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Principal/ Sr. Principal Mechanical Engineer

Requisition ID: R10022831

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Silverdale, Washington, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Polygraph
  • 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 Mission Systems is a trusted provider of mission-enabling solutions for global security.  Our organization is chartered with providing the skills, innovative technologies to develop, design, produce and sustain optimized product lines across the sector while providing a decisive advantage to the warfighter. 

We are looking for you to join our team as a Mechanical Engineer based out of Silverdale, WA. As a Mechanical Engineer at Northrop Grumman you will have a challenging and rewarding opportunity to be a part of our Enterprise-wide digital transformation. Through the use of Model-based Engineering, DevSecOps and Agile practices we continue to evolve how we deliver critical national defense products and capabilities for the warfighter. Our success is grounded in our ability to embrace change, move quickly and continuously drive innovation. The successful candidate will be collaborative, open, transparent, and team-oriented with a focus on team empowerment & shared responsibility, flexibility, continuous learning, and a culture of automation.

What You'll Get to Do:

The Pacific Northwest Field Site has a rich heritage of supporting our customers with innovative solutions. We relish being at the tip of the spear supporting bleeding edge technology. As a Principal Mechanical Engineer, a qualified candidate is expected to be proficient in design and analysis principles, processes, and tools. Mechanical Engineers support the design, fabrication, and use of Classified Undersea Systems and related support equipment.

Roles and Responsible include the following:

  • Design and Modeling in 3D CAD (Computer-Aided Design) software

  • Fundamental structural analysis techniques

  • Drafting using CAD software

  • Fabrication support for hardware

  • End-user support during maintenance availability

  • Conceptual design

  • Maintenance Support

  • Integration & Test process flow development

Basic Qualifications for Principal Mechanical Engineer:

  • Bachelors of Science degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) field from an accredited institution plus 5 years of engineering experience OR Masters of Science degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) field from an accredited institution plus 3 years of engineering experience.

  • Experience with design modeling and drawing efforts using 3-D CAD modeling or related tools such as Siemens NX

  • Active or Current DoD Secret Clearance

  • Ability to obtain and maintain, Department of Defense Top Secret with SCI Access and Counter Intelligence Polygraph

Basic Qualifications for Sr. Principal Mechanical Engineer:

  • Bachelors of Science degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) field from an accredited institution plus 9 years of engineering experience OR Masters of Science degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) field from an accredited institution plus 7 years of engineering experience.

  • Experience with design modeling and drawing efforts using 3-D CAD modeling or related tools such as Siemens NX

  • Active or Current DoD Secret Clearance

  • Ability to obtain and maintain, Department of Defense Top Secret with SCI Access and Counter Intelligence Polygraph

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficient in Siemens NX

  • Proficient in ANSYS

  • Mechanical Aptitude

  • Experience in structural analysis using hand-calculations and Finite Element Methods


Salary Range: $88,000 USD - $132,000 USD
Salary Range 2: $109,100 USD - $163,700 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 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.