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Space Principal Manufacturing Engineer/Sr. Principal Manufactruing

Requisition ID: R10049185

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Linthicum, Maryland, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking 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.

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.

The Payload and Ground Systems organization within the Northrop Grumman Space Systems pushes the boundaries of innovation, redefines engineering capabilities, and drives advances in various sciences. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, innovative technologies to develop, design, produce and sustain optimized product lines across the sector while providing a decisive advantage to the warfighter. Come be a part of our mission.

The Manufacturing Process Engineer responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the tasks outlined below:

Process Development

  • Developing new and maintaining or improving existing manufacturing processes with a focus on affordability

  • Creating and managing to project plans (tasks, resources, schedules) for process development activities

  • Providing ROI justification for process improvements

  • Specifying, identifying and procuring new manufacturing equipment for production readiness and preparing equipment for production

  • Developing & optimizing process parameters

  • Developing/revising process documentation and work instructions

  • Assisting with design of custom tooling

  • Supporting manual and highly automated microelectronics machinery

Factory Support

  • Monitoring process yields and cost, recommending and implementing quality improvements based on these metrics

  • Creating, validating and maintaining automatic equipment programs
    Solving of manufacturing problems (related to materials, designs, equipment, people) in a timely manner

  • Assisting with the training of new personnel and participating in the design of operator training materials

  • Supporting factory maintenance personnel with the troubleshooting and repair of process equipment

  • Working in cross functional teams to execute RCCAs and lean initiatives

  • Interfacing with equipment vendors to troubleshoot and resolve issues


Design Support

  • Recommending product design improvements required to produce advanced microelectronics products

  • Documenting state-of-the-art process capabilities and guidelines for product designers

  • Participating in design producibility reviews for new products

This position may be filled as a Principal Engineer or a Senior Principal Engineer based on the requirements below.

Basic Qualifications for a Principal Engineer:

  • 5 Years’ experience with Bachelors in Science; 3 Years with Masters; 0 Years with PhD; or 9 years of experience in lieu of a degree will be considered.

  • Fluency in MS Office software applications.

  • Ability to multi-task in fast-paced, dynamic, and high visibility environment and work well as part of a team.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a US Secret Security Clearance.

  • US Citizenship is required.

Basic Qualifications for a Senior Principal Engineer:

  • 9 Years’ experience with Bachelors in Science; 7 Years with Masters; 4 Years with PhD; or 13 years of experience in lieu of a degree will be considered.

  • Fluency in MS Office software applications

  • Ability to multi-task in fast-paced, dynamic, and high visibility environment and work well as part of a team.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a US Secret Security Clearance.

  • US Citizenship is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with J-STD, MIL-STD and Space Class hardware requirements.

  • Experience with automated equipment and transport systems 

  • Experience with the design or manufacturing of microelectronics technology and materials

  • Process/Manufacturing Engineering experience


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.