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Principal / Sr. Principal Electrical Engineer: Electrical Hardware Ground Support Equipment (EGSE) – Space / Satellite Systems (Dulles, VA)

Requisition ID: R10066949

  • CategoryCategory: Engineering
  • LocationLocation: Dulles, VA, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: None
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking 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: 3

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.

Due to significant program wins in the cislunar area, we are seeking an Electrical Ground Support Equipment (EGSE) Engineer.  This position will be in Dulles, VA.

In this role you will be responsible for designing test equipment (test racks, fixtures, selecting or designing digital/analog/serial and various signal interface cards, cables, etc.) to test and validate the operation of satellite components. You will work closely with hardware and software engineers, to understand component requirements and their designs, to create test set solutions that effectively and efficiently test them in both ambient and space conditions, such as thermal vacuum.

Job Responsibilities:

Under minimal supervision, you will be responsible for:

  • Working with the Cognizant Engineer and Test Engineer of the flight Hardware to obtain the Hardware Unit Under Test (UUT) Specification Requirements.
  • Developing requirements for testing of space vehicle components or UUT
  • Working closely with the spacecraft UUT Design Engineer to ensure the component test equipment (CTE)/ automated test equipment (ATE) system will validate the circuit cards and/or electronics box under all test environments
  • Work with the Test Engineer to develop the test plan for the UUT hardware environmental requirements.
  • Generate review material and support design reviews for the test equipment in development.
  • Hardware design of component test equipment (CTE) and automated test equipment (ATE) to test space vehicle components
  • Be responsible for ensuring that the technical requirements, cost, and schedule for the CTE/ATE system development is achieved
  • As part of a design team, be responsible for the end-to-end design, debug, test, and certification of CTE/ATE system
  • Have the responsibility for the documentation development and release of the CTE/ATE system
  • Generate Certification Test Procedures
  • Support of the test and debug for flight and non-flight spacecraft electronic circuit card assemblies (CCA) and boxes
  • To be successful in this role you should have:
  • Experience designing test hardware
  • Fundamental understanding of electrical circuit schematics
  • Working knowledge of Visio, CREO, and/or other mechanical design packages
  • Good communication skills
  • Experience working in a team
  • Experience leading junior engineers
  • Experience documenting and developing cable drawings/wiring diagrams

In this role, you will join a team of 2-4 EGSE Engineers interfacing with the spacecraft subsystem engineers, to obtain design requirements. Early on, there will be design work that requires documentation development in not only electrical design, but also some mechanical design, then support to an EDL (Engineering Development Lab) when the hardware is being built and assembled by the technicians. The next phase will be spent on integration and troubleshooting any problems on the product you helped to design and build to test the UUT.

This position can be filled at the Principal Engineer or Sr. Principal Engineer level.

Basic Qualifications:

Principal Engineer

  • Requires BS in Electrical Engineering with 5 years of experience; or Masters with 3 years of experience; or PhD
  • US Citizenship

Sr. Principal Engineer

  • Requires BS in Electrical Engineering with 9 years of experience; or Masters with 7 years of experience; or PhD with 4 years of experience
  • US Citizenship

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience designing hardware components for use in ATE/CTE
  • A fundamental understanding of general and specialized test equipment to include Signal Generators, Logic Analyzers, Oscilloscopes, Power equipment, and Digital Multimeter

Northrop Grumman Tactical Space Systems designs, builds and delivers space, defense, and aviation-related systems to customers around the world. Our main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures.

Northrop Grumman offers a competitive and robust benefits program.

As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman, you are eligible for our robust benefits package including:


Dental & Vision coverage


Educational Assistance

Life Insurance

Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions

Paid Time Off

Health & Wellness Resources

Employee Discounts

Flexible Schedules (For example the ability to work a 9/80 work schedule, which allows an employee to work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday and take every other Friday off of work)

For more details, please visit our total rewards site or chat with one of our recruiters to learn more.





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Salary Range: $101,400 USD - $152,200 USD
Salary Range 2: $125,800 USD - $188,600 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.