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Northrop Grumman Staff Airworthiness Engineer in San Diego, California

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Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems (NGAS) has an exciting career opportunity for a Staff Airworthiness Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in San Diego, CA.

The Staff Airworthiness Engineer will be working within the Airworthiness Engineering Directorate supporting certification efforts on various air vehicle platforms. The selected candidate will ensure the logical and systematic realization of customer airworthiness certification objectives into system solutions to meet program needs throughout the product lifecycle (e.g. Flight Releases, Type Certification, continued airworthiness, and operation of airspace integration).

Essential Duties:

  • Performs technical airworthiness planning and verification support including development and negotiation of airworthiness plans, bases of certification, means of compliance, and other certification activities for complex total systems with IPT/REs as well as customer counterparts.

  • Reviews and coordinates with other airworthiness engineers as well as internal engineering disciplines performed across the total system to include design, fabrication, test, installation, operation, maintenance and disposal.

  • Performs functional and process analyses, requirements allocation and definition studies to translate customer requirements into criteria and derived requirements. Ensures the logical and systematic realization of customer airworthiness certification objectives into system solutions to meet program needs throughout the product lifecycle (e.g. Flight releases, Type certification, continued airworthiness, operations, and airspace integration).

  • Responsible for managing and maintaining Type Design Data and airworthiness evidence in support of a Military Type Certification and Air System Continued & Continuing Airworthiness as a delegated individual with signature authority in a System Design Responsible company.

The selected candidate should thrive in a fast-paced work environment with high expectations, significantly diverse assignments, collaborative/team settings across all levels.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) discipline and 14+ years engineering experience OR a Master's Degree in a STEM discipline and 12+ years of engineering experience OR a PhD Degree in a STEM discipline and 9+ years of engineering experience.

  • Familiarity of MIL-HDBK-516B Expanded and -516C

  • Work experience leading the development of Airworthiness plans, a Basis of Certification, and related activities

  • Work experience with domestic and international UAS/RPAS airworthiness authorizations and type certifications

  • Work experience in a System Design Responsible organization per international regulations

  • Active DoD Secret Security Clearance that has been granted/renewed within the past 6 years

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Military aircraft development or modification experience

  • Ability to initiate Airworthiness Certification process improvement initiatives

  • DoD and Civil Airworthiness Experience

  • Work experience and familiarity with UAS/RPAS

  • Design and Systems Engineering experience in one or more of the following areas: Structures, Flight Technology, Air Vehicle Subsystems, Avionics, Mission Payload Integration, System Safety, Flight Test, Configuration Management

  • Experience with USAF Airworthiness Policy Directives, Instructions, and Airworthiness Bulletins (AWB)

  • System Safety Risk Assessments (SSRA), program risks and hazard analyses

  • Control Account Management (CAM) and Earned Value Management System (EVMS) experience including Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) planning and tracking, Earned Value reporting, variance analysis, and Estimate at Complete (EAC) forecasting.

  • Extensive experience leading a System Design Responsible (SDR) organization per international regulations with signature authority

  • Extensive interactions with the airworthiness authority that issued the SDR

  • Familiarity of European Military Aviation Regulations (EMARs)

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Powerpoint, Word and SharePoint

  • A current active U.S. Government in-scope DoD Secret security clearance or higher and the ability to obtain and maintain Special Program Access (PAR/SAP).

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