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Principal Engineer Airworthiness / Sr. Principal Engineer Airworthiness

Requisition ID: R10098337

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Redondo Beach, 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: 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.

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 an exciting career opportunity for a Principal Airworthiness Engineer / Sr. Principal Airworthiness Engineer to join our team of qualified and diverse individuals. This position is in Redondo Beach, CA. This position may be filled at a higher grade based on the qualifications below.


The selected individual will contribute to a logical and systematic realization of customer airworthiness compliance for an air vehicle (i.e., compliance with tailored MIL-HDBK-516 criteria).  Airworthiness compliance is to be performed concurrently with program objectives (i.e., flight releases, type certification, continued airworthiness, and operational or airspace integration).  Responsibilities include contributions to the following:

  • Development of a basis of certification
  • Determination of tailored methods of compliances
  • Assessment of data items to determine compliance verification (e.g., Review of functional analyses, timeline analyses, detailed trade studies, requirements allocation, interface definition, hardware, and software specifications, test reports etc.)
  • Coordination/collaboration with fellow Airworthiness engineer team members
  • Coordination/collaboration with Integrated Product Teams and related disciplines (e.g., design, fabrication, test, installation, operation, maintenance, and disposal)
  • Participation in airworthiness activities throughout the development, sustainment, and disposal lifecycles of an air vehicle.
  • Have excellent communication, interpersonal skills, and the ability to interface with all levels of personnel.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Principal (T03): bachelor’s degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) discipline and 5 or more years of engineering experience OR master’s degree in a STEM discipline and 7 or more years of engineering experience OR a PhD Degree in a STEM discipline and 4 or more years of experience.
  • Sr. Principal (T04): bachelor’s degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) discipline and 9 or more years of engineering experience OR master’s degree in a STEM discipline and 7 or more years of engineering experience OR a PhD Degree in a STEM discipline and 4 or more years of experience.
  • Demonstrated air vehicle experience regarding technical airworthiness planning.
  • Demonstrated air vehicle experience in verification support including development and negotiation of airworthiness plans, basis of certifications, means of compliance, and certification activities.
  • Familiarity with MIL-HDBK-516B Expanded or -516C.
  • A current, active in-scope U.S. Government DoD Secret security clearance with a periodic reinvestigation.
  • Must have an active DoD Secret (or higher) clearance.
  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain Special Access Program (SAP) clearance.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in a STEM discipline.
  • Military air vehicle development or modification experience.
  • Additional design and/or Systems Engineering experience in one or more of the following areas: Structures, Flight Technology, Propulsion, Air Vehicle Subsystems, Avionics, Mission Payload Integration, System Safety, Software, Diagnostic Systems.
  • Ability to initiate Airworthiness Certification process improvement initiatives.
  • Familiarity with USAF Airworthiness Policy Directives, Instructions, and Bulletins.
  • Experience with System Safety Risk Assessments (SSRA), program risks and hazard analyses and lifecycles.

    Salary Range: $104,600 USD - $157,000 USD
    Salary Range 2: $129,700 USD - $194,500 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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    1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
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    3. Enjoy benefits like work-life balance, education assistance and paid time off.

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    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.