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Principal Engineer Aeronautical – Computational Fluid Dynamics and Thermal Analysis

Requisition ID: R10100374

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • Location Location: Clearfield, UT, USA   |  Magna, UT, USA +1 more
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Secret
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • ShiftShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Relocation AssistanceRelocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available
  • Number of Positions AvailablePositions 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.

Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems has an opening for a Principal Aeronautical Engineer to join our Design and Analysis team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Clearfield, UT. Our Design and Analysis team works with experienced engineers, supporting sophisticated analysis of composite aerospace structures and processes. We engineer the latest composite structures for military/commercial aircraft and launch structures and are leaders in next-generation structure development. Would you like to work on the cutting edge of aerospace? Come join our team!


  • Primary focus of position is working in the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)/Thermal Analysis team performing analysis on aerospace vehicle external protection material systems for multiple environments.
    • Aeroheating analysis for flight applications
    • Aeroheating analysis for test configuration applications
  • Position also includes working with the team of experienced engineers to apply heat transfer and fluid dynamic analysis skills to composite cure applications
  • Support will also include, but is not limited to, performing thermal surveys of part equipment/tooling, developing fluid flow models, thermal analysis support for preliminary and critical design phases, and preparing presentations
    • Survey support includes working with thermal and fluid specific instrumentation such as thermocouples, hot wire anemometers, etc.
    • Performing data reduction and interpretation of measurements
  • Additional support may include performing simulations of thermal standardization efforts for composite manufactured parts and conducting flow tests to support equipment such as autoclaves and ovens
  • Characterization of material thermal properties: Test planning, test support, and data reduction
  • Supporting Research & Development, Testing, and Manufacturing groups during the development process

Our team enjoys a significantly diverse range of assignments and collaborates with many Northrop Grumman teams to provide innovative solutions to complex and exciting problems. We are part of the analysis engineering organization, and work closely with the composites technology development organization, research & development engineers, engineering technicians, structure design and analysis engineers, and process engineers to provide state-of-the-art solutions to the most engaging problems.  We are currently supporting both unclassified and classified programs. 

We work a 9/80 work week, which gives us every other Friday off to pursue passions outside the office.  Travel is up to 10%, all within the continental US and typically involves a 2-3 day trip once per year. Northrop Grumman offers a full suite of benefits to our employees. We are regularly voted among the top companies for work life balance. Our Clearfield location is surrounded by the beautiful Wasatch Mountains which provide numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation. Do you enjoy skiing, hiking, or biking? Picture yourself in Utah!

Basic Qualifications:

Principal Engineer Aeronautical

  • Minimum education or experience in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math):  5 years with Bachelor’s in Science; 3 years with Master’s; 0 Years with PhD
  • Demonstrated industry experience with heat transfer analysis
  • Demonstrated industry experience with fluid flow analysis and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOD Secret Clearance & Special Program Access, but not required to start

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current DOD Secret Security Clearance
  • Experience with any of the following software packages: ANSYS Fluent, Thermal Desktop, STAR-CCM+, Siemens NX, MATLAB, Abaqus CAE, Python scripting
  • Composite thermal/structural Finite Element Analysis (FEA) experience
  • Basic or intermediate skills using CAD software packages
  • Knowledge of composite materials
  • Experience supporting engineering testing and characterization of material mechanical and/or thermal properties: Test planning, test support, and data reduction

What We Offer:

At Northrop Grumman, we are on the cutting edge of innovation-- building the next generation of sophisticated aircraft to protect our country. Our diverse portfolio of programs means there are endless paths to cultivate your career. We are well-known for our inclusive, family environment, phenomenal learning opportunities, and exposure to a wide variety of projects and customers. We also offer exceptional benefits/healthcare, a great 401K matching program, and 14 Employee Resource Groups inclusive of all employees!

This position reports to Clearfield, UT, USA, however, this position can also be worked from Magna, UT, UT, USA.

Salary Range: $90,400 USD - $135,600 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

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.