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Process Controls Engineer

Requisition ID: R10065589

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Corinne, Utah, 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, Propulsion Systems, is currently recruiting for a Process Controls Engineer.  This position will be located at Promontory, Utah working in the Process Engineering group with responsibilities in the Controls/Process Support. The job will support Plant Rocket Motor manufacturing processes.

Description/Responsibilities:

  • Process control engineers design and monitor the quality, safety, and efficiency of control systems for highly energetic, static sensitive, corrosive, and/or chemical processes.

  • They implement qualification and change management procedures to ensure automated processes generate products or services which meet customer requirements. This involves troubleshooting of existing processes, identifying deficiencies, making recommendations, implementing improvements and then ensuring the processes are compliant with regulations.

  • Engineers must work closely with a cross functional group that includes Hazards Analysis, Safety and Operations, as well as other engineering groups in in order to understand all safety risks of a process and design solutions such that safety risks are appropriately mitigated or eliminated. 

  • All processes must meet the minimum standard as outlined in Hazards Operation Standard (HOPs).

  • The engineer understands and complies with DOD4145.26 ATF.

  • Develops energetic processes such that safety interlocks, standardization requirements for mixes, and remote automation are incorporated into the process for operator, product, and facility safety. 

  • The engineer will document the proper operation of the control system in appropriate procedures and will ensure that configuration and/or software are archived in the control repository for safe keeping and revision control. 

  • The process control engineer will support cross function matrixed investigation teams with emphasis on root cause analysis, process failure modes, non-conformances and effective analysis. 

  • They also establish process and control system data collection where needed and perform analysis and dissemination of said data in accordance with plant operational needs and in response to special requests.


Responsibilities include:

  • Program Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) to control a variety of processes, machine tools, and robotics.

  • Work with the Process Owner and Operation Personnel to test new/modified PLC/HMI programs prior to Implementation

  • Work with the process owner to optimize the control system with process improvements.

  • Develop automated recipes to error proof the system and reduce operator variability for process specific parts

  • Integrate process data with Thingworx/Kepware

  • Work as a team with the Electrical Design/Controls engineers on upgrades/new controls systems

  • Design and specification review and updates

  • Operational procedure writing, review and updates

  • Participate in Operational Readiness Inspections (ORIs)

  • Update and review of statistical process control charts

  • Develop and incorporate process improvements through capital, tooling, and customer-funded projects

  • Troubleshoot and help resolve production, tooling, and facility issues

  • Support various control systems on plant (e.g. presses, autoclaves, mixers)—involving troubleshooting, re-programming, adding software enhancements, etc. in support of Operations.

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience in explosive operating area

  • Procedure writing experience

  • Computer Process Control experience

  • Experience with Allen Bradley PLCs and Rockwell Automation software

  • Read P&IDs and Loop Sheets

  • Ability to safely use standard electrical testing devices (e.g. multimeter) for troubleshooting purposes.

  • Aerospace with controls experience.

  • Networking understanding/experience.

  • CNC machine troubleshooting, programming, and specifying.

Qualification Minimum Requirements:

  • B.S. degree in Mechanical, Chemical, Computer, Electrical, Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science or Equivalent

  • Minimum of 2+ years’ experience

    • Position may be filled at higher level requiring 5+ years of experience

  • Strong desire to work with control processes

  • Programming experience in high level language and/or PLCs.

  • A desire to support Field Manufacturing processes

  • Ability to work in the field, climb ladders, work outside and work in congested areas.


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.