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Sr. Principal Engineer Hardware

Requisition ID: R10063181

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Patuxent River, Maryland, 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 Sr Principal Instrumentation Engineer/Hardware Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals within our Systems Integration, Test and Evaluation OrganizationThis role is located in Patuxent River, MD.

In this role, you will be responsible for the development, design and maintenance of complex instrumentation and data system solutions for laboratory, ground and flight test activities on the Triton Program.

Conducts research, design, development, and testing of information processing hardware such as computer chips, circuit boards, computer systems, and electrical components. Designs new or modifies existing products, develops technical specifications for production, analyzes hardware configuration and processing solutions, and tests hardware conformance to specifications.

We offer flexible work arrangements, 9/80 work schedule with every other Friday off, phenomenal learning opportunities, exposure to a wide variety of projects and customers, and a very friendly team environment. We are looking for self-motivated, proactive, and goal-oriented people to help us grow our services and become even better at what we do.

Responsible to ensure engineering tests serve mission objectives and mechanisms are in place to execute the tests. Responsible for testing all customer samples. Oversees the operational aspects of engineering tests and serves as liaison to program, engineering and line management. Reviews status of test requirements, manages schedules and prepares reports. Selects and supervises technicians during test. Assesses anomalies and develops resolutions to documented procedures in conjunction with Test and Quality Engineering.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Maintain Flight Test Instrumentation system configurations and coordinate test activity, maintenance and communicate instrumentation issues and status across teams
  • Support planning and flight test readiness reviews; flight test planning working groups and coordination meetings; pre and posttest briefings
  • Define data system configurations, sensor selection, installation, checkout requirements and operational procedures
  • Define air vehicle interface, integration and logistic requirements. Knowledge of telemetry, onboard recording, Data Acquisition Systems (Teletronics) and ground stations
  • Provide test crews, manufacturing and/or suppliers the guidance and direction required for operation, fabrication, modifications, assembly and checkout of Instrumentation systems and associated equipment
  • Use of experience in computer operating systems and application software (AutoCAD), as well as database development for measure and and test data
  • Prepare system specifications, Request for Quotes (RFQ’s) and Statement of Work (SOW’s) that satisfy test and system requirements
  • Support test activities, anomaly resolution and process improvement initiatives
  • Travel may be required to multiple NGC and customer facilities

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s of Science with 9 years of experience OR Master's of Science with 7 years experience OR PhD with 4 years experience
  • Must have experience with Teletronics Data systems and Software
  • Must have experience in Flight Test Operations
  • Must have Flight Test Instrumentation experience
  • Must have experience troubleshooting of Data System transducers and hardware
  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret clearance
  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain Special Access Program (SAP) clearance
  • Must have strong leadership, communication and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience with RF/Microwave technologies
  • AutoCAD Electrical software experience

Salary Range: $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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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.