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Principal Engineer Test (Static Load) - Space Components

Company: Northrop Grumman
Location: San Diego
Posted on: November 26, 2022

Job Description:

Requisition ID: R10059124
Category: Engineering
Location: San Diego, California, United States of America
Citizenship Required: United States Citizenship
Clearance Type: None
Telecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
Shift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
Positions 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. Job Summary We have an exciting opportunity within our Static Load Test Engineering team for a Principal Test Engineer position (Level 3). This position will support the Static Load and Dynamic Load Test functions at Northrop Grumman Space Components, San Diego. The Test Engineering functional group performs physical and mechanical verification of spaceflight hardware, fabricated for aerospace applications. The successful candidate will be someone who has a strong technical background and is a hands-on engineer, comfortable working hand-in-hand with technicians, handling flight hardware, and running tests. This role requires strong experience developing technical solutions to complex problems which require the regular use of ingenuity and creativity. A Principal Engineer is expected to work with minimal direction, exercising considerable latitude in determining technical objectives of assignments. This position guides the successful completion of major programs and may function in a project leadership role. This role designs, develops, and implements tests and fixtures, plans and arranges the labor, schedules, and equipment required for testing. The role also provides the parameters for testing, specifies tests to be performed, compiles data, and defines changes required in testing equipment, testing procedures, manufacturing processes, or new testing requirements. Primary responsibilities of the position include: Create test plans and procedures from customer requirements and/or program team direction
Collaborate with Design and Tooling engineering to create test fixture designs, and model test setups electronically
Oversee assembly and validation of test fixtures and test setups. Perform physical and/or static load tests and document into customer deliverable reports
Support continuous improvement and lean initiative tasks, including current state process definition, identification of non-value added activity, and future state planning
Represent Test function with customer engineers. Communicate with internal management and customers during Test execution
Mentor new engineers Skills/Abilities Experience and familiarity with the behavior of space composite materials, adhesives and construction
Direct experience in the handling and static load testing of composite flight hardware
Expertise with test instrumentation (strain, load, temperature) and electronic data acquisition, including test troubleshooting
Experience with vibro-acoustic testing including swept sine, random, sound pressure exposure, etc.
Proficient in 3D modeling software (NG uses NX - training is available if applicant experience is in another system)
Proficient in Microsoft office applications (Word, Access and Excel) to document results
Ability to read, write and interpret written instructions, blueprints, or shop drawings in English
Demonstrated ability to convert customer defined requirements into clear, written procedures
Problem solving skills utilizing superior mechanical ability, the ability to multitask, and ability to prioritize work, are required
Demonstrated ability to learn new skills and follow written procedures
Identifies opportunities for continuous improvement with a focus on customer service excellence.
Must be able to work within established procedures for data control
Excellent documentation, organization and communication skills
Possesses strong interest in space composite materials science
Initiative, self-starter, adaptable, team player, and high motivation for excellence
Ability to work independently and under pressure in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
Ability to work flexible hours, overtime, and weekends as needed based on demanding manufacturing schedules
Strong attention to detail
Excels in a team environment Education/Experience 5 Years with Bachelors in an Engineering Discipline; 3 Years with Masters; 0 Years with PhD.
2 years' experience in Structures Testing and Static Load Testing Preferred Qualifications: Background in force limited vibration
Active in-scope DoD Top Secret clearance Salary Range: $92,200 USD - $138,400 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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