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Principal Electrical Engineer (Active Secret Security Clearance Required)

Requisition ID: R10056067

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Baltimore, 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: 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.

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, but they're also 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.

Payload and Ground Systems Division- Remote Sensing Programs (PGS RSP) is a strategic partner specializing in delivering intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance solutions for classified and unclassified missions in space.  Headquartered in Linthicum, Maryland, PGS RSP has offices, manufacturing, and world-class assembly, integration, and test facilities.  We do it all here, on-site, from sensors to payloads to full up spacecraft, supporting Class A to Class D missions.  Our key capabilities include Active RF, Passive RF, and Electro-Optical payloads, space solar power, cross domain missions, and space resilience payloads & solutions.

We have an opening for an experienced Principal Electronics Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals in the Space Systems organization. This position is in Baltimore, MD. 

This requisition is for a Test Set Design Engineer, who will be responsible for the design and fabrication of the Electrical Ground Support Equipment (EGSE) suite of test sets. The EGSE test sets are used to checkout, integrate, and operate Flight hardware during ground test. These test sets provide power, control, telemetry, safety interlocking and cooling. This candidate will be part of a small EGSE Design Team supporting several programs.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Panel & cable design, electrical interconnects & schematics, developing acceptance criteria & certification procedures, and hardware checkout/troubleshooting.
  • Root cause determination, problem resolution and documentation is expected.
  • Interface with subsystem test engineers, test operators, technicians, systems administrators, security team, and vendors to provide support for various test set tasks as required.
  • Full design cycle of EGSE, from conception through design to fabrication and integration/test.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in STEM discipline with 5+ years of related experience, OR Master's degree in STEM discipline with 3+ years of related experience, OR Ph.D. with 0 years of experience
  • Proficient in hardware design to include panel and/or cable design, schematic layouts, etc.
  • Minimum of 1 years’ experience in hardware design
  • Must have an Active Secret security clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active TS /SCI clearance
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in hardware design
  • Proficient with integrated (analog, power, digital) hardware design
  • Proficient with lab test equipment, such as DMMs, O-Scopes, or related
  • Proficient with electrical design tools (e.g., Zuken, AutoCAD, PSpice)
  • Proficient with hands-on troubleshooting with electrical hardware
  • Proficient in Test Automation Software (LabView, TCL, MatLab)


Salary Range: $96,900 USD - $145,300 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.