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Principal Quality Engineer Level 3 – 1st Shift – Goleta, CA

Requisition ID: R10080272

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Goleta, 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, 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.

An organization within Northrop Grumman’s Payload and Ground Systems (PGS) division, Spacecraft Components is a leading designer, producer, and supplier of spacecraft components that power and enable satellites of all classes. Products include spacecraft panels, bus structures, precision optical structures, deployable structural systems and mechanisms, solar arrays, and antenna reflectors. Our products are on virtually every U.S. satellite built in the last 20 years. Learn more about Spacecraft Components at our website:

Northrop Grumman Space Components has an opening for a Quality Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Goleta, CA.

Job Description:

  • Develops, modifies, applies and maintains quality evaluation and control systems and protocols for processing materials into partially finished or finished materials product.
  • Collaborates with engineering and manufacturing functions to ensure quality standards are in place.
  • Devises and implements methods and procedures for inspecting, testing and evaluating the precision and accuracy of products and production equipment.
  • Designs and analyzes inspection and testing processes, mechanisms and equipment; conducts quality assurance tests; and performs statistical analysis to assess the cost of and determine the responsibility for, products or materials that do not meet required standards and specifications.
  • Audits quality systems for deficiency identification and correction.
  • Ensures that corrective measures meet acceptable reliability standards and that documentation is compliant with requirements.
  • Processes complex non-conformances and complex Material Review dispositions from initiation through completion, via collaboration and coordination of dispositions with internal and external customers, presents same to internal and external customers to ensure timely dispositions in support of Production schedule
  • May specialize in the areas of design, incoming material, production control, product evaluation and reliability, inventory control and/or research and development as they apply to product or process quality. May be certified in lean and six-sigma quality engineering methodologies.
  • Travel between Oxnard and Goleta NGC sites may be required, when required by management and/or customer demand

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree and 5 years of experience in a related field OR Masters with 3+ years of experience OR PhD with no experience.
  • US citizenship required
  • Expertise in reading and interpreting engineering drawings per ASME Y14.5
  • Knowledge and application of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing principles
  • Experience working within Quality Management Systems including AS9100 and NADCAP
  • Experience working directly with external customers and suppliers to communicate requirements and resolve technical issues
  • Direct Material Review and Corrective Action experience required
  • Strong demonstrated Root Cause analysis and documentation and presentation of same is required
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating and collaborating with all Value Stream stakeholders from Program Management, Design Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Production, Quality, through direct Customer interface is required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Preferred candidates would have knowledge of advanced engineering and manufacturing processes
  • Preferred candidates would have training and successful application of lean principles
  • Preferred candidates would be proficient in ERP and MES systems
  • Knowledge of mechanical and non-destructive inspection techniques and tools
  • Experience with complex BOM's, composites, solar array and boom manufacturing
  • CDR, MRR, TRR process experience
  • Composites Bonding, Composites Testing.
  • J –STD Soldering, Crimping, IPC Specs, Solar Cell Visual inspection, Manufacturing Planning review.
  • Use of digital Manufacturing Systems (MES) machining, etc.
  • Key Characteristics Control Planning, Gage R&R and MSA analysis, First Past Yield analysis, Continual Improvement.

Salary Range: $95,000 USD - $142,200 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

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.

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.