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Engineer 2 Guidance Navigation Control/Principal Engineer GNC

Requisition ID: R10067557

  • 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: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 1

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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.


Northrop Grumman's Space Systems Navigation Group is hiring for a Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) Engineer professional within the Launch Vehicle team located in Chandler, AZ.

GNC is designing, building, testing rockets for a mix of DoD, NASA, and commercial customers.

Position Overview
The GNC Engineer in the Navigation group will design, develop, implement, verify and test algorithms, software, and simulation tools to perform navigation of missiles, launch vehicles and upper stages during powered and coast phases of launch, flight, earth orbit, interplanetary cruise and orbital insertion, as well as during staging events. Navigation functions include the statistical processing of measured data points (e.g. Inertial Measurement Units, GPS, altimeters, etc) and their substitution into algorithms estimating physical reality. Working alongside Guidance and Controls experts, the Navigation team provides the necessary vehicle states to support mission success.

Essential Functions

The successful candidate for this position will be responsible for providing priority navigation technical contributions for a variety of programs, including, but not limited to, missile defense targets programs, next-generation interceptors, and various other missile and rocket programs. Familiarity with inertial, satellite-based, and integrated navigation systems and customer provided requirement analysis is a plus. Proven experience with flight software in a simulation environment is a plus.

This requisition may be filled at either a GNC Engineer 2 or Engineer 3 (Principal) Level

Basic Qualifications Engineer 2 GNC:

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

Ability to obtain a DoD Secret Security Clearance

Basic Qualifications Engineer 3 GNC (Principal)  

Bachelor's degree in a STEM discipline (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) with 5 years of related engineering experience; OR a Master’s degree in STEM 3 years of related engineering experience,

Ability to obtain a DoD Secret Security Clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering

Active DoD Secret Security Clearance, or higher

Experience with the C++, MATLAB, Simulink, and/or Python programming languages

Experience with the Linux Operating System

Experience with Inertial, Satellite-Based, or Integrated Navigation Systems

Excellent communication skills


Salary Range: $71,100 USD - $106,700 USD
Salary Range 2: $87,600 USD - $131,400 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 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.