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Principal Propulsion Mechanical Engineer 3 – Northrop Grumman Space

Requisition ID: R10050696

  • 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: 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.

This is a Mechanical Engineering position supporting propulsion subsystem testing and fueling operations. This position requires the candidate to work independently with minimal guidance from management to perform general task completions, supporting testing operations, support fueling operations and launch campaigns, assemble and maintain propulsion equipment, review test and fueling procedures, and troubleshoot test failures and technical issues.

Principle Mechanical Engineer, Spacecraft (S/C) pneumatics test lead, launch operations propellant loading support/lead, GSE design/maintenance, some travel required (domestic and foreign)

Basic Qualifications:

  • BS Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering with 5 Years of experience; 3 Years of experience with Masters; 0 Years with PhD

  • Experience with testing bipropellant and monopropellant propulsion systems

  • Leading hypergol propellant loading operations including N2O4 oxidizers and hydrazine and/or derivatives including generating propellant loading operations procedures, participating in SCAPE operations, and maintaining propellant loading GSE.

  • Generating pneumatic test procedures and operating pneumatic test panels

  • Generating hypergol propellant loading operations procedures and operating same GSE.

  • Experience working with launch site range safety requirements

  • Ability to prepare and review technical presentations using MS office products.

  • U.S. Citizenship is required with the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance.

Preferred Qualificati;

  • Experience designing and building GSE related to pneumatics test and/or propellant loading operations

  • Working knowledge/ experience with launch site facility safety standards and operational requirements

  • TS Clearance


Salary Range: $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.