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Material and Process Engineer – Metallurgist, Principal/Sr. Principal

Requisition ID: R10097277

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Baltimore, MD, 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
  • Relocation AssistanceRelocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available
  • 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 Missions Systems sector seeks a Materials and Processes Engineer specializing in issues related to metallic materials in electronic assemblies.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Processes of interest include, low and high temperature soldering, brazing, welding, wire bonding, heat treating and plating. Components of interest include structural components, liquid-cooled heat exchange assemblies, ceramic/hermetic packages and printed wiring boards. Duties include design of hardware, manufacturing support, and failure analysis. Typical duties include approximately equal amounts of time in the laboratory and communicating results to customers orally or by written reports. The incumbent is expected to interact directly with internal and external customers and work well in small teams. This role offers work arrangement flexibility with 1-2 days/week remote and 3-5 days/week onsite.


The position can be filled at a T3 Principal Engineer or a T4, Sr. Principal level.

Principal. Requirements below.

T3 Principal Engineer

B.S. Degree with a minimum of 5 years practical work experience, or

M.S. Degree with a minimum of 3 years practical work experience, or

Ph.D. Degree with a minimum of 0 years practical work experience

T4 Sr. Principal Engineer

B.S. Degree with a minimum of 9 years practical work experience, or

M.S. Degree with a minimum of 7 years practical work experience, or

Ph.D. Degree with a minimum of 4 years practical work experience

Basic Qualifications

  • Applicants should have either a degree in Materials Science/Engineering or Metallurgy, or a degree in a physical science or engineering field combined with practical experience with Materials Science/Engineering or Metallurgy.
  • Knowledgeable in metals joining (soldering, brazing, welding), corrosion, and electronic packaging materials.
  • Knowledge of properties and processing of aluminum alloy parts by additive manufacturing is highly desired. Knowledge of qualifying suppliers to produce metals additive manufactured parts is also desired.
  • Familiar with SEM (SE&BSE), EDS, FIB, X-ray and Acoustic Microscopy imaging techniques as well as metallographic methods
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with electronic assemblies and a demonstrated record of solving problems related to metals in electronic assemblies, is desirable
  • Familiarity with industry and government specifications related to testing and performance of metal alloys and additive manufactured metal alloys, is desired
  • Experience testing and reviewing metals joining performance data in accordance with internal and industry specifications
  • Ability to work independently and under tight schedule constraints to deliver quantifiable results
  • Experience working with external suppliers

Salary Range: $90,600 USD - $136,000 USD
Salary Range 2: $112,300 USD - $168,500 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.