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Sr. Principal Tooling and Process Engineer

Requisition ID: R10103361

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Northridge, CA, 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, 25% of the Time
  • 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.

The role of the Tooling and Process Engineer (T&PE) is to launch innovative defense platforms from a manufacturing vantage point. The Tooling Engineer will use advanced knowledge of manufacturing engineering fundamentals to help Northrop Grumman Defense Systems (NGDS) deliver innovative solutions that meet the evolving needs of our customers. The Tooling Engineer shall influence the development of NGDS’s next generation of Defense products by supporting new products from concept development through the start of production for manufacturing cost, yield, and schedule execution. This individual will work closely with the Manufacturing Engineering Manager, IPT Lead, Design Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, and Operations to ensure producibility meets the program targets, including Yield and cost takeout.


  • Utilize NGDS New Product Development Procedure as a guide to perform concurrent engineering
  • Support production initiatives by providing detailed work instructions in CostPoint MES
  • Use advanced manufacturing engineering experience to support development of new products, standards and processes to achieve manufacturing goals this includes MRLs, and following AS6500 standards
  • Refine and expand supply chain and engineering knowledge by learning from highly experienced engineers and participating in cross-functional projects that may require a broad engineering knowledge
  • Positively impact daily production activities and drive improvement in a quick manner, while in a collaborative environment for those New Products introduced to the production line
  • Mentor Jr. Manufacturing Engineers
  • Act as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for tooling and process engineering matters on AARGM-ER and new product development.
  • For NPD initiatives the T&PE will work closely with the production manufacturing engineers to develop the manufacturing process. The T&PE will determine the preliminary work instructions with visual aids during the Engineering & Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase. The manufacturing engineer will support by developing manufacturing routers in Costpoint.
  • Develop proposals, BoEs, task Descriptions, and formal cost estimates based on Mil-Std-881.
  • Integration of new production tools/assembly fixtures. Work with vendors to develop tools.
  • Engineering Drawings & Specs - Basic ability to read, understand, and interpret engineering drawings and specifications
  • Developing manufacturing processes, plans, and procedures for the fabrication of tools and equipment in support of our process work instructions and visual aids of our shop planning process and other functions that affect product performance


  • Manufacturing Methods - Knowledge of manufacturing, methods, and fabrication processes (e.g., forming, stamping, machining, heat treatment, and machines/machine tools)
  • Creo, ProE, NX or similar CAD experience
  • Coordination of design and fabrication requirements for tools and fixtures with customers, both internal and external
  • Tool/fixture design experience
  • Costpoint or similar MRP experience
  • Degree in any of the following: Mechanical, Industrial, or Manufacturing Engineering
  • Experience leading projects to completion
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret clearance and Special Program access within a reasonable period of time, as determined by the company to meet its business need

Salary Range: $95,000 USD - $142,400 USD
Salary Range 2: $117,700 USD - $176,500 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.