Sentinel (GBSD) Principal Test Engineer - Campaign PBACM Engineer - 6846 Vandenberg Afb, CA

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Northrop Grumman Space Systems is seeking a Principal Test Engineer - Campaign PBACM Engineer. This position will be located in Vandenberg Space Force Base, CA and will support the Sentinel - Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) program. This role may offer a competitive relocation assistance package.

What You ' ll Get To Do:

The successful candidate will support Flight and Ground Test system level testing as a Flight Test Campaign Post Boost Attitude Control guidance and navigation installation Principal Engineer.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Help to develop, plan, and execute qualification and acceptance test plans, as well as supporting design and test audits and reviews.

  • Support developing the detailed test plan along with the test traceability working with flight design, analysis, and systems engineering. Review and understand the flight design.

  • Support the generation of test procedures and test readiness reviews (TRRs)

  • Help to produce test Concept of Operations (CONOPS) flows that maximizes the utility of test resources while meeting the stringent schedule and technical requirements.

  • Support the Release Train Engineers (RTEs) on floor who are running floor ops during the implementation of various tests supporting verification and validation of test flow down requirements.

  • Generate and support test data decomposition and test reports to other IPTs. Assist in consolidating and processing of final test data for requirements verification/model validation sign-off in DOORS and the RVAM.

  • Support systems engineering in the implementation of all of the test requirements, test plan data, procedure data, and test results data into the GBSD RVAM database.

  • Support the implementation and release (and be the focal) for PBACM documentation for processing through the program's review boards.

  • Provide technical oversight by working alongside management to guide, grow and mentor the I&T junior team members

  • Experience in test case definition to validate requirements in nominal and stressing conditions

  • Extensive experience using Monte Carlo analysis techniques to determine vehicle performance under uncertainty

As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman Space Systems, you are eligible for our robust benefits package including:

• Medical, Dental & Vision coverage

• 401k

• Educational Assistance

• Life Insurance

• Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions

• Paid Time Off

• Health & Wellness Resources

• Employee Discounts

This position's standard work schedule is a 9/80. The 9/80 schedule allows employees who work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday to take every other Friday off.

You ' ll Bring These Qualifications:

  • 5 Years with Bachelors in Science; 3 Years with Masters; 0 Years with PhD. An additional 4 years of experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.

  • US Citizenship with an Active Secret Clearance or higher (awarded within the past 6 years) with the ability to receive a Special Access Program (SAP) certification.

  • 5+ years test design and test H/W design experience (design and analysis of Mechanical Ground Support Equipment (MGSE) / Electrical Ground Support Equipment (EGSE))

  • Extensive knowledge and experience modeling, simulating, and analyzing aerospace vehicles and subsystems.

  • Knowledge of launch vehicle and/or strategic missile guidance, navigation, and control principles from guidance system turn-on, ground operations, through launch and payload insertion

  • Experience with launch and/or countdown console operations

These Qualifications Would be Nice to Have:

  • Bachelor's degree or higher in Software Engineering, Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Math or Physics

  • US Citizenship with an Active Top-Secret Clearance or higher (awarded within the past 6 years) with the ability to receive a Special Access Program (SAP) certification.

  • Flight Test and ICBM guidance and navigation systems

  • Direct experience using the DOORS Requirements Management Database and NX and/or CATIA V5 and/or knowledge of CAMEO and/or MBSE principals, CPLM and RVAM

  • Experience working with test instrumentation (strain gages, accelerometers, LVDTs, load cells, etc) and data acquisition systems (SDAS & DDAS)

  • Experience performing electrical testing of spacecraft and/or missile systems using test sets performing C&H check outs, power system functional checks, G&C system checks and validation, safe-to-mates, payload integration and checkout (antenna/RF), etc.

  • Experience in error covariance analysis methods and high accuracy inertial measurement system modeling and analysis

  • Experience and knowledge in principles of Model Based System Engineering (MBSE)

  • 5 years demonstrated knowledge of mechanical and/or electrical test practices and processes of spacecraft or missile systems

  • 5 years experience in writing test plans, test procedures, and test requirement specifications

  • 5 years experience working through test requirement verifications from verification requirements provided by systems engineering

  • 5 years' experience actually working a test on the high bay floor with technicians and other engineering disciplines.

  • Experience performing mechanical testing of spacecraft and/or missile systems performing static loads testing, shock testing, modal testing, vibration testing, acoustic testing, EMI/EMC testing, and propulsion system hot fire testing (system level).

  • Experience in rudiments in mechanical and electrical engineering fundamentals applied to spacecraft and/or missile design and analysis.

  • Previous experience with testing of integrated complex mission systems including space, ground, and other system elements.

  • Experience with overall test design, design of MGSE and EGSE, and utilization of instrumentation, DAS and test S/W.

  • Knowledge and experience with EGSE, electrical functional testing of spacecraft and/or launch vehicle systems


Salary Range: $104,600 - $157,000

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.

The health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority . The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042 .

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