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Northrop Grumman Principal Mechanical Design Engineer in East Hartford, Connecticut

Principal Mechanical Design Engineer - Special Programs East Hartford CT

Adaptive Optics Associates - Xinetics (AOA Xinetics), a wholly-owned Northrop Grumman Space Systems (NGSP) Business Venture, is currently seeking a Principal Mechanical Design Engineer to support our Special Program activities in East Hartford CT.

AOA Xinetics (AOX) designs, develops, and manufactures precision, advanced optical products and systems for the U.S. Government, commercial customers, and U.S. defense prime and second-tier contractors. The Company has substantial growth opportunities in support of many U.S. Government and NGSP business initiatives.

AOX delivers industrial photonics systems and development services for a variety of customers and applications. AOX excels in a range of applications from adaptive optical systems, deformable mirrors, wavefront sensors, precision actuators, to photonic systems that acquire and process data in real time for a variety of high availability applications. AOX's capabilities include lightweight passive and active hybrid CERAFORM silicon carbide optics and precision structures as well as large and small precision opto-mechanical systems supporting electronics and sophisticated controls software.


Reporting to the Mechanical Engineering Manager, the Principal Mechanical Design Engineer will perform design and analysis for opto-mechanical systems, tooling, and test equipment, leading engineering design efforts of complex electro-optical and opto-mechanical systems, designing hardware that satisfies system requirements, documenting design approaches, detailing parts and assembly drawings to support the development, manufacture, and test of optical systems. Additional expectations include support to new business opportunities and active leadership and development of junior engineers, designers and technicians.


  • Perform mechanical design on multiple projects through all phases of development and manufacturing

  • Create part and assembly models, detailed drawings and associated parts lists, in accordance with AMSE Y14.5, ASME Y14.100 and AOX drawing standards

  • Conduct peer reviews of other engineer's work products

  • Execute new designs with a focus on DFM

  • Perform analysis of mechanisms, detailed geometric tolerances, and manufacturability

  • Support transition to production and manufacturing engineering

  • Provide technical solutions to complex problems which require regular use of technical acumen, ingenuity and creativity

  • Perform trade studies, design of experiments, assembly and testing of parts, components, and assemblies

  • Estimate and track mechanical design costs, create schedule estimates and present to internal/external stakeholders (customers, senior leadership)


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering

  • 5+ years of mechanical design, development, analysis and FEA experience working in a collaborative, highly technical multi-disciplined engineering work environment

  • Analytical problem solver with technical lead capabilities; results and deadline driven; excellent verbal/written communication skills including presentation skills; technical influencer

  • Proficient in MS Office (Power Point, Word, Excel)

  • Intermediate-Advanced SolidWorks software skills or similar

  • US Citizenship is a requirement for employment

  • Ability to obtain a TS/SCI Clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering

  • Experience working with micro or small precision form factor mechanisms; opto-mechanical designs; optical assembly, interferometer and alignment, test equipment and tools

  • Active TS/SCI Clearance

Physical Requirements:

  • Travel to customer site as required (up to 10%)

  • Ability to sit and/or stand for extended periods of times and light physical effort as required

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