Associate Engineer or Engineer Tooling – Composite Manufacturing

Requisition ID: R10004931

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Iuka - MS, 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: 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.

Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems has an opening for a Tooling Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals located in rural Iuka, MS. The assignment may include one or more tooling development projects supporting manufacturing needs such as hand layup, fiber placement, assembly, machining, painting, and structural testing of composite parts. Iuka currently produces structures for Atlas, Delta, Antares, F-35 and other high end related parts. Some of our work requires Secret Clearance. Our Iuka facility employs about 200 people across Engineering, Operations, Quality, and Support Services. The work we do impacts our national security. Does this sound exciting to you? Come join us and be a part of a rich tradition of aerospace innovation!

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Manage projects and coordinate all procurements and fabrication to meet the program cost and schedule requirements
  • Inspect fabricated support hardware to assure compliance to design
  • Work alongside the manufacturing team to ensure overall program quality, delivery, and cost objectives are achieved
  • Develop tooling concepts, create/review and improve manufacturing processes
  • Inspect tool configuration for drawing compliance, including fit, form and function
  • Evaluate vendor and equipment capability and ability to perform required tasks to include production of tooling as well as unique aerospace part production.

Tool engineers work across multiple programs which are broken out by program and product families. You will be working within your team to meet our customer needs and deliver quality products in a timely manner. Ownership and pride in work are really important to our employees. Are you tired of being micromanaged? We trust and empower our folks to make decisions impacting our daily work.

This position is for a day shift (Monday to Friday), and may require off hour support. Travel is estimated to be less than 10% and within the US, typically to support our customers. Northrop Grumman offers a full suite of benefits including health, retirement, and wellness initiatives. We are regularly ranked as a top company for work life balance!

This position may be filled at a 1 or 2 level depending on the qualifications below.

Basic Qualifications:

Associate Engineer

  • Bachelors in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) field
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance and Special Program Access
  • Exposure to tooling engineering (this should be evident in the resume)
  • 3D CADD modeling experience


  • Bachelors in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) field and 2+ years of engineering experience, or a Masters degree in a STEM field
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance and Special Program Access
  • Exposure to tooling engineering (this should be evident in the resume)
  • 3D CADD modeling experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active DoD security clearance
  • Experience with closed form and FE analysis practices; Prefer NX and ANSYS software systems.
  • Knowledge of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T)
  • Knowledge of aerospace specifications and requirements
  • Working knowledge of composite manufacturing techniques
  • Knowledge of continuous improvement
  • NX or Catia modeling experience

Salary Range: 49800 - 74600
Salary Range 2: 60800 - 91200

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 ( 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 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?

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.