Senior Principal Electrical EngineerEast Hartford, CT

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.

AOA Xinetics (AOX), a wholly owned Northrop Grumman Space Systems, Payload and Ground Systems Division Business Unit, is a leading supplier of complex electro-optic and photonic systems and subsystems that control and manipulate light waves for a variety of applications. Our talented team of engineers, managers and technologists conceive, design, develop and manufacture high precision products in an environment that requires significant collaboration and teamwork among multiple engineering disciplines. We are seeking a Senior Principal Electrical Engineer to support our Special Programs Team in East Hartford, CT.

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The Senior Principal Electrical Engineer will perform as a member of an interdisciplinary team of engineers and scientists on different project assignments, as well as a technical lead and/or primary technical resource on project teams and hardware engineering activities. The successful candidate should have proven abilities in electronic hardware product design, design support to proposal development, product test definition, and requirement specifications development efforts. The ideal candidate will have experience as an electrical functional lead and leading a design team of electrical engineers.

Role and Responsibilities:

  • Collaborating with peers and other engineering disciplines in architecting, planning, designing and prototyping complex electromechanical systems

  • Design electronic circuit boards for use in electro-mechanical systems for commercial, industrial, defense/government and other industries

  • Complete tasks according to schedule, budget, cost, and design objectives

  • Develop technical solutions to complex problems which require the regular use of ingenuity and creativity

  • Perform work with minimal direction while exercising considerable latitude in determining technical objectives of assignment

Basic Requirements:

  • Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering

  • 10+ years of experience in analog, digital, and mixed electronic system design, or 8+ years with a Masters in Electrical Engineering

  • Full lifecycle design experience of multilayer SMT printed circuit boards (PCBs)

  • Application experience that includes phase lock loops, signal conditioning, pulse width modulation, control and feedback systems, distributed hardware systems, etc.

  • Embedded design experience incorporating Xilinx FPGAs and VHDL

  • Electronic circuit design simulation experience

  • Strong verbal and written communication and presentation skills

  • Excellent organization and communications skills

  • US Citizenship is a bona fide requirement

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Analog design experience in analog low noise, analog filters, shielding, and/or EMI

  • Digital hardware design and simulation experience using VHDL

  • Schematic capture using Mentor Graphics DxDesigner

  • Experience developing embedded firmware using C

  • Design experience using the STM32 ARM Cortex microcontrollers

  • Experience developing motor control circuits for stepper and BLDC motors

  • Experience using Siemens/Mentor Graphics DxDesigner

  • Active Top Secret Clearance

Salary Range: $133,000 - $199,600

The above salary range represents a general guideline; however, Northrop Grumman considers a number of factors when determining base salary offers such as the scope and responsibilities of the position and the candidate's experience, education, skills and current market conditions.

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 application period for the job is estimated to be 20 days from the job posting date. However, this timeline may be shortened or extended depending on business needs and the availability of qualified candidates.

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.