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Principal Structural Analysis Engineer / Senior Principal Structural Analysis Engineer

Requisition ID: R10066740

  • 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
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time

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 Aeronautics Systems has multiple openings for Principal Structural Analysis or Senior Principal Structural Analysis Engineers to join our team of qualified diverse individuals. In Vehicle Engineering, we develop manned and unmanned aircraft platforms for all of the programs in the Aeronautics Systems Sector

These positions will be located in Palmdale, CA and have the possibility to work multiple shifts:

  • 9/80 work scheduled (week 1, Monday - Friday, week 2, Monday - Thursday Friday off)
  • Monday - Thursday on a 4 day - 10 hours/day schedule. Alternate hours or shifts may be discussed
  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday on a 3 day - 10 hours/day schedule (you will be paid for a 40-hour work week). Alternate hours or shifts may be discussed

We are looking for Engineers who might have specific structural engineering specialties which may include dynamics and loads, stability and stress fatigue and thermal analysis. Your day-to-day activities will be to analyze, research and develop structural engineering analysis packages involving metals, non-metallic or composite structural materials for product design, or operation of product. This might include structures, mechanical, hydraulic, electrical and electronics, power plant, armament, heating and ventilating, equipment and maintenance designs. You will analyze damage tolerance, durability, design allowables and structural modeling.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Aerospace Engineering with 5 – 15 years of experience performing structural analysis (Masters degree may count towards an additional 2 years of experience)
  • Experience in Structural Analysis Methods and documentation, including hand-sheet analysis, as well as the development and manipulation of large Finite Element Models.
  • Must have an active DoD Secret clearance (with a background investigation completed within the last 6 years or currently enrolled into Continuous Evaluation).
  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain Special Access Program (SAP) clearance prior to the commencement of employment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Aerospace Engineering
  • Aerospace structural analysis experience using NASTRAN, PATRAN, or FEMAP.
  • Experience in Bonded Composite Structural Analysis of primary and secondary aircraft structures
  • Experience with analysis of composite and/or metallic structure and repair methods
  • Experience in structural testing (building block or full-scale test)
  • Experience as a Lead Engineer managing a small group of analysts
  • Analysis experience in a MRB role
  • Experience working on Special Access Programs
  • Experience working on military aircraft
  • Experience with durability and damage tolerance (DaDT) of aircraft structures

Salary Range: $101,400 USD - $152,200 USD
Salary Range 2: $125,800 USD - $188,600 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.