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Principal/Manufacturing Engineer (Level 2/3)

Requisition ID: R10023029

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Beltsville, MD, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: No
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 7

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.

This requisition may be filled at a higher grade based on qualifications listed below.

Embark on a career putting innovative, reliable, and agile products and ideas into orbit, and beyond. Northrop Grumman has opportunities waiting for you that play a vital role in human space exploration, national defense, and scientific discovery, supporting multiple programs across the universe. With us, you’ll discover a culture of curiosity and collaboration that will have you Defining Possible from the day you start.

Our space systems connect and protect millions of people on earth every day, now and for the future. Explore your future and launch your career today. At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems in air and space that impact people’s lives around the world today, and for generations to come.

Northrop Grumman has an opening for either a Manufacturing Engineer (Level 2) or a Principal Manufacturing Engineer (Level 3) to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Beltsville, MD.

We offer phenomenal learning opportunities, exposure to a wide variety of projects and customers, and a very friendly collaborative workplace. We are looking for self-motivated, proactive, and goal-oriented people to help us grow our services and become even better at what we do. Does this sound like you?

Our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) provide benefits for the member, our leaders and the company. Our ERGs offer opportunities to be a friend, be active, be a volunteer, be a leader, to be recognized and to be yourself! Every ERG is inclusive of all employees!

Our diverse portfolio of programs means there are endless paths to cultivate your career. We are well-known for our inclusive environment, as well as our excellent work/life balance.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Creating and improving manufacturing work instructions to meet challenging hardware requirements

  • Reviewing engineering designs and drawings for accuracy and manufacturability

  • Managing Engineering Bill of Materials through the use of MRP

  • Working alongside the manufacturing teams to ensure that overall quality, delivery and cost objectives are achieved

  • Communicating manufacturing plans and processes to internal and external customers through Manufacturing Readiness Reviews

  • Provides technical guidance and liaison to operations, assists the supervisors on new techniques and assist in the determination of causes of rejected parts

  • Creating manufacturing plans and detailed work instructions

  • Provide redlines and/or updating of Manufacturing Work Instructions on the shop floor

  • Specify all necessary special processes, equipment, and fixtures required for manufacturing on assigned programs

  • Continuously work to improve manufacturing methods, efficiency and product quality

  • Participate in continuous improvement projects

  • Assist in tool design when required to help support operations by developing tooling concepts and using of CAD software to model and release of tool drawings

  • Monitor quality discrepancies, identify trends, investigate problems and implement corrective actions


This requisition may be filled at either a Manufacturing Engineer level or a Principal Manufacturing Engineer level

Basic Qualifications for a Manufacturing Engineer:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a STEM program with 2 years of manufacturing, process, chemical, or mechanical engineering experience

  • US Citizenship

Basic Qualifications for a Principal Manufacturing Engineer:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a STEM program with 5 years of manufacturing, process, chemical, or mechanical engineering experience, or a Master's degree with 3 years of stated experience

  • US Citizenship

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proven multi-tasker and self-starter with excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Working knowledge of TIG welding and heat treating processes a plus

  • Proficiency with Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software

  • Proficient in reading engineering drawings and a good understand of GD&T

  • Proficiency with MS Office required; MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint

  • Understanding of 5S and Lean Manufacturing experience a plus

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

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.