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Hardware Engineer/Principal Hardware Engineer

Requisition ID: R10072197

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Aurora, Colorado, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Top Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 25% of the Time

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 Payload and Ground Systems organization within the Northrop Grumman Space Systems pushes the boundaries of innovation, redefines engineering capabilities, and drives advances in various sciences. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, innovative technologies to develop, design, produce and sustain optimized product lines across the sector while providing a decisive advantage to the warfighter. Come be a part of our mission!

Northrop Grumman Space Sector - Payload and Ground Division is seeking a Hardware Engineer/Principal Hardware Engineer to work in our Aurora, CO office.


The primary roles/responsibilities of this role include conducting research, design, development, and testing of information processing hardware such as computer chips, circuit boards, computer systems, and electrical components. Designing new or modifies existing products, develops technical specifications for production, analyzes hardware configuration and processing solutions, and tests hardware conformance to specifications. In this role, the selected candidate must have the ability to work within a group or independently where collaboration and attention to detail is critical to mission success. The selected must be able to work closely with contractors and government customers. The ability to work in varying weather conditions, and with hand tools and general construction practices is also needed. Conducts research, design, development, and testing of information processing hardware such as computer chips, circuit boards, computer systems, and electrical components. Designs new or modifies existing products, develops technical specifications for production, analyzes hardware configuration and processing solutions, and tests hardware conformance to specifications.

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

This requisition may be filled as either a Hardware Engineer or a Principal Hardware Engineer.

Basic Qualifications for a Hardware Engineer:

- Bachelor’s degree and 2 years of related experience; 0 years with a Masters. An additional 4 years of related experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.
- Must have an active Top Secret clearance.
- Ability to obtain a Passport.
- Must have prior experience troubleshooting technical problems and issues developing solutions.
- Must be able to travel ~25% of the time.
- Must be capable of performing hardware integration with minimal supervision.

Basic Qualifications for a Principal Hardware Engineer:

- Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of related experience; 3 years with a Masters; 0 years with a PhD. An additional 4 years of related experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.
- Must have an active Top Secret clearance.
- Ability to obtain a Passport.
- Must have prior experience troubleshooting technical problems and issues developing solutions.
- Must be able to travel ~25% of the time.
- Must be capable of performing hardware integration with minimal supervision.

Preferred Qualifications:
- Master’s degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Math, or related discipline.
- Experience in leadership, leading teams, and providing technical guidance to other engineers.
- Position prefers a candidate with a current TS/SCI Clearance with polygraph.


Salary Range: $71,500 USD - $107,300 USD
Salary Range 2: $88,000 USD - $132,000 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.