Senior Principal Engineer ToolClearfield, UT

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 openings for a Senior Principal Tooling Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals.

This position is located in Clearfield, Utah.

This position will support one (1) of three (3) off-shift schedules (B Shift: Mon - Fri, 3:30 PM - 12:00 AM; C Shift: Fri - Sun 6:30 AM - 7:00 PM; D Shift: Fri - Sun 6:30 PM - 7:00 AM; noted schedules are approximate and include a 30 minute, unpaid lunch break )

Our team designs tooling to support Aerospace composite part fabrication, handling, and assembly for the commercial and defense aerospace industries. Engineers get the opportunity to manage their work from design concept through implementation. Our Tooling Team works independently, but interacts closely with safety, engineering, manufacturing, and customers to achieve expectations.


  • Manages tooling projects/assignments from concept thru implementation, to provide production quality aerospace tooling in support of development and production programs.

  • Manages external Tooling Design/Fabrication Shops on Design/Build projects

  • Concepts and designs special tooling within an Integrated Product Team (IPT) structure

  • Uses and/or manages Computer Aided Design (CAD) resources for tooling design

  • Works with vendors to ensure successful fabrication of tooling

  • Witnesses/approves source inspection of special tooling at supplier locations before acceptance

  • Proofs tooling upon receipt in a production environment

  • Maintains tooling documentation related to design, analysis, fabrication, and proofing

  • Provides tooling cost/schedule estimates for new tools and or tooling modifications

  • Documents stress analysis of tools for compliance to requirements

  • Uses Microsoft applications to communicate and present tooling progress

Our team enjoys a fast-paced work environment with high expectations, diverse assignments, and collaboration with internal and external customers. We work closely with manufacturing engineers, CAD designers, safety, and operations. We pride ourselves in coming up with new ways to provide tooling that is safe, cost effective, and operationally efficient.

Basic Qualifications:

Sr. Principal Tooling Engineer (Level 4)

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret Security Clearance and the ability to obtain and maintain Special Program Access within a reasonable period of time as determined by the needs of the business

  • Bachelors Degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) discipline and a minimum of 9 years of relevant engineering experience; 7 years with Masters Degree in STEM discipline or 4 years with PhD in STEM discipline

  • Experience in design, fabrication and implementation of tooling used in the manufacture of composite parts

  • Strong project management and communication skills

  • Understanding of general metallic fabrication including welding and machining

  • Understanding of and ability to use 3D CAD systems

  • Capable of creating free-body-diagrams and analyzing tooling for allowable stress and fatigue

Preferred Qualifications:

  • BS in Mechanical, Aerospace or Civil Engineering

  • Active DoD Secret Security Clearance

  • Experience in an aerospace manufacturing environment

  • Tooling for Composites manufacturing and handling

  • Catia or NX experience

  • Strong background in Strength of Materials and analysis

  • FEA experience

  • Experience in design of molds, machining fixtures, handling, and assembly tools for composite manufacturing

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!

Salary Range: $104,400 - $156,600

The above salary range represents a general guideline; however, Northrop Grumman considers a number of factors when determining base salary offers such as the scope and responsibilities of the position and the candidate's experience, education, skills and current market conditions.

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 application period for the job is estimated to be 20 days from the job posting date. However, this timeline may be shortened or extended depending on business needs and the availability of qualified candidates.

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 all positions with a government clearance and certain other restricted positions.