Principal / Senior Principal Laser Tracker Quality Engineer

Requisition ID: R10021337

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Clearfield, Utah, 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: Days (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 Aeronautics Systems has an opening for a Laser Tracker Quality Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Clearfield, Utah facility. Our team develops and implements complex dimensional inspection processes utilizing Leica laser tracker inspection systems. We support multiple prime contractors for military and commercial programs.


  • Works with and leads a team of laser tracker technicians within our quality assurance inspection group
  • Promptly responds to technical issues that arise on the production floor utilizing work instructions, design documents, and specifications
  • Clarifies work instructions to engineering and technicians as needed
  • Documents issues and disseminates information to engineering for incorporation into future releases
  • Resolves issues by collaborating with other resource groups as needed
  • Gets involved in challenging MRB repairs and special processes to assist technicians as needed
  • Develop and implement laser tracker inspection techniques, including training of laser tracker technicians
  • Write inspection setup sheets, procedures, detailed work instructions and reports
  • Perform inspections of various composite structures in support of development, production startup, MRB, or other activities
  • Assist with instrument & system calibrations; support internal and external audits
  • Read and interpret blueprint and engineering drawings and be able to document non-conformances

The ideal candidate thrives in a fast-paced work environment with diverse assignments. We do most of our work on the production floor, and we collaborate closely with technicians, manufacturing/process engineers. quality engineers, operation managers, and customers. We're a small group and a close-knit team. Our work is highly dynamic and our activities will vary from project to project. We are looking for innovators!

Travel is estimated to be less than 10% to support other sites as required. This role is day shift on our 9/80 schedule, which gives you every other Friday to pursue passions outside the office. You may be required to work on off-Fridays if required to meet business needs.

This position may be filled at the Principal or Senior Principal level depending on the qualifications below.

Basic Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) discipline and 5+ years of engineering work experience OR Master’s Degree in a STEM discipline and 3+ years of engineering work experience
  • Process or manufacturing engineering experience
  • Active DoD Secret clearance within 5 ½ years of last investigation
  • Ability to acquire a special program access clearance

Senior Principal

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM discipline and 9+ years of engineering work experience OR Master’s Degree in STEM and 7+ years of engineering work experience
  • Process or manufacturing engineering experience
  • Active DoD Secret clearance within 5 ½ years of last investigation
  • Ability to acquire a special program access clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with laser tracker systems
  • Experience analyzing data quantitatively
  • Experience in manufacturing, aerospace, aviation or inspection
  • Experience with composites
  • Knowledge of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)
  • Knowledge of aerospace specifications and requirements
  • Preference will be given to individuals already accessed to Special Access Programs

Salary Range: $79,700 USD - $119,500 USD
Salary Range 2: $98,700 USD - $148,100 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

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.