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(On-Site) Satellite Systems Engineer / Principal Satellite Systems Engineer – Flight Operations (Clearance Required)

Requisition ID: R10065250

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Azusa, California, 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: 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.

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 Systems Sector in Azusa, CA is seeking Satellite Systems Engineers (Level 2), OR Principal Satellite Systems Engineer (Level 3) to join our team. This role will report on-site to our Azusa campus daily

Selected candidate will conduct mission and program specific real time spacecraft and satellite flight operations during readiness, execution and evaluation phases. Develops detailed plans and procedures to provide maximum mission support in areas such as orbit dynamics, satellite performance analysis, command and control of on-orbit satellites. Provides technical direction for on-orbit mission support, plans for critical vehicle malfunctions and recommends alternate operating techniques to continue maximum mission support. Conducts failure analysis of the performance of the orbiting satellites via telemetry data.

The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Provide mission operations support to the SBIRS program.
  • Support system maintenance activities such as procedure updates, architecture upkeep, and formal program milestones.
  • Work with systems engineers to conduct anomaly review board investigations as necessary.
  • Support testing using simulators and resolve discrepancies.
  • Support development and test command procedures, telemetry pages, and other products
  • Support operations readiness activities including customer meetings.
  • Support operations, including shift work.
  • Monitor vehicle state of health across all subsystems and perform short and long-term telemetry trending.
  • Provide status reporting through both the functional and program reporting branches.
  • Provide mentoring, guidance and manage tasks for the operations team.
  • Support internal and external customer meetings through proficient verbal and documented (MS PowerPoint, MS Word, MS Excel) communications.

Basic Qualifications: (Level 2)

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM field (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) & 2 years of related engineering experience, OR a Master’s Degree in a STEM field
  • Experience working with MATLAB
  • Active & Current DoD Secret security clearance 
  • Prior experience conducting on-orbit mission operations and resolving satellite and ground system anomalies.

Basic Qualifications: (Level 3- Principal)

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM field (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) & 5 years of related engineering experience, OR a Master’s Degree in a STEM field & 3 years of related engineering experience
  • Experience working with MATLAB
  • Active & Current DoD Secret security clearance 
  • Prior experience conducting on-orbit mission operations and resolving satellite and ground system anomalies.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree or higher specifically in Aerospace or Electrical Engineering
  • Unix environment experience.
  • Experience with engineering tools such as STK.

Salary Range: $74,900 USD - $112,300 USD
Salary Range 2: $92,200 USD - $138,400 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.