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Northrop Grumman (DoD SkillBridge)- Mechanical Engineer II-III

Requisition ID: R10047814

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Chandler, Arizona, 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: No
  • 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 (DoD SkillBridge)- Mechanical Engineer II-III

As one of the largest global security companies in the world, Northrop Grumman is proud to help our nation’s military personnel make the transition to civilian careers. Approximately 1/4th of Northrop Grumman’s 90,000 employees self-identify as veterans, and more than 1,600 are reservists.

The Northrop Grumman Military Internship Program (NG-MIP) is an approved SkillBridge Program under Dept. of Defense Instruction 1322.29.  The NG-MIP program is an opportunity for transitioning service members to gain valuable civilian work experience through an individual internship during their last 6 months of service, for up to 180 days.

The Northrop Grumman Military internship Program is open to all ranks and experience levels. SkillBridge participants are not eligible for compensation from Northrop Grumman, as they continue to receive military compensation and benefits as active-duty service members.

Responsibilities for this internship position are:

 Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC) has developed the Northrop Grumman – Military Internship Program (DoD SKillbridge) utilizing the DoDI guidance for Skillbridge.

During this program the service member will be on-site at his or her host company performing an individual internship in an entry to mid-level career type role. The service member will be on the job training supporting a work schedule equivalent to 40hrs per week. Outlined below are the Goals, Objectives, and Outcomes for the program.

Goals – Provide transitioning service members fellowship-style job skills training during the last portion(s) of their military commitment. This program is specifically designed to offer internships that result in the potential to transition to a full-time opportunity as the conclusion of the training. Interns will serve as a pipeline for high-speed, motivated military candidates into NGC.

Objectives - Service Members who complete the Intern program will be highly-trained, capable, future employees that align to the specific needs of the organization and are prepared to meet the NG mission “Defining Possible” on Day

1. This program provides a comprehensive internship experience including professional development, networking with leadership, and training specifically focused on NG leadership principles, company history, customer/stakeholder engagement, product and service overview, and core job responsibilities.

Outcome – Offer transitioning service member a rewarding opportunity to join the Northrop Grumman team.

DoD SkillBridge Eligibility:

•Has served at least 180 days on active duty

•Is within 12 months of separation or retirement

•Will receive an honorable discharge

•Has taken any service TAPS/TGPS

•Has attended or participated in an ethics brief within the last 12 months

•Received Unit Commander (first O-4/Field Grade commander in chain of command) written authorization and approval to participate in DoD SkillBridge Program prior to start of internship.

Candidate will be required to satisfy the requirements for a TSA access certification.  (Costs will be paid for by Northrop Grumman.)

Candidates who express an interest may be considered for future positions at Northrop Grumman.

Responsibilities for this internship requisition position are:

Internship Description:

The Northrop Grumman Military Veteran Program (NG-MVP) is an approved SkillBridge Program under Dept. of Defense Instruction 1322.29. The NG-MVP is an opportunity for service members to gain valuable civilian work experience through specific industry training and through individual internships during the last 180 days of service. Any rank, enlisted or officer, may apply for SkillBridge.

SkillBridge participants are not eligible for compensation from Northrop Grumman, as they continue to receive military compensation and benefits as active-duty service members. Your unit Commander must authorize participation in NG-MVP prior to start of internship.

NG-MVP is a program that will bridge the gap for transitioning service members and is held 3 times a year at various Northrop Grumman installations around the country. Service members will gain valuable experience and training throughout their internship with a potential opportunity to gain employment with Northrop Grumman upon completion of active duty service obligation.

NG-MVP Eligibility:

•Has served at least 180 days on active duty

•Is within 180 days of separation or retirement

•Will receive an honorable discharge

•Has taken any service TAPS/TGPS

•Has attended or participated in an ethics brief within the last 12 months

The Mechanical Engineering organization team at the Chandler, AZ facility, seeks an Mechanical Engineer II or III who enjoys problem solving, out-of-the-box thinking, and is interested in advancing technologies from cradle to wide-spread use. 

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 advancement 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.

Essential Functions:

This role will focus broadly on research, development, and business capture efforts under the supervision of a Lead Engineer. 

Effort will span a wide range of design, integration and test responsibilities in support of experimental research.  Specific tasks can include but are not limited to:

  • Organize, review, and release prototype and production drawing packages to produce components and assemblies for test and production.
  • Size components for vehicle interfaces, available operating envelopes, and performance requirements.
  • Initiate overall design concepts, detailed component designs, material selection, and assembly approaches to fabricate vehicle components and systems.
  • Interpret, select, and apply company/commercial/military specifications and customer requirements to processes, components, and systems to accomplish specific design requirements.
  • Perform stress analysis and evaluate weight and mass properties to size components for available operating envelopes and performance requirements.
  • Supply hands-on engineering support to build, assemble, and test innovative components and hardware prototypes comprised of carbon composite or other materials to resolve design, manufacturing, assembly, quality, and performance issues.
  • Produce engineering documentation, technical reports, and drawings to support design, integration, and testing efforts.
  • Interaction with internal teams in structures, dynamics, instrumentation, and test will be somewhat common, and will include exposure to external customers or technology vendors.

Position may be filled at a level II or III

Basic qualifications: Level II

  • Bachelor's degree in a STEM discipline (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) with 2 years of related engineering experience; OR a Master’s degree in STEM with 0 years of related engineering experience
  • Proficient in MS PowerPoint, Excel, and Word
  • Active DoD Secret Clearance
  • Ability to receive Unit Command approval

Preferred qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s in Aerospace or Mechanical engineering
  • Active DoD Secret Security Clearance, or higher
  • Course studies in design, integration, testing, or project coordination of Aerospace vehicles or Mechanical components
  • Design projects or extra-curricular participation in engineering teams with exposure to carbon composites, Additive Manufacturing, virtual reality, manufacturing, proposals, or program management
  • Exposure to research and development methodologies, documentation, and presentations
  • Solid written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge in carbon composites
  • NX or other CAD experience
  • GD&T training
  • Ability to present technical content to peers and project groups
  • Familiarity with Matlab, Python, Linu

Basic qualifications: Level III

  • Bachelor's degree in a STEM discipline (Science, Technology, Engineering and 5 years experience or or 2 years experience with a Master’s degree in STEM
  • Proficient in MS PowerPoint, Excel, and Word
  • Active DoD Secret Clearance
  • Ability to receive Unit Command approval

Preferred qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s in Aerospace or Mechanical engineering
  • Active DoD Secret Security Clearance, or higher
  • Course studies in design, integration, testing, or project coordination of Aerospace vehicles or Mechanical components
  • Design projects or extra-curricular participation in engineering teams with exposure to carbon composites, Additive Manufacturing, virtual reality, manufacturing, proposals, or program management
  • Exposure to research and development methodologies, documentation, and presentations
  • Solid written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge in carbon composites
  • NX or other CAD experience
  • GD&T training
  • Ability to present technical content to peers and project groups
  • Familiarity with Matlab, Python, Linu


Salary Range: $1 USD - $1 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.