Principal Manufacturing Engineer / Manufacturing EngineerElkridge, MD

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.

At the heart of Defining Possible is our commitment to missions. In rapidly changing global security environments, Northrop Grumman brings informed insights and software-secure technology to enable strategic planning. We're looking for innovators who can help us keep building on our wide portfolio of secure, affordable, integrated, and multi-domain systems and technologies that fuel those missions. By joining in our shared mission, we'll support yours of expanding your personal network and developing skills, whether you are new to the field, or an industry thought leader. At Northrop Grumman, you'll have the resources, support, and team to do some of the best work of your career.

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems is seeking a Principal Manufacturing Engineer / Manufacturing Engineer to join its Lifecycle Sustainment Operations (LCSO) Team within the Manufacturing Organization located in Elkridge, MD .

The LCSO team supports electronic testing and repair operations for multiple programs for both DoD and foreign military customers. The LCSO executes low volume production; typically, production of spare LRUs, prototype manufacturing; developing one-off components, systems, or test sets to support engineering development, and full systems integration for products. This role will support our Industrial Engineering platform as well.

The ideal candidate will be able to multi-task in a fast-paced, dynamic, and high visibility environment; work well in a team environment; and have excellent written and verbal communication skills. This team member will have a lead Engineer to support training and development.

Role Responsibilities:

  • Designs manufacturing processes, procedures and production layouts for assemblies, equipment installation, processing, machining, and material handling

  • Develop process documentation for new and existing systems' Bonding, Mechanical Fabrication, Coating, and Additive Manufacturing

  • Work with the chief engineer to develop repair procedures

  • Evaluate incoming production for feasibility and process definition

  • Define fabrication process based on component features, materials and dimensions

  • Create and maintain work instructions

  • Designs sequence of operations and specifies procedures for the fabrication of tools and equipment and other functions that affect product performance

  • Develop equipment maintenance and provide an interface to BWI for equipment maintenance

  • Assist with the maintenance of the environmental test equipment

  • Work with the Industrial Engineering group to support routing development and other IE activities

  • Support ongoing expansion of LCSO; multiple moves and build outs, provide an interface to facilities

  • Designs arrangement of machines within plant facilities to ensure most efficient and productive layout

  • Providing supplier support, as needed, to resolve issues within supply base

  • Providing Request for Proposal (RFP) input specifically as it relates to Non-Recurring Engineering (NRE) requirement such as tooling, capital equipment and/or new process development

This position may be filled as a Principal Manufacturing Engineer / Manufacturing Engineer based on the qualifications listed below.

Basic Qualifications: Manufacturing Engineer:

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering or related STEM field with 2+ years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree in Engineering or related STEM field with 1 year of relevant experience

  • Minimum of 1 year of relevant experience working in a Manufacturing environment

  • Fluent in MS Office software applications

  • Strong understanding of CAD software with prior experience in Drafting/modeling

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen with the ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. Secret Level Security Clearance

Basic Qualifications: Principal Manufacturing Engineer

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering or related STEM field with 5+ years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree in Engineering or related STEM field with 3+ years of relevant experience

  • Minimum of 1 year of relevant experience working in a Manufacturing environment

  • Fluent in MS Office software applications

  • Strong understanding of CAD software with prior experience in Drafting/modeling

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen with the ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. Secret Level Security Clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with J-STD and MIL-STD requirements

  • 3D modeling experience in Unigraphics/NX

  • Machining

  • Experience with the Teamcenter Manufacturing tool suite and Manufacturing Process Planning

  • Familiarity with Statistical Process Control (SPC), and 6 sigma concepts for process development and control

  • Knowledge of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)

What We Can Offer You:

Northrop Grumman provides a comprehensive benefits package and a work environment which encourages your growth and supports the mutual success of our people and our company. Northrop Grumman benefits give you the flexibility and control to choose the benefits that make the most sense for you and your family.

Your benefits will include the following: Health Plan, Savings Plan, Paid Time Off and Additional Benefits including Education Assistance, Training and Development, 9/80 Work Schedule (where available), and much more!

As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, you are eligible for our robust benefits package including:

  • Medical, Dental & Vision coverage

  • 401k

  • Educational Assistance

  • Life Insurance

  • Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions

  • Paid Time Off

  • Health & Wellness Resources

  • Employee Discounts

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Northrop Grumman has approximately 90,000 employees in all 50 states and in more than 27 countries. We strive to attract and retain the best employees by providing an inclusive work environment wherein employees are receptive to diverse ideas, perspectives, and talents to help solve our toughest customer challenges: to develop and maintain some of the most technically sophisticated products, programs, and services in the world.

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Salary Range: $75,700 - $113,500

Salary Range 2: $93,000 - $139,600

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 all positions with a government clearance and certain other restricted positions.