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Northrop Grumman Principal Metallurgist in Magna, Utah

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 Innovation Systems 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.

We are currently seeking an experienced Metallurgist to provide technical leadership to our R&D Inert Materials team in our Bacchus (primary) & Promontory (support), UT offices.

Role description & Responsibilities:

As a Metallurgist in the Propulsion Systems R&D Labs you will be responsible for providing technical expertise and consultation on all metallurgical issues, including alloy selection, processing, supply chain support, failure investigation, tooling processing, and production/facilities support. You will also be expected to perform hands-on metallurgical analysis on a variety of parts and hardware using our lab instruments. Because of this, experience using a variety of lab instruments (SEM, optical microscopes, etc.) is expected.

Job Duties:

  • Leading failure investigations and production support

  • Development of materials, processes, and applications

  • Material selection and characterization

  • Review of material and product specifications and certifications

  • Assist in developing tooling concepts and selection of materials for tooling

  • Presentation of data and recommendations to internal and external customers

  • Experience in aerospace metallic materials and processing specifications

  • Good writing and verbal/presentation skills with the ability to write proposals, publish technical papers, compile final reports for large, multidisciplinary programs

  • Good team-worker, especially the ability to work well with a multi-disciplinary team

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Broad understanding of metals and processing methods, physical metallurgy, and material structure/property relationships

  • Experience with laboratory procedures and knowledge of safety requirements

  • Ability to qualify for a DOD clearance


Experience Preferred:

  • Familiarity in fabrication, welding, and heat treatment of forged stock and castings

Experience Requirements:

  • U.S. Citizen

  • Experience with failure analysis, corrosion engineering, metallography, and microstructures


  • B.S in Metallurgy, Metallurgical Engineering, or Material Science (with previous metallurgical experience) plus 5 years' experience

  • Advanced degree preferred

  • Position can be filled at one level higher, B.S in Metallurgy, Metallurgical Engineering, or Material Science & 9 years of experience

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 : Research and Sciences