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Principal Manufacturing Engineer

Requisition ID: R10028415

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Redondo Beach, California, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 3

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.

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.

Strategic Space Systems Division has an opening for an Principal Engineer Manufacturing to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Redondo Beach, California.


Position is for an engineering and planning supporting Mechanical hardware production areas. The candidate will support efforts for the engineering and work instruction generation/process planning function.

Typical Responsibilities Include:

  • Translating contractual requirements into detailed Work Instructions and MBOMs using Solumina MES and SAP MRP software tools, documenting tooling and shop aids to assist in the manufacturing, assembly and testing of hardware

  • Reviews requirements to ensure completeness of work instruction

  • Implementation of processes, procedures for machined parts, composites and assemblies including order of operations for Solumina work instructions and floor discrepancies

  • Develops and executes process flows and integration plans

  • Understanding and interpretation of Process (PR) specifications and (Fabrication Inspection Procedure) FIPPS

  • Applies experiential skills to the development of work instructions and testing of mechanical and/or electro-mechanical systems, instruments, and/or controls 

  • Candidate must possess strong communication and technical writing skills, a demonstrated understanding of mechanical principles, and an ability and desire to learn and problem solve. Experience with mechanical test or manufacturing is desired.

As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman Space Systems, you are eligible for our robust benefits package including:

  • Medical, Dental & Vision coverage

  • 401k

  • Educational Assistance

  • Life Insurance

  • Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions

  • Paid Time Off

  • Health & Wellness Resources

  • Employee Discounts

This position’s standard work schedule is a 9/80. The 9/80 schedule allows employees who work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday to take every other Friday off.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree plus 5 years of technical experience OR Master’s Degree plus 3 years of technical experience OR High School Diploma/General Education Diploma (G.E.D) plus 9 years of technical experience.

  • Experience supporting manufacturing or integration and test.

  • Candidate must be able to obtain an active U.S. Government security clearance at the Top Secret level with a background investigation date within 6 years, OR must be able to obtain an active U.S. Government SCI access with a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) completed within the last 5 years.  

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active SCI Clearance

  • Master of Science in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) related field plus zero years of engineering experience 

  • Manufacturing experience

  • Integration and Test experience

  • Quality Inspection Experience

  • Experience with mechanical assembly and integration techniques

  • Ability to operate in a large team environment

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Excellent technical writing skills

Salary Range: $92,200 USD - $138,400 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.