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Northrop Grumman Mechanical Designer / Principal Mechanical Designer 2/3 (Space Systems) - (Ability to obtain clearance) in Dulles, Virginia

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 are making history.

Northrop Grumman Space Systems designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation-related systems to customers around the world. Our main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures.

The Tactical Space Systems Division is seeking an entry to mid-level Mechanical Designer to perform mechanical design tasks on one or more spacecraft systems or subsystems.

The Mechanical Designer will work with other designers and engineers on Spacecraft Structures, Subsystems, Mechanisms, MGSE, or Proposals across the three business areas to develop and enhance critical technical capabilities that drive our businesses. Skills include, but not limited to, Computer Aided Design (CAD), knowledge of Geometric Dimension and Tolerancing (GD&T), Engineering Drawings, and Design for Manufacturing.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Work on all Spacecraft Structures, Payload, and Antenna mechanical hardware from requirements all the way through integration and test.

  • Perform detailed design tasks using Computer Aided Design (CAD) and other software tools to develop and document designs for manufacturing and ultimately assembly into spacecraft

  • Produce Mechanical drawings using industry standard GD&T processes

  • Interface with Mechanical design and engineering team to produce efficient and manufacturable spacecraft parts and assemblies


This position can be considered at the Mechanical Designer or Principal Mechanical Designer. Qualifications for each level listed below.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Mechanical Designer: Received an associate's degree from an accredited college/university or an equivalent of 4 years of applicable experience.

  • Principal Mechanical Designer: Received an associate's degree from an accredited college/university or an equivalent of 7 years of applicable experience.

  • Ability to perform mechanical tasks associated with design and manufacturing of structures.

  • Experience with Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, preferably CREO.

  • Be eligible to obtain a U.S. Government security clearance (U.S. citizenship is a pre-requisite)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with the fundamentals of spacecraft layout and design.

  • Experience with Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) standards and preparation of manufacturing documentation.

  • Experience with 3D Printing, Design for Manufacturing, and hands-on hardware fabrication.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft office suite.

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.

Job Category : Technical Support