics and NX. Gathers information and prepares original rough layouts, sketches to present design proposal.


Responsibilities to Anticipate:

  • Responsible for Printed Circuit Board (PCB) designs from conception to manufacturing
  • Creation of the PCB, Circuit Card Assembly (CCA), and Schematic drawings
  • Schematic Capture, Component Placement, Routing of Traces, Gerber/ODB++ file creation
  • Software utilizing Siemens (Mentor Graphics, Dx Designer and Expedition)
  • Design layouts include Rigid, Flex, and Rigid-Flex assemblies
  • Working designs include full designs, re-spins, simple tasks, change notices, and process improvement projects within and outside own discipline
  • Interface with different engineering disciplines including, but not limited to Electrical, Mechanical, and Producibility Engineering to ensure that the overall design requirements are captured and accomplished


Basic qualifications:

  • 6 years of related experience.  Will accept a bachelors or higher degree plus at least 2 years of related experience.
  • A minimum of six years of experience to include at least two (2) of the following:
    • Previous work history with PCB manufacturing or CCA manufacturing principles that affect circuitry and component layout
    • Experience with the electrical design process
    • History with laying out Rigid, Flex, or Rigid-Flex boards
  • The ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. security clearance. U.S. citizenship is required as only U.S. citizens are eligible for a security clearance


Preferred qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of Analog, Digital, Power, and mixed technology, including multi-layer designs
  • Technical PCB design skills using the Siemens design toolset including, but not limited to the Xpedition Layout tool suite with working knowledge of schematic capture, placement, routing, use of the auto-router, constraint manager, and library tools, and creation of complex PCB and CCA drawings
  • Export manufacturing data in both Gerber and ODB++ formats
  • Awareness of Valor NPI, Design for Manufacturing rule sets, other Design Rule Checking software
  • Understanding of drawings as they relate to PCB’s and CCA’s
  • Awareness of IPC 6012 & IPC 6013
  • Knowledge of military and commercial design standards, GD&T techniques, and overall producibility considerations related to electronic packaging
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills as well as strong customer interaction skills with engineers of all levels within own discipline
  • Must be able to communicate effectively through various means
  • Must be able to assist in developing technical solutions to semi-complex problems through use of ingenuity and creativity with moderate supervision
  • Must be a self-starter and possess the ability to work autonomously while establishing schedule and priority needs
  • Must be proactive not only within their own discipline, but be able to apply those qualities to other similar/complementary disciplines with minimal supervision

Salary Range: $73,500 USD - $122,500 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.