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Sr. Principal Structural Engineer

Requisition ID: R10037429

  • 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: 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.

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.

Northrop Grumman Strategic Space Systems Division (SSSD) has an opening for a Sr. Principal Structural Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Redondo Beach, CA.

As a Sr. Principal Structural Engineer you will be supporting the Structures Design, Analysis, and Integration (SDAI) team in the Strategic Space Systems Division (SSSD) of Northrop Grumman Corporation.  The SDAI Department provides key Design and Analysis support for most of the Space Park programs and other collaborating Organizations.

The Structural Design, Analysis, and Integration (SDAI) Department Functional Homeroom provides skilled engineers to key program areas.  The successful candidate will be responsible for providing critical Stress Analysis support to various Space Park Programs, with opportunities for diversification across multiple programs and upward growth. 

Roles and Responsibilities include:

  • Support existing and upcoming Space programs

  • Participate in the resolution of complex Structural analysis problems for space-based platforms and missions involving the analysis of propulsion systems, metallic, and composite structures.

  • Architect, lead and perform structural analysis of propulsion systems, structures and deployables.

  • Perform requirements definition, preliminary analysis of layouts, detail designs and final drawing release.

  • Prepare, perform and lead design review presentations and support to fabrication.

  • Work closely with design, manufacturing, materials and processes and test to develop design requirements, define structural load paths, develop FEMs and perform detailed analysis for engineering drawings to fabricate flight and structural test articles.

  • Author and or support the generation and revision of structural analysis stress reports, procedures, and process documents in support of the program and functional homeroom organization.

  • Additional responsibilities may include:

    • Analyzes, researches and develops structural engineering specifications involving metals, non-metallic or composite structural materials for product design, or operation of product to include structures, mechanical, hydraulic, electrical and electronics, power plant, armament, heating and ventilating, equipment and maintenance designs.

    • Analyzes damage tolerance, durability, design allowables and structural modeling.

  • Specific structural engineering specialties may include dynamics and loads, stability and stress fatigue and thermal analysis.

  • Tools utilized will include FEMAP and NX Nastran, and may include Mathcad, MATLAB, and a variety of additional software applications.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) from an accredited university

  • 9+ years of experience in space and defense industry experience with a B.S. OR

  • 7+ years of experience in space and defense industry experience with a M.S. OR

  • 4+ years of experience in space and defense industry experience with a PhD.

  • Experience in Composite and Metallic materials Stress Analysis

  • Ability to acquire and maintain a Dept of Defense Top Secret clearance -AND/OR - SCI access with a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor and/or Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, and/or Aerospace Engineering

  • Responsible Stress Engineering (RSE) experience and experience leading engineering teams

  • Experience authoring technical and/or requirements documents

  • Experience working on Special Access Programs

  • Participation in multiple design cycles in spacecraft/aircraft development programs

  • Active Dept of Defense Top Secret clearance with a background investigation date within 6 years -AND/OR - Active SCI access with a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) completed within 6 years

For more details, please view: Northrop Grumman Benefits

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Salary Range: $125,800 USD - $188,600 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.