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Staff Material Process Engineer

Requisition ID: R10010841

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Redondo Beach, California, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: None
  • 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, 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.

Embark on a career putting innovative, reliable, and agile products and ideas into orbit, and beyond. Northrop Grumman has opportunities waiting for you that play a vital role in human space exploration, national defense, and scientific discovery, supporting multiple programs across the universe. With us, you’ll discover a culture of curiosity and collaboration that will have you Defining Possible from the day you start. Our space systems connect and protect millions of people on earth every day, now and for the future. Explore your future and launch your career today.

Strategic Space Systems Division (SSSD) is an industry-leading provider for prime satellite and payload capabilities and directed energy and electronics solutions for national security, military, and civil customers. We are built on a heritage of providing innovative, affordable and reliable aerospace and defense products that our customers rely on to achieve mission success. Join the Space revolution and make the impossible, possible

SSSD has an opening for a Staff Metallurgist to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Redondo Beach, California.

The Staff Material Process Engineer will be part of the Engineering Team and is responsible for providing Materials and Processes support to aerospace hardware production, developing materials, processes, engineering specifications, and performing metallurgical evaluations and failure analyses. The successful candidate will collaborate with design engineering, manufacturing, QA, and customers to help deliver high quality, precision aerospace products. Our Senior Metallurgist will also investigate opportunities for improving existing materials, processes, equipment, adherence to specifications, and technology for attaining cost reduction and continuous improvement goals.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

•Provide expertise and guidance on aluminum, ferrous materials, other metals, material development, material selection, material testing, coatings and failure analysis.

•Provide expertise and guidance on the relationship between materials and manufacturing processes focused mainly on forging, heat treating, and metals joining.

•Investigate opportunities for improving existing materials, processes, equipment, and technology.

•Provide hands-on support to production operations to implement cost reduction and productivity improvement projects.

•Perform rigorous failure analysis. Conduct or manage laboratory testing and analysis.

•Support prototype trials, materials analysis and performance characterization.

•Participate in development and improvement of strategic suppliers.

Basic Qualifications:

• Bachelor's degree in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) discipline from an accredited university AND 14+ years of metallurgical industry experience OR Master’s in STEM with 12+ years of metallurgical industry experience OR PhD in STEM with 9+ years of metallurgical industry experience

• Ability to obtain and maintain a SCI clearance

• Demonstrated expertise in aluminum, titanium, and/or ferrous metallurgy

• Experience with manufacturing processes including forging, heat treating, welding and/or brazing


Preferred Qualifications:

• Bachelor's degree in Metallurgy or Materials Science

• Active SCI clearance

• Material selection and qualification experience

• Metallurgical evaluation skills and failure analysis techniques and methodologies

• Metallurgical experience in the aerospace industry

• Ability and willingness to travel up to 10% domestically and internationally


Salary Range: $141,400 USD - $212,200 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.