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Sentinel (GBSD) Power, Refrigeration, and Electrical (PREL) Principal Field Engineer- 6858*

Requisition ID: R10054795

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Vandenberg AFB, 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: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 25% of the Time
  • 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.

Embark on a career putting innovative, reliable, and agile products and ideas into orbit, and beyond. Northrop Grumman has opportunities waiting for you that play a vital role in human space exploration, national defense, and scientific discovery, supporting multiple programs across the universe. With us, you’ll discover a culture of curiosity and collaboration that will have you Defining Possible from the day you start. Our space systems connect and protect millions of people on earth every day, now and for the future. Explore your future and launch your career today.

Northrop Grumman Space Systems is seeking a Power, Refrigeration, and Electrical (PREL) Principal Field Engineer. This position will be located in Vandenberg Space Force Base, California and will support the Sentinel (GBSD) program as part of the System Test Team (STT) Integrated Product Team (IPT).

What You’ll Get To Do: 

Inspection, maintenance, repairs and modifications of AC and DC power generation systems, HVAC systems and support equipment.

Perform a variety of maintenance and technical support on products such as life support equipment, integrated systems and subsystems, maintenance support vehicles, battery back-up systems, test equipment, and software at customer and/or field locations.

Analyze and evaluate products and related performance.

Analyzing and evaluating products and related performance.

Troubleshoot and diagnose malfunctions to eliminate problems in minimum time.

Install, upgrade and remove products ensuring coordinative engineering field change.

Maintain effective customer communications and relations.

Provide onsite training of customer support personnel, when necessary.

As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman Space Systems, you are eligible for our robust benefits package including: 

• Medical, Dental & Vision coverage 

• 401k 

• Educational Assistance 

• Life Insurance 

• Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions  

• Paid Time Off  

• Health & Wellness Resources  

• Employee Discounts 

This position’s standard work schedule is a 9/80. The 9/80 schedule allows employees who work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday to take every other Friday off.  

Job Qualifications: 

You’ll Bring These Qualifications:

  • 5 Years of experience with Bachelor’s Degree; 3 Years with Masters; 0 Years with PhD An additional 4 years of experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • US Citizenship with an Active Secret Clearance or higher (awarded within the past 6 years)
  • Prior experience in an integration, production, manufacturing or test environment or similar work
  • Experience with common hand tools and test equipment found in an integration, production, manufacturing or test environment

These Qualifications Would be Nice to Have:

  • Associates degree in a related field
  • 5+ years’ experience managing Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) systems, programs or projects
  • Experience as a member of an ICBM maintenance team leading Minuteman III PREL or other missile systems technicians
  • Active Top Secret security clearance with adjudication in the last 6 years
  • Commercial Driver's License (CDL) valid in California and Utah
  • Prior military experience


Salary Range: $83,800 USD - $125,800 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.