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Staff Mechanical Engineer – Subsystem Design

Requisition ID: R10082620

  • 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: 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.

Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems has an opening for a Staff Mechanical Engineer to join our team of qualified diverse individuals in the Subsystem Design group. In Vehicle Engineering, we develop manned and unmanned aircraft platforms for all programs in the Aeronautics Systems Sector

These positions will be located in Palmdale, CA, Rancho Bernardo, CA or Oklahoma City, OK 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 to develop “design for producibility” solutions to difficult problems that are thorough, imaginative, practical, and consistent with program objectives. In the Subsystems Design group, we develop solutions to difficult problems that are thorough, imaginative, practical, and consistent with program objectives. In your day-to-day activities you will participate in the development and review of completed models, drawings, and repairs for accuracy, clarity, and completeness, in order to provide evaluation of engineering products for conformity to standards, procedures, and specifications. You will also supervise design solutions from initial concept to final implementation and give concise presentations and explanations of subsystem design issues/solutions to internal management and customer representatives.

Basic Qualifications:

  • BS degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or Electrical Engineering and a minimum of 15 years of experience in subsystem design (Masters degree may count towards an additional 2 years of experience).
  • High level of proficiency in a 3D CAD related software in the development of aircraft parts and assemblies.
  • Working knowledge of one of the following subsystems: electrical, hydraulics, fuels, fluids, mechanisms or propulsion systems and/or experience with mechanical routing.
  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret or Top Secret clearance.
  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain Special Access Program (SAP) clearance.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or Electrical Engineering.
  • Experience using Unigraphics Nx or CATIA V5
  • Experience with Model Based Engineering (MBE) or 3-D model engineering definition.
  • Experience with HarnesSys tool for schematic design.
  • Experience in the design of bonded composite primary and secondary aircraft structures.
  • Experience working on Special Access Programs
  • Experience working on military aircraft


Salary Range: $141,800 USD - $212,800 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.