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Hardware Field Engineer (KU/KA)

Requisition ID: R10109004

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • Location Location: London, UK   |  San Diego, CA, USA +1 more
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Secret
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • ShiftShift: Any (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: Yes, 75% of the Time
  • Number of Positions AvailablePositions Available: 3

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 is a trusted provider of mission-enabling solutions for global security.  Our Engineering and Sciences (E&S) organization pushes the boundaries of innovation, redefines engineering capabilities, and drives advances in various sciences. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, innovative technologies to develop, design, produce and sustain optimized product lines across the sector while providing a decisive advantage to the warfighter.  Come be a part of our mission!

We are looking for you to join our team as a Hardware Field Engineer based out San Diego, CA with 75% travel overseas - relocation to San Diego not required.

What You’ll get to Do:

This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic team and develop technical expertise across the engineering spectrum. You will get to support operations and maintenance of KA and KU data Systems in a sustained operation with 75% travel overseas and CONUS.

Responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating non routine maintenance and technical notices

  • Coordinating and troubleshooting OCONUS issues that require engineering assistance

  • Reviewing schematics and other engineering and maintenance process related documentation

  • Providing OCONUS operations technical expertise to factory engineering teams and the training department.

  • Ability to setup/install KU/KA Satcom equipment in both a ground and airborne configuration

  • Trouble shoot KU/KA Satcom software/network/hardware issues to resolve issues

  • Tracking and advising the factory engineering team regarding the resolution of OCONUS discrepancies

  • Assisting Spectrum Software and Cyber engineering in development and delivery of software upgrades and service packs

  • Advising Systems engineering on the potential impacts of future design changes to OCONUS operations

  • Project Management installing and upgrading equipment in the field.

While on travel OCONUS:

  • Work on a flight line configuring systems for both ground and flight

  • Troubleshoot Hardware/Software issues

  • Perform system and computer maintenance

  • Operate and control links during operational missions

  • Perform hardware and software trouble shooting to ensure mission success

  • Perform as a Technical Lead of the OCONUS Tech Team

Extended travel up to 75% to hazardous overseas duty locations

Basic Qualifications:

  • 2 years with Bachelors in Science degree OR 6+ years of relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a Bachelor's degree.

  • Active Secret (or above) security clearance with the investigation completed within the last 4 years.

  • Must pass a physical health assessment and meet the minimal standards of fitness in alignment with AFCENT Requirements.

  • Must be willing to travel up to 75% (travel to hazardous deployment areas) and multi-month overseas deployments.

  • Candidate must pass two of the three certifications: CCNA, COMPTIA Security +, and Linux + within 6 months.

  • Candidate will have broad experience with the operation, configuration and maintenance of military KA SATCOM and KU band command and control systems to include bore-sighting, installation/removal, antenna placement, and maintenance.

  • Candidate must have knowledge of computers, radios, radio transmission fundamentals, RF theory and A/C power distribution systems.

  • Candidate must have knowledge of commercial/military interface and networking standards to include RS-232, RS-422, 1553, TCP/IP and UDP.

Preferred Qualifications

  • COMPTIA Linux +

  • CCNA

  • Candidate must possess strong analytical and troubleshooting skills and the ability to read electrical drawings and schematics.

  • Candidate should also have experience with electrical soldering and mil-standard connectors.

  • The candidate will work closely with an Active Duty/Government customer as well as internal Northrop Grumman Integrated

  • Product Teams (IPTs).

  • Extended travel to hazardous overseas duty locations is required and experience on flight lines, working on aircraft is a plus.

  • Understand satellite communications to understand look angle, antenna positioning, bore-sighting.



This position reports to London, UK, however, this position can also be worked from San Diego, CA, CA, USA.

Salary Range: $63,800 USD - $95,600 USD

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.