Principal/Electrical Engineer - Avionics Digital Hardware - Tactical Space Systems - GilbertGilbert, AZ

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.

We have an opening for an Avionics Digital Hardware Electrical Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals in the Tactical Space organization. This position will be located in Gilbert, AZ.

The digital avionics group is responsible for the development of spacecraft avionics hardware. This includes performing detailed circuit design, EEE part selection, schematic capture, circuit analysis, PWB part placement and signal routing, and working within a larger multidisciplinary program team. Responsibilities also include producing engineering documentation of the design in accordance with program requirements and department processes.

Job Responsibilities

  • Work on a design team and be responsible for the end-to-end design, debug, test and certification of the hardware

  • Work closely with the spacecraft subsystem and system engineering teams to determine performance specs and requirements for the hardware

  • Ensure that technical requirements, cost, and schedule for the project are achieved

  • Documentation, development, and release

  • Perform preliminary and detailed design of circuit card assemblies including schematic and Bill of Material (BOM).

  • Analyze circuits to ensure they meet requirements under all test and flight environments

  • Support the test and debug for flight and non-flight spacecraft electronic circuit card assemblies (CCA) and boxes

This position can be filled at either the Engineer (level 2) or Principal Engineer (level 3) level.

Basic Qualifications for Engineer:

  • Bachelor's Degree in a STEM field (ideally in Electrical Engineering) with 2 or more years of experience; or a Master's degree; or a PhD

  • U.S. citizen

Basic Qualifications for Principal Engineer:

  • Bachelor's Degree in a STEM field (ideally in Electrical Engineering) with 5 or more years of experience; or a Master's degree with 3 years of experience; or a PhD

  • U.S. citizen

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A basic understanding of the overall circuit design process

  • Experience designing and optimizing digital circuits

  • Experience defining and mapping functional requirements

  • Experience in the test and debug of hardware systems

  • A high level understanding of general and specialized test equipment to include: Signal Generators, Logic Analyzers, and Power equipment

The Northrop Grumman Tactical Space Division is a strategic partner specializing in commercial and classified partnerships with the design, delivery, operation and sustainment of satellites and human spacecraft. We support science and space exploration through our various partnerships, including NASA's Artemis program with the goal to return humans to the Moon in 2024 and the TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) program that has discovered more than twenty confirmed plants. Recognized as an industry leader, we also develop highly specialized space and satellite components.

Northrop Grumman offers a competitive and robust benefits program.

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


Dental & Vision coverage


Educational Assistance

Life Insurance

Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions

Paid Time Off

Health & Wellness Resources

Employee Discounts

Flexible Schedules (For example the ability to work a 9/80 work schedule, which allows an employee to work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday and take every other Friday off of work)

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Salary Range: $75,300 - $112,900

Salary Range 2: $92,600 - $139,000

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.