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Northrop Grumman Associate Engineer Electromech in Goleta, California

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.

Northrop Grumman Space Systems (NGSS) designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation-related systems to customers around the world. Our main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures.

Working Environment

The position is available at the Northrop Grumman facility in Goleta CA, part of the Northrop Grumman, Space Systems (NGSS) - Space Components Business Unit, which specializes in deployable systems for spacecraft such as solar arrays, instrument booms, and various extendible support structures.

As an Associate Electro-Mechanical Design Engineer at NGSS - Goleta you will be responsible for applying electrical, electronic and mechanical principles while supporting and participating in the design, test, modification, fabrication, assembly and documentation of prototype and space-flight mechanical and electromechanical systems at the cutting edge of space technology. You will have ownership of your work from the concept creation through the design and analysis phases and into the manufacturing, testing, and integration of the systems.


  • Create, prototype, design, and analyze structures, mechanisms and electronics for moving mechanical assemblies such as solar arrays, booms, and other support structures, mechanisms and electronics for satellite subsystems, as well as for aerospace antennas.

  • Develop and refine components and subsystems utilizing design skills, hand calculations, and finite element analysis or other modeling tools as needed.

  • Perform detailed 3D designs, generate CAD drawings and related documents, and support manufacturing and assembly of components.

  • Document test plans and procedures requirements.

  • Participate and present in internal and external (customer) design reviews.

  • Strive for the highest possible structural and electrical performance that is also cost effective and assures complete reliability.

  • Manage and track multiple priorities while maintaining a focus towards common project goals of the program team, matrix organization, and customers.


Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Electrical, Mechanical, Astronautical, or Aerospace) or Physics, or many years working at an engineering level.

  • Strong communication skills, oral and written.

  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.

  • Ability to multitask and organize/prioritize job assignments in a fast-paced and gated-release engineering development environment.

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Master's degree in applicable area.

  • Proficiency with mechanical computer aided design (CAD) software, preferably design and analysis experience with PTC Creo Parametric 2/3/4, as well as other engineering software tools such as Matlab and LabVIEW.

  • Practical understanding of GD&T (ASME Y14.5-2009).

  • Detailed mechanical design knowledge of structures, mechanisms, motors, release and drive actuators, and material selection.

  • Spacecraft/aerospace materials experience in metals, composites, adhesives, thermoplastics, etc.

  • Working knowledge of applicable manufacturing processes such as machining, finishing, and rapid prototyping.

  • Experience with electrical and wiring design for aerospace applications, electrical schematics, circuits, connectors, assembly methods (soldering, crimping, welding etc.), harnessing and routing.

  • Demonstrable problem solving skills with hands-on project experience.

  • Excellent technical communication skills and strong analytical skills.

  • Self-motivated with the ability to organize and prioritize job assignments and tasks.

  • Ability to work independently as well as in an integrated team and adapt to change and dynamic requirements.

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint...).

Additional Requirements

  • ITAR Requirements: To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

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