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Principal/Sr. Principal Engineer Mechanical

Requisition ID: R10015528

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Vandenberg AFB - CA, 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: 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.

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems and technology that impact people’s lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our work preserves freedom and democracy, and advances human discovery and our understanding of the universe. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have a lot of 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 are making history.

Northrop Grumman Vandenberg Integration Site (VAFB) is looking for a Principal/Senior Principal Mechanical Engineer to join our team. As a team member of the engineering, integration, test, and launch operations team, the Mechanical Engineer will support and manage various aspects of the assembly, integration, test, and launch activities of multiple Northrop Grumman Launch Vehicle Programs.

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Perform integration, test, and launch operations on rockets and launch vehicles
  • Coordinate and lead Mechanical Technicians supporting activities such as, integration, test, checkout, operation, and maintenance of complex mechanical flight, ground testing and launching systems.
  • Train and mentor junior engineers in the Mechanical Engineering integration and test standards.
  • Support business development efforts to provide integration and test information for new launch vehicle proposals
  • Create, edit, review, and maintain work instructions utilized during manufacturing and launch pad operations for correctness and completeness against mission requirements, launch vehicle configuration, and component changes and modifications
  • Lead the testing and evaluation/validation of mechanical systems
  • Coordinate and perform testing with customer, FAA, and site range and safety personnel
  • Troubleshoot, document, and disposition flight and test equipment hardware and pursuing root cause and corrective actions
  • Perform day-of-launch activities including pad closeouts and launch countdown support
  • Implement new ideas and processes to improve manufacturing capability and efficiency Maintain launch day schedule by performing other duties as necessary

This position may be offered at the Principal Mechanical Engineer Level 3 or may be offered at the Sr. Principal Mechanical Engineer Level 4.

Basic Qualifications:

Principal Mechanical Engineer - Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering or a related field and 5 years of related experience; 3 Years with Master’s Degree

- Industrial and Manufacturing Degrees will be accepted. Experience working on hands on in a manufacturing environment - Aerospace Engineering experience is a Plus

Experience in lieu of degree acceptable.

- Ability to work in a fast pace team environment and multi-task

- Ability to work 2nd shift operations as required

- Ability to travel up to 5% of the time

-U.S. Citizenship is required

-Ability to obtain an active secret security clearance is required.

Sr. Principal Mechanical Engineer Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering or a related field and 9 years of related experience; 7 Years with Master’s Degree

- Industrial and Manufacturing Degrees will be accepted. Experience working on hands on in a manufacturing environment - Aerospace Engineering experience is a Plus

- Ability to work in a fast pace team environment and multi-task

- Ability to work 2nd shift operations as required

- Ability to travel up to 5% of the time

-U.S. Citizenship is required

-Ability to obtain an active secret security clearance is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Active Secret Clearance Preferred

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 www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.


Salary Range: 92000 - 171000

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. With the continuing impacts of COVID-19 around the world, we are taking action to protect the health and well-being of our colleagues and maintain the safety of the communities where we operate. As a federal contractor, and consistent with Executive Order 14042 (https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/) we will require all newly hired employees in the United States to be fully vaccinated by January 18, 2022 or by your start date if it is after January 18th. Federal guidance allows for disability/medical and religious accommodations with respect to the vaccine requirement. Any requested accommodations must be reviewed and approved (if applicable) in advance of your start date.

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.


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We offer an array of benefits to give you the support you need, including matching 401K, tuition assistance, health insurance and wellness options, coaching, mentoring and more.