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Test Conductor

Requisition ID: R10077039

  • Category IconCategory: Mission and Quality Assurance
  • 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: Any (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 (NGAS) has an exciting career opportunity for a Test Conductor to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals in support of the MQ-4C Triton program test activities. This position will be located at NAS (Naval Air Station) Patuxent River, MD.

The Triton – MQ-4C ITT (Integrated & Test Team) is a US Navy & Northrop Grumman combined test team working together to ensure future capabilities are tested and evaluated in an efficient manner. The selected candidate will perform a variety of data collection and technical support services on the Triton Air vehicle and Ground Control Stations; and support the research and procurement of MQ-4C unmanned air vehicle components in direct support of life cycle sustainment.

Responsibilities include Interfacing with NGC and customer Flight Test Engineers, Flight Test Conductors, and Ground Operations Technicians. This position is the primary interface between maintenance, design and flight test engineering. Test Conductors operate Vehicle and Payload Test Controller software during aircraft start-up/shut down for launch and recovery as well as for static ground tests utilizing BAMS Evaluation, Test and Troubleshooting Interface Equipment (BETTIE).  When properly cleared they will also operate the Weapons Replaceable Assembly Intelligence Community Load Management Apparatus (WILMA) to interface with system SIGINT systems. 

Essential Functions:  

·       Conducts operations in accordance with NGC policy and procedures, and NAVAIR 3960 Test Plans and Procedures and per NATOPS.

·       Reviews and provides inputs during engineering development and executes Detailed Test Requirements, Acceptance Test Procedures and ground Test Plans. 

·       Prepares Test Variances in accordance with engineering direction and engineering changes. 

·       Responsible for providing inputs to update Interactive Electronic Technical Manuals

·       Integrates tests and develops strategies to improve test efficiency. Generates, reviews and executes Test Work Sheets and Requests for Tests (RFTs). 

The selected candidate should thrive in a fast-paced work environment with high expectations, significantly diverse assignments, collaborative/team settings across all levels. The selected candidate will need either to be located at NAS Patuxent River, or be willing and able to relocate to the NAS Patuxent River area.


Basic Qualifications: 

·       Bachelor’s Degree and 2 years of related test experience, or a Master's Degree and 0 year's related experience, OR  6+ years of test experience in lieu of the Bachelor’s Degree will be considered.

·       A current active in-scope DoD Secret security clearance or higher with the ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret / Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) clearance. 


Preferred Qualifications: 

·       Bachelor’s degree in STEM field. Previous Unmanned Air Vehicle system test or maintenance experience is highly desired. 

·       Strong interpersonal and leadership skills with excellent communications skills, including the ability to brief test results to senior leadership.

·       A current Top Secret security clearance.

Salary Range: $74,900 USD - $112,300 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

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 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.