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Principal Engineer Systems Test

Requisition ID: R10066832

  • 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, 25% 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 sector is seeking a highly motivated Principal Mission Systems Flight Test Engineer to primarily support the E-2D Mission Systems and Air Vehicle Test program as part of an Integrated Test Team based out of NAS Patuxent River, MD. In this role, you will provide support to all flight test activities, to include test planning, real-time data monitoring, post flight data processing, and reporting on test results. Candidate shall display professionalism, leadership, have a strong work ethic, work well with others, and be able to function as member of the E-2D Integrated Test Team. Some travel will be required, to include detachments lasting several weeks.Key Responsibilities: 
  • Assist in development of test plans/test cards
  • Participate in pre- and post-flight briefs/debriefs
  • Provide support to senior engineers to ensure testing is performed safely and efficiently
  • Plan test missions, which includes test deck preparation, leading engineering briefs/debriefs, coordination with scheduling, maintenance, and leading the test team through test missions as the link between the test engineers and the test aircraft and crew.
  • Provide support for post flight data processing and analysis as required to support mission objectives
  • Provide support in generating data releases and reports to be provided to NGC and NAVY engineering
  • Travel to Melbourne, FL to work with engineering to develop Weapon System Specification (WSS) modification and test new system software and hardware in the Software integration Lab (SIL)
  • Write Problem Reports (PR’s) on new software and hardware functionality and work with engineering to determine potential corrections.
  • Work alongside Navy Test aircrew and engineers to ground and flight test new system hardware and software
  • Write post-flight summaries and debrief engineers on success of flight and test points conducted as defined in the test plan

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.

Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) discipline AND 5 years of experience OR Master's Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) discipline AND 3 years of experience OR PhD in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) discipline AND 0 years of experience
  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret Clearance prior to the commencement of employment
  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Top-Secret Clearance within a reasonable amount of time determined by the Company
  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain a Program Access (SAP) Clearance within a reasonable amount of time determined by the Company
  • Must have experience generating technical documents and working with various software/data processing tools such as MS Word, MS Excel, PowerPoint, and other various programming languages
Preferred Experience: 
  • Master’s Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) discipline
  • DoD Top Secret Clearance
  • Previous E-2D Hawkeye experience
  • Previous Experience with flight test

Salary Range: $101,400 USD - $152,200 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.