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Propulsion Inlet Engineer / Principal Propulsion Inlet Engineer

Requisition ID: R10076567

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Melbourne, Florida, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: SAP
  • 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.


Join Northrop Grumman on our continued mission to push the boundaries of possible across land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace. Enjoy a culture where your voice is valued and start contributing to our team of passionate professionals providing real-life solutions to our world’s biggest challenges. We take pride in creating purposeful work and allowing our employees to grow and achieve their goals every day by Defining Possible. With our competitive pay and comprehensive benefits, we have the right opportunities to fit your life and launch your career today.

Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems sector is seeking a Propulsion Inlet Engineer / Principal Propulsion Inlet Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Melbourne, FL.

The candidate will be the Inlet/Engine Compatibility focal within a Propulsion System Integration team, working with related disciplines including Aerodynamics, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Configuration Design, Survivability, System Test, and others.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Inlet/Engine Compatibility focal, leads supplier-engaged team to develop analysis, and communicates results to program leadership to support program milestones.

  • Verifies design modifications by working closely with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) dataset providers and assessing air vehicle impacts.

  • General frequent use and application of technical standards, principles, theories, concepts and advanced techniques.

  • Demonstrates the skill and ability to perform complex professional tasks.

  • Innovates solutions to a variety of technical challenges of increasing scope and complexity.

  • Provide technical analysis data for substantiation data reports and other airworthiness artifacts required to support flight clearances.

  • Supports flight test planning, acquisition and analysis of flight test data working closely with flight test and engine disciplines.

Basic Qualifications:

  • The basic qualifications for a Propulsion Inlet Engineer are a Bachelor’s degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) discipline with a minimum of 2 years’ experience, OR a related Master’s degree.

  • The basic qualifications for a Principal Propulsion Inlet Engineer are a Bachelor’s degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) discipline with a minimum of 5 years’ experience, OR a related Master’s degree and 3 years' experience.

  • Must have an active DoD Secret clearance or higher (that has a background investigation completed within the last 6 years or is under continuous evaluation). 

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain Program Access prior to the commencement of employment.

  • Academic understanding of Internal Aerodynamics.

  • Familiarity with engine thermodynamic cycles (gas turbine, turbofan, turboprop engines).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering.

  • Excellent communication, analysis, and problem solving skills.

  • Graduate level academic concentration in Internal Aerodynamics.

  • Inlet/Engine Compatibility experience, familiarity with AIR-1419B, ARP1420, SAE5656.

  • Wind Tunnel Test experience, especially Inlet Wind Tunnel Test experience.

  • Engine Ground Test experience.

  • Flight Test support experience.

  • Strong MATLAB / Excel experience.

Salary Range: $87,600 USD - $131,400 USD
Salary Range 2: $71,100 USD - $106,700 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

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.