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Test Conductor / Principal Test Conductor

Requisition ID: R10052045

  • Category IconCategory: Mission and Quality Assurance
  • 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: 12 Hour Night Shift - I (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 3

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 Engineering and Sciences (E&S) organization pushes the boundaries of innovation, redefines engineering capabilities, and drives advances in various sciences. Our team 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.  Come be a part of our mission!

We are looking for you to join our team as a Test Conductor based out of Sunnyvale, CA. As a Test Conductor 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.

The rotating machinery team within the Systems Integration and Test group is seeking an innovative, self-driven Test Conductor to join our dynamic, multifaceted team.  As one of us, your mission will be to ensure that the devices we create here turn steam into electricity and propulsion for our nation’s newest submarines and aircraft carriers to meet the stringent standards our nation’s fleet requires.   

What You’ll get to Do:  

In this role, you will have the opportunity to complete a wide variety of challenges that span the gamut of effort required to accomplish system-level tests of our turbine-generators and gear-driven propulsion units—from integrating data-acquisition systems and programming automation routines to acquiring and analyzing data and writing procedures and reports.  Along the way, you will learn all about the technologies that make our power-generation and propulsion systems unique, gaining valuable insight to ensure our tested products are assets our nation’s bravest service members can trust.

One more thing:  The role we perform requires 12.5-hr shifts to support 24/7 system-level test campaigns in our factory and will include night shift support. The workload may span two and three weeks continuously in some cases.  A quarter of the year, the role involves field engineering testing support aboard ships at various customer sites around the US.  Aboard ship, the workload is typically 12.5 hrs per day with a duration of between two and four weeks.  Although the workload may sound intense, we do offer flexibility in taking paid time off and compensate for all additional hours worked on shift during testing campaigns. This position is a part of a large team and you will be working alongside your teammates every step of the way.

If this type of work plays to your strengths and goals, then we’d like to hear from you!

This requisition may be filled at a higher grade based on the qualifications listed below:

Basic Qualifications for Test Conductor:

  • Bachelor's Degree with 2 years of related experience, or a Master's Degree; an additional 4 years of experience may be considered in lieu of a Degree.
  • Experience using benchtop instrumentation (e.g. spectrum analyzers and digital multimeters).
  • Ability to interpret basic circuit diagrams.
  • Must be willing to work night shift.
  • Must be willing to work at field sites up to 25% of the time.
  • Must be a US citizen with active Secret Clearance.

Basic Qualifications for Principal Test Conductor:

  • Bachelor's Degree with 5 years of related experience, or a Master's Degree with 3 years of related experience; an additional 4 years of experience may be considered in lieu of a Degree.
  • Experience using benchtop instrumentation (e.g. spectrum analyzers and digital multimeters).
  • Ability to interpret basic circuit diagrams.
  • Must be willing to work night shift.
  • Must be willing to work at field sites up to 25% of the time.
  • Must be a US citizen with active Secret Clearance.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience troubleshooting analog or high-voltage circuitry
  • Programming and/or automation experience (e. g. MATLAB, Python, C/C++, C#, and Visual Basic)
  • PLC programming experience (e.g. Allen Bradley)
  • Experience testing magnetic bearings or other rotating machinery
  • Acoustics, dynamics, or control-systems testing experience
  • Experience using multi-channel data acquisition (DAQ) systems
  • Experience testing large structures
  • Systems-Engineering experience
  • Navy experience

Salary Range: $74,900 USD - $112,300 USD
Salary Range 2: $92,200 USD - $138,400 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.