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Metallurgist (AHT)

Requisition ID: R10061082

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Rocket Center, West Virginia, 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: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 25% 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 invites you to discover careers that change the world and further advancements in defense, technology, and engineering today at Northrop Grumman. Use your experience to grow your career and support our global customers with the technology, systems, and solutions they need to enable their missions on the front lines and secure our world every day. With Northrop Grumman, you’ll discover a culture built on diversity, respect, and above all teamwork. Together with our group of experts across the technical spectrum, you’ll discover opportunities to make a difference in our world and start solving some of the world’s most critical problems in the most innovative ways.

We are seeking a talented Principal or Sr. Principal Metallurgist to join our team in Rocket Center, WV just outside of Cumberland, MD. Rocket Center, WV is located along the North Branch Potomac River in Mineral County, West Virginia and is home to the Allegany Ballistics Laboratory (ABL), a government installation operated by Northrop Grumman. The ABL site is home to technical and highly skilled talent who design, develop, and manufacture tactical rocket motors, medium caliber ammunition, composite components and end items, and fuze and electronics equipment. For decades, the talented team at ABL have supported national security efforts by developing and building defense systems and missile products for DoD customers and U.S. allies.

Job Summary:

This position will lead and develop various materials and processing (M&P) efforts on a wide variety of exciting aerospace and defense articles, including rocket motors, warheads, ammunition, fuzes, metal structures, composite structures, and electronic components.  While the position will primarily focus on metallurgy science and engineering, supporting M&P efforts on non-metallic materials will also be required. 

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Function as the facility’s subject matter expert on metallurgy and related material processes.

  • Establish procedures and best practices relative to the design and manufacture of metallic and non-metallic materials.

  • Assist in failure investigations for determining cause of raw material related defects and failures from processing during welding, heat treating and finishing operations. 

  • Assist Product Development teams in selecting optimal materials, treatments, finishes and associated specifications for desired and repeatable results, as well as support investigation of material issues encountered during manufacture and testing. 

  • Assist Manufacturing teams and Suppliers in resolving failures that occur during processing. 

  • Understand and interpret design drawings and to make recommendations for improvements.

  • Oversee and assist technicians with on site preparation and examination of Metallurgical samples of various materials to determine compliance to desired material specifications. 

  • Oversee and review results of mechanical testing of these materials.

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

Basic Qualifications for Level 3:

  • Bachelor's degree in Materials Science, Materials Engineering, Metallurgy or equivalent. Strong preference toward candidates with a degree in Metallurgy.

  • 5 years of experience in steel manufacturing

  • Demonstrated experience with the chemical, physical and atomic properties and structures of metals associated with alloys and metals such as steel, iron, nickel, copper and aluminum

  • Knowledge of Heat Treating and Metal Finishing processes as they apply to alloys and metals such as steel, iron, nickel, copper and aluminum

  • Must be able to obtain a Department of Defense Secret clearance. U.S. citizenship is a prerequisite

  • Effective writing skills to create and document detailed records of investigations, experiments and research conducted along with the results

  • Excellent communication skills to converse efficiently with other professionals and to work together to solve technical problems as they arise

  • Teamwork ethic to work as a part of a unit, business awareness, technical expertise, attention to detail, and leadership skills

Basic Qualifications for Level 4:

  • Bachelor's degree in Materials Science, Materials Engineering, Metallurgy or equivalent. Strong preference toward candidates with a degree in Metallurgy.

  • 9 years of experience in steel manufacturing

  • Demonstrated experience with the chemical, physical and atomic properties and structures of metals associated with alloys and metals such as steel, iron, nickel, copper and aluminum

  • Knowledge of Heat Treating and Metal Finishing processes as they apply to alloys and metals such as steel, iron, nickel, copper and aluminum

  • Must be able to obtain a Department of Defense Secret clearance. U.S. citizenship is a prerequisite

  • Effective writing skills to create and document detailed records of investigations, experiments and research conducted along with the results

  • Excellent communication skills to converse efficiently with other professionals and to work together to solve technical problems as they arise

  • Teamwork ethic to work as a part of a unit, business awareness, technical expertise, attention to detail, and leadership skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Metallurgy

  • Experience working at a plating company or steel mill

What to Expect: 

We offer highly competitive salaries, an array of benefits to give you the support you need, and the opportunity to connect with coworkers, remote and in-office, in an environment that is professional, creative and flexible. If you are a dynamic and motivated professional, Northrop Grumman is the company that will help further your experience and grow your career.  

What Makes This Location Great:

Known for its scenic mountain landscapes, rolling hills and state parks, the region offers a multitude of outdoor recreational opportunities to include hiking, mountain biking, skiing, fishing, and whitewater rafting. We are an easy drive to Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Pittsburgh, and not far from Philadelphia, Virginia, and New York. If you enjoy a beautiful all-weather climate, low cost of living, zero gridlock traffic, outdoor activities and easy access to major cities along the east coast - this area has a lot to offer!

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: $79,700 USD - $119,500 USD
Salary Range 2: $98,700 USD - $148,100 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.