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Principal/Sr Principal Engineer Satellite Systems — Vehicle Engineer (TS/SCI) Space/Satellite Systems

Requisition ID: R10099493

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Colorado Springs, CO, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: SCI
  • 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.


  • Conducts mission and program specific real time spacecraft and satellite flight operations during readiness, execution and evaluation phases.
  • Develops detailed plans and procedures to provide maximum mission support in areas such as orbit dynamics, satellite performance analysis, command and control of on-orbit satellites and performance of ground system and ground to space communications systems.
  • Provides technical direction for on-orbit mission support, critical vehicle malfunction recovery and recommends alternate operating techniques to continue maximum mission support. Conducts failure analysis of the performance of the orbiting satellites via telemetry data.  
  • Provide engineering support team working the checkout of new spacecraft.

This position can be hired as a Principal (level 3) or Sr Principal (level 4) depending on experience and qualifications.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Requires TOP SECRET clearance with current SCI and Program Access. 
  • Bachelor's degree in STEM related field
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience (level 3) or 9 years (level 4) or more years conducting space operations activities.  Must be proficient in the use of command-and-control software and associated scripting methodologies.   
  • U.S. citizen
  • Must have an understanding of trending and telemetry analysis. 
  • Must be familiar with the basic principles of orbit determination and uncertainty. 
  • Must be able to provide risk assessment and mitigation plans for on-orbit operations. 
  • Must be willing to perform on-call duties at least once a month for a week. 
  • Work is performed off-site at a customer facility.  Must be willing to travel to off-site locations to conduct required duties in support of customer operations.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in the use of command-and-control systems and customer communications systems
  • Experience in both customer and corporate fault and anomaly resolution actions
  •  Experience with customer deficiency reporting and resolution
  •  Complete understanding of the customer ground to space communications systems

Salary Range: $86,000 USD - $122,000 USD
Salary Range 2: $107,000 USD - $153,000 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.