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Principal Test Engineer

Requisition ID: R10076209

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Schriever AFB, Colorado, 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, 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.

SBIRS (Space-Based Infrared System) is looking for a Principal Test Engineer/Space Systems Operator to support the Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) product line under the Specialized Warfighter Development Contract. This work is performed at Schriever SFB in Colorado Springs, CO.

The OPIR is responsible for the development, test, and operation of simulated and Hardware-in-the-Loop (HWIL) representations of satellite sensors and related systems for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and Ballistic Missile Defense System Test and Exercises.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Operating the SBIRS mission software, driver software, and system support scripts
  • Mission support with focus on early warning and ballistic missile defense.
  • Test activities including requirements verification, integration of complex systems, scenario generation, test case development, and data collection.
  • This position is primarily 1st shift (business hours), but does require occasional off hours shift work about 20% of the year.

Basic Qualifications

  • 5 Years with Bachelors in Science; 3 Years with Masters; 0 Years with PhD.; or 9 years of experience in lieu of degree
  • Strong interpersonal skills including technical writing and presentations
  • Ability to adapt, excellent communication skills, and be a team player
  • Successfully perform in a production/operational environment
  • Competent in standard Microsoft Office Products
  • Active DoD Secret clearance

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge/experience of SBIRS mission software and its operation
  • Mobile Ground, Satellite, Missile Warning, and/or Missile Defense domain experience
  • Knowledge in scripting to automate tasks as required/necessary
  • Experience with scripting bash and Python in Linux
  • Knowledge/experience with Linux data systems and terminal interfaces
  • Familiarity with U.S. Air Force space systems and organizations
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a TS Security Clearance


Salary Range: $83,800 USD - $125,800 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.