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Northrop Grumman (DoD SkillBridge) – Principal Test Engineer / Sr. Principal Test Engineer

Requisition ID: R10009996

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Huntsville - AL, United States of America
  • 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: 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.

As one of the largest global security companies in the world, Northrop Grumman is proud to help our nation’s military personnel make the transition to civilian careers. Approximately 1/4th of Northrop Grumman’s 90,000 employees self-identify as veterans, and more than 1,600 are reservists.

The Northrop Grumman Military Internship Program (NG-MIP) is an approved SkillBridge Program under Dept. of Defense Instruction 1322.29.  The NG-MIP program is an opportunity for transitioning service members to gain valuable civilian work experience through an individual internship during their last 6 months of service, for up to 180 days.

The Northrop Grumman Military internship Program is open to all ranks and experience levels. SkillBridge participants are not eligible for compensation from Northrop Grumman, as they continue to receive military compensation and benefits as active-duty service members.

Responsibilities for this internship position are:

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC) has developed the Northrop Grumman – Military Internship Program (DoD SKillbridge) utilizing the DoDI guidance for Skillbridge. During this program the service member will be on-site at his or her host company performing an individual internship in an entry to mid-level career type role. The service member will be on the job training supporting a work schedule equivalent to 40hrs per week. Outlined below are the Goals, Objectives, and Outcomes for the program.

Goals – Provide transitioning service members fellowship-style job skills training during the last portion(s) of their military commitment. This program is specifically designed to offer internships that result in the potential to transition to a full-time opportunity as the conclusion of the training. Interns will serve as a pipeline for high-speed, motivated military candidates into NGC.

Objectives - Service Members who complete the Intern program will be highly-trained, capable, future employees that align to the specific needs of the organization and are prepared to meet the NG mission “Defining Possible” on

Day 1. This program provides a comprehensive internship experience including professional development, networking with leadership, and training specifically focused on NG leadership principles, company history, customer/stakeholder engagement, product and service overview, and core job responsibilities.

Outcome – Offer transitioning service member a rewarding opportunity to join the Northrop Grumman team.

DoD SkillBridge Eligibility:

  • Has served at least 180 days on active duty
  • Is within 12 months of separation or retirement
  • Will receive an honorable discharge
  • Has taken any service TAPS/TGPS
  • Has attended or participated in an ethics brief within the last 12 months
  • Received Unit Commander (first O-4/Field Grade commander in chain of command) written authorization and approval to participate in DoD SkillBridge Program prior to start of internship.
  • Candidate will be required to satisfy the requirements for a TSA access certification.  (Costs will be paid for by Northrop Grumman.)
  • Candidates who express an interest may be considered for future positions at Northrop Grumman.

Responsibilities for this internship requisition position are:

Internship Description:

Northrop Grumman Space Systems – Launch and Missile Defense Systems has an exciting career opportunity for a Principal Test Engineer / Sr. Principal Test Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Huntsville, AL.

Position Overview:

The selected Principal Test Engineer/ Sr. Principal Test Engineer responsibilities will include the support of the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) program.  You be responsible for scheduling the tests for execution and then will monitor, measure, control and report on the test progress, the product quality status and the test results, adapting the test plan and compensating as needed to adjust for evolving conditions.

Essential Functions:  

  • Perform test planning, monitoring and test execution activities for program software.
  • Devise the test objectives, organization test policies, test strategies, and test plans as well as document results of completed testing.
  • Work in a technical team environment characterized by frequently changing tasks, new priorities requiring quick responses.
  • Prioritize and adjust tasks to accomplish test and project results with limited oversight and direction.
  • Estimate testing to be done, and acquire necessary resources to complete in a timely manner.
  • Collaborate and communicate openly and effectively with teammates and customer representatives.

The selected candidate should thrive in a fast-paced work environment with high expectations, significantly diverse assignments, collaborative/team settings across all levels.

Basic Qualifications:

This requisition may be filled at a higher grade based on qualifications listed below.

This requisition may be filled at either a Principal Test Engineer / Sr. Principal Test Engineer level.

BQs for a Principal Test Engineer are:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline preferred from an accredited university and 5 years of related experience, or a Master's Degree and 3 years of related experience, or 0 years of experience with a PhD.
  • Experience designing, developing, implementing, and executing test plans, integration plans, and procedures to complete system-level integration testing.
  • Experience compiling data and defining changes required in testing equipment, testing procedures, or new testing requirements.
  • A current active in-scope U.S. Government DoD Secret security clearance is required to start.

BQs for a Sr. Principal Test Engineer are:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline preferred from an accredited university and 9 years of related experience, or a Master's Degree and 7 years of related experience, or 4 years of experience with a PhD.
  • Experience designing, developing, implementing, and executing test plans, integration plans, and procedures to complete system-level integration testing.
  • Experience compiling data and defining changes required in testing equipment, testing procedures, or new testing requirements.
  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 10% to support business needs.
  • A current active in-scope U.S. Government DoD Secret security clearance is required to start.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in IBM Rational DOORS system software
  • Experience in Atlassian Jira software
  • Experience with Agile Scrum Test Lifecycle
  • Security+ certification
  • GMD/MDA Experience
  • Missile Defense Experience
  • Experience with tools required for communication system and network modeling and simulation
  • Communication Link or Signal Processing System Experience
  • Exposure to all parts of the Systems Engineering Lifecycle
  • Experience in Linux environment
  • Experience writing automated tests


Salary Range: 1 - 1

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 (https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/) 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 http://www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.



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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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