Sr. Principal Mechanical Engineer

Requisition ID: 21007262

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Gilbert, Arizona
  • Citizenship IconUS Citizenship Required for this Position: Yes
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes –May Consider Occasional/Part Time Teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10 % of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 2

Embark on a career putting innovative, reliable, and agile products and ideas into orbit, and beyond. Northrop Grumman has opportunities waiting for you that play a vital role in human space exploration, national defense, and scientific discovery, supporting multiple programs across the universe. With us, you’ll discover a culture of curiosity and collaboration that will have you Defining Possible from the day you start. Our space systems connect and protect millions of people on earth every day, now and for the future. Explore your future and launch your career today This Sr. Principal Mechanical Integration & Test Engineer is responsible for leading mechanical spacecraft integration & test activities and to provide Mechanical Engineering support to cross functional departments while working in conjunction with Design Engineering and I&T Managers. Operations are performed in a clean room level manufacturing environment where I&T engineers coordinate, monitor, and oversee system-level integration activities performed by the technical staff at Northrop Grumman’s Gilbert Az. Campus. The selected candidate shall support design and manufacturing initiatives for various mechanical aspects of the LEOStar-3 and ESPA Star product lines including payload integration and logistics while guaranteeing manufacturability, quality, and customer requirements. The selected candidate shall also work with associated I&T Mechanical Engineers. I&T managers, and design engineering with complex and problematic manufacturability and design issues while providing technical leadership and guidance for problem solving actions. Additional duties may be assigned in support of product line improvements. This position may require off hour shift work, weekend work, and extended daily hours to meet production demands. Launch campaign support and short term travel may be required on an irregular basis as required to support program schedules.

Basic Qualifications:
  • A minimum of a Bachelor's degree in a STEM discipline and minimum of 9 years of Mechanical engineering related experience.
  • The candidate should have detailed technical knowledge and experience in handling space flight components and have a working knowledge of manufacturing processes applicable to spaceflight hardware.
  • Practical experience with 5S/FOD, ESD and Six Sigma and/or Lean manufacturing techniques required.
  • The candidate should be proficient at interpreting complex engineering drawings, schematics, diagrams, and specifications.  Also, works with Design Engineers to review initial design concepts, pre-release drawings while providing feedback to Engineering to minimize design impacts on downstream manufacturability.
  • The candidate should be able to proactively identify issues, escalate to appropriate channels, and offer solutions. Additionally, the candidate should be able to coordinate, drive, and support the resolution of anomalies and discrepancies while working with cross functional teams towards prompt resolution.
  • The candidate should have the ability to author/oversee technical Work Instructions, component installation processes, and procedures for use in I&T. Knowledge and some experience with 3D Modeling, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint is required.  Business tools such as TipQA, Windchill, Solumina MES, Costpoint, and CREOView preferred.
  • The candidate should have demonstrated leadership skills which include project and team leadership experience.

Preferred Qualifications:
The Ideal candidate shall possess a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering or Manufacturing Engineering, plus a minimum of nine years’ experience in satellite integration. US Citizenship required with the capability of obtaining a Top Secret security clearance. Candidate must possess excellent technical leadership skills including excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication ability. 

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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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.