Engineer / Principal Engineer Test – Inspection Development, –

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Requisition ID: R10088048
Category: Engineering
Location: Clearfield, UT, USA
Citizenship Required: United States Citizenship
Clearance Type: Secret
Telecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
Shift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
Relocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available
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 Aeronautics Systems has an opening for an Engineer Test to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Clearfield, Utah.

You will be a part of an Inspection Development Group responsible for:

Development of advanced NDT inspection technologies and sensors including laser ultrasound, phased array ultrasound, air coupled ultrasonic, THz and GHz, thermography, shearography, digital x-ray and computer aided data analysis

Design, fabrication, installation and testing of automated inspection systems for internal use

Integration of advanced NDT inspection technologies into automated systems and their qualification for the production

NDT Support of production programs during their whole life cycle

We support multiple prime contractors for military and commercial programs. Our work protects our country from enemy threats. Are you interested in development of NDT for state-of-the-art composites? Come join us!


Take responsibility for the overall inspection processes and oversee, initiate, & implement actions to optimize the processes to meet safety, quality, & production goals

Become the local expert on Automated Ultrasonic Inspection Systems (AUIS) and intimately familiar with the mechanical, electrical, & software components of the machines including the ultrasonic inspection techniques

Lead troubleshooting of existing AUIS systems; support the modifications and upgrades of existing AUIS systems; assist Maintenance Department as required

Maintain configuration control on system hardware & software

Support the startup of new system including but not limited to:

Coordination with Tooling Department to acquire part support and other production support tooling as needed

Qualification of the system as per program requirements

Motion programming

Initial and periodic system performance verification testing

Conduct root cause/corrective action investigations using multiple tools; 5 Whys, Fishbone Diagram, 5D, etc., and implement corrective action plans. 

Create and/or maintain required process and system documentation

Work with  NDI Operations, Document Control & Engineering to ensure that accurate work instructions and requirements are available on the production floor

Our team works in a fast-paced work environment with high expectations and significantly diverse assignments. We are comfortable both in a lab environment and on the production floor, and we collaborate closely with NDT technicians, test engineers and quality control engineers, program and operation managers, and customers. We’re a small group and a close-knit team. Our work is highly dynamic and our activities will vary from project to project. We are NDT development team integrated within a top tier defense contractor. We are looking for innovators!

Northrop Grumman regularly wins awards for our work-life balance, and we provide a proven suite of benefits including health, retirement, education, etc. This role is day shift with some off hours support for NDI Operations running 24/7. Travel is estimated to be less than 10% to support other sites (Iuka, MS, and Dayton, OH) during system and process qualification as required.

This role can be filled at an Engineer or Principal Engineer level depending on the qualifications below.

Basic Qualifications:


Bachelor’s Degree in Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and 2+ years of experience supporting automated electro-mechanical systems (machining centers, inspection systems, robotic systems)

U.S. Citizenship

Ability to obtain and maintain DoD Secret clearance

Principal Engineer:

Bachelor’s Degree in Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and 5+ years of experience supporting automated electro-mechanical systems (machining centers, inspection systems, robotic systems); Master’s Degree and 3+ years of relevant experience

U.S. Citizenship

Ability to obtain and maintain DoD Secret clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

Active DoD Secret clearance within 5 ½ years of last investigation

Aptitude for working with electro-mechanical systems including robotic systems (Kuka)

Excellent troubleshooting skills

Proficient in computers and networking

Proficient in Catia, ePIC, Solumina or similar programs

Proficient in Word, Excel, MS Project and PowerPoint.

Experience with  automated inspection systems and composite NDI techniques

Ability & desire to learn new skills outside of normal work duties, such as software diagnostics, electro-mechanical systems, and ultrasonics

Experience in composites aerospace industry

Experience with running & troubleshooting LabVIEW based systems

What We Offer:

At Northrop Grumman, we are on the cutting edge of innovation — building the next generation of sophisticated aircraft to protect our country. Our diverse portfolio of programs means there are endless paths to cultivate your career. We are well-known for our inclusive, family environment, phenomenal learning opportunities, and exposure to a wide variety of projects and customers. We also offer exceptional benefits/healthcare, a great 401K matching program, and 14 Employee Resource Groups inclusive of all employees!


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-R10088048 2023.01.14

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