Principal/Sr. Principal Project Engineer Magna, UT

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's Space Systems - Propulsion Division is seeking a Principal/Sr. Principal Project Engineer to support several projects/programs at our Bacchus (Magna), UT facility.

Position will be under the D5 Production, Deployed Systems Service, and Modernization contracts. These Programs ensure a capable manufacturing capability and conforming baseline product and design to support the D5 Trident Program throughout it's intended operational life. The effort spans all major components (igniter, nozzles, loaded motors and rocket motor assembly). Prior knowledge of rocket motors is important to being successful in this work as well as the assertiveness to lead other personnel from support organizations. In this role the Project Engineer will interface with internal customers such as R&D Scientists, Operations, and VSET teams as well as frequent interactions with our external Customers.

Engineering activity may include upgrades and modernization of the D5 design and processes as well. Work will include ownership and definition of requirements, working with Process Engineering, Operations, Tooling, Quality Engineering, and project engineering/designers, in addition to engineering analysts to improve and refresh the D5 production line and design. Should be able to work with 3D engineering models and application of same to manufacturing.

Finally, the Project Engineer will also have an opportunity to support the D5 Propulsion Viability Program. This program aims to introduce new longer-term technologies into the D5 production program in order to reduce risk, streamline operations, and/or increase the sustainability of the production program. In this role the Project Engineer will interface with internal execution teams and share results with external customers (Lockheed and Navy).

This position will provide the opportunity to support at Promontory, Clearfield, and Bacchus campuses. Furthermore, the Project Engineer will be technical interface for external customers, both local and off-site (Lockheed Martin & Navy). The Project Engineer may take on responsibilities in one or any (potentially all) of the aforementioned opportunities, but is based on candidate qualifications and fit. The Project Engineer is expected to find innovative solutions to the technical and logistical challenges posed by the unique requirements, constraints, and program scope. This is a dynamic role in which the ideal candidate will have demonstrated technical agility. This role will report to the Functional Manager.

Job Duties:

  • Coordinate and communicate with all stake holders the relevant technical and program requirements.

  • Prepare specifications, drawings, and the associated change paperwork

  • Prepare test plans and test reports

  • Propose, evaluate, and implement innovative solutions to satisfy program technical, cost and schedule requirements and objectives.

  • Represent the technical community at milestone reviews (SDR, PDR, CDR, TIMs).

  • Support manufacture of hardware

Competencies for Success:

  • Technical excellence, collaboration/teamwork, and trustworthiness are required.

  • Ability to see the larger picture for the system as a whole.

  • Experience in ETM, MRB, configuration management, technical writing (test plans and reports), and change board presentations (Change summary as well as technical justification) helpful.

  • Participation in problem analysis boards helpful.

  • Demonstrated ability to timely function in a matrixed construct and to self-manage a dynamic demanding workload required.

  • Strong demonstrated written and oral communication skills are a must. Detailed scope/schedule/budget planning skills are preferred.

  • Technical and project management role, engineering development program support, as well as program/customer interaction experience.

  • Prior successful experience in Rocket Motor Assembly process is a plus.


  • Bachelor's Degree in a Science, Engineering, or Mathematics discipline from an accredited university and 5 years' experience, 3 with a MS

  • Position can be filled one level higher, BS and 9 years or MS and 7 years' experience

  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in engineering or related field preferably in a government contractor environment.

  • Ability to obtain and/or maintain a DOD Secret clearance.

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.

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

Salary Range 2: $114,900 - $172,300

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.

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.