Sr Principal Engr Mfg

Requisition ID: R10020725

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Mesa - AZ, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes- May Consider Occasional/Part-Time Teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 25% 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.

Manufacturing Engineer

Northrop Grumman’s Armament Systems Division based in Mesa, Arizona produces automatic medium caliber gun systems.  Northrop Grumman ATK gun systems built for the U.S. and international militaries have been used in all major conflicts since World War II in a variety of applications to include small and large ground vehicles, helicopters, airplanes and naval ships.

Role Description:

This Principal/Sr. Principal Manufacturing Engineering position is for an engineering role on medium caliber gun system programs within the Armament Systems Division.  As part of the Systems Engineering group, the Manufacturing Engineer supports design, production, and supplier development activities.  This position is located in Mesa, Arizona. 


The Manufacturing Engineering position carries the following set of primary responsibilities:

  • Works with design, project, manufacturing and quality engineers through the product development process to ensure Design to Cost (DTC) and Design for Assembly/Manufacturing (DFA/DFM) targets are achieved
  • Provide guidance to design engineering regarding design concepts and product specification requirements to best utilize equipment and manufacturing techniques
  • Understand and interpret engineering drawings and recommend design changes to increase product manufacturability and functionality
  • Prepares cost estimates and written technical proposals for product improvement initiatives
  • Reviews drawings , Engineering Change Orders, and work instructions for accuracy and completeness
  • Participates and/or leads disposition of non-conforming production parts
  • Acts as a technical interface to internal production personnel and to external suppliers
  • Develops technical relationships with internal production personnel and with external suppliers
  • Supports manufacturing trade studies and early supplier involvement
  • Shares knowledge with other engineers
  • Experience in shop floor support

This position may be hired at a higher level depending on education and/or years of experience.

Position Requirements:

Basic Qualifications for Principal Manufacturing Engineer:

  • BS in Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or other related STEM Technical field
  • Bachelor of Science with 5 years of relevant industry experience or a Master's degree with 3 years of industry experience
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, Project, and Power Point.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills with ability to focus on multiple projects and deliver status on risk areas and required actions
  • Familiarity with computer aided design (CAD) software, preferably NX
  • Understanding of GD&T
  • Hands-on manufacturing experience in assembly and fabrication
  • Familiarity with mechanical and electrical engineering processes and other specialty engineering activities within the product development process
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in achieving results through understanding and management of internal processes and customer/supplier relationships
  • U.S. Citizen and be able to obtain a DoD Secret Clearance
  • Position may require domestic and international travel, <25%
  • Must be able to obtain clearance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and Explosives as an Employee Possessor.
  • Candidates hired into this role will also need to complete a Gun Control Act Self Certification form.

Basic Qualifications for Sr. Principal Manufacturing Engineer:

  • Includes all of the above with the addition of a Bachelor of Science with 9 years of relevant industry experience or a Master's degree with 7 years of industry experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of IPC-620 and IPC J-STD-001 requirements
  • Mechanical design experience with complex gear trains, cams, springs, clutches, machined components, welded structures, electric motors and solenoids preferred
  • Experience in product development projects and sustainment of legacy programs for complex aerospace or defense systems
  • Candidate should also have a general understanding of continuous improvement, Six Sigma and Lean methodologies in a low volume, high mix, engineer to order, manufacturing environment
  • Proven experience with creating and setting up production and assembly lines and processes
  • Experience with shop routing paperwork in a low level kitting and assembly/processing environment
  • Familiar with Material Review Boards for product/quality deviation

Salary Range: 79700 - 119500
Salary Range 2: 98700 - 148100

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.

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