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Engineer Mission Assurance / Principal Engineer Mission Assurance

Requisition ID: R10082025

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Palmdale, CA, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Secret
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • ShiftShift: Days (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: 3

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.

Defines and monitors mission assurance program specifications and processes to ensure mission success of programs. Performs or assures quality, risk management, safety, reliability and maintainability of program achievements, subcontractors, and suppliers in accordance with contractual requirements. Assesses program performance and risks, and determines resources to ensure mission assurance.

This position may be filled as either a Mission Assurance Engineer (level 2) or a Principal Mission Assurance Engineer (level 3).


  • Develop and implement Program Quality Plans for sub-systems and systems, based on customer and internal specification requirements
  • Develop and maintain standards for quality, including operating methods, processes, systems and procedures; Work closely with Manufacturing Engineering to establish and sustain process capability
  • Evaluate components and sub-systems; Compile data and define changes required in product design, testing equipment, testing procedures, manufacturing processes, or new testing requirements; Evaluate product compliance and readiness to release 
  • Recommend test methods, statistical process control procedures for achieving required levels of product Quality, and propose changes to improve system and/or process capability
  • Develop documentation as required to support customer and test/certification requirements
  • Perform first article qualifications, Failure Investigations, and effectively drive resolution processes. Manage improvement projects to drive Operational Excellence
  • Support and process Mission Assurance requirements as needed
  • Execute other assignments based on Business needs

Basic Qualifications for a Quality Engineer (level 2):

  • Bachelor's degree in Science or a STEM discipline with 2 years of experience; or HS Diploma with 6 years of equivalent experience in aerospace, military, or other relevant industry in lieu of degree
  • Knowledge of ISO 9001 and AS9100
  • Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)
  • Experience developing and implementing Program Quality Plans and support processes
  • Ability to interpret Engineering Drawings
  • Experience in RCCA; Continuous Improvement; and Process Engineering
  • Proficiency with MS Office applications
  • Must have an active DoD Secret or Top-Secret Clearance with the ability to obtain and maintain Special Program Access (SAP) prior to starting

Basic Qualifications for a Principal Quality Engineer (level 3):

  • Bachelor's degree in Science or a STEM discipline with 5 years of experience; or HS Diploma with 9 years of equivalent experience in aerospace, military, or other relevant industry in lieu of degree
  • Understanding of ISO 9001 and AS9100

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Science, or a STEM discipline
  • 5+ years’ expertise in Quality Assurance
  • Proficient in application of Process Engineering methodologies
  • Proficiency in QMS auditing
  • ASQ Certification(s) or Equivalent Quality Certification(s)
  • Understanding of Configuration Management process
  • Ability to provide training on the application of Quality methodologies
  • Lean / Six Sigma Green Certification
  • Strong Analytical and Technical acumen
  • Exceptional presentation skills
  • DoD/Defense Contractor Industry experience (e.g. Aerospace/ Space /Defense/Mission/Semiconductor)
  • Knowledge of Manufacturing Operational Excellence
  • Knowledge of Process Failure Mode & Effects Analysis (PFMEA);
  • A current and active DoD Secret security clearance with a periodic re-investigation OR an original adjudication date completed within the last 5 years

Salary Range: $85,000 USD - $127,400 USD
Salary Range 2: $104,600 USD - $157,000 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.