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Staff Engineer Modeling & Simulation: Dynamic Environments/Loads & Dynamics

Requisition ID: R10035851

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Chandler, Arizona, 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: 5

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.

Join Northrop Grumman on our continued mission to push the boundaries of possible across land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace. Enjoy a culture where your voice is valued and start contributing to our team of passionate professionals providing real-life solutions to our world’s biggest challenges. We take pride in creating purposeful work and allowing our employees to grow and achieve their goals every day by Defining Possible. With our competitive pay and comprehensive benefits, we have the right opportunities to fit your life and launch your career today.

The Mechanical Engineering Organization seeks Staff Engineer Modeling and Simulation at the Chandler, AZ facility.

Essential Functions – Dynamic Environments:

  • Develop environments such as random vibration, shock, and acoustics related to launch vehicle operations
  • Perform analyses using appropriate classical and computer aided techniques and prepare results for oral presentations, and written reports.
  • Perform random vibration and/or shock analysis
  • Build finite element and/or statistical energy analysis models for use in dynamic simulations
  • Generate dynamics test requirements and overall qualification test approach for avionics components and secondary structures
  • Execute vibration and shock testing from start-to-finish: pre-test analysis, sensor selection and installation, testing, data analysis, model correlation, and report generation)
  • Analyze acceleration and pressure time history data from ground test and flight for use in vibroacoustic analyses
  • Provide dynamic design guidelines and requirements to mechanical designers in early phases of hardware development

Essential Functions- Loads & Dynamics:

  • Under limited supervision, the candidate will develop complex dynamic models of launch vehicles, verify model quality, and determine steady and transient launch vehicle responses during liftoff, ascent, and staging.
  • Performing multi-body kinematics simulations for separation events like fairing deployment, staging, and spacecraft separation.
  • Define scope of task, perform analyses utilizing appropriate classical and computer aided techniques, and prepare results for presentations and analysis reports.
  • Contribute to the success of vital defense systems that protect the nation by supporting cutting-edge development of upcoming long-range missile defense interceptors, targets, space launch, and strike vehicles.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in a STEM discipline (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) with 14 years of related engineering experience; OR a Master’s degree in STEM with 12 years of related engineering experience, or a PhD in STEM with 9 related engineering experience
  • Ability to obtain a DoD Secret security clearance
  • In-depth knowledge of vibration theory, structural dynamics, rigid body dynamics, and finite element methods


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active DoD Secret security clearance, or higher
  • Bachelors or Master's in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering
  • Proficiency in FEA software, preferably NASTRAN , ABAQUS, or Femap
  • Proficiency in MATLAB or Python
  • Ability to apply fundamental analytical techniques and prepare written analyses
  • Previous experience with launch vehicle coupled loads analysis (CLA) and Craig-Bampton models
  • Experience with modal test, modal analysis, or explicit dynamics/FEA
  • Familiarity with Linux

Salary Range: $134,700 USD - $202,100 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.