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Principal Test Engineer

Requisition ID: R10054245

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Oxnard, California, 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.

We are seeking a Principal Test Engineer (Level 3) to support operations in our Oxnard/Goleta location.  This position is available at the Northrop Grumman facility at Oxnard/Goleta CA (% allocation varying throughout year based on site project goals/needs), as part of the Northrop Grumman Payload and Ground systems Division, Space Components and Strategic Business Deployables Operating Unit, which specializes in deployable systems for spacecraft such as solar arrays, instrument booms, extendible support structures, and reflector boom antennas/deployable booms/masts.


Reporting to the Test Engineering Manager, the Principal Test Engineer will be responsible for creating and implementing test plans, test requirements, test tooling, test setup and execution procedures, as well as performing post-test data processing and reporting to ensure product contractual and derived requirements. The qualified candidate will have ownership of their work through all phases of product development, production, testing, and integration supporting internal and external teams as required.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Leadership of product testing, working in close collaboration with all parts of the Operating Unit for the design, development, planning & writing of test plans, test requirements, and test setup & execution procedures.

  • Leadership of test tooling, software, and instrumentation design, development, and selection.

  • Support test data collection, post-test data review, reporting, and test requirements verification.

  • Technical writing to produce test documentation.

  • Lead, participate, and present in internal and external (customer) reviews.

  • Leverage modern tools and methods to reduce cost and schedule of product testing.

  • Accountable for management and tracking of multiple priorities while maintaining a focus towards common project goals of the program team, matrix organization, and customers.

  • Accountable to the Operating Unit Test Engineering Manager for meeting the Test Engineering safety, quality, delivery and cost expectations of internal and external customers within entire product value streams.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor Degree in an engineering or STEM related field

  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in testing, systems engineering, mechanical design, or other applicable experience

  • Demonstrated problem solving skills with hands-on project experience

  • Excellent communication skills – presentation, oral, written, and listening

  • Self-motivated with the ability to organize and prioritize job assignments and tasks

  • Ability to work independently as well as in an integrated team and adapt to change and dynamic requirements

  • Demonstrated technical writing and/or procedure development skills

  • Demonstrated mechanical computer aided design (CAD) software skills

  • Ability to travel between the Oxnard, CA and Goleta, CA sites and travel to support customers

  • US Citizenship is a bona fide requirement

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 3+ years test engineering experience in the aerospace/aeronautics industry

  • Demonstrated proficiency in test automation software (i.e., LabVIEW or other) for product testing

  • Demonstrated proficiency in measuring and controlling various electronic components such as motors, actuators, positional sensing devices, load transducers, etc.

  • Working knowledge of applicable manufacturing processes such as machining, finishing, and rapid prototyping

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.