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Principal Electrical Control Systems Engineer/PLC Programmer

Requisition ID: R10054569

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Plymouth, Minnesota, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 50% 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 is currently seeking an experienced Principal Electrical Control Systems Engineer/PLC Programmer to join a team responsible for International Design to Production Transition (DTPT) Programs with the Defense Sector team in Plymouth, MN.

Position Description:

This position will provide DTPT Control Systems Engineering and PLC Programming expertise in the manufacturing of advanced medium caliber ammunition for international pursuits.   The person filling this position must be highly proficient with control system hardware and software and have experience in a design-to-production environment. The successful candidate must have the demonstrated capability to work independently with a wide variety of multi-disciplined team members in remote settings while building strong working relationships. The candidate shall also apply strong engineering fundamentals, demonstrate clear communication with those they interact with, and must be able to support up to 50% domestic and international travel for the duration of the program.

Primary Job responsibilities include:

  • Coordination of efforts to modernize industrial control systems and hardware. Working with process experts to create automation specifications and develop implementation resources to meet program/process requirements.
  • Specify, document, design, test, and maintain data acquisition and control systems using PLC-based technology.
  • Create and read logic and flow diagrams for program design, programming, simulation, and testing.
  • Develop Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs) for control and acquisition systems.
  • Selection and sizing of instrumentation (pressure, temperature, strain, flow, etc.) based on P&IDs
  • Update and develop Instrument & Controls documents such as: IO lists, instrument lists, wiring schematics, loop diagrams, Electrical Instrument & Controls specifications.
  • Coordinating the design & documentation of safe & affordable manufacturing processes with Project Engineering, Tooling, Quality, Facility & Production personnel.
  • Establish monitoring for Key Process Parameters using Statistical Process Control.
  • Identify opportunities for improvement in existing processes, conducting trials & verifications for improvements through a robust change process, and implementing verified changes.
  • Non-Conformance investigation to determine Root cause & Corrective Action for Process related non-conformances.
  • Defining requirements for new/repaired facilities equipment used in the manufacturing of ammunition products.
  • Assist in developing the scope of work and related estimates for proposal activity.


  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and 5 years of experience or a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering and 3 years of experience.
  • Experience with designing and programming process automation and industrial controls
  • Experience with communications, data networks and data collection
  • Able to travel up to 50% of the time both domestic and international.

Desired Experience:  The ideal candidate will possess the following

  • Experience implementing controls solutions using Rockwell Allen-Bradley and programing HMIs
  • Experience with digital/analog control and measurement.
  • Experience with standard communications protocols (Ethernet/IP, Profibus, Profinet, CANBUS, etc.)
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to interface with an organization at all levels
  • Skilled in working with Microsoft Office and RSLogix 500/5000.
  • Knowledge of IEC 61131-3
  • Past experience in an environment containing energetic and/or explosive materials
  • Past experience successfully working with highly diverse teams and with foreign cultures

Salary Range: $88,000 USD - $132,000 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.