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Principal Field Engineer/Sr. Principal Field Engineer

Requisition ID: R10062776

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Morrisville, North Carolina, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: SCI
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 50% 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 Mission Systems is a trusted provider of mission-enabling solutions for global security.  Our Engineering and Sciences (E&S) organization 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!

We are looking for you to join our team as a Principal Field Engineer/ Sr. Principal Field Engineer based out of Morrisville, NC or Chantilly, VA, plus 50% travel.

What You’ll get to Do:

Are you ready to start a new mission? This is an opportunity to utilize your background in electronics, RF communications, electronic system integration and maintenance, signal intelligence (SIGINT), electronic warfare (EW). You would be joining our field team to work on OCONUS/CONUS maintenance and test of field-deployed EW products.

What you’ll be doing in this role:

  • Closely interface with system operators in the maintenance and operation of fielded equipment.

  • Conduct advanced troubleshooting and repair of customer equipment in a resource-constrained operational environment.

  • Coordinate with deployed field engineers, design engineers, vendors, customer leadership, and system operators in testing and repair of Electronic Warfare systems.

  • Document and communicate system disposition, spare requirements, and changing administrative and logistical constraints in a deployed environment.

  • Support will include on-call 24/7 support of a customer operations center, travel to test events, and regular interaction with design engineers and external vendors.

  • Travel and be part of 60-to-90-day rotations to hazardous overseas locations on a 50% basis.

This position can be filled as a Principal Field Engineer or Sr. Principal Field Engineer. See basic qualifications below.

Basic Qualifications for a Principal Field Engineer:

  • Bachelor’s degree in an Engineering discipline and a minimum of 5 years, Or 3 years with Masters; or 0 years with PhD. An additional 4 years of experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.

  • Active Top Secret/SCI clearance

  • Requires deployment to overseas and military theatres for extended periods (60 to 90 days at a time on a rotating basis, 50% travel). Candidates must be willing to work extended hours during mission critical time periods.

  • Experience in integration, field support, and implementation of communications systems.

  • Experience in aircraft integration and RF troubleshooting.

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.

  • Must pass a physical health assessment and meet the minimal standards of fitness in alignment with AFCENT requirements.

Basic Qualifications for a Sr. Principal Field Engineer

  • Bachelor’s degree in an Engineering discipline and a minimum of 9 years, or 7 years with Masters; or 4 years with PhD. An additional 4 years of experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.

  • Active Top Secret/SCI clearance

  • Requires deployment to overseas and military theatres for extended periods (60 to 90 days at a time on a rotating basis, 50% travel). Candidates must be willing to work extended hours during mission critical time periods.

  • Experience in integration, field support, and implementation of communications systems.

  • Experience in aircraft integration and RF troubleshooting.

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.

  • Must pass a physical health assessment and meet the minimal standards of fitness in alignment with AFCENT requirements.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of GSM, CDMA, Satcom, UMTS, WiFi, & LTE

  • Experience in computer networking

  • Able to work with minimal supervision and support.

  • Excellent oral and written communications skills; strong analytical, organizational, and interpersonal skills; and proficiency with various types of test equipment and software packages.

  • Military experience desirable, SOCOM experience preferred

  • Experience using Anritsu test equipment

  • Previous experience within Special Operations Command

  • Experience with Aircraft Electronic Warfare payload integration

  • Previous austere environment travel experience (OCONUS Travel)

  • Technical Writing experience


Salary Range: $76,200 USD - $114,400 USD
Salary Range 2: $94,500 USD - $141,700 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.