Principal Electrical Engineer – Special Programs

Requisition ID: R10017233

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: East Hartford - CT, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Top Secret
  • 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.

Adaptive Optics Associates – Xinetics (AOA Xinetics), a wholly-owned Northrop Grumman Space Systems, Payload and Ground Systems Division Business Venture, is a leading supplier of complex electro-optic and photonic systems and subsystems that control and manipulate light waves for a variety of applications. We are currently seeking a Principal Electrical Engineer to support our Special Programs business activities in East Hartford CT.


Reporting to the Electrical Engineering Manager, the Principal Electrical Engineer is a member of an interdisciplinary team of engineers and scientists working on a variety of design and development projects. The successful candidate should have proven abilities in electronic hardware product design, design support, testing, proposal development, and requirement specifications development efforts.


  • Collaborate with peers and other engineering disciplines in planning, designing and prototyping complex electromechanical and optical systems

  • Design electronic circuit boards for use in electromechanical systems for commercial, industrial, defense/government and other industries

  • Provide technical solutions to a wide range of complex difficult problems

  • Complete tasks according to schedule, budget, cost, and design objectives

  • Work under general direction, independently determines and develops approach to solutions

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering

  • 5+ years’ experience in analog, digital, and mixed signal electronic system design

  • Full lifecycle design experience of multilayer SMT printed circuit boards (PCBs)

  • Design experience in signal conditioning, pulse width modulation, microcontrollers, control and feedback systems, distributed hardware systems, etc.

  • Design experience that includes Ethernet, CAN, USB, UART, I2C, and SPI

  • Electronic circuit design simulation experience using SPICE

  • Hands on use of oscilloscopes, function generators, DMM and JTAG development tools

  • Strong communication skills; verbal, written, and presentation

  • Proficient using MS Office

  • US Citizenship is a requirement for employment

  • Ability to obtain a Top Secret Security Clearance

Preferred Qualifications

  • Analog design experience in analog low noise, analog filters, shielding, and/or EMI

  • Circuit design experience in low power applications

  • Experience developing motor control circuits for stepper and BLDC motors

  • Design experience using the STM32 ARM Cortex microcontrollers

  • Embedded design experience incorporating Xilinx FPGAs

  • Digital hardware design and simulation experience using VHDL

  • Schematic capture using Mentor Graphics DxDesigner

  • Experience developing embedded firmware using C

  • Project leadership of an electrical engineering team

  • Active Top Secret Security Clearance

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to sit or stand for long periods of time

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. With the continuing impacts of COVID-19 around the world, we are taking action to protect the health and well-being of our colleagues and maintain the safety of the communities where we operate. As a federal contractor, and consistent with Executive Order 14042 ( we will require all newly hired employees in the United States to be fully vaccinated by January 18, 2022 or by your start date if it is after January 18th. Federal guidance allows for disability/medical and religious accommodations with respect to the vaccine requirement. Any requested accommodations must be reviewed and approved (if applicable) in advance of your start date.

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.

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We offer an array of benefits to give you the support you need, including matching 401K, tuition assistance, health insurance and wellness options, coaching, mentoring and more.