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Northrop Grumman (DoD SkillBridge) F-35 Principal Air Vehicle Field Support Engineer, MCAS Yuma, AZ

Requisition ID: R10109560

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Yuma, AZ, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Secret
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • ShiftShift: Any (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: 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.

As one of the largest global security companies in the world, Northrop Grumman is proud to help our nation’s military personnel make the transition to civilian careers. Approximately 1/4th of Northrop Grumman’s 90,000 employees self-identifies as veterans, and more than 1,600 are reservists. The Northrop Grumman Military Internship Program (NG-MIP) is an approved SkillBridge Program under Dept. of Defense Instruction 1322.29. The NG-MIP program is an opportunity for transitioning service members to gain valuable civilian work experience through an individual internship during their last 6 months of service, for up to 180 days. The Northrop Grumman Military Internship Program is open to all ranks and experience levels.  SkillBridge participants are not eligible for compensation from Northrop Grumman, as they continue to receive military compensation and benefits as Active-duty service members.

Responsibilities for this internship position are:

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC) has developed the Northrop Grumman – Military Internship Program (DoD SkillBridge) utilizing the DoDI guidance for Skillbridge. During this program the service member will be on-site at his or her host company performing an individual internship in an entry to mid-level career type role. The service member will be on the job training supporting a work schedule equivalent to 40hrs per week. Outlined below are the Goals, Objectives, and Outcomes for the program.

Goals – Provide transitioning service members fellowship-style job skills training during the last portion(s) of their military commitment. This program is specifically designed to offer internships that result in the potential to transition to a full-time opportunity as the conclusion of the training. Interns will serve as a pipeline for high-speed, motivated military candidates into NGC.

Objectives - Service Members who complete the Intern program will be highly trained, capable, future employees that align to the specific needs of the organization and are prepared to meet the NG mission “Defining Possible” on Day 1. This program provides a comprehensive internship experience including professional development, networking with leadership, and training specifically focused on NG leadership principles, company history, customer/stakeholder engagement, product and service overview, and core job responsibilities.

Outcome – Offer transitioning service member a rewarding opportunity to join the Northrop Grumman team.

DoD SkillBridge Eligibility:

 - Has served at least 180 days on active duty
 - Is within 12 months of separation or retirement
 - Will receive an honorable discharge
 - Has taken any service TAPS/TGPS
 - Has attended or participated in an ethics brief within the last 12 months
 - Received Unit Commander (first O-4/Field Grade commander in chain of command) written authorization and approval to participate in DoD SkillBridge Program prior to start of internship

Northrop Grumman Defense Systems (NGDS), F-35 Sustainment HPSI Operating Unit, has an opening for a Principal Engineer Field to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals.  This position is located aboard MCAS Yuma, AZ in support of the F-35 Lightning II Program.

The selected candidate will be assigned as an F-35 Air Vehicle Field Support Engineer (FSE) based at MCAS Yuma, AZ.  The candidate will act as the Northrop Grumman technical interface and on-site company representative to the customer in resolving issues arising from operations, maintenance, modifications and other logistics and engineering support activities involving the F-35 aircraft. Candidate must be willing accompany our customer on Deployment Assignments of varying duration aboard an Aircraft Carrier and other Forward Operating Locations.

The candidate will serve as an integrated team member and will act as a Mission Systems and Vehicle Systems Subject Matter Expert (SME) or an emerging authority who has the skill set to accomplish troubleshooting and analysis of F-35 Vehicle and Mission Systems anomalies.

In this role, selected candidate will be expected to: 

  • Be a self-starter, work without direct supervision.
  • Integrate into a high tempo military operational environment.
  • Provide recommended engineering and aircraft maintenance guidance to military and civilian maintainers and depot technicians and engineers with confidence and authority.
  • Read and interpret engineering drawings, fault isolation and technical data and other available engineering data as well as analyze aircraft subsystem maintenance issues.
  • Operate and maintain test equipment to gather and provide advanced aircraft health reporting codes to engineering IPTs for advanced troubleshooting.
  • Conduct technical analysis of product implementations and modifications in accordance with customer specifications, technical data and other requirements.
  • Document maintenance activities, collate data to identify emerging failure trends and provide recommendations to reduce equipment down time, improve maintenance practices and advise on maintenance tasks.
  • Identify technical issues and recommend solutions to support the F-35 engineering disposition process and technical data updates.
  • Manage, track multiple engineering and logistic support activities, and provide periodic status to customers and program management team.
  • Provide authorized engineering products to supplement published engineering technical data.
  • Combine engineering knowledge with real world aircraft maintenance experience.
  • Conduct training and provide product briefings to customers, vendors, and company representatives.
  • Author recommended technical data updates and/or assist customer with recommendations.
  • Support program technical interchange meetings and program plans development relating to problem analysis, engineering dispositions and in-house technical support.
  • Have good interpersonal and communication skills and engage with military aircrew and aircraft maintainers on a regular basis to resolve maintenance issues that would otherwise lead to equipment downtime.
  • Work any shift, weekends, overtime and holidays, if necessary, as well as travel on Deployment Assignments in support of F-35 program requirements.
  • Be willing to live and work aboard an Aircraft Carrier and, as such, must be able to convey themselves up ladders, through tight passageways, and in physically demanding living conditions.
  • Complete customer required training, examinations, and immunizations in support of such deployments prerequisites.

Basic Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor's Degree in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and 5 years related engineering experience with aircraft maintenance; OR 9 years experience in lieu of a degree.
  • F-35 or F-22 aircraft experience including cockpit operations.
  • Intermediate proficiency with Microsoft Office tools.
  • Must have and be able to maintain a current and active DoD Secret security clearance.
  • Meets DoD SkillBridge qualifications as per DODI 1322.29

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Field service or prior military experience.
  • Experience with operation and troubleshooting of fifth generation aircraft avionics (DAS, EW, GPS, INS, and CNI).
  • Experience with operation and troubleshooting of fifth generation aircraft Vehicle Systems (FCS, PTMS, EPS, and Utilities and Subsystems).
  • Working knowledge of engineering tools such as CATIA, VAS, VA, PDM and JEDI.


Salary Range: $70,600 USD - $106,000 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.