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Associate System Engineer/ System Engineering (Launch, Safety and Reliability)

Requisition ID: R10010773

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Dulles, Virginia, 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: 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.

Your opportunities for achievement are limitless with Northrop Grumman Space Systems.

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on projects and programs that impact people’s lives around the world today, and for generations to come. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to improve the present, invent the future, and have a lot of fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work — and we have an endless drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they’re making history.

Northrop Grumman is seeking an Associate Systems Engineer/ System Engineer.  This position will be located at our Space Systems Sector in Dulles, VA.

Launch Integration

• Work with all Spacecraft subsystems for Launch Vehicle interface requirements development

• Manage Spacecraft Interface Requirements Document and process the document through the Engineering Review Boards for release and updates •

Aid in coordination of review and approval of Launch Vehicle Interface Control Document with all Spacecraft subsystems

• Define and document requirement verifications and coordinate closures of requirement with the responsible engineers

• Attend and Support Launch Vehicle integration meetings and design reviews by coordinating review of products with the required Spacecraft subsystems

• Knowledge of Systems Engineering process is preferred and experience with DOORS software is a plus System Safety Engineering

• Possesses proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Experience authoring complex technical documentation and design review content.

• Aid in the preparation, review, and acceptance of launch range safety documentation in accordance with AFSPCMAN 91-710.

• Identify, assess, and mitigate hazards present in spacecraft using the process described MIL-STD-882.

• Plan, develop, and aid in the execution of new hazardous manufacturing and test procedures.

• Generate design and test safety requirements for spacecraft systems and subsystems.

• Model on-orbit hazards using model based systems engineering approaches (MBSE). Analyze spacecraft flight dynamics and operations procedures for hazards.

• Collaborate with fault management engineering to design and test resilient systems which meet the needs of the human spaceflight community and fulfill critical national security missions.

Reliability Engineering

• Collaborate with Systems Engineering and Fault Management to develop reliability block diagrams (RBDs) for various spacecraft to determine probability of mission success

• Estimate failure rates for electronic components using handbook-based methodologies (e.g., MIL-HDBK-217F)

• Represent Reliability Engineering in internal and external meetings, working groups, and design reviews

• Aid in the preparation, review, and acceptance of reliability analyses in accordance with program Mission Assurance Requirements and industry standards.

These analyses could include:

  • Electrical Parts Stress / Derating Analyses o Failure Modes and Effects Analyses
  • Fault Tree Analyses
  • Worst Case Circuit Analyses
  • System Reliability Predictions
  • Experience with one or more of the following is beneficial:
  • Authoring complex technical documentation and presentations
  • Elementary Probability, Bayesian Statistics and Boolean Logic
  • Interpreting electrical circuit schematics and component datasheets o Python, VBA, or another scripting language

Basic Qualifications for Associate Systems Engineer:

A candidate, regardless of age and hiring source, must meet ALL of the below criteria. The candidate must:

  • Be completing or has completed their Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution.
  • Be majoring in or having majored in a Systems Engineering or related field
  • Have an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 or higher (unofficial academic transcripts must be provided at time of application by uploading the documents to your application or profile)
  • Be able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Government security clearance (U.S. citizenship is a pre-requisite)

Basic Qualifications for Systems Engineer:

A candidate, regardless of age and hiring source, must meet ALL of the below criteria. The candidate must:

  • Be completing or has completed their Master’s Degree from an accredited institution.
  • Be majoring in or having majored in a Systems Engineering or related field
  • Have an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 or higher (unofficial academic transcripts must be provided at time of application by uploading the documents to your application or profile)
  • Be able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Government security clearance (U.S. citizenship is a pre-requisite)

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.7
  • Prior internship or research experience in related field
  • Proficiency in Microsoft office suite
  • Experience with the Systems Engineering process
  • Experience defining requirements and interfaces
  • Aptitude for understanding system and subsystem interactions
  • Experience developing verification documentation
  • Experience with architecture development

Salary Range: 66,900.00 to 100,300.00



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.