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Sr Principal Numerical Control Programmer

Requisition ID: R10056577

  • Category IconCategory: Manufacturing and Production
  • Location IconLocation: El Segundo, California, 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, 25% 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.

Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems has an opening for a Sr. Principal Numerical Control Programmer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals.  This position will be located in El Segundo, CA.

The selected candidate will develop and implement software integration plans in a lab environment supporting various aircraft systems.

Essential Functions:

  • Develops and writes programs for numerically controlled machines using engineering specifications and drawing.

  • Analyzes engineering drawings to define configuration of parts and determine type and sequence of machine operations.

  • Develops programs for machining parts, tools, or sheet metal on numerically controlled machine tools.

  • Makes proper cutter selections for each part, taking into consideration such factors as speeds, types of cutters, feeds, and control systems limitations.

  • Select program routines for the most efficient computer calculation of dimensional and machining requirements for each part.

  • Test and modifies existing parts programs for engineering changes or program improvements

The selected candidate should thrive in a fast-paced work environment with high expectations, significantly diverse assignments, collaborative/team settings across all levels.  Candidate must be comfortable in a lab environment and be able to collaborate closely with system engineers, hardware designers, and integration/test engineers.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) discipline with 9 years of software engineering experience OR a Master’s Degree with 7 years of experience OR a PhD Degree with 4 years of experience. Work experience will be accepted in lieu of a degree.

  • Understanding and wide application of technical principle, theories, and concepts of computer aided manufacturing

  • Ability to Obtain and Maintain a DoD clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous Aerospace/Defense Industry experience

  • Tooling and engineering modeling understanding

  • Product assurance programming (PAP) languages, NX, CATIA

  • An active DOD Secret Clearance


Salary Range: $114,300 USD - $171,500 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.