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Principal Engineer Mfg

Requisition ID: R10102140

  • 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: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • 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.

Manufacturing Process Engineer Roles and Responsibilities


We’re looking for innovators who can help us keep building on our wide portfolio of secure, affordable, integrated, and multi-domain systems and technologies that fuel those missions. By joining in our shared mission, we’ll support yours of expanding your personal network and developing skills, whether you are new to the field or an industry thought-leader. This individual will work closely with the Manufacturing Engineering Manager, IPT Lead, Quality Engineer, Design Engineering, and Operations to ensure producibility meets the program targets, including Yield, and continuous improvement opportunities. This individual will support the AN/AAR-47. The AN/AAR-47 Missile Warning System is a Missile Approach Warning system used on slow moving aircraft such as helicopters and military transport aircraft to notify the pilot of threats and to trigger the aircraft's countermeasures systems.

The Manufacturing Process Engineer responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the tasks outlined below:

Process Development

  • Developing new and maintaining or improving existing manufacturing processes with a focus on quality, efficiency, and affordability
  • Inspects performance of machinery, equipment, and tools to verify their efficiency, and investigating and initiating corrective action of problems and deficiencies to ensure product quality.
  • Working with cross-functional teams to develop new methods, applications, and processes to support current and future manufacturing needs
  • Providing ROI justification for process improvements
  • Specifying, identifying, and procuring new manufacturing equipment for production readiness and preparing equipment for production with a focus on the machine integration and data collection
  • Developing and optimizing process parameters
  • Developing/revising process documentation and manufacturing work instructions
  • Work with vendors to support assembly transitions

Factory Support

  • Assisting the floor in optimization of process monitoring for process yields, cost, and process stability and capability.
  • Working with the production floor personnel to resolve technical issues.
  • Recommending and implementing quality improvements based on metrics and data on efficiency and affordability.
  • Creating, validating, and maintaining automatic equipment programs
  • Assisting with the training of new personnel, generate process specific training materials and process procedures.
  • Supporting factory maintenance personnel with the troubleshooting and repair of process equipment
  • Interfacing with equipment vendors to troubleshoot and resolve issues

Design Support

  • Recommending product design improvements required to produce advanced microelectronics products
  • Documenting state-of-the-art process capabilities and guidelines for product designers
  • Participating in design producibility reviews for new products


  • Bachelor's Degree + 5 years of relevant experience. Or Master's and 3 years' experience
  • Experience with electro-mechanical assemblies, 2 year minimum
  • Must have experience with MS Office software applications
  • Knowledge of IPC standards
  • Experience using Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP) Software for routings of manufacturing orders
  • Experience with Material Review Board (MRB) activity such as collaborating with cross functional team in order to process hardware.
  • Able to obtain Secret Clearance

Salary Range: $95,000 USD - $142,400 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.