iReturn Technical – Mechanical Engineer

Requisition ID: R10017970

  • Category IconCategory: Administrative Services
  • Location IconLocation: Baltimore - MD, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes- May Consider Occasional/Part-Time Teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: Days (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: No
  • 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.

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems is seeking a Principal Mechanical Engineer to join its Structural Analysis team within the Hardware Organization as part of the iReturn Program.  This position is located in Linthicum, Maryland.

The qualified applicant will join a iReturn cohort of employees re-entering the workforce after a career break of at least two years. This cohort will receive special on-boarding designed to provide an effective re-entry into the workforce. iReturn provides experienced professionals with a 12-week "returnship" to prepare for a full-time career in one of several fields at Northrop Grumman through training, professional development and networking opportunities. Qualified applicants will join a cohort of employees returning to the workforce after a 2+ career break for this "returnship" program that focuses on giving you a seamless transition back into the workforce. This cohort program will approximately run from late January to early May and prepare candidates for an effective re-entry into the workforce. Upon completion of the program, candidates will be eligible for full-time roles with the company.

Learn more about the iReturn program here

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have the opportunity to work on revolutionary systems in the air, space, sea and on the ground, with global impact.  Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, and we drive to do what others think is impossible.

This position includes performing structural analysis on aerospace, shipboard, ground based, and space radar systems and structures.  The tasks will encompass loads development, stress analysis (static and fatigue), and vibration analysis of metallic and composite structures.  Experience performing classical structural analysis and finite element analysis of complex problems is essential.  Both written and verbal communication skills are important for clear presentation of results through reports and presentations.  Candidate must be able to collaborate in a team environment, mentor less experienced personnel, prioritize and organize tasks to support program milestones, and prioritize multiple program responsibilities to accomplish them simultaneously. 


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical, Aerospace, or Civil Engineering.
  • Typical minimum structural analysis experience / education: 9 years with Bachelors in Science; 7 years with Masters.
  • 2 year career minimum career break
  • Classical structural and finite element analysis including static, non-linear, modal, and vibration analysis.
  • Awareness for cost reduction and structural efficiency.
  • US Citizenship with the ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret clearance per business requirements.
  • Software experience: Finite Element Analysis (FEA), and Microsoft Office applications.
  • Develop Finite Element Models (FEM) at the detail and assembly levels.
  • Structural project leadership or stress team leadership experience, with oversight of multiple analysts.
  • Comfort with presentation to internal and external customers.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in Mechanical, Aerospace, Civil Engineering or a related field.
  • Active Secret/Top Secret/SCI clearance.
  • Software experience: MSC Patran/Nastran or NX CAE/Nastran
  • Experience with structural test applications.
  • Experience with DOD and/or FAA program structural load environmental requirements.
  • Highly qualified candidates will be considered for the upper level position.
  • Experience performing electronic component solder joint fatigue/durability analysis.


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. With the continuing impacts of COVID-19 around the world, we are taking action to protect the health and well-being of our colleagues and maintain the safety of the communities where we operate. As a federal contractor, and consistent with Executive Order 14042 ( we will require all newly hired employees in the United States to be fully vaccinated by January 18, 2022 or by your start date if it is after January 18th. Federal guidance allows for disability/medical and religious accommodations with respect to the vaccine requirement. Any requested accommodations must be reviewed and approved (if applicable) in advance of your start date.

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 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.

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We offer an array of benefits to give you the support you need, including matching 401K, tuition assistance, health insurance and wellness options, coaching, mentoring and more.