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Test Engineer/Principal Test Engineer

Requisition ID: R10067447

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 25% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 2

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.

The Payload and Ground Systems organization within the Northrop Grumman Space Systems pushes the boundaries of innovation, redefines engineering capabilities, and drives advances in various sciences. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, innovative technologies to develop, design, produce and sustain optimized product lines across the sector while providing a decisive advantage to the warfighter. Come be a part of our mission!

Do you want to work at an international company with endless opportunities for growth and advancement? Are you eager to join a trust-based, globally connected team, where your contributions will define what’s possible? We are looking for team members who want to solve interesting, complex problems, which protect our nation. Your talents and passion are most important to us. If you don’t know a language, program, or platform, we will teach you! Become a part of our enthusiastic teams where we have fun working together and take pride in our contributions to the nation’s safety.

As a Test Engineer/Principal Test Engineer, you will be developing and sustaining systems using current technologies and others yet to come. We are seeking team members who have a thirst for knowledge, approach each day with optimism, and have a relentless drive to solve complex problems. Creativity and innovation are imperative for this role, because at Northrop Grumman, many of the problems we work on are impossible… until they’re not.

The Engineering organization pushes the boundaries of innovation, redefines engineering capabilities, and drives advances in various sciences. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, innovative technologies to develop, design, produce and sustain optimized product lines across the sector while providing a decisive advantage to the warfighter. Come be a part of our mission! This position will be based in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

What You’ll Get to Do:

  • Support the software development team focused on DEVSECOPS solutions

  • Support the development of system test solutions in accordance with project technical, schedule and cost constraints

  • Assist team in development of innovative Test Automation solutions

  • Participate in, prepare and execute comprehensive system/element level test plans and procedures

  • Support system/element level test planning and test readiness reviews

  • Document test requirements and methodologies in the requirements management system.

  • Review system engineering documentation to ensure test plans and methodologies meet system needs and are accurate, comprehensive, consistent and complete

  • Support the development of system integration plans, procedures and scenarios used in the conduct of software/hardware system integration testing

  • Participate in engineering peer reviews as a document originator or reviewer to ensure technical quality and engineering rigor is appropriate

  • Participate in project technical risk analysis and mitigation

This position can be staffed at the a level 2 or 3 based on the basic qualifications below.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Level 2: 2 years of systems and/or test engineering experience with Bachelors in Science (STEM) in a relevant discipline from an accredited college; 0 Years with Masters.

  • Level 3: 5 years of systems and/or test engineering experience with Bachelors in Science (STEM) in a relevant discipline from an accredited college; or 3 years’ experience with a Master’s degree; or 0 years with PhD.  

  • Interim DoD Secret clearance

  • Familiarity or experience with Agile software development methodologies, i.e., Scrum, Kanban, SAFe

  • Familiarity or experience with test automation

  • Experience in using a requirements management tool, such as DOORS

  • Experience in using a discrepancy management tool, such as Jira

  • Familiarity or experience with continuous integration and deployment environments and tools such as Bamboo

  • Familiarity or experience with version control tools such as Bitbucket

  • Familiarity or experience with Unix/Linux operating systems

  • Familiarity with MS Office suite of tools (i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active DoD Secret clearance

  • Security + Certification

  • Familiarity with the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS) Precision Acquisition Vehicle Entry (PAVE) Phased Array Warning System (PAWS) (BPP) or other ground-based radars such as the Acquisition Radar Attack Characterization System (PARCS)

  • Experience in writing scripts using scripting languages such as Korn Shell, Bourne Shell, Python, Perl, bash, tcl, etc.


Salary Range: $74,900 USD - $112,300 USD
Salary Range 2: $92,200 USD - $138,400 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.