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Principal Manufacturing Project Engineer

Requisition ID: R10067211

  • 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 Manufacturing Project Engineer to join a team responsible for International Design to Production Transition Programs with the Defense Sector team in the Plymouth, MN offices.

This career opportunity is a great fit for self-motivated, proactive individual who wants to plan and run projects for the Northrop Grumman Medium Caliber Ammunition Co-Production team.  Our engineers work in a high exposure, fast paced, and exciting environment that involves hands-on technical challenges, problem solving, and inter-department collaborations.  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.  If you thrive on attention to detail and want different challenges each day, this is the place for you.

Position Description:

  • Ensures pertinent design factors such as contractual, environmental, cost, schedule, technical performance, system integration, producibility, interchangeability, and material requirements are considered during development and program execution.
  • Works with design, project, manufacturing, and quality engineers through the development process and ensures timely flow of information among and between engineering team members.
  • Supports Program Manager as a control account manager to ensure accurate schedule and cost tracking.
  • Presents work products at program reviews, proposals, or other project meetings.
  • Prepares and plans cost estimates and written technical proposals.
  • Acts as a technical interface to external customers, and forms working relationships with representatives of external technical organizations.
  • Supports manufacturing trade studies and early supplier involvement.
  • Demonstrated project management skills and techniques including work breakdown structures, integrated master scheduling and earned value management. 
  • Experience writing statements of work and estimating project scope.
  • Will involve sometimes stepping into other roles when needed.

Responsibilities include:

  • Communicating issues and status frequently and effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Technical understanding of mechanical systems and manufacturing processes.
  • Accountable for the successful completion of Design to Production Transition engineering projects.
  • Requires extensive regular contact with assigned project customers, both internal and external.
  • Assist in the preparation of engineering project proposals.
  • Participating in customer meetings and resolving engineering and management project issues.
  • Design or update manufacturing and assembly process documents.
  • Read, understand, and modify equipment/machinery and product drawings and specifications, in both production and testing environments.
  • Generate and maintain lists of open issues and diligently track them to resolution.
  • Perform failure analysis of physical and functional test results when results do not meet requirements.

Basic Qualifications for Project Engineer

  • Bachelor’s degree in STEM related field plus 5 years of experience in manufacturing and production of mechanical components and/or systems, or 3 years of experience with a master’s degree
  • 2+ years of PE experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree or higher in Engineering or related STEM area.
  • 12 years of relevant professional experience
  • Experience in a manufacturing environment. 
  • Experience managing or leading projects and/or people. 
  • Familiarity with Design of Equipment, Tooling, Process Development and Manufacturing Process.
  • Knowledge of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)
  • Fluency in MS Office software applications


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 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.