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Northrop Grumman Engineer Guidance Navigation and Control--Top Secret Clearance, Space and Satellite Systems in Dulles, Virginia

Embark on a career putting innovative, reliable, and agile products and ideas into orbit, and beyond. Northrop Grumman has opportunities waiting for you that play a vital role in human space exploration, national defense, and scientific discovery, supporting multiple programs across the universe. With us, you'll discover a culture of curiosity and collaboration that will have you Defining Possible from the day you start. Our space systems connect and protect millions of people on earth every day, now and for the future. Explore your future and launch your career today.

Northrop Grumman Tactical Space Systems is seeking a motivated and driven candidate that will fill the position of Spacecraft Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) engineer. We are procuring, designing, building, integrating and testing spacecraft components for a mix of DoD, NASA, and commercial customers. We are leaders in innovative solutions to the rapidly growing/evolving fields of space based autonomous rendezvous and docking and rapid design/production of small satellites. We are seeking a highly-talented and ambitious Engineer to take responsibility for the attitude control solutions that meet our spacecraft requirements. The spacecraft GNC component engineer will work within the GNC subsystem team and under the supervision of the GNC subsystem lead.

A spacecraft GNC component engineer is expected to:

  • Perform GNC component trade studies (including make/buy trades and supplier identification/research). These components may include but are not limited to star trackers, lidars, GPS receivers, sun sensors, reaction wheels, IR cameras, inertia reference units and space based visible cameras.

  • Work with the subcontracts/supply chain team as the technical lead to manage procurements, documentation and design reviews.

  • Work closely with multiple suppliers (domestic and international) to monitor procurement, manufacturing and testing.

  • Work closely across multiple subsystems, and present to managers and customers relevant GNC component data and/or reports. Communication is a critical element of your role.

  • Be able to multitask and work in a fast pace environment.

  • Lead the effort between the component supplier, program and subsystems to close out component related test failures and issues as they occur.

  • Travel to and support launch site activities.

  • Create and test component level scripts to verify the functionality of GNC components and work with team to integrate the components into the spacecraft

  • Be flexible with shift work during different phases of the program

All GNC engineers are expected to:

  • Apply engineering principles, industry standards, company process, and knowledge of vehicle dynamics, aerodynamics, propulsion, classical/modern control, and estimation theory to perform tasks to advanced program/project goals

  • Document designs, analysis, and test results and create presentation materials

  • Present designs, analysis, reviews, and test results to internal and external customers

  • Work well within small- to medium-sized groups


Basic Qualifications:

  • BS degree in engineering, physics, or math

  • 2 years of experience on hardware related projects

  • An active or current Top Secret (TS) Security Clearance is required for this position.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MS or PhD degree in engineering, physics, or math

  • Proficiency in MATLAB/Simulink, C/C++ or Python

  • Experience in spacecraft GNC subsystem design, analysis, and testing

  • Experience implementing GNC algorithms on embedded systems

  • Current TS/SCI Clearance preferred

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Job Category : Engineering