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Engineer Propulsion 2/3

Requisition ID: R10019135

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Rocket Center - WV, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: Days (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.

Northrop Grumman Defense Systems designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation-related systems to customers around the world. Our products include launch vehicles, propulsion systems, missile products, subsystems and defense electronics, precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition, satellites and space components and services, and advanced aerospace structures. Foundations in math, physics, thermodynamics, propulsion, and computer skills are important in evaluating rocket motor performance of various defense and aerospace systems. 

Job Summary

The Propulsion Engineer will work in the exciting and challenging world of tactical propulsion. Responsibilities center on the use of various technical principles to perform analysis, design, or test portions of complex materials, structural components, and functional systems.  

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Support project objectives by performing design, analysis, fabrication, and/or test activities with the support, guidance and direction of senior engineers.
  • Select applicable analytical data from previous products, determine the technical principles involved, mathematically define the problem and compute the engineering characteristics consistent with the specifications, design needs and requirements of other portions of the product.
  • Evaluate design with other technical groups and make modifications to achieve the ideal design.
  • Document results of analysis, test, and design activities.
  • Develop original ideas and elaborate on preliminary design concepts.
  • Make thoughtful and valuable suggestions and recommendations for improvements.
  • Establish requirements and procedures to evaluate, purchased equipment or materials.
  • Provide guidance to ensure the project/program assignments meet established technical objectives.

This requisition may be filled at a higher grade based on qualifications listed below.

Basic Qualifications for a level 2:

  • BS, preferably in Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering
  • 2 years of related work experience or a MS in Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering
  • Must be able to obtain a Department of Defense Secret clearance. U.S. citizenship is a prerequisite.

Basic Qualifications for a level 3:

  • BS, preferably in in Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering
  • 5 years of related work experience or 3 years with a MS in Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering
  • Must be able to obtain a Department of Defense Secret security clearance; U.S. citizenship is a prerequisite.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Skills related to statics, dynamics, fluids, thermodynamics, rocket propulsion, computer skills/programming (MATLAB, FORTRAN, Solid Modeling, Excel) are all desirable.
  • Leadership & teamwork capabilities
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • Self-motivated, willing to learn, and interested in working in a team environment
  • Experience developing and delivering presentations and leading small groups
  • Able to work in an autonomous work environment on complex projects
  • Experience working on business or engineering full life-cycle projects from project inception through launch

This position falls under a Federal Explosives License issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for this location.  Candidates hired into this role will be required to complete and submit an Employee Possessor Questionnaire to ATF for approval to be a possessor.


Salary Range: 71100 - 106700
Salary Range 2: 87600 - 131400

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. With the continuing impacts of COVID-19 around the world, we are taking action to protect the health and well-being of our colleagues and maintain the safety of the communities where we operate. As a federal contractor, and consistent with Executive Order 14042 (https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/) we will require all newly hired employees in the United States to be fully vaccinated by January 18, 2022 or by your start date if it is after January 18th. Federal guidance allows for disability/medical and religious accommodations with respect to the vaccine requirement. Any requested accommodations must be reviewed and approved (if applicable) in advance of your start date.

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.


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