Staff Engineer Material Process (Casual Employee), Plymouth, Mn

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Plymouth, MN

Requisition ID: R10086307
Category: Administrative Services
Location: Plymouth, MN, USA
Citizenship Required: United States Citizenship
Clearance Type: Secret
Telecommute: Yes- May Consider Full Time Teleworking for this position
Shift: Days (United States of America)
Travel Required: No
Positions Available: 1

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 is seeking a Staff Structural Engineer (Casual Employee) for our location in Plymouth, MN. This position is paid hourly with no benefits.

Job Description Summary:

The development of smart armament systems, designed to increase the competitive advantage of our armed forces, is accelerating. This has increased the need for a structural analyst who has a passion for technology development, paired with demonstrated expertise in design excellence. This team member will drive to continually outperform the competition and exceed customer expectations while acting with integrity, loyalty, and respect.

As a Staff Engineer the analyst will utilize thermal and structures analysis tools to aid the Armament Systems design team with the development of smart weapons systems. Analytical support of the mechanical design process typically requires any number of finite element analysis approaches. The candidate shall be able to assess the design problem, work with the Subject Matter Expert to formulate an analysis approach and utilize a suite of tools ranging from linear static to non-linear dynamic of both the implicit and explicit solution types. In addition, implicit dynamic solution types such as modal, harmonic, spectrum and random vibration may be required to support modeling the entire design life cycle.

In addition to structural analysis, thermal loads often need to be considered. The thermal loading can have a variety of sources including aero heating from hypersonic ballistic applications.

The Staff Engineer will also need to provide additional design support using other structural analysis tools.  These tools can include NASGRO or AFGROW to provide data for critical crack analysis and NDT inspection.  Experience with other tools for formalized failure analysis and root cause analysis will be a positive capability.

Experience with metallic and conventional molded plastic materials is required but knowledge of molded and wound fiber reinforced plastics and their modeling would be desired. Reinforced plastic analysis experience with application to printed circuit boards a plus.


• Work with our Subject Matter Experts to develop a finite element analysis approach and solution to our thermal and structural problems based upon an understanding of the technical principals and determine the analysis type and tools required to evaluate a wide variety of numerical modeling problems which utilize a variety of materials including composites.
• Required work flow includes the development of structural models, meshing, selection of boundary conditions and constraints, selection of applicable material properties, selection of proper simulation code and methodology, interpretation of analytical results, and recommendation for design improvements.
• Support innovation by applying the most effective analysis technology to new smart munition product development.
• Become part of the product team and form close working relationships by understanding the whole system function and presenting solutions and design direction to the design community in an insightful and timely manner.

• Work with our materials team to characterize materials for use in all types of analysis.

Basic Required Skills:

20 Years with BS; 15 Years with PhD in Mechanical Engineering,
Prior experience utilizing thermal and structural analysis to solve static and dynamic problems with implicit and explicit solution methods,
Critical crack analysis, experience with NASGRO or AFGROW.

Preferred Skills:

Preferred experience with finite element codes ANSYS, ABAQUS, LS-DYNA,
Fatigue analysis with commercial finite fatigue solutions such as NCODE or fe-safe,
Formal failure analysis/root cause analysis experience,
Structural analysis of molded and wound composite components as well as the characterization of composite constitutive models,
Use of the solid modeling tools / PLM tool CREO or Siemens NX,
Use of the explicit FEA code EPIC for penetration modeling.

Salary Range: $139,400 USD – $209,000 USD

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

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.

Northrop Grumman / Equal Opportunity Employer

JBNGJ-R10086307 2023.01.14

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