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Principal Electromechanical Engineer /Senior Principal Electromechanical Engineer

Requisition ID: R10059251

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Palmdale, 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: Any (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 5

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.

The Specialty Test Team in Palmdale Ca. is looking for experienced Electromechanical/Instrumentation Engineer to join our diverse team. The STT performs all structural testing, both static and fatigue, ranging from component level to full scale article on both R&D and flight hardware. 

Selected Candidate will apply their electrical, mechanical, and computer skills while utilizing complex, state of the art, load control and data acquisition systems to execute testing containing hundreds of load/position/pressure control channels while acquiring feedback /data from thousands of sensors. Qualified individuals will collaborate with various disciplines and different levels of personnel throughout all phases of Structural Testing towards a collective objective and must exhibit excellent communication skills and exceptional abilities to work well within a diverse team.  Functional performance includes test planning, hardware and instrumentation design, set-up, and operation, as well as test set-up, execution, troubleshooting, data reduction and test report preparation/presentation. This is a very unique role that requires the candidate to demonstrate proficiency in both electrical and mechanical facets involved with all testing functions interchangeably. Candidate must have familiarity with operating and the basic concepts pertaining to data acquisition and load control hardware as well as related instrumentation such as: LVDTs, Strain Gages, String Pots, Load Cells, etc.

Selected candidate must be a motivated, driven individual with excellent communication skills, capable of successfully completing statement of work with somewhat minimal oversight/supervision. Candidate must have strong analytical/troubleshooting skills. Candidate will potentially serve as a leader and mentor to entry-level engineers and technicians.  

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Setup, program, operate, and maintain load control and data acquisition systems
  • Plan and arrange for the equipment and personnel required to fulfill test requirements 
  • Contribute to the development, fabrication and assembly of mechanical and electromechanical components, sub-assemblies, systems and full scale test stands.  
  • Co-Author and publish test/instrumentation procedures and documents through Microsoft Office Suite software
  • Participate in formal readiness reviews throughout all phases of testing 
  • Participate in post-test data evaluation, issue identification, and resolutions. 
  • Set up, install, and troubleshoot all types of instrumentation (load cells, LVDTs, strain gages, string pots, thermocouples, etc.) and understand their associated functional concepts
  • 2D drawings in AutoCAD

Selected Candidate must be able to work multiple shifts: 4x10 schedule (Mon-Thurs) 1st shift; 4X10 (Mon-Thurs) 2nd shift; 3x10 schedule (Fri, Sa, Su) 2nd shift.  3x10 schedule (Fri, Sa, Su) 1st shift. 

Basic Qualifications:

  • Principal Structural Test Engineer (T03): STEM Degree, 5 yrs. with BS; 3 yrs. with Masters; 0 yrs. with PhD
  • Sr. Principal Structural Test Engineer (T04): STEM Degree, 9 yrs. with BS; 7 yrs. with Masters; 5 yrs. with PhD
  • Proficiency with Electromechanical/Instrumentation Engineering concepts and functions such as control system setup and tuning processes as well as basic data acquisition/signal conditioning principles
  • DoD Secret or Top Secret clearance within 5 yr. scope
  • Ability to obtain Program Special access within a reasonable period of time, as determined by the company to meet its business needs
  • Ability and willingness to work non-standard shifts/overtime
  • Candidate must have familiarity with operating and the basic concepts pertaining to data acquisition and load control hardware as well as related instrumentation such as: LVDTs, Strain Gages, String Pots, Load Cells, etc.
  • Must be able to immediately contribute to the development, fabrication and assembly of mechanical and electromechanical components, sub-assemblies, systems and full scale test stands
  • Must be able to work multiple shifts depending on program need.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 5 years direct hands-on experience with test, instrumentation & control engineering applications
  • Requires ability to set-up, install, and troubleshoot all types of instrumentation (load cells, LVDTs, strain gages, string pots, thermocouples, etc.) and understand their associated functional concepts
  • Experience with structures testing, load control and data acquisition systems
  • Experience in mechanical assembly & test, analog electronics, transducers, strain gage design & installation
  • Hands-on skill application in pneumatic/hydraulic system design, set up, and checkout
  • Ability to assess complex anomalies, apply strong critical thinking skills, and develop resolutions effectively within a team
  • Experienced user in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, AutoCAD, CATIA, NX
  • Proficiency with C syntax, LabView, and VBA programming/scripting
  • Current Program Access

Salary Range: $92,200 USD - $138,400 USD
Salary Range 2: $114,300 USD - $171,500 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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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.