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Senior Principal Manufacturing Process Engineer – Space Assembly – 2ND SHIFT

Requisition ID: R10099025

  • 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: 2nd 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: 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 Mission Systems Sector has an immediate need for a Senior Principal Manufacturing Process Engineer to support Surface Mount Technology Manual Space Assembly on 2ND shift within manufacturing. The primary location is our Linthicum, MD facility.

There is a shift differential (higher pay) for hours worked on 2ND shift. In addition, this position allows for a schedule of 4 - 10 hour days/week.

What's Great About Working for Northrop Grumman:

  • Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.

  • Use your skills to build and deliver innovative tech solutions that protect the world and shape a better future.

  • Enjoy benefits like work-life balance, education assistance and paid time off.

  • Many sites have 9/80 days, telework and flexible scheduling options, plus generous paid time off.

  • Indeed named Northrop Grumman a top 15 company for work/life balance in 2019. We were rated #1 by Millennials on Indeed as the Best Company to work for in 2018.

Senior Principal Manufacturing Process Engineer has responsibilities that include, but are not limited to:

Factory Support:

  • Using complex drawings and parts lists to develop assembly work instructions

  • Applying knowledge of electronics assembly to assist the build team

  • Helping build team meet the requirements of J-STD-001, internal requirements, and other relevant IPC/MIL-STDs

  • Developing and implementing assembly tooling and fixtures

  • Solving of technical manufacturing problems (related to materials, designs, equipment and tooling, training and instructions) to support production

  • Developing rework processes and instructions

  • Monitoring process yields and cost, recommending and implementing quality improvements to drive improved metrics

  • Assisting with the training of new personnel and participation in the design of operation training materials

  • Creating and documenting designs for product specific tooling

  • Assisting development of capacity models, workspace layouts, and product workflow routings

Process Development:

  • Developing and revising process documentation

  • Providing ROI justification for process improvements

  • Identifying gaps in process capabilities, potential process improvements, capacities, and new technologies for manufacturing

  • Specifying, identifying and procuring new manufacturing equipment for production

  • Creating and managing project plans (tasks, resources and schedules) for process development activities and new equipment implementation

  • Developing and optimizing process parameters

  • Collaborating with the entire manufacturing team in using lean and continuous improvement tools (PDCA, DOE, SPC, TPM, TQM, etc.)

  • Developing new and maintaining, or improving, existing manufacturing processes with a focus on production capabilities and affordability

Design and Engineering Support:

  • Recommending product design improvements to improve manufacturability

  • Documenting state-of-the-art process capabilities and guidelines for product designers

  • Participating in design producibility reviews for new products

  • Assisting design engineering’s understanding of the impact to manufacturing for the realized design

  • Collaborating with the design team to resolve technical problems occurring during product realization


  • Providing supplier support, as needed, to resolve issues within supply base

  • Travelling occasionally to suppliers and customers may be required

The chosen candidate must be able to multi-task in a fast-paced, dynamic, and high visibility environment; work well in a team environment; and have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Basic Qualifications for a Senior Principal Manufacturing Process Engineer:

  • Bachelor's degree or higher in Engineering or other related STEM area and at least 9 years of experience in Manufacturing/Process Engineering, Production, or related area - OR - a Master's degree with 7 years of experience

  • Hands-on experience with electronics assembly processes and equipment including some of these: soldering, mechanical assembly, epoxy dispensing and curing, conformal coating, thermal interface material dispense/application, Automated Optical Inspection, component/assembly test, etc.

  • Ability to work 2nd shift. In this case, the shift may start as early as 1pm.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with J-STD and MIL-STD requirements, including MIL-STD-883 & MIL-PRF-38534, J-STD-001, IPC-A-610 

  • Experience with the Teamcenter Manufacturing tool suite and Manufacturing Process Planning

  • Familiarity with Design of Experiment (DOE), Statistical Process Control (SPC), and 6 sigma concepts for process development and control

  • Knowledge of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)


Salary Range: $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.