Principal / Sr. Principal Electrical Engineer 3/4 – Motion Control Systems

Requisition ID: 21002188

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: San Jose, California
  • Citizenship IconUS Citizenship Required for this Position: Yes
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes –May Consider Occasional/Part Time Teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10 % of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 1

Northrop Grumman is currently seeking a Principal Electrical Engineer / Sr. Principal Electrical Engineer for our San Jose, California, Elkton, Maryland, or Palm Beach Gardens, Florida locations. 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. The Northrop Grumman Propulsion Systems and Controls (PS&C) facility in Elkton, Maryland began solid-propellant rocket operations in 1948. Today, the Elkton PS&C facility designs, develops, and produces solid-propellant propulsion and ordnance systems in programs professionally managed for a wide variety of Government and commercial customers.  The facility also serves as the hub for offsite engineering and test facilities in Ronkonkoma, NY, Palm Beach Gardens, FL and San Jose, CA. The San Jose facility specializes in motion control systems and the design and development of prototype control components such as electromechanical actuators, control electronics, and embedded software and firmware.  Job Description: Northrop Grumman is seeking a Principal / Sr. Principal Electrical Engineer to develop electronics for motion control system applications based on specifications and goal‐oriented objectives. This position is responsible for the design, development, creation and modification of electrical schematics, PWB layouts, and electrical analysis. Scope of responsibility also includes verification of CCA designs and compliance to system level requirements and validation at the system level. Coordinates with members of multi‐functional teams to develop innovative solutions for implementation of electrical design with the greater electro-mechanical and propulsion system. DIVSE

This position can be filled at either the Principal Electrical Engineer or Sr. Principal Electrical Engineer level, depending on years of experience and qualifications.
  Basic Qualifications Principal Electrical Engineer:
  • Requires a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from an accredited college with a minimum of 5 years of professional experience; or 3 years professional experience with a related Master’s degree or PhD in Engineering & 0 years.
  • Experience with analog, digital, and power circuit design and analysis
  • Experience working with 3-Phase Brushless DC Torque Motor drives: Drive Logic and Power Electronics
  • Experience with resolver, encoder, and LVDT signal processing.
  • Experience implementing electrical designs using Mentor Graphics
  • Experience with the use of various FPGAs and the development of HDL code within the corresponding IDE.
  • Experience working in a cross functional environment (mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, software engineering, systems engineering, test engineering, production engineering, etc.) to translate customer requirements and functional block diagrams into realized Circuit Card Assemblies.
  • Proven ability to define development test plans and methods to ensure a robust design is achieved and validates the design against customer, internal and regulatory / government requirements.
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability organize/prioritize job assignments and tasks.
  • Is able to work independently as well as in a team environment. Comfortable in a fast paced, rapidly changing, short turn-around environment.
  • Is able to communicate clearly and effectively to cross-functional team members.  Has strong writing skills and is proficient at documenting design and analysis reports as well as test reports.
  • Position may require occasional travel to meet with various customers, in both government and industry, and to interface with suppliers.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen and be able to obtain a DoD Secret Clearance.
Basic Qualifications Sr. Principal Electrical Engineer:
  • Requires a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from an accredited college with a minimum of 9 years of professional experience; or 7 years professional experience with a related Master’s degree or PhD in Engineering & 4 years.
  • Experience with analog, digital, and power circuit design and analysis
  • Experience working with 3-Phase Brushless DC Torque Motor drives: Drive Logic and Power Electronics
  • Experience with resolver, encoder, and LVDT signal processing.
  • Experience implementing electrical designs using Mentor Graphics
  • Experience with the use of various FPGAs and the development of HDL code within the corresponding IDE.
  • Experience working in a cross functional environment (mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, software engineering, systems engineering, test engineering, production engineering, etc.) to translate customer requirements and functional block diagrams into realized Circuit Card Assemblies.
  • Proven ability to define development test plans and methods to ensure a robust design is achieved and validates the design against customer, internal and regulatory / government requirements.
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability organize/prioritize job assignments and tasks.
  • Is able to work independently as well as in a team environment. Comfortable in a fast paced, rapidly changing, short turn-around environment.
  • Is able to communicate clearly and effectively to cross-functional team members.  Has strong writing skills and is proficient at documenting design and analysis reports as well as test reports.
  • Position may require occasional travel to meet with various customers, in both government and industry, and to interface with suppliers.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen and be able to obtain a DoD Secret Clearance.
Preferred Skills:
  • Experience with the implementation of various BLDC control architectures utilizing Field Oriented Control and Space Vector Modulation.
  • Strong experience with Matlab and Simulink modeling and programming.
  • Experience sizing and selection of parts for real time control systems
  • Applies research to the planning, design, development and testing of control laws and control systems for use in space and military applications.  Is able to develop design solutions to meet difficult performance requirements.
  • Develops detailed specifications from high level design goals and performs analysis of the hardware, system environment and design goals to enable selection and implementation of the desired system topology.
  • Presents assigned work at program technical reviews, proposals, or other technical meetings.
  • Possesses strong interpersonal skills to work effectively within a development team to understand system level interdependencies and design constraints.
  • Experience working in a cross functional environment (mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, software engineering, systems engineering, test engineering, production engineering, etc.) to translate customer requirements and functional block diagrams into realized Circuit Card Assemblies.
  • Conduct trade studies, identify and present alternate design options.
  • Experience with Systems Engineering principles
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 www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

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  1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
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  3. Enjoy benefits like work-life balance, education assistance and paid time off.


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