Principal Mechanical Engineer – Ground Support Equipment

Requisition ID: 21004852

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Dulles, Virginia
  • Citizenship IconUS Citizenship Required for this Position: Yes
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No –Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10 % of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 1

Northrop Grumman's Dulles Satellite Manufacturing Facility integrates, tests, and launches state-of-the-art space vehicles.  This includes commercial communications and broadcasting satellites, Earth and space science spacecraft, national security satellites and deep-space spacecraft in support of missions for commercial and government Earth imaging, space science, communications and national defense. The Integration and Test Mechanical Ground Support Equipment (ITME MGSE) Lead is an engineering support position, maintaining thousands of ancillary pieces of equipment used to facilitate flight hardware building and operations.  Proof tests, quality assurance, remote launch campaign travel (10%), and strict attention to detail are essential.  This role also includes interfacing with design engineering and identifying MGSE needs and concepts. 

Basic Qualifications:
  • Minimum of a Bachelors degree in a STEM discipline and a minimum of 5 years of related experience (Mechanical, Production, Manufacturing, Electrical Enginnering).
  • Experience with inventory control and storage systems/software. Strong work ethic and ability to enforce/lead process adherence in others across various disciplines/groups.  Inventory management systems, like WiseTrack or AssetSmart, and long-term planning for large, complex systems' shipping logistics/experience desired.  Crane, forklift, and mechanized equipment familiarity and preventive maintenance scheduling also preferred.  Engineering degree or equivalent experience.
  • No design work; manufacturing production environment where Engineers coordinate system-level builds and empower touch-labor Technicians.  Weekly interfacing with Program managers, Functional supervisors, and other disciplines like Elec/RF/QA is required, so good communication skills under occasionally stressful situations is essential.
  • Hands-on work around extremely fragile space product installations and heavy Mechanical Ground Support Equipment (MGSE). 
  • Detailed technical knowledge in manufacturing including interpreting complex engineering drawings, schematics, and diagrams.  Authoring electronic work instructions, working with Design Engs to review pre-release drawings and provide feedback to minimize design impacts on downstream usage/manufacturability.
  • 100% adherence to established ISO processes, diligence to detail, and efficient execution with quality results for cost effectiveness *absolutely required*.
  • Suggests and evaluates Process Improvement ideas.   Continuously strives for cost/schedule reductions at project level.
  • Ability to learn quickly.  Must have "a touch" for both delicate hardware and robust, heavy support equipment with understanding of manufacturing techniques/applications like proof testing, Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) like dye penetration, moments with center of gravity.  Must have virtually zero defects in workmanship.
  •  Ability to proactively identify issues, escalate to appropriate channels, and *offer* solutions to engineering/management for review.  Works independently with QA on difficult/challenging solutions and projects from Engineering.
  •  Ability to work with diverse team, receive and incorporate constructive feedback from Safety and QA support personnel, and understudy with assigned mentor for up to 3 months is required.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Experience with working inside Clean Rooms, Hazardous Material Handling, Hazardous Operation protocols, and related operational processes required, including shipping such hardware.
  • Knowledge of basic 3D Modeling, Excel, Word, Powerpoint, general computer handling, and Tool Control required.  ESD, FOD, and 5S management techniques strongly recommended.   TipQA, Windchill, MES, Costpoint, and CREOView preferred.
  • Knowledge of advanced machine shop principles helpful.  Little to no machine shop work is done by I&T Engs, but interfacing with Machine Dept. required on occasion.
  • Ability to lead, teach, and constructively critique constant influx of new hires and rotating program staff required. 
  • Ability to foresee and communicate broader project level tasks beyond day-to-day assignments with Estimates To Completes.  Helps plan 6-month look-aheads with projects and its leadership to avoid pitfalls .  Participates in complex nonconformance resolutions.
  • Helps manage tactical MGSE operations, including resource loading, priorities, and communication with numerous project/program teams.
  • Focus for this level is *cost efficient execution of the mechanical team* through process improvements and solutions.  All operations require a "Buddy system" for checks and balances.
·   Security Clearance not required, but ability to initiate clearance process *strongly* preferred   Second/third shift 24/7, weekend work, and occasional 4+ weeks travel on launch campaigns (sometimes international travel) are *required* of everyone.  Occasional short-term projects with travel required.  A rotating off-shift coverage allows Engineers to plan ahead up to 3 months, but last minute requests are common to support the dynamic schedules seen in I&T.
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 www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

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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.


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