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Sr. Principal RF Test and Development Engineer

Requisition ID: R10110245

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Baltimore, MD, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Secret
  • 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

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 Manufacturing Operations Test Engineering Team in Baltimore, MD seeks an Sr. Principal RF Test and Development Engineer.

This career opportunity is a great fit for self-motivated, proactive individuals who want to assume ownership of the performance and delivery of Northrop Grumman's diverse suite of RF and digital product hardware. Our Engineers work in a high exposure, fast paced, and exciting environment that involves “hands on” technical challenges, problem solving, and inter-department collaborations. If you thrive on solving problems and want different challenges each day, please read on!

We are seeking RF and digital knowledgeable individuals who are passionate about monitoring and supporting product technical performance and aggressive about maintaining product delivery schedules. The RF Test and Development Engineer will support the development, integration, and testing of production hardware. Activities will range from hands-on testing and troubleshooting; to analysis of failure trends, root cause/ corrective actions; and attending program meetings to report yields, problems, and corrective actions.

What You'll Get to Do:

  • Design, develop, and implement testing methods and equipment
  • Troubleshoot and support RF and digital hardware
  • Support First Time Through Test Yield (FTTTY) and hardware deliveries
  • Analyze test data and identify early trends
  • Compile data and define changes required in testing equipment, testing procedures, manufacturing processes, or new testing requirements
  • Collaborate with design engineering to develop and implement hardware improvements and solutions
  • Support technicians through troubleshoot and training
  • Monitor product yields and aggressively work to maintain program yield targets
  • Support program meetings in developing root cause and corrective actions
  • Attend program meetings to report yield issues, yield detractor investigation finding, and corrective actions
  • Interface with manufacturing management, test technicians, production engineers, design engineers, system engineers, program management and program support teams

The successful candidate will have analytical skills to review requirements, test plans, and test scenarios; and the ability to effectively communicate across teams. He/she should also be self-directed, organized, team oriented and have previous experience with MS Office tools. A DoD Secret level security clearance is required for this position.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or related STEM field plus 9 years of relevant experience; or a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering or related STEM field plus 7 years of relevant experience; or a PhD in Electrical Engineering or related STEM field plus 4 years of relevant experience.
  • Ability to read and interpret specifications, schematics and block diagrams
  • Experience with RF hardware and software
  • Working knowledge in RF theory and concepts
  • Working knowledge in digital circuit design
  • Experience with RF test equipment (scopes, power meter, spectrum analyzer, signal generator)
  • Current, active Department of Defense (DoD) Secret level clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in Engineering or related STEM discipline
  • Ability to work with minimal direction and guidance
  • Experience with FPGA
  • Experience with LabWindows CVI, C / C++ programming
  • TestStand programming
  • Proficiency with digital, analog, RF test equipment, RF theory and high speed digital.
  • Familiarity with differential digital interfaces like LVDS
  • PXI/PXIe and VME bus experience
  • Hands-on troubleshooting of electrical hardware



Salary Range: $123,800 USD - $185,800 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.