Tom Underwood, Graduate Aerospace Systems Engineer is excited by the possibilities ahead

Describe your role.

I’m part of a joint Australian and American team which provides Launch Services within a Research and Development environment. This involves design, analysis, integration and testing of hardware and electrical components.

Tell us a little about your background.

Over the 2019/2020 summer I was introduced to Northrop Grumman as an intern within the KC-30A Sustainment Program. In 2021 I graduated from the University of Queensland (UQ) with a Bachelor of Engineering and Commerce and, whilst at UQ, was engaged with the Australian Youth Aerospace Association (AYAA) and UQ Space. I’ve always had a passion for aerospace, it is rewarding and motivating to be contributing to the industry early in my career.

Tom Underwood
Tom Underwood

Describe your career at Northrop Grumman Australia so far.

For the first year at Northrop Grumman Australia, I was part of the Integrated Systems JP9102 tender response team. JP9102 is one of the biggest and most exciting Satellite Communication/Space Programs in Australia, which is currently at tender. I then transitioned into the AIR6500 Systems Engineering Team, which provides Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) under an Agile Framework. Most recently, I have joined a team with provides Launch Services.

What makes Northrop Grumman Australia special?

Northrop Grumman Australia is special as it provides cutting edge aerospace technology and services to its customers. The fact that we are growing both in terms of capability and numbers of people in Australia makes it a really exciting time on multiple fronts.

What advice would you give someone considering joining Northrop Grumman Australia?

For the engineers out there, I’d recommend gaining a sound understanding current/upcoming Defence Projects and to view an engineering degree as the fundamentals of problem solving – my work extends wider than my Mechanical Engineering studies.

What do you do in your spare time?

In my spare time I train for triathlon events, support the Brisbane Lions (AFL), and spend time with family and friends.

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