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Naval Architect (Principal/Sr. Principal)

Requisition ID: R10068750

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Annapolis, Maryland, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • 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.

Join Northrop Grumman on our continued mission to push the boundaries of possible across land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace. Enjoy a culture where your voice is valued and start contributing to our team of passionate professionals providing real-life solutions to our world’s biggest challenges. We take pride in creating purposeful work and allowing our employees to grow and achieve their goals every day by Defining Possible. With our competitive pay and comprehensive benefits, we have the right opportunities to fit your life and launch your career today.

The Naval & Oceanic Systems business unit headquartered in Annapolis, MD is seeking dependable individuals willing to work in a collaborative environment and that are interested in expanding their horizons. The Mechanical Engineering Department is seeking a Principal Mechanical Systems Engineer / Senior Principal Mechanical Systems Engineer with a naval architecture or ocean engineering background in manned submersibles to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals.

Essential Functions:

Perform naval architectural roles associated with underwater vehicle system design including requirements and operations analysis, conceptual vehicle design, pressure hull sizing, variable ballast assessment, basic hydrodynamic analysis, energy system sizing, propulsion/propulsor design, weight, equilibrium, stability, and trim calculations and tests, and auxiliary systems design.  The successful candidate will be expected to provide technical leadership to their programs in all areas of naval architecture.

The candidate must be able to collaborate in a team environment, prioritize and adjust tasks to accomplish the project result, prioritize multiple responsibilities and/or accomplishing them simultaneously, and comprehend and analyze complex problems and develop solutions. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.

Basic Qualifications for a Principle Mechanical Systems Engineer (Naval Architect):

  • BS degree in Naval Architecture, Ocean Engineering, or STEM equivalent and a minimum of 5 years of experience in the design, testing and/or operation of marine vehicles or MS degree with 3 years of experience
  • Proficiency with naval architectural principles, tools, and calculations
  • Proficiency in using common engineering design, production, analysis, and office tools
  • US citizen and possess an active Secret clearance to start with the ability and willingness to obtain a TS/SCI and pass a polygraph.

Basic Qualifications for a Senior Principal Mechanical Systems Engineer (Naval Architect):

  • BS degree in Naval Architecture, Ocean Engineering, or STEM equivalent and a minimum of 9 years of experience in the design, testing and/or operation of marine vehicles or MS degree with 7 years of experience
  • Proficiency with naval architectural principles, tools, and calculations
  • Proficiency in using common engineering design, production, analysis, and office tools.
  • US citizen and possess an active Secret clearance to start with the ability and willingness to obtain a TS/SCI and pass a polygraph.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated skills/experience in the design, testing and/or operation of manned submersibles, underwater vehicle launch and recovery systems, and small planing boat performance modeling
  • Experience in towed systems and umbilical dynamic analysis including the use of Orcaflex
  • Experience in the construction, testing, and certification of underwater vehicles
  • Active TS/SCI clearance

Salary Range: $96,900 USD - $145,300 USD
Salary Range 2: $120,000 USD - $180,000 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 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.