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Northrop Grumman (DoD SkillBridge) Principal Engineer, Miramar, CA, MCAS MIRAMAR, CALIFORNIA

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Northrop Grumman (DoD SkillBridge) Principal Engineer, Miramar, CA
Requisition ID: R10109557
Category: Engineering
Location: MCAS Miramar, CA, USA
Citizenship Required: United States Citizenship
Clearance Type: Secret
Telecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
Shift: Shift X (United States of America)
Travel Required: Yes, 25% 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.

As one of the largest global security companies in the world, Northrop Grumman is proud to help our nation’s military personnel make the transition to civilian careers. Approximately 1/4th of Northrop Grumman’s 90,000 employees self-identifies as veterans, and more than 1,600 are reservists. The Northrop Grumman Military Internship Program (NG-MIP) is an approved SkillBridge Program under Dept. of Defense Instruction 1322.29. The NG-MIP program is an opportunity for transitioning service members to gain valuable civilian work experience through an individual internship during their last 6 months of service, for up to 180 days. The Northrop Grumman Military Internship Program is open to all ranks and experience levels.  SkillBridge participants are not eligible for compensation from Northrop Grumman, as they continue to receive military compensation and benefits as Active-duty service members.

Responsibilities for this internship position are:

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC) has developed the Northrop Grumman – Military Internship Program (DoD SkillBridge) utilizing the DoDI guidance for Skillbridge. During this program the service member will be on-site at his or her host company performing an individual internship in an entry to mid-level career type role. The service member will be on the job training supporting a work schedule equivalent to 40hrs per week. Outlined below are the Goals, Objectives, and Outcomes for the program.

Goals – Provide transitioning service members fellowship-style job skills training during the last portion(s) of their military commitment. This program is specifically designed to offer internships that result in the potential to transition to a full-time opportunity as the conclusion of the training. Interns will serve as a pipeline for high-speed, motivated military candidates into NGC.

Objectives – Service Members who complete the Intern program will be highly trained, capable, future employees that align to the specific needs of the organization and are prepared to meet the NG mission “Defining Possible” on Day 1. This program provides a comprehensive internship experience including professional development, networking with leadership, and training specifically focused on NG leadership principles, company history, customer/stakeholder engagement, product and service overview, and core job responsibilities.

Outcome – Offer transitioning service member a rewarding opportunity to join the Northrop Grumman team.

DoD SkillBridge Eligibility:

 – Has served at least 180 days on active duty
 – Is within 12 months of separation or retirement
 – Will receive an honorable discharge
 – Has taken any service TAPS/TGPS
 – Has attended or participated in an ethics brief within the last 12 months
 – Received Unit Commander (first O-4/Field Grade commander in chain of command) written authorization and approval to participate in DoD SkillBridge Program prior to start of internship

Put your skills to the test by pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. From global defense to sustainment and modernization to mission readiness, your experience and ability will make it a reality. Our programs are built on equal parts of curiosity and collaboration. Our combined effort means our customers can connect and defend millions of people around the world. With Northrop Grumman, you’ll have the opportunity to be an essential part of projects that will define your career, now and in the future.


Northrop Grumman Defense Systems (NGDS), F-35 Sustainment HPSI Operating Unit, has an opening for a Specialist to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals.   The successful candidate will act as the Northrop Grumman technical interface and on-site company representative to the customer in resolving issues arising from operations, maintenance, modifications and other logistics and engineering support activities involving the F-35 aircraft. Candidate must be willing to accompany our customer on CONUS and OCONUS Deployment Assignments of varying duration.

The candidate will serve as an integrated team member and will act as a F-35 Nose to Tail expert with a strong background in Mission Systems and Vehicle Systems or an emerging authority who has the skill set to accomplish troubleshooting and analysis of F-35 Vehicle and Mission Systems anomalies.

Conducts technical analysis of product implementations, modifications and enhancements to product in accordance with specific customer specifications and implementations. Troubleshoots technical problems and issues, determines technical solution in accordance with product and customer specifications, and recommends actions to company or customer representatives for coordinative product solution. Assesses product needs in accordance with customer specifications. Conducts technical training and product briefing with customers, vendors and company representatives. Acts as local on-site representative to customers organization

In this role, selected candidate will be expected to: 

Be a self-starter, work without direct supervision.
Integrate into a high tempo military operational environment.
Provide recommended engineering and aircraft maintenance guidance to military and civilian maintainers and depot technicians and engineers with confidence and authority.
Read and interpret engineering drawings, fault isolation and technical data and other available engineering data as well as analyze aircraft subsystem maintenance issues.
Operate and maintain test equipment to gather and provide advanced aircraft health reporting codes to engineering IPTs for advanced troubleshooting
Conduct technical analysis of product implementations and modifications in accordance with customer specifications, technical data and other requirements.
Document maintenance activities, collate data to identify emerging failure trends and provide recommendations to reduce equipment down time, improve maintenance practices and advise on maintenance tasks.
Identify technical issues and recommend solutions to support the F-35 engineering disposition process and technical data updates.
Manage, track multiple engineering and logistic support activities, and provide periodic status to customers and program management team.
Provide authorized engineering products to supplement published engineering technical data.
Combine engineering knowledge with real world aircraft maintenance experience.
Conduct training and provide product briefings to customers, vendors, and company representatives.
Author recommended technical data updates and/or assist customer with recommendations.
Support program technical interchange meetings and program plans development relating to problem analysis, engineering dispositions and in-house technical support.
Have good interpersonal and communication skills and engage with military aircrew and aircraft maintainers on a regular basis to resolve maintenance issues that would otherwise lead to equipment downtime.
Work any shift, weekends, overtime and holidays, if necessary, as well as travel on Deployment Assignments in support of F-35 program requirements.
Complete customer required training, examinations, and immunizations in support of such deployment prerequisites.

Basic Qualifications: 

Must have high school diploma or equivalent and 9 years of related experience. Will consider a bachelor’s degree in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and 5 years related engineering experience with aircraft maintenance; OR a master’s degree and 3 years of relevant experience.
Aircraft troubleshooting, maintenance, and operations experience
Intermediate proficiency with Microsoft Office tools
Must have and be able to maintain a current and active DoD Secret security clearance.
Must meet DoD SkillBridge qualifications as per DODI 1322.29

Preferred Qualifications: 

F-35 or F-22 aircraft experience including cockpit operations
Field service or prior military experience
Experience with operation and troubleshooting of fifth generation aircraft avionics (DAS, EW, GPS, INS, and CNI)
Experience with operation and troubleshooting of fifth generation aircraft Vehicle Systems (FCS, PTMS, EPS, and Utilities and Subsystems)
Experience with Low Observable Systems and structural maintenance
Working knowledge of engineering tools such as CATIA, VAS, VA, PDM and JEDI.


Salary Range: $95,000 USD – $142,400 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.

What’s great about
Northrop Grumman
Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
Use your skills to build and deliver innovative tech solutions that protect the world and shape a better future.
Enjoy benefits like work-life balance, education assistance and paid time off.

Did you know?

Northrop Grumman leads the industry team for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the largest, most complex and powerful space telescope ever built. Launched in December 2021, the telescope incorporates innovative design, advanced technology, and groundbreaking engineering, and will fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe.

Northrop Grumman / Equal Opportunity Employer

JBNGJ-R10109557 2023.05.06

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