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Principal Manufacturing Engineer – Subtractive Manufacturing (Machining)

Requisition ID: R10077907

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • 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.

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems is seeking a motivated individual looking to be challenged as a Principal Manufacturing Engineer - Subtractive Manufacturing (Machining). The Manufacturing Engineer will support Manufacturing Operations Engineering in Baltimore, Maryland. She/he will be responsible for implementation of the latest industry technology and techniques in order to optimize manufacturing cycles, tool life management, high volume, and quick change tooling/fixturing in order to support unmanned manufacturing operations to implement lights out manufacturing.

The ideal candidate will have experience working with Machine Operators, Mechanical Assemblers, and Finishers (paint, coating, heat transfer). The Manufacturing Engineer is also responsible for innovation and continuous improvement.

The Manufacturing Engineer conducts multidisciplinary research and collaborates with Manufacturing and Process Engineers, Tool Designers, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Programmers, and Machinists in the design, development, and utilization of Additive Manufacturing Machines, Subtractive Manufacturing Machines, and Vacuum Brazing Technologies. He/she will be challenged to work with Design Engineering to enable more producible designs coming to these machining centers, as well as Inspection validating that output meets the drawing and specification requirements for the product life cycle.

The Manufacturing Engineer must be able to work individually as well as collaborate, share, and engage in teamwork with a diverse group of other individuals. This person must also be able to work tactically and be aware of the future strategy. The chosen candidate must have the ability to train, mentor, and/or develop less experienced engineers; solid communication skills; and strong leadership, collaboration, interpersonal, and team-building skills.

Basic Qualifications for a Principal:

  • Bachelor's degree plus 5 years of relevant work experience OR 3 years of relevant work experience with a Master's degree. Candidates with a HS diploma/GED and 9 years or an AA and 7 years will also be considered.
  • Ability to read mechanical drawings and a solid understanding of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerance, (GD&T)
  • Hands on knowledge and experience with manufacturing equipment/manufacturing processes
  • Fluency in MS Office Tools with a focus on documentation
  • Ability to obtain a US Secret security clearance is required. US Citizenship is a prerequisite.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, and/or Industrial Engineering
  • Project Management experience 
  • Familiarity with CAD/CAM systems, Model Development and CNC programming using NX 10.0 or equivalent highly desirable
  • Experience with CMMs, Structure Light Scanners, NDT, and other advanced inspection techniques
  • Experience with Statistical Process Control and Design of Experiments
  • Experience with Additive Manufacturing, to include both metals and polymers - Experience with Vacuum Brazing - Experience with Siemen’s TeamCenter PLM - Experience in implementing new designs and processes into a factory environment
  • Experience with AS9100, ISO9001
  • Six Sigma Black Belt Certification through an accredited university or organization


Salary Range: $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

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.