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Sr. Principal Engineer Structural

Requisition ID: R10066133

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Sunnyvale, California, 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: Days (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% 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.

The Structures and Acoustics Group of Northrop Grumman Marine Systems (NGMS) is looking for you to join our team as a Sr. Principal Structural Engineer based out of Sunnyvale, CA.

What You’ll get to Do:

Determine the most expedient and technically sufficient solution to a wide variety of hardware manufacturing challenges.  Utilize hand calculations and component and system level finite element models to support your conclusions.  Summarize and communicate your decisions to the Engineering and Manufacturing organizations.  

Some typical analyses in support of manufacturing operations include:

  • Linear finite element static, vibration, modal and direct frequency response, and response spectra analyses using NASTRAN.  

  • Nonlinear static and transient finite element analyses using Abaqus.  

  • Fatigue, fracture mechanics, weld, bolting, and buckling calculations

You’ll Bring These Qualifications for a Senior Principal Structural Engineer:

  • Experience working in a manufacturing support engineering role

  • Bachelor's degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) discipline with nine or more years applicable experience; Master's degree in a STEM discipline with seven or more years applicable experience. 

  • Demonstrated skills communicating technical and/or programmatic ideas and information both down to less experienced team members and up to engineering management and manufacturing customers.

  • Experience in performing a wide variety of classical and finite element analysis solution types. 

  • US citizen with the ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret security clearance.

These Qualifications Would be Nice to Have:

  • Experience with the following software tools: NX, Hypermesh, Nastran, Abaqus, Matlab.  

  • Experience supporting a US government customer. 

  • Engineering experience with complex systems, vehicles, or machinery.


Salary Range: $125,800 USD - $188,600 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.