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Principal/Sr. Principal Structural Engineer - Space Components

Company: Northrop Grumman
Location: Oxnard
Posted on: March 17, 2023

Job Description:

RELOCATION ASSISTANCE: Relocation assistance may be available
TRAVEL: Yes, 10% of the Time
Join Northrop Grumman on our continued mission to push the boundaries of possible across land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace. Enjoy a culture where your voice is valued and start contributing to our team of passionate professionals providing real-life solutions to our world's biggest challenges. We take pride in creating purposeful work and allowing our employees to grow and achieve their goals every day by Defining Possible. With our competitive pay and comprehensive benefits, we have the right opportunities to fit your life and launch your career today.
The Payload and Ground Systems organization within the Northrop Grumman Space Systems pushes the boundaries of innovation, redefines engineering capabilities, and drives advances in various sciences. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, innovative technologies to develop, design, produce and sustain optimized product lines across the sector while providing a decisive advantage to the warfighter. Come be a part of our mission.
The Space Components and Strategic Businesses Unit is seeking a Principal / Sr. Principal Structural Engineer (level 3/4) to join our Engineering team. This position will be based in San Diego, CA, but may be located in Devens, MA, Beltsville, MD, or Oxnard, Goleta, or Commerce, in California. Hybrid work-from-home / onsite could be an option for the right candidate.
The Structural Engineer for this role will work with the Business Unit (BU) engineering team to develop and implement new analysis methods, codes, standards, and tools to improve accuracy while reducing cost and analysis lead time. This individual will be responsible for researching existing analytical tools and methods used across the business and identifying strengths and weaknesses of the various toolsets. Using critical thinking and problem-solving skills, the Principal Structural Engineer will work with individual Operating Unit (OU) teams to identify opportunities to optimize analytical processes in order to best support timely delivery of accurate and affordable analysis results to internal and external customers. This team member will assess and document analysis methods by product area and/or value stream used by individual OUs and share these tools and best practices with the broader BU team. A main focus for this role will be developing and maintaining manuals and training materials for analysis best-practice focus areas such as accuracy, repeatability, and affordability.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:

  • FEM / FEA tools and methods (NX Siemens Nastran and/or Dassault Systems Abaqus a plus)

  • Strong background in coding and programming, with experience with one or more of the following coding languages: Python, Java, C and C++, JavaScript, SQL, VBA.

  • Ability to interpret and understand structural engineering specifications involving metals, non-metallic or composite structural materials.

  • Experience with and broad knowledge of integrated systems, electromechanical assemblies, structural materials, and bonded and soldered interfaces.

  • Familiarity with analysis and simulation methods for mechanical, thermal, vibration, and shock performance in static and dynamic environments.

  • Experience with analysis for damage tolerance, durability, dynamic loading, stability and stress fatigue in order to determine design allowables.

  • Ability to carefully analyze complex problems and develop innovative solutions.

  • Broad knowledge of industry practices.

  • Ensures solutions are consistent with organization objectives.

  • Must be able to work independently and have strong organizational skills.

  • Skillfully perform complex professional tasks and apply regular use of ingenuity and innovation.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to effectively and clearly present technical approaches and findings.

    This position may be filled as a Principal (Level 3) or a Senior Principal (Level 4) depending upon candidate education, experience and qualifications. (All locations are Geodiff E)
    Basic Qualifications for a Level 3:

    • Bachelor's Degree in a STEM discipline from an accredited university and 5+ years of engineering process development and/or project management experience OR Master's Degree in STEM discipline with 3+ year experience

    • Proficiency in space and aerospace structural analysis of composites structures, including bonded joints, sandwich panels and metals

    • Proficiency in finite element analysis and composite laminate theory

    • Skilled in Microsoft Office Programs (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Project)

    • Ability to obtain DoD Secret clearance

      Basic Qualifications for a Level 4:

      • Same as above, but with a Bachelor's Degree in a STEM discipline from an accredited university and 9+ years of engineering process development and/or project management experience OR Master's Degree in STEM discipline with 7+ year experience

        Preferred Qualifications:

        • Experience with, and knowledge of hardware design and manufacturing processes for space & aerospace applications

        • Proficiency in finite element analysis using Siemens specific tools.

        • Proficiency with programming in Excel using VBA.

        • Proficiency in Femap, NASTRAN, Altair Hyperworks, and ESI VA One

        • Proficiency writing API's in FEMAP

        • Experience with development and implementation of AI algorithms and user environments

        • Experience with NX and Team Center software platforms

          Salary Range: $104,600.00 - $157,000.00Salary Range 2: $129,700.00 - $194,500.00
          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 https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/ .
          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 http://www.northropgrumman.com/EEO . U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.
          We are a pioneering company.
          With careers across all areas: air, cyber, land, sea and space - our 90,000 employees work as one to defend and define the future. Northrop Grumman careers and internships are as varied as your interests, with a lifetime of potential that will give you every opportunity to do your best work. Working together with people from many backgrounds, personal passions and disciplines, we share a drive to push the boundaries of science, technology and engineering to meet the ever evolving needs of our customers worldwide.

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