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Principal Engineer Mechanical

Requisition ID: R10023854

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Chandler - AZ, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes- May Consider Occasional/Part-Time 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 Space Systems is searching for an Principal Engineer Mechanical to join the Research & Development team within Launch Vehicles at the Chandler AZ facility.

The Principal Engineer Mechanical will be experienced in problem solving, out-of-the-box thinking, and who is passionate about advancing technologies from cradle to wide-spread use.  This individual must be self-motivated and naturally curious while able to work with a team on a common goal.

Current team applications include vibration attenuation, thermal protection, optimized strength to weight ratio, advancements in polymer properties, radiation shielding, and digital simulation.  The team is dedicated to being a resource for fleet improvement with an emphasis on Mechanical Engineering disciplines in a launch vehicle context.  However, advancements to the broader range of products offered by Northrop Grumman will merit attention.

Position will focus heavily on development of carbon composite layup geometries, methods, processes, optimizations, and research into property manipulation and advancement.  The planning and delegation of team tasks in analytical and experimental research balanced with small scale process development will be necessary.  Interaction with internal teams in structures, dynamics, instrumentation, test, and manufacturing will be common, as well as with external customers and technology vendors.

Ideal candidate will have technical knowledge and experience with carbon composites, resins, pre-preg layups, etc in aerospace applications.  A research background in technologies such as composites, polymer science, resin systems, Additive Manufacturing, spin forming, Carbon or Boron Nitride Nano Tubes, graphene, or advanced materials is desirable.  Experience with research documentation and presentations, as well as academic literature surveys is a plus.

Basic Qualifications:

Bachelor of Science Engineering degree plus 5 years of experience; Masters degree plus 3 years or PhD plus 0 years.

Knowledge in carbon composites

U.S. Citizenship is required

Ability to obtain Secret Security Clearance

Available to travel 0-10%

Proficient in MS PowerPoint, Excel, and Word

Preferred Qualifications:

Masters or PhD

8 years of mechanical engineering or similar experience with Bachelors of Science, 6 years with Masters, or 3 years with PhD is preferred

Strong written and verbal communication skills

Ability to present to experienced and demanding customer community

Familiarity with MS Project or similar

Familiarity with Matlab, Python, Linux

Active Secret Security Clearance


Salary Range: 79700 - 119500

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 (https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/) 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 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.


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