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Principal / Sr. Principal Facilities Engineer

Requisition ID: R10040994

  • Category IconCategory: Facilities/Real Estate
  • Location IconLocation: Elkton, MD, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • 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.

Core Job responsibilities:

Plans, designs and oversees the reconfiguration, maintenance, and alteration of process equipment, infrastructure machinery, buildings, structures, and other facility related components. Gathers and reviews data concerning facility or equipment specifications, company or government restrictions, required completion date, and construction feasibility. Coordinates with architecture/engineering firms in developing design criteria and preparing layout and detail drawings. Prepares bid sheets, scope definition, and contracts for construction and facilities projects. Reviews and estimates design costs including equipment, installation, labor, materials, site preparation, and other project related costs. Inspects or directs the inspection of construction and installation progress to ensure conformance to established drawings, specifications, and schedules.

This position supports the engineering design for facilities projects to include equipment installation, infrastructure improvements and production area renovations.  The candidate will also support coordination between engineering design and construction document preparation.  Supports the approval process and qualification of newly installed equipment.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Developing and managing detailed project budgets with time phased spend plans
  • Developing and managing schedules that align with business needs
  • Developing detailed scopes and statements of work for external and internal customers
  • Ability to managing multiple projects throughout the course the year
  • Function as the primary interface with contractors and in-house customers/ resources
  • Function as the primary contact with design, engineering and architectural firms as required
  • Coordinate with onsite mechanical, electrical, carpentry, instrumentation and maintenance groups for in-house projects and repairs
  • Meet and report monthly on capital project status

This requisition may be filled at either Principal Facilities Engineer 3 or Sr. Principal Facilities Engineer 4, depending on years of experience and qualifications.

Basic Qualifications Principal Facilities Engineer 3:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
  • 5 years of experience with a Bachelor’s degree or 3 years of experience with a Master’s degree
  • 5 years of related facilities design and construction experience
  • Ability to generate specifications and work with external suppliers or vendors
  • Experience supporting mechanical design or equipment and systems for buildings
  • Proficiency in reading and interpreting mechanical, architectural and civil engineering drawings
  • Must be able to obtain a DoD Secret clearance; U.S. Citizenship is a prerequisite

Basic Qualifications Sr. Principal Facilities Engineer 4:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
  • 9 years of experience with a Bachelor’s degree or 7 years of experience with a Master’s degree or 4 years of experience with a PhD
  • 9 years of related facilities design and construction experience
  • Ability to generate specifications and work with external suppliers or vendors
  • Experience supporting mechanical design or equipment and systems for buildings
  • Proficiency in reading and interpreting mechanical, architectural and civil engineering drawings
  • Must be able to obtain a DoD Secret clearance; U.S. Citizenship is a prerequisite

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong desire to improve all facilities through recommendations and technical analysis
  • Strong mechanical aptitude and facility equipment related knowledge base
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite including MS Project
  • Proficiency in AutoCad drawing software.
  • Experience with design, layout and installation of manufacturing/ semi automated equipment
  • Awareness of lean manufacturing principles including Kaizen, 5S, TPM etc.
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Hands on experience in rigging and equipment installation
  • Ability to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to work autonomously

This position falls under a Federal Explosives License issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for this location.  Candidates hired into this role will be required to complete and submit an Employee Possessor Questionnaire to ATF for approval to be a possessor.


Salary Range: $88,000 USD - $132,000 USD
Salary Range 2: $109,100 USD - $163,700 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.