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Metallurgist/Principal Metallurgist

Requisition ID: R10087075

  • CategoryCategory: Research and Sciences
  • LocationLocation: Corinne, UT, 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
  • 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.

Northrop Grumman’s Space Systems - Propulsion Division is recruiting for a Metallurgist/Principal Metallurgist to join our Research & Development Metals and Thermal team in our Promontory, UT offices.   

Role description & Responsibilities:

The Metallurgist is responsible for providing technical expertise and consultation on all metallurgical issues, including alloy selection, processing, supply chain support, failure investigation, tooling processing, and production/facilities support.  You will also be expected to perform hands-on metallurgical analysis on a variety of parts and hardware using our lab instruments.  Because of this, experience using a variety of lab instruments (SEM, optical microscopes, etc.) is expected.   

Job Duties:   

  • Leading or supporting failure investigations

  • Metallurgical design support and evaluation of flight hardware and production parts

  • Material selection and characterization

  • Review of material and production specifications

  • Review of design certifications

  • Assist in developing tooling concepts and selection of materials for tooling   

  • Presentation of data and recommendations to internal and external customers

  • Support a variety of organizations and programs as metallurgical expert

Experience Requirements: 

A qualified candidate for this position should have some experience relevant to this position, including:

  • Experience with failure analysis, corrosion engineering, metallography, and microstructures

  • Previous experience using standard metallurgical lab instruments (SEM, optical microscopes, hardness testers, etc.)

  • Candidate must be able to obtain a clearance

Experience Preferred: 

·Familiarity in fabrication, welding, and heat treatment of forged stock and castings  

  • Experience with aerospace metallic materials and processing specifications  

  • Ability to work well with a multi-disciplinary team

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Broad understanding of metals and processing methods, physical metallurgy, and material structure/property relationships  

  • Experience with laboratory procedures and knowledge of safety requirements

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Excellent time management and organizational skills


  • BS in Metallurgy, Metallurgical Engineering, or Material Science (with 2 years metallurgical experience)

  • Position can be filled one level higher, 5 years with BS, 3 years with MS or 0 years with Ph.D.

  • Advanced degree preferred

Salary Range: $73,400 USD - $110,000 USD
Salary Range 2: $90,400 USD - $135,600 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.