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Northrop Grumman Staff Electrical Engineer: Hardware Test - Space / 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 Space designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation-related systems to customers around the world. Our main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures.

Working closely with the Hardware Design Engineer, you will lead the test and debug of flight and non-flight Circuit Card Assembly (CCA) and/or Box under test which requires experience in defining test parameters, interpreting test results and analyzing test trends and provides leadership in the area of testing.

You will support Hardware Design Engineering and Electrical Ground Support Equipment (EGSE) Team with the EGSE Design by:

  • Helping to define EGSE Requirements and Implementation

  • Generating HW Verification Procedures (e.g., Functional Test Procedures, Acceptance Test Procedures)

  • Overseeing Test S/W Code Development

Additional responsibilities includes :

  • The debug, test and certification of Component Test Equipment (CTE) and Automated Test Equipment (ATE) using LabVIEW, Test Stand used to test analog and power electronics with ingenuity and creativity and without appreciable direction

  • Participate in design reviews of CTE/ATE, with the emphasis of testability

  • Works closely with the Design Engineer to ensure the CTE will validate the CCA and/or BOX under test which include the generation of analog/power CCA and BOX acceptance test procedures (ATPs) at the functional, environmental and spacecraft levels

  • Develops LabVIEW, Test Stand CVI

  • Support Failure Review Boards (FRB) in determining corrective actions and failure diagnosis

  • Coordinate support plans for test activities

  • Attend and participate in the daily manufacturing meetings




Space Systems



Basic Qualifications:

•Must have 14 yrs. of experience with a Bachelor's degree in a related field (or 12 with a Masters or 9 with a PhD)

•Experience in Hardware Design, Test / Troubleshooting

•Ability to read and understand schematics for electronic equipment and electrical circuitry

•Strong analytical and diagnostic skills

Preferred Qualifications:

Extensive knowledge and practical experience in several of the following areas a plus:

•Strong written and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to explain complex ideas in a clear and concise manner

•Self-motivated and able to effectively work in small teams

•Power regulation, distribution and switching

•Analog signal conditioning and processing

•Interface with CTE/ATE using LabVIEW , Test Stand and scripting software •Familiar with high speed serial interface protocol (TCPIP, SPACEWIRE, LVDS, RS422/485, 1553)

•Grounding and signal preservation techniques

•Microsoft Office Suite

•Continuous improvement in areas of test fidelity and test yield

•Able to execute non-standard scenarios within Automated Test Software and test applications

•Strong analytical and diagnostic skills

•Operate electronic lab equipment for debug and troubleshooting

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

Job Category : Engineering