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Northrop Grumman Principal Structural Analysis Engineer - Space Components in San Diego, 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.

Embark on a career putting innovative, reliable, and agile products and ideas into orbit, and beyond. Northrop Grumman has opportunities waiting for you that play a vital role in human space exploration, national defense, and scientific discovery, supporting multiple programs across the universe. With us, you'll discover a culture of curiosity and collaboration that will have you Defining Possible from the day you start. Our space systems connect and protect millions of people on earth every day, now and for the future. Explore your future and launch your career today.

Northrop Grumman Tactical Space 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.

This position may be filled at a level 2 or level 3 as a Principal Structural Analysis Engineer or Structural Analysis Engineer.

Northrop Grumman Space Components Business Unit is seeking a Structural Analysis Engineer to join our team.

This position may reside in San Diego, CA or Magna, UT.

Job Summary:

Highly motivated structural analysis engineer for composite structures and assemblies to join the Northrop Grumman Space Systems Structures team with the following responsibilities:

  • Assess structural integrity of metallic and composite structures using traditional closed form solutions, as well as finite element analysis (FEA)

  • Lead a small team, including task and schedule planning, to meet major project milestone objectives

  • Interact with design and development teams (teams include specialists in Design, Quality, Materials, Manufacturing, and Test) to create and verify creative design solutions that meet all requirements (technical, cost, schedule)

  • Mentor junior engineers in analysis work, review and approve their analysis results

  • Generate Finite Element Models and perform FEA for normal modes, linear static stress, dynamic response/stress, thermo-elastic distortion, and hygroscopic distortion

  • Support development of flight hardware from preliminary through detailed design, drawing release, manufacturing, integration, verification testing, and transportation

  • Plan and oversee material characterization tests of various materials used in the design of composite structures

  • Reduce material characterization test data into analysis input properties and material capability properties

  • Prepare and make presentations summarizing structural assessment results for internal review boards and external customer design reviews

  • Assist in assessment and disposition of discrepant hardware and hardware anomalies


Basic Qualifications:

Structural/Mechanical Engineer 2 - Bachelor's Degree in STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Math or related area (Degrees in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering highly preferred) and 2+ years of experience, Master's Degree and 0+ years of experience.

Structural/Mechanical Engineer 3 - Bachelor's Degree in STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Math or related area (Degrees in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering highly preferred) and 5+ years of experience, Master's Degree and 3+ years of experience.

  • Proficiency in structural analysis of aerospace structures containing metals, sandwich panels, composite materials, plastics and bonded joints

  • Proficiency in finite element analysis, composite laminate theory, and dynamics

  • Proficiency in FEMAP and NX Nastran

  • Knowledge of composite materials manufacturing processes

  • Knowledge of composite materials application for extreme environments

  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills (computer, documentation, presentations)

  • Ability to work in a fast paced dynamic environment as part of a multi-discipline team

  • Research/coursework in finite element theory, composite laminate theory, and dynamics a plus

  • Ability to obtain a security clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MS in Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering

  • Proficiency in ESI VA One, Altair Hyperworks, NX, Matlab, Python, and Visual Basic

  • Experience with aerospace structural construction using metals, sandwich panels, composite materials, plastics and bonded joints

  • Previous experience at an aerospace company or manufacturing facility

Preferred Skills:

  • Be a self-starter and possess strong interpersonal, and leadership, skills with the ability to work independently or as part of a team

  • Ability to make sound decisions

  • Be detail oriented but able to understand the big picture

  • Ability to multi-task

  • Ability to prioritize and manage time effectively

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