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Principal Engineer Manufacturing

Requisition ID: R10112163

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Apopka, FL, 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
  • 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.

Northrop Grumman has opportunities waiting for you that play a vital role within our organization which is a trusted partner providing critical capabilities for assured operations, precision engagement, aircraft survivability, and microelectronics manufacturing and test with a commitment to shared mission success. With us, you’ll discover a culture of curiosity and collaboration that will have you Defining Possible from the day you start.

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems Precision Targeting and Protection facility in Apopka, FL. is seeking candidates for the position of Manufacturing Engineer-2. This role has daily collaboration with cross-functional teams such as Manufacturing Operations, Quality Assurance, Production Planning, Operations Program Management, and various strategic teams across the Mission Systems enterprise.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Accountable for process technical ownership, optimization, and disposition including top level and subassemblies.
  • Accountable for maintenance of manufacturing instruction within site MES, work product defined procedures, and work instructions.
  • Manufacturing capacity planning support and optimization for responsible production lines.
  • Provides technical solutions to a wide range of complex difficult problems. Solutions are imaginative, thorough, practicable, and consistent with organization objectives.
  • Digital Tread initiatives support.
  • Accountable for process control, quality, safety, delivery, and rework metrics for responsible production lines.
  • Accountable for manufacturing tooling drawing release via site product life-cycle system.
  • Support of manufacturing proposals & basis-of-estimates (BOE’s) for potential contracts.


  • Complete understanding and wide application of technical principle, theories, and concepts in the field.
  • General knowledge of other related disciplines.
  • Passion and relentless drive for achieving manufacturing and operational results.
  • Root cause problem solving and continuous improvement.
  • Experience with Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA).
  • Experience with Process control method (SPC/control charts).
  • Experience with Process Capability Analysis (Cp, Cpk, Pp, Ppk ).
  • Broad technical experience in value stream manufacturing operations.
  • Experience with Risk Management identification and mitigation.
  • Action oriented with ability to make quick decisions in response to changing conditions.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in applicable Engineering discipline or other technical discipline with 5 years related experience in manufacturing or engineering OR a Master’s Degree with 3 years OR in lieu of a bachelor degree 9 years manufacturing experience with continuous progression considered.
  • Solid written and verbal communication skills.
  • Solid interpersonal and critical thinking skills.
  • Solid presentation skills with the ability to effectively communicate thoughts and ideas.
  • Commitment to ethics and compliance
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance (US Citizenship a prerequisite)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Aerospace or defense product experience: in particular EOIR, LASER, and imaging
  • Experience with a Manufacturing Execution System (MES)
  • TeamCenter Mission Product Life-cycle Management experience
  • SAP S/4HANA Cloud ERP system experience
  • Proficiency in CAD Software (AutoCAD, SolidWorks, Pro/ENGINEER, Siemens NX)
  • Digital Manufacturing/Manufacturing Distributed Network (MDN) implementation experience
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office (Teams Word, Excel, PowerPoint) 


Salary Range: $82,000 USD - $123,000 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.