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Principal Electrical Test Engineer

Requisition ID: R10039976

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Northridge, California, 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: No
  • 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.

Put your skills to the test by pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.  From global defense to sustainment and modernization to mission readiness, your experience and ability will make it a reality.  Our programs are built on equal parts of curiosity and collaboration.  Our combined efforts means our customers can connect and defend millions of people around the world.  With Northrop Grumman, you’ll have the opportunity to be an essential part of projects that will define your career, now and in the future. 

Position Summary 

The position is for a Hardware Design Test Equipment Engineer that will support the design of new test equipment for a tactical missile development and production program. 

This position is located in Northridge, CA and does NOT allow for remote work. The selected candidate must be able and willing to work on-site. No relocation assistance is available for this position.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Developing hardware using state of the art Xilinx and Altera FPGA development toolsets.

  • Developing RTL coding using VHDL. 

  • Overseeing and participating in hardware test and integration in a laboratory environment using a variety of test equipment including Oscilloscopes, Logic Analyzers, and DMMs.

  • Using oral and verbal presentation skills to effectively communicate at a detailed technical level, as well as distilling advanced concepts into fundamental principles for teammates and customers.

  • Working and performing in a multi-disciplinary research and development environment as well as a production environment.

  • Evaluating engineering design concepts.

  • Creating test plans and procedures for a variety of circuit cards, including environmental testing.

  • Developing specifications and requirements, reviewing Engineering Change Proposals, and generating formal whitepapers and failure reports.

  • Supporting program Engineering Configuration Change Board (CCB), Corrective Action Board (CAB) and Failure Review Board (FRB) meetings as required.

  • Identifying opportunities for improvement based on review of failure data and supporting development and implementation of component design improvements and updates.

  • Supporting design reviews and test activities as needed.

  • Supporting subcontractor assessment, selection and coordination activities with respect to analog and digital needs.

Basic Qualifications

  • High school diploma/GED and a minimum of nine (9) years of experience in analog and digital test equipment designs including evaluation of engineering design concepts. Will consider a BS and 5+ years of experience, or MS and 3+ years of experience in analog and digital test equipment designs including evaluation of engineering design concepts.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a US Gov’t issued Secret clearance.

  • Be familiar with and proficient using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, Visio).

  • Be familiar with general operational amplifier, A-to-D, D-to-A, and power supply circuits.

  • Ability to design interface circuits to ensure compatibility across different signal types.

  • Ability to follow company processes and procedures

  • Ability to use and collect test data using Digital Storage Oscilloscopes, Digital Multimeters, Logic Analyzers, Software Based Debugging tools, In-Circuit Emulators, RF Network Analyzers, Spectrum Analyzers, and Signal Generators.

  • Ability to read and interpret military requirements, specifications, and Engineering drawings/schematics.

  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills and an ability to build effective working relationships with customers, coworkers, and vendors.

  • Effectively communicate findings to customers and management.

  • Be a self-starter capable of performing assigned tasks with minimal direction.

  • Be an innovative thinker with a demonstrated ability for solving complex problems that may require ingenuity and “out of the box” ideas.

  • Ability to work in an inter-disciplinary functional team.

  • Ability to study and understand complex electronics/mechanical systems

  • Must be meticulous with documentation.

  • Must understand and be able to show traceability to requirements and technical references.

  • Ability to create or review presentations, emails, white papers, trade studies, and reports for content and accuracy.

  • Must be familiar with Printed Wire Board and Circuit Card Assembly processes (schematic capture, layout, fabrication, assembly) from concept through design and production

  • Must be able to sustain products through end-of-life, including obsolescence management.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of programming languages including C/C++ strongly desired.

  • Interpretation of RF Test data and radiation patterns.

  • Experience in manufacturing support, characterization, and test.

  • Current/active Secret clearance.


Salary Range: $92,200 USD - $138,400 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.