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Principal Manufacturing Engineer

Requisition ID: R10063742

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Saint Augustine, Florida, 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.

Climb to new heights on your journey when you start Defining Possible with Northrop Grumman. Enjoy a purposeful career in aeronautics that is crucial to the way we connect and protect our world across land, sea, and air. Bring your experience and take advantage of this opportunity to discover how you can start to push past possible and achieve your goals today. Enjoy a diverse, collaborative environment with professionals across the nation ready to help launch your career. 

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems has an opening for a Principal Manufacturing Engineer, to join our Automation and Manufacturing Technology team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in St. Augustine, Florida, where technology and teamwork come together.

The selected candidate will become part of Northrop Grumman's Automation and Manufacturing Technology team at the St. Augustine Aircraft Center of Excellence working in a collaborative environment while promoting a positive, proactive and team environment.

Research and implement new technologies while maintaining existing automation systems. Essential functions include:

  • Investigate new technologies to solve current problems and optimize traditional manufacturing processes
  • Collaborates with suppliers, tool design, manufacturing, and engineering on manufacturing requirements
  • Perform Return on Investment (ROI) Analysis
  • Create Statement of Work (SOW) documents
  • Assess manufacturing readiness of new technologies
  • Coordinate with manufacturing to transition new technology to a production setting
  • Manages the design, procurement, and implementation of new technologies and automated systems
  • Communicates requirements to suppliers and obtains quotes
  • Adapts machine or equipment design to factory and production conditions
  • Incorporate inspection and other quality procedures
  • Follows Environment, Health, and Safety guidelines
  • Provides detailed written instructions that help manufacturing use new advanced manufacturing processes
  • Troubleshoot Mechanical, electrical and software problems
  • Independently determines and develops approach to technical solutions
  • Develop configuration management and digital flow of information
  • Lead Digital Transformation initiatives
  • Ensures manufacturing processes and procedures are in compliance with customer requirements

The selected candidate should thrive in a fast-paced work environment with high expectations, significantly diverse assignments, collaborative/team settings across all levels.

Qualifications - External

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) - 5 years related experience with a Bachelor's Degree or 3 years with a Masters Degree
  • Must have demonstrated experience with aerospace paint, coatings, and specialty materials
  • Must have experience with robotics and other automated systems
  • Must have demonstrated Project Management experience
  • Must have demonstrated experience using Windows software packages and other electronic databases
  • Must have experience with computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM)
  • Must have an Active, In-Scope, DOD Secret Security Clearance or higher that has been granted / renewed within the past 6 years
  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain a Special Access Program

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Systems Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or Electrical Engineering
  • Experience with Metrology Systems and Precise Measurement
  • Experience with Automotive Assembly Lines
  • Experience with Cobots
  • Experience with Optical and Laser Projection Systems
  • Experience with developing enhancement processes that improve production shop floor efficiencies
  • Excellent communicator, ability to provide product improvement proposals and present to engineering designers and technical team for approval

Experience providing innovative techniques focused on improving product designs and tooling assemblies or equipment


Salary Range: $79,700 USD - $119,500 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.