Senior Principal Ceramics Manufacturing Engineer Baltimore, MD

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 Manufacturing Operations Engineering organization is seeking a Senior Principal Manufacturing Process Engineer for the Advanced Ceramics Facility (ACF) manufacturing cell.

ACF utilizes flexibility and creativity in order to develop, manufacture and deliver leading-edge discriminating products, while incorporating the latest materials, technology and processing to meet or exceed customer expectations.

The Manufacturing Process Engineer will provide manufacturing technical support and direction to fabricate ceramic substrates for next generation RF hardware. This position will be responsible for supporting multiple processes in ACF.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the tasks outlined below:

  • Solving of manufacturing problems related to materials, designs, equipment, people in a timely manner to support production

  • Developing new and maintaining existing manufacturing processes with a focus on affordability, sustainability and quality

  • Developing and optimizing process parameters

  • Developing and revising process documentation and work instruction

  • Creating, validating, and maintaining automatic equipment programs

  • Monitoring process yields, cost, and process stability and capability

  • Supporting the creation and implementation of improvement plans based on the above metrics

  • Developing ROI justification for process improvements

  • Assisting with the training of new personnel and participating in the design of operator training materials

  • Supporting factory maintenance personnel with the troubleshooting and repair of process equipment

  • Leading/facilitating Root Cause & Corrective Action investigations and driving to closure

  • Supporting capital equipment projects through procurement, installation and release for production use

The chosen candidate must have excellent verbal and written communication skills; be able to multi-task in a fast-paced, dynamic, and high visibility environment; and work well as part of a team.

Basic Qualifications for a Senior Principal Ceramics Manufacturing Engineer:

  • Bachelor's degree or higher in Engineering or other related STEM area and at least nine (9) years of experience in Manufacturing/Process Engineering, Production, or related area - OR - a Master's degree in a STEM area and seven (7) years of experience as described

  • Ceramics or materials fabrication manufacturing experience

  • Familiarity with Design of Experiment (DOE), Statistical Process Control (SPC), 6 sigma concepts for process development and control

  • Fluency in MS Office software applications

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a US Secret Security Clearance (US Citizenship is required.)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)

  • Experience with Matlab, VBA and/or similar

  • Experience with CAD software (AutoCAD, NX or similar)

  • Experience with Minitab software

  • Experience with SAP MRP software

  • Experience with the Teamcenter Manufacturing software tool suite and Manufacturing Process Planning


Salary Range: $112,300 - $168,500

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.

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.