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Principal Graphic Artist

Requisition ID: R10042691

  • Category IconCategory: Communications
  • Location IconLocation: Sierra Vista, Arizona, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes- May Consider Full Time Teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: No
  • 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.


Join Northrop Grumman on our continued mission to push the boundaries of possible across land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace. Enjoy a culture where your voice is valued and start contributing to our team of passionate professionals providing real-life solutions to our world’s biggest challenges. We take pride in creating purposeful work and allowing our employees to grow and achieve their goals every day by Defining Possible. Our defense systems protect millions of people every day, now and for the future. With our competitive pay and comprehensive benefits, we have the right opportunities to fit your life and launch your career today. Northrop Grumman Defense Systems is seeking a Graphic Artist. This position will support international Global Hawk programs and be located in Sierra Vista, Arizona or Rancho Bernardo, CA. However, teleworking will be considered.

What You Will Get to Do: Develops, designs, plans, lays out, and produces a variety of technical illustrations for publications such as Operator Manuals, Technical Orders, Technical Manuals, handbooks, and Software User Manuals. Selects techniques best suited to produce desired visual effects in conformance with established quality standards and specified reproduction medium. Makes orthographic, isometric, and perspective drawings; uses engineering drawings, photographs, models, video, or rough sketches. Coordinates with technical writers/engineering to determine illustration objectives and translates into graphic terms. Illustrates tools, products, machines, buildings, and figures using two- and three-dimensional materials, and applying color, shading, and other art techniques to portray intended meaning and adhering to an S1000D specification, Mil-Std-38784, and instructions from United Sates Air Force (USAF) and international customers.

Basic Qualifications

  • At least 6 years of relevant experience with Bachelor's Degree. In lieu of formal degree, High School Diploma or equivalent (GED) and at least 9 years of relevant experience in a related technical field
  • At least 5 years of experience with IsoDraw
  • Experience with DoD Flight Manual or Maintenance Manual illustrations
  • US Citizen-- Must be able to obtain a DoD Secret clearance in a reasonable amount of time
  • Must be able to research engineering data, drawings, CAD models, technical manuals, and other subject matter/source data to develop and sustain technical publication graphics

Preferred Qualifications

  • Creo Illustrate, CreoView, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Premiere and SAP Visual Enterprise Author (Right Hemisphere)
  • Experience S1000D International Specification for Technical Publications/IETM/Data Module illustrations
  • Specific requirements include technical drawing software proficiency, proficiency in Adobe CS and basic concept of graphic design and layout
  • Experience in preparation of isometric exploded views of illustrations
  • Experience in communicating detailed and technical data through visual means
  • Understanding of photo manipulation and 3D visualization

Salary Range: $81,600 USD - $141,700 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

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 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.