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Principal Materials Process Engineer / Sr. Principal Materials Process Engineer

Requisition ID: R10088118

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Oxnard, CA, 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
  • Number of Positions AvailablePositions Available: 2

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 Payload and Ground Systems (PGS) division, Spacecraft Components is a leading designer, producer, and supplier of spacecraft components that power and enable satellites of all classes. Products include spacecraft panels, bus structures, precision optical structures, deployable structural systems and mechanisms, solar arrays, and antenna reflectors. Our products are on virtually every U.S. satellite built in the last 20 years.

Learn more about Spacecraft Components at our website:

We are currently seeking a Principal / Senior Principal Material Process Engineer to support the Materials and Process Engineering activities for our Deployables group at the Oxnard, CA site.  This role will be responsible for providing technical engineering guidance to the team.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Recommend and support the selection, qualification, testing, and failure analysis of materials and processes for military and commercial space subsystems.
  • Analyze, research, design and develop materials and their related fabrication and application processes to develop and optimize materials for use in engineering design of and/or application in structures, systems and subsystems.
  • Apply principles of chemistry, physics, and material behavior to develop metallic, non-metallic & composite material and process specifications.
  • Develop, analyze and apply material properties to develop design allowables, processing methods and quality engineering specifications.
  • Conduct failure analysis of systems / subsystems, material hardware life predictions, definition and requirement specifications.
  • Review and approve subcontractor material processing procedures.
  • Create parts, materials, and process (PMP) plans in compliance of customer technical documents
  • Participate in anomaly resolution by supporting Failure Review Boards (FRB) and providing non-conformance and failure analysis assessments.
  • Review and approve analysis and engineering drawings
  • Interact with internal and external customers.
  • Develop and present materials for project related briefings including design reviews to be given to internal and external customers.
  • Collaborate with other disciplines including design, manufacturing, quality, and procurement.

Basic Qualifications for a Level 3:

  • 5 years of relevant experience with a Bachelor of Science degree in a STEM discipline; 3 years of relevant experience with a Masters' degree; 0 years of relevant experience with a PhD
  • Experience in a materials and processes (M&P) technical engineer position.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen

Basic Qualifications for a Level 4:

  • 9 years of relevant experience with a Bachelor of Science degree in a STEM discipline; 7 years of relevant experience with a Masters' degree; 4 years of relevant experience with a PhD
  • Experience in a materials and processes (M&P) technical engineer position.
  • Experience leading and managing technical projects.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with common manufacturing processes, chemical coatings, metals and their treatments in the manufacturing of satellite subsystems. (Solar Arrays, Deployable Mechanical Systems)
  • Understanding of challenges encountered for materials in space applications. (outgassing, atomic oxygen, cold welding, dissimilar metals).
  • Prefer experience with 3D modelling software such as Creo & SolidWorks
  • Prefer ability to obtain a security clearance.


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.