Principal/Sr Principal NDT Engineer (Thermography) Clearfield, UT

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 Aeronautics Systems has an opening for a Principal or Senior Principal Engineer NDT with Thermography experience to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals in Clearfield, Utah. We support multiple prime contractors for military and commercial programs. Our work protects our country from enemy threats. Are you interested in development of NDT for state-of-the-art composites? Come join us!

Northrop Grumman regularly wins awards for our work-life balance, and we provide a proven suite of benefits including health, retirement, education, etc. This role is day shift with some off hours support for NDI Operations running 24/7. Travel is estimated to be less than 10% to support other sites (Iuka, MS, and Dayton, OH) during system and process qualification as required. We work a 9/80 schedule, which gives you every other Friday to pursue passions outside of the office.

You will be a part of an Inspection Development Group responsible for:

  • Development of advanced NDT inspection technologies and sensors including laser ultrasound, phased array ultrasound, air coupled ultrasonic, THz and GHz, thermography, shearography, digital x-ray and computer aided data analysis

  • Design, fabrication, installation and testing of automated inspection systems for internal use

  • Integration of advanced NDT inspection technologies into automated systems and their qualification for the production

  • NDT Support of production programs during their whole life cycle

Responsibilities include:

  • Develop and implement in production Infrared Thermography (IRT) non-destructive inspection techniques (automated and hand-held), including training of production personnel

  • Perform inspections of various composite structures in support of production; evaluation and interpretation of indication for the Structural Engineers in an expeditious time frame to allow rapid MRB response; support other MRB activities including writing SWI for additional inspections

  • Write technique sheets, procedures, including SWI and EWIs, and reports, as required

  • Assist with the design, fabrication & qualification of defect standards

  • Qualify Infrared Thermography (IRT) and other NDT techniques and automated inspection systems for the programs

  • Provide NDT cost estimates for the programs

  • Assist with training & certification of NDT personnel

  • Assist with instrument & system calibrations, support internal and external audits

Our team works in a fast-paced work environment with high expectations and significantly diverse assignments. We are comfortable both in a lab environment and on the production floor, and we collaborate closely with NDT technicians, test engineers and quality control engineers, program and operation managers, and customers. We're a small group and a close-knit team. Our work is highly dynamic, and our activities will vary from project to project. We are NDT development team integrated within a top tier defense contractor. We are looking for innovators!

This position may be filled at a Principal or Senior Principal Engineer level based on the qualifications outlined below.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Principal Engineer: Bachelor's degree in a relevant STEM discipline plus 5 years of relevant experience; OR Master's degree in a relevant STEM discipline and 2 years of relevant experience; OR Ph.D. in a relevant STEM discipline and 0 years of experience. Note: An additional 4 years of relevant work experience may be considered in lieu of a Bachelor's degree

  • Senior Principal Engineer: Bachelor's degree in a relevant STEM discipline plus 9 years of relevant experience; OR Master's degree in a relevant STEM discipline and 7 years of relevant experience; OR Ph.D. in a relevant STEM discipline and 4 years of relevant experience. Note: An additional 4 years of relevant work experience may be considered in lieu of a Bachelor's degree

  • Level 2 NAS410 certification in Infrared Thermography Testing (IRT)

  • Able to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret and special program access clearances

Preferred Qualifications:

  • ASNT Level 3 in IRT

  • Current, in-scope Secret clearance

  • Degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering

  • Experience in Infrared Thermography Testing (IRT) of composite materials in aerospace or manufacturing environment

  • Experience in Ultrasonic Testing and current NAS410 certification

  • Experience in Ultrasonic Phased Array technology

  • Experience in Shearography

  • Experience operating automated inspection systems

  • Experience supporting high-rate programs with multiple shifts

  • Proficiency with CAD/solid modeling software

What We Offer

At Northrop Grumman, we are on the cutting edge of innovation -- building the next generation of sophisticated aircraft to protect our country. Our diverse portfolio of programs means there are endless paths to cultivate your career. We are well-known for our inclusive, family environment, phenomenal learning opportunities, and exposure to a wide variety of projects and customers. We also offer exceptional benefits/healthcare, a great 401K matching program, and 14 Employee Resource Groups inclusive of all employees!

Salary Range: $82,000 - $123,000

Salary Range 2: $101,600 - $152,400

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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