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Vehicle Engineer – Top Secret/SCI Clearance Required

Requisition ID: R10054595

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Dulles, Virginia, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: SCI
  • 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.

The Vehicle Engineer responsibilities includes both individual-contributor and leadership roles, within a multi-disciplinary engineering and I&T team. This key position is product-oriented as well as process oriented: the VE is the common engineering thread through I&T and Launch processing, and has responsibility for the safe and effective processing of the Space Segment. This position will support the Space Vehicles throughout I&T, Launch Site Operations, and ideally continue through early phases of on-orbit checkout.

Prior experience space systems design, development, manufacture, test or operations is required. Prior experience in systems engineering and integration at the spacecraft, bus or payload level, including hardware and/or software troubleshooting experience, is strongly desired. The candidate will work with cross-discipline team members and must have good verbal and written communication skills, presentation experience and the ability to work with a diverse community of engineers and managers to achieve the goals of the program team.


  • Provide direct Systems Engineering & technical responsibility for the integration & processing of the SVs and the associated GSE.
  • Work with the I&T team to ensure the safe, effective, and efficient testing of the SV through SMF I&T and Launch Site Ops.
  • Responsible for understanding the SV configuration prior to and during each test event, and to ensure that the SV configuration is safe and appropriate for the planned testing.
  • Along with other members of the I&T team, the VE has the authority & responsibility to "hold" SV operations or events which he/she deems to be a potential risk to flight hardware or personnel (e.g., insufficient resources, procedure/change-control issues, GSE problems, facility factors, too many unknowns).
  • Coordinate with the I&T Manager and the I&T Electrical, RF and Mechanical Engineering leads, and participate in the program I&T daily planning meetings.
  • The VE is the designated "engineering parent" of the SV, and thus will have a major role in all decision-making related to SV processing in I&T.
  • Coordinate with the Flight Assurance Lead and the LSE to support all SV NCRs (FRBs) and script DRs.
  • Support investigation, design/procedure/product review, failure isolation, trouble shooting and regression testing for all SV NCRs through the FRB process.

The qualified candidate will support shift work during SV I&T and launch site operations as required (the two VEs will coordinate with the LSE and the I&T Manager to ensure coverage). The nominal SV I&T schedule is 2 shifts and 3 shifts during SVTV. May be required to work 9/80 Fridays in order to maintain schedule. Weekend work should be expected during environmental testing and when the SVs are outside the program area. Develop, author and/or provide input to major program data products, customer briefings and other deliverables. I&T schedule conflicts/changes will be managed by the PMO and I&T Manager, with input from both the LSE and the VEs. All I&T processing will be coordinated through program Security.


  • BS Degree & 9 years experience in space systems design, development, manufacture, test or operations.
  • Must have U.S. Citizenship with current or active Top Secret/SCI Clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

Prior experience in systems engineering and integration at the spacecraft, bus or payload level, including hardware and/or software troubleshooting experience, is strongly desired.


Salary Range: $125,800 USD - $188,600 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

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 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.