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Sr. Systems Engineer, Pointing and Tracking Controls

Requisition ID: R10058846

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking 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.

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems is seeking an electro-mechanical control systems engineer to join a team designing and building advanced, state-of-the-art systems in our Baltimore, MD location. 

Our team supports multiple programs to develop LOS servo control systems. You should have a strong control systems background, and experience with the design, integration and testing of multiple parts of precision gimbal stabilized systems.  These include gimbals, Inertial Measurement Units (IMU), Inertial Navigation Systems (INS), embedded DSPs or microcontrollers, boresighting, transfer alignment algorithms, motor selection, motor drives, and/or the EO/IR devices being controlled. 

Roles and Responsibilities Include:

  • Architect and lead small technical teams for the development of precision gimbal stabilized systems

  • Design, analysis, integration and testing of precision gimbal stabilized systems

  • Derive requirements for selection of sensors, motors, power amps, and digital controllers based on cost constraints and technical performance requirements

  • Provide technical oversight and review of detailed power amp and control board designs

  • Implementation of boresighting, transfer alignment, and motor control software algorithms

  • Contribute to technical proposals

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, or other related technical degree with 14+ years of relevant experience (12 years with a MS, 9 years with a PhD)

  • Experience with multi-axis pointing and tracking control systems with inertial stabilization

  • Able to function in a multi-disciplinary team-oriented environment and rapidly adapt to changing work priorities

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • US Citizenship with the ability to obtain a Secret clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience architecting multi-axis pointing and tracking control systems with inertial stabilization

  • Experience conducting structured trade studies

  • Experience with simulation and analysis of pointing and tracking system performance

  • Experience with the selection of sensors, motors, motor drives, or digital controllers based on cost constraints and technical performance requirements

  • Understanding of digital control theory

  • Experience with developing requirements for digital controls hardware and software

  • Troubleshooting, integration, and test experience

  • Experience implementing boresighting or transfer alignment algorithms

  • Experience as a technical leader of small and focused teams

  • Proficiency with MATLAB, Simulink, and circuit simulation tools

  • Experience supporting proposals

  • Active Secret security clearance

Salary Range: $149,000 USD - $223,400 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

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.

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.