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Principal Structural Engineer/Senior Principal Structural Engineer (Secret Clearance Required)

Requisition ID: R10056706

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Redondo Beach, California, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • 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: 2

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 of 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 Principal Structural Engineer/Senior Principal Structural Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals in the Vehicle & Software Engineering Department. This position will be located in Redondo Beach, CA.

The Principal/Senior Principal Structural Engineer will perform analysis on precision moving electro-mechanical products. You will be a structural engineering specialist within the Mechanisms and Deployable Products Department. You will analyze, research, and develop structural engineering specifications involving metals, non-metallic, or composite structural materials for product design, or operation of space sector products. You will analyze stiffness/strength, durability, design allowables, and perform structural modeling. Specific structural engineering specialties may include stress, dynamics, and loads development (quasi-static, sine, random vibration, acoustic, and shock). You will use classic hand analysis methods as well as finite element analysis techniques for analyzing metallic and composite structures, bonded joint analyses, stability checks, static stress, and occasional fatigue. Tools utilized may include: Femap, NX NASTRAN, Mathcad, Matlab, CATIA, and a variety of other software applications.

The responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Predominately metallic and the occasional composite structural analyses including detailed analysis procedures, analysis of fittings/fasteners/joints/splices, acoustics/vibration familiarity, structural integrity planning, design criteria development, stability, crippling, durability analysis, and finite element modeling.
  • Layout sizing, and structural integrity evaluations.
  • Review of requirements for materials, structure systems & subsystems.
  • Create FEA models and perform systems and sub-systems structural analysis.
  • Participate and present in internal and external (customer) design reviews.
  • Manage and track multiple priorities while maintaining focus on common project goals.
  • Proficiency in a majority of the design and analysis principles, processes, and tools.
  • Prior demonstrated leadership abilities are preferred.

This requisition may be filled at either a Principal Structural Engineer level or Senior Principal Structural Engineer level based on the qualifications listed below.

Basic Qualifications – Principal Structural Engineer:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline from an accredited university with 5 years of engineering experience OR Master’s Degree in STEM with 3 years of engineering experience OR Ph.D. with 0 years of experience.
  • Experience with Finite Element Analyses Tools
  • Candidate must have an active DoD Secret security clearance with the ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Top Secret security clearance.

Basic Qualifications - Sr. Principal Structural Engineer:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline from an accredited university with 9 years of engineering experience OR Master’s Degree in STEM with 7 years of engineering experience OR Ph.D. with 4 years of experience.
  • Experience with Finite Element Analyses Tools
  • Candidate must have an active DoD Secret security clearance with the ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Top Secret security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficiency in FEMAP and NX Nastran.
  • Experience with metallic and composite structures sizing.
  • Active DoD Top Secret security clearance with SCI.
  • Clearance investigation within the last 5 years.
  • Prior Space Products experience.

Salary Range: $101,400 USD - $152,200 USD
Salary Range 2: $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.