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Sr Principal Test Engineer – External Protection Material

Requisition ID: R10098702

  • 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: Days (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: Yes, 25% of the Time
  • 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 Aeronautics Systems has an opening for a Sr Principal Test Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Clearfield, UT.

You will be a part of an Engineering and Manufacturing Development Team supporting the process development and product design of an external protection material. Our team works with cutting edge exotic materials and novel products to innovate within our mission. Are you interested in working on state-of-the-art material design and application? Come join us!


  • Develop test matrices, test data requirements, success criteria and test fixture details
  • Work with department subject matter experts to determine test sample configuration, author test plans, and coordinate with Global Supply Chain for test house contracts
  • Prepare and conduct Test Readiness Reviews with internal and external customers
  • Participate in product testing at various test sites across the United States
  • Prepare test reports and present on findings internally and externally  

Our team enjoys a positive work environment with high expectations, significantly diverse assignments, and collaboration across all levels.  We are comfortable in a lab environment and work closely with engineering technicians, technology scientists, operations staff, and engineers in other disciplines.  We’re empowered to make decisions, but can draw upon corporate resources to support us when needed.  Our team values teammates who have a positive, can-do attitude with a healthy dose of curiosity, a desire to improve the world around you, and who are unafraid to jump in to solve a problem.

This role is day shift with minimal off hour support.  We work a 9/80 schedule, which gives you every other Friday off to pursue interest outside of work.  A typical work day is 7:00AM to 4:30PM with daily team start up meeting at 7:30AM.

Travel is up to 25%, all within the continental US and involves support at test sites when product is scheduled to be tested. Typical business travel is 2 - 5 days.

This role may be filled at an Engineer or Principal Engineer level depending on the qualifications below. 

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in a STEM field (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) with 9+ years of engineering experience; or Master's degree with 7+ years of engineering experience; or PhD with 4+ years of engineering experience
  • Experience in materials test design and execution activities
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a secret security clearance from the Department of Defense

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace, Mechanical, Manufacturing, or Chemical Engineering
  • Basic understanding of rubber / polymer materials and processe

At Northrop Grumman, we are on the cutting edge of innovation -- building the next generation of sophisticated aircraft to protect our country. Our diverse portfolio of programs means there are endless paths to cultivate your career. We are well-known for our inclusive, family environment, phenomenal learning opportunities, and exposure to a wide variety of projects and customers. We also offer exceptional benefits/healthcare, a great 401K matching program, and 14 Employee Resource Groups inclusive of all employees!

Salary Range: $101,600 USD - $152,400 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.