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Northrop Grumman Engineer Propulsion 2/3 in Rocket Center, West Virginia

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 Defense Systems designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation-related systems to customers around the world. Our products include launch vehicles, propulsion systems, missile products, subsystems and defense electronics, precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition, satellites and space components and services, and advanced aerospace structures. Foundations in math, physics, thermodynamics, propulsion, and computer skills are important in evaluating rocket motor performance of various defense and aerospace systems.

This position includes the opportunity to perform analysis, design, or test of one or more moderately complex materials (including energetics), structural components, and control systems for propulsion systems. Apply engineering principles, industry standards, company standards and customer requirements to develop propulsion systems (electric, solid/liquid fuel rocket, air-breathing, thrusters) for application in launch vehicles, missile systems, and space mission systems. Coordinate strategy for developing and leveraging multi-disciplinary design, optimization, and analysis processes to support mission requirements. Define and coordinate the conduct of testing required to evaluate design work.

Job Summary

The Mechanical Engineer (Propulsion) will work in the exciting and challenging world of tactical propulsion. Responsibilities center on the use of various technical principles to perform analysis, design, or test portions of complex materials, structural components, and functional systems.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Support project objectives by performing design, analysis, fabrication, and/or test activities with the support, guidance and direction of senior engineers.

  • Select applicable analytical data from previous products, determine the technical principles involved, mathematically define the problem and compute the engineering characteristics consistent with the specifications, design needs and requirements of other portions of the product.

  • Evaluate design with other technical groups and make modifications to achieve the ideal design.

  • Document results of analysis, test, and design activities.

  • Develop original ideas and elaborate on preliminary design concepts.

  • Make thoughtful and valuable suggestions and recommendations for improvements.

  • Establish requirements and procedures to evaluate, purchased equipment or materials.

  • Provide guidance to ensure the project/program assignments meet established technical objectives.

The level hired in will depend upon qualifications.


Basic Qualifications for a level 2:

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering (aerospace, chemical, electrical, mechanical, material sciences engineering, or physics)

  • 2 years of related work experience or a Masters in Engineering (aerospace, chemical, electrical, mechanical, material sciences engineering, or physics)

  • Must be able to obtain a Department of Defense Secret clearance. U.S. citizenship is a prerequisite.

Basic Qualifications for a level 3:

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering (aerospace, chemical, electrical, mechanical, material sciences engineering, or physics)

  • 5 years of related work experience or 3 years with a Masters degree in Engineering (aerospace, chemical, electrical, mechanical, material sciences engineering, or physics)

  • Must be able to obtain a Department of Defense Secret security clearance; U.S. citizenship is a prerequisite.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Skills related to statics, dynamics, fluids, thermodynamics, rocket propulsion, computer skills/programming (MATLAB, FORTRAN, Solid Modeling, Excel) are all desirable.

  • Leadership & teamwork capabilities

  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills

  • Self-motivated, willing to learn, and interested in working in a team environment

  • Experience developing and delivering presentations and leading small groups

  • Able to work in an autonomous work environment on complex projects

  • Experience working on business or engineering full life-cycle projects from project inception through launch

If you are a dynamic and motivated professional, Northrop Grumman is the company that will help further your experience and career growth. We offer highly competitive salaries, an array of benefits to give you the support you need, and the opportunity to connect with coworkers in an environment that's professional, creative and flexible. Join our team and Work On What Matters.

This position falls under a Federal Explosives License issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for this location. Candidates hired into this role will be required to complete and submit an Employee Possessor Questionnaire to ATF for approval to be a possessor

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. 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. Learn about Northrop Grumman Total Rewards and Benefits.

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