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Principal/SR Principal Manufacturing Engineer

Requisition ID: R10036680

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Woodland Hills, California, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: No
  • 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.

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems (NGMS) is looking for a multi-disciplined Manufacturing Engineer to join the Manufacturing Engineering Department in Woodland Hills, CA. This person will be supporting all aspects of precision navigation instrument assembly and test in an Aerospace and Defense production environment.  Process ownership is the key—special processing equipment, cleanroom fabrication, complex assemblies, custom designed test equipment, fascinating technology, major programs.  The selected candidate will have responsibility in the following areas:

Process Design, Process Execution and Equipment:

  • Takes ownership of the process flow and details—which would include performance of machinery, equipment, tools and the process itself—to verify their accuracy and efficiency.
  • Able to investigate and initiate corrective action of problems and deficiencies to ensure product quality and sustainment.
  • Designing manufacturing processes, procedures and production layouts for production flow, equipment installation, processing steps, and material flow—most in a clean room environment.
  • Designs arrangement of machines within plant facilities to ensure most efficient and productive layout. Designs sequence of operations and specifies procedures for the fabrication of tools and equipment and other functions that affect product performance.
  • Integrates machine and equipment design into the factory and production conditions
  • Develops manufacturing processes that are applicable to statistical process control, and has the capability to develop the control plan techniques.
  • Able to incorporate inspection and test requirements into the production plan.

Product Design:

  • Provides guidance to design engineering organization regarding design concepts and specification requirements to best utilize equipment and manufacturing techniques.
  • Ensures processes and procedures are in compliance with requirements and regulations.


  • Candidate should demonstrate strong initiative and the desire for continuous improvement and technical growth.
  • Candidate will be required to interface with design engineers, quality engineers, manufacturing engineers, and shop floor personnel on a regular basis.  Leadership, excellent interpersonal skills and teamwork are essential.
  • The qualified candidates must have a strong mechanical aptitude and understanding of technical principles and theories and a general knowledge of other related disciplines.

This position can be filled at a Principal Manufacturing Engineering level or a SR Principal Manufacturing Engineering level.



Basic Qualifications:

*This position may be filled at higher level based on the following qualifications*

  • Bachelors of Science Degree in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and a minimum 5 years of engineering experience; 3 years with a Masters; 0 years with a PhD.


  • Bachelors of Science Degree in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and a minimum 9 years of engineering experience; 7 years with a Masters; 4 years with a PhD.


  • Experience working in a manufacturing environment as a process owner (process, equipment, documentation, special training, tooling, yields, continuous improvement projects).
  • Experience with precision CNC Machining:  Developing programs, process parameters, tooling, programming, precision measurement, from drawing and prototype build into production.
  • Ability to read and comprehend blueprints, drawings and quality specifications.
  • Ability to prepare presentations, and conduct briefings to Operations leadership, detailing process status, improvement actions and opportunities, budgets (if applicable) and schedules/timelines for milestones, completion and execution.
  • Comfortable and able to work well as part of an integrated team including skilled technicians,  engineering peers and principal level engineers.
  • Ability to obtain a security clearance which requires US citizenship.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • FANUC controller/programming experience.
  • Experience with precision machining of features to micron levels.
  • Experience with glass and optics processing—CNC, polishing, machining, precision measurement, cleaning, bonding, etching.
  • Experience with designing tools and fixtures for process steps—CAD capabilities.
  • Experience with key equipment projects:  Research, trade study, selection, procurement, validation, commission.

Salary Range: $92,200 USD - $138,400 USD
Salary Range 2: $114,300 USD - $171,500 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.