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Northrop Grumman Staff Weapons Integration Engineer - IPT Lead in El Segundo, California

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Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems (NGAS) has an exciting career opportunity for a Staff Weapons Integration Engineer - IPT Lead to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located at Northrop Grumman's South Bay Aircraft Design Center of Excellence (CoE) in El Segundo, CA.

Position Overview:

You'll be joining the Vehicle Integration (VI) organization. The VI organization provides innovative research, technology development and engineering for aircraft advanced design, including mechanical design and mechanisms, thermal systems, environment control systems, secondary power systems, fuel systems, hydraulic systems, fire protection systems and electrical systems.

The selected candidate will apply electrical, electronic and mechanical principles to components and systems, including assembly, analysis, and documentation of results; construction of developmental assemblies, sub-assemblies and components; and quality testing. Supports and participates in the design, test, modification, fabrication and/or assembly of prototype electromechanical systems. Position will require travel approximately 10%.

Essential Functions:

  • Primary role is to serve as the Weapons Integration Lead on the Future Carrier Aviation (FCA) program and coordinate directly with the customer on a regular and frequent basis to define a successful strategy to provide the United States Navy with a weapons employment system that delivers weapon types/quantities to meet program requirements and satisfy customer key performance parameters.

  • Responsible for managing overall Weapons Integration Integrated Product Team (IPT) cost, schedule, and Earned Value Management System (EVMS) performance, providing weekly status reports to management, and completing annual comprehensive estimate at complete (CEAC) evaluations of work performed to date and remaining/additional work, including impacts to future cost and schedule.

  • Participate in internal program, customer and supplier technical exchange meetings and formal program milestone reviews to provide and/or obtain progress status updates.

  • Provide technical guidance to, and coordinate with, multiple engineering design teams, including the Stores Management System (SMS) weapon functional/electrical interface team, the mechanical weapon physical interface team, the aerodynamic/store separation team, and supplier management teams supporting the preliminary design, development and integration of weapons onto the FCA platform.

  • The SMS team will develop the aircraft-to-weapon/S&RE functional interface architecture, including requirements definition (software, hardware, lab test/verification), simulation modeling, and documentation.

  • The mechanical design team will develop the aircraft-to-weapon/S&RE physical interface and modeling, including weapon/S&RE aircraft structural hard point locations, attachment hardware design, weapon virtual and physical fit check analysis, weapon loading assessments, ground crew maintainer access evaluations, and documentation.

  • The aerodynamic store separation team will virtually simulate weapon types and weapon load-out configuration, analyze aircraft conditions for weapon release and analyze weapon release trajectories to determine safe store separation parameters, as well as to physically simulate select weapon load-out configurations via small scale wind tunnel model testing to verify/validate analytical models and identify correlation factors to improve accuracy of simulated predictions.

  • The supplier management team will manage suppliers for weapons, S&RE and other related line replaceable unit (LRU) hardware, as well as help define and manage proprietary information agreements (PIAs) and subcontracts to obtain the supplier data and equipment necessary to support weapon integration assessments, analyses, simulations and test evaluations.

The selected candidate should thrive in a fast-paced work environment with high expectations, significantly diverse assignments, collaborative/team settings across all levels.



Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline from an accredited university and 14 years of engineering experience OR Master's Degree and 12 years of engineering experience OR a PhD. Degree and 9 years of experience.

  • Prior experience in Weapons Integration, such as knowledge of and/or familiarity with weapon functional and physical integration, weapons carriage & release devices and equipment, weapons release, weapons ground test, weapons flight test, and/or weapon loading/installation.

  • Prior experience in leading a team of engineers within a multi-IPT program environment.

  • Prior experience with Earned Value Management Systems (EVMS), cost and schedule management.

  • Familiarity with industry standard analysis tools and processes such as CAD software, CFD analysis, and six degree of freedom (6-DOF) Monte Carlo simulation analysis.

  • A current active in-scope U.S. Government DoD Secret security clearance is required to start with the ability to obtain and maintain Special Program Access (PAR/SPA).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering or related discipline.

  • Prior experience working on a United States Navy aviation program.

  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) with good technical writing skills and the ability to communicate and present technical data/material to various stakeholders.

  • A current U.S. Government DoD Top Secret security clearance with current or previous Special Program Access (PAR/SPA)

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