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Sr. Principal Propulsion Design Engineer

Requisition ID: R10105914

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Magna, UT, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: None
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available 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’s Space Systems – Propulsion Division is currently seeking an experienced Sr. Principal Propulsion Design Engineer to provide leadership and talent to our Systems and Integration Design team in our Salt Lake City (Magna, UT) “Bacchus” offices, with opportunity to transfer to Promontory later.

Role description & Responsibilities:

The Design Engineer is responsible for providing Integration Design Engineering over Rocket Motor Assembly, Igniter Design, Raceway Design, Thrust Vector Control Integration, and Mass Properties.  The design engineer will also provide design engineering services on commercial rocket motor assembly projects, perform systems engineering tasks related to interface control on piece part designs, lead multi-discipline design teams, and perform peer reviews.  Perform vehicle level integration tasks on pyro and range safety system, avionics integration, electrical cables and connectors, bonded attachments, and bolted designs. 

Job Duties:    

  • Prepare 3D NX models, mechanical & assembly drawings, and specifications in accordance with company standards. 

  • Support mechanical & integration design on Commercial and IR&D Projects. 

  • Prepare test & instrumentation drawings, test plans, reports, and perform tolerance analysis. 

  • Prepare trades studies and milestone review presentations.

  • Prepare ICD, N2 Interaction matrices and Interface Summary Sheets.

  • Prepare requirement specifications and provide verification reporting.

  • Perform preliminary structural analysis

Experience Requirements:  

  • Candidate must have a minimum of 9 years of engineering design experience with BS or 7 years with MS.

Experience Preferred

  • Knowledgeable and demonstrated experience with NX modeling

  • Systems Engineering and integration experience

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Solid modeling experience (NX is preferred)

  • Broad understanding of ballistics and grain design

  • Strong knowledge of loads and environment analysis

  • Structural analysis experience

  • Experience with manufacturing processes

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Drafting and drawing preparation skills

  • Excellent time management and organizational skills.

  • Detail oriented but able to understand the big picture.


  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (aerospace, chemical, electrical, mechanical, material sciences engineering) required with 9 years of experience or MS with 7 years of experience. Mechanical Engineering degrees is preferred (BSME), MSME ideal.

Salary Range: $112,000 USD - $168,000 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.