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Principal Structural Analysis Engineer

Requisition ID: R10054652

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Commerce, California, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking 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.

We are seeking a Principal Structural Analysis Engineer for the Design Engineering team at Commerce California, where we design and manufacture high performance pressure vessels for use in space applications.  As part of the Payload and Ground Systems Division, the Northrop Grumman Commerce facility is the leading supplier of pressure vessels for space missions in the world.  At the facility we produce a wide variety of pressure vessels supporting a wide variety of missions, both foreign and domestic, commercial, defense, and civil space.  This position is part of the design and analysis engineering team and performs structural analyses of pressure vessel hardware.  This position reports to a Senior Manager of Engineering.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Support development of flight hardware from preliminary through detailed design, drawing release, manufacturing, integration, verification testing, and delivery

  • Assess the structural integrity of pressure vessels utilizing governing equations for preliminary sizing and layouts

  • Perform Finite Element Analysis of pressure vessels and tank assemblies to assess pressure and external load margins

  • Perform fracture analysis using NASGRO / NASFLA program

  • Prepare and make presentations summarizing structural assessment results for internal review boards and external customer design reviews

  • Prepare reports summarizing analytical findings and results

  • Interact with design and development teams (teams include specialists in Design, Analysis, Quality, Materials, Manufacturing) to create and verify creative design solutions that meet all requirements (technical, cost, schedule)

  • Support environmental testing, including random, sine, shock, and thermal cycle testing

  • Support assessment and disposition of discrepant hardware and hardware anomalies

Basic Qualifications:

  • Requires a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or related engineering/scientific discipline and five (5-7) years of related experience

  • Experience with NASTRAN and/or FEMAP/ABAQUS modelling software

  • Experience with MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

  • Must be a self-starter with the ability to work independently and as part of a team

  • Must be a US citizen and have the ability to work on ITAR controlled products

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with pressure vessel design and analysis

  • 5-7+ years experience with space flight hardware (design, development, and/or test)

  • Experience with space propulsion products (tanks) or propulsion subsystem design

  • Titanium and metallic structure analysis experience

  • Composites analysis experience

  • Expertise in NASTRAN and/or FEMAP/ABAQUS modelling software

  • Expertise in NASGRO / NSFLA program

  • Knowledge of Siemens NX 11.0+

  • Proficiency with GD&T best practices per ASME Y14.5


Salary Range: $101,400 USD - $152,200 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.