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Electrical Engineer/Principal Electrical Engineer

Requisition ID: R10110242

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: East Hartford, CT, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Top Secret
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • ShiftShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: No
  • 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.

AOA Xinetics (AOX), a wholly owned Northrop Grumman Space Systems, Payload and Ground Systems Division Business Unit, is a leading supplier of complex electro-optic and photonic systems and subsystems that control and manipulate light waves for a variety of applications.  Our talented team of engineers, managers and technologists conceive, design, develop and manufacture high precision products in an environment that requires significant collaboration and teamwork among multiple engineering disciplines. We are seeking an Electrical Engineer to support our engineering team in East Hartford, CT.

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Reporting to the Electrical Engineering Manager, the Principal Electrical Engineer is a member of an interdisciplinary team of engineers and scientists working on a variety of design and development projects. The successful candidate should have proven abilities in electronic hardware product design, design support, testing, proposal development, and requirement specifications development efforts.

This role may be filled as Electrical Engineer (level 2) or as a Principal Electrical Engineer (level 3)

Role and Responsibilities:

  • Collaborating with peers and other engineering disciplines in planning, designing, and prototyping complex electromechanical and optical systems

  • Design electronic circuit boards for use in electromechanical systems for commercial, industrial, defense/government and other industries

  • Provides technical solutions to a wide range of complex difficult problems

  • Complete tasks according to schedule, budget, cost, and design objectives

  • Works under general direction, independently determines and develops approach to solutions

Basic Requirements:

  • Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering

  • 2+ years of experience in analog, digital, and mixed signal electronic system design

  • Full lifecycle design experience of multilayer SMT printed circuit boards (PCBs)

  • Design experience that includes signal conditioning, pulse width modulation, microcontrollers, control and feedback systems, distributed hardware systems, etc.

  • Design experience that includes Ethernet, CAN, USB, UART, I2C, and SPI

  • Electronic circuit design simulation experience using SPICE

  • Hands on use of oscilloscopes, function generators, DMM and JTAG development tools

  • Strong communication skills; verbal, written, and presentation

  • Proficiency using MS Office

  • US Citizenship is a bona fide requirement

  • Must have the ability to obtain a Top Secret Security Clearance

Basic Requirements for a Principal Electrical Engineer (level 3):

  • Same basic requirements as above, except with 5+ years of experience in analog, digital, and mixed signal electronic system design

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Analog design experience in analog low noise, analog filters, shielding, and/or EMI

  • Circuit design experience in low power applications

  • Experience developing motor control circuits for stepper and BLDC motors

  • Design experience using the STM32 ARM Cortex microcontrollers

  • Embedded design experience incorporating Xilinx FPGAs

  • Digital hardware design and simulation experience using VHDL

  • Schematic capture using Siemens / Mentor Graphics DxDesigner

  • Experience developing embedded firmware using C

  • Active Top Secret Security Clearance


Salary Range: $85,000 USD - $127,400 USD
Salary Range 2: $104,600 USD - $157,000 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.