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Engineer Systems

Requisition ID: R10093275

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Northridge, CA, 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: No
  • 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 Defense Systems is currently seeking a Systems Analysist - Concept Designer to join our team to work on Advanced Programs. This position will be located in Northridge, California.


System concept design for weapon systems is a highly creative and challenging role. Tasking involves a wide breadth and understanding of engineering fundamentals across multiple disciplines to develop concepts that will drive the next generation of technologies and systems. The successful candidate is adept at taking under-defined requirements, developing system concepts, quantifying system concept performance via modeling and simulation, and appropriately communicating the results to internal and external customers.


In this role, the selected candidate will:

  • Use creative problem solving to develop models for advanced weapon system concepts to use in simulations to determine their operational effectiveness.

  • Collaborate across multiple engineering disciplines and work with senior engineers to develop weapon concepts.

  • Perform analysis to establish requirements for sizing, aerodynamics, propulsion, guidance and trajectories, and sensors.

  • Develop low and medium fidelity parametric and non-parametric models needed for system concept design including electronics, thermal management, propulsion, warhead, and mass properties.

  • Evaluate system performance via modeling and simulation of system concepts.

  • Develop and integrate workflows, processes, and tools for vehicle concept design optimization.

  • Support development of system Concepts of Operation (CONOPs) via Modeling and Simulation

  • Support technology roadmap development

  • Communicate design and analysis results to technical and non-technical audiences.

This role includes, but is not limited to the following activities:

  • Design, develop, and validate low and medium fidelity weapon system and subsystem models.

  • Develop missile concepts, configurations and associated component models needed for performance analysis.

  • Incorporate modeling and simulation tools into a broader Model Based Engineering environment.

  • Perform modeling, simulation, and analysis tasks to assess system performance

  • Perform optimization trade studies and analysis to support concept development and requirements.

  • Document and communicate results of design and analysis tasks. 

 Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of two (2) years of related experience in similar / related field OR Master's degree with 0 years of related experience.

  • Demonstrable professional experience, student organization experience, or course work in the following areas:

o    Vehicle Dynamics

o    Control Systems

o    Propulsion (solid rocket motor, liquid rocket engine, and/or air breathing systems)

o    Aerodynamics

o    Thermodynamics

  • ​Knowledge of Matlab, Simulink, C++, and/or Python

  • Ability to receive a U.S. Government DoD Secret Clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Aerodynamics experience including wind tunnel testing, Missile DATCOM, and/or CFD

  • Propulsion experience including solid rocket motor design/development, liquid rocket engine, ramjet/scramjet, and/or other air breathing propulsion

  • Guidance, Control, and/or Trajectory Design Experience

  • Basic knowledge of digital and analog electronics

  • Basic knowledge of radio frequency and optical sensors

  • Experience with Model Based Systems Engineering / SysML

  • Knowledge of and/or experience with Multi-Disciplinary Analysis and Optimization

Salary Range: $85,000 USD - $127,400 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.