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Principal Engineer Manufacturing

Requisition ID: R10102696

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Clearfield, UT, 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.

Join Northrop Grumman on our continued mission to push the boundaries of possible across land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace. Enjoy a culture where your voice is valued and start contributing to our team of passionate professionals providing real-life solutions to our world’s biggest challenges. We take pride in creating purposeful work and allowing our employees to grow and achieve their goals every day by Defining Possible. With our competitive pay and comprehensive benefits, we have the right opportunities to fit your life and launch your career today.

Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems has openings for Manufacturing Engineers to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals.  The selected candidates will support process design and respond to production issues related to aircraft manufacturing (composite layup, cure, machining, assembly, metallic assembly, and subsystems).   This position is located at our Clearfield, Utah facility.  


  • Develops manufacturing process structure – instructions, materials, tooling, equipment, and software required to fabricate the product.
  • Identifies process improvements, captures feedback from Operations, and incorporates into the manufacturing process.
  • Creates and maintains the planning work instructions in conjunction with the Methods and Systems team.
  • Reviews design changes and specification changes and ensures they are captured in the manufacturing process.
  • Promptly responds to technical issues that arise on the production floor utilizing work instructions, design models, and specifications.
  • Clarifies work instructions to Operations and crafts modifications as needed.
  • Leads multifunctional teams to solve production issues.
  • Documents issues and disseminates information to core manufacturing engineering for incorporation into future releases.
  • Resolves issues by collaborating with other resource groups as needed.
  • Gets involved in MRB repairs and special processes to assist Operations as needed.
  • Performs PFMEA and RCCA investigations.
  • Creates and maintains MBOMs.

The ideal candidate thrives in a fast-paced work environment with diverse assignments.  Our team is highly collaborative, working in team settings across all levels and subject areas including operations, design engineering, supply chain, and mission assurance.  We enjoy working in a production environment and being hands on to solve problems that influence company performance.

Positions are available on day shift only. 

This position may be filled at a Level 3 based on the qualifications outlined below.

Basic Qualifications

Principal Manufacturing Engineer (Level 3)

  • Bachelor’s Degree and 5 years of relevant work experience OR Master’s Degree and 3 years of relevant work experience.  Note:  An additional 4 years of relevant manufacturing work experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • Prior experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Active DoD Secret or Top Secret Security Clearance prior to start
  • Ability to obtain and maintain Special Program Access Clearance prior to start
  • Experience in manufacturing engineering or design engineering of composite parts
  • Experience with aircraft composites layup, cure curing, and trim processes
  • Experience with aircraft assembly of composite, aluminum, and titanium components
  • GD&T experience in aircraft manufacturing
  • Liaison / Floor production engineering experience
  • Work instruction planning experience
  • Experience with formal root cause and corrective action processes (PFMEA, Fault Tree, etc.)
  • Project leadership experience
  • Fluent with PDM, MRP, and EWI business systems
  • Proficiency with NX11 or higher

Preferred Qualifications

  • Active DoD Secret or Top Security Clearance
  • Special Program Access

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.