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Northrop Grumman Principal/Electrical Engineer: Hardware Test - Tactical Space in Dulles, Virginia

Embark on a career putting innovative, reliable, and agile products and ideas into orbit and beyond. Northrop Grumman has opportunities waiting for you that play a vital role in human space exploration, national defense, and scientific discovery supporting multiple programs across the universe. With us, you'll discover a culture of curiosity and collaboration that will have you Defining Possible from the day you start. Our space systems connect and protect millions of people on earth every day, now and for the future. Explore your future and launch your career today!

The Northrop Grumman Tactical Space Division is a strategic partner specializing in commercial and classified partnerships with the design, delivery, operation and sustainment of satellites and human spacecraft. We support science and space exploration through our various partnerships, including NASA's Artemis program with the goal to return humans to the Moon in 2024 and the TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) program that has discovered more than twenty confirmed plants. Recognized as an industry leader, we also develop highly specialized space and satellite components.

We have an opening for a Hardware Test Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals in the Tactical Space organization. This position will be located in Dulles, VA.

Working closely with the Hardware Design Engineer, you will lead the test and debug of flight and non-flight Circuit Card Assembly (CCA) and/or Box under test which requires experience in defining test parameters, interpreting test results and analyzing test trends and provides leadership in the area of testing.

You will support Hardware Design Engineering and Electrical Ground Support Equipment (EGSE) Team by:

  • Helping to define EGSE Requirements and Implementation

  • Generating HW Verification Procedures (e.g., Functional Test Procedures, Acceptance Test Procedures)

  • Overseeing Test S/W Code Development

Additional responsibilities includes:

  • The debug, test and certification of Component Test Equipment (CTE) and Automated Test Equipment (ATE) using LabVIEW, Test Stand used to test analog and power electronics with ingenuity and creativity and without appreciable direction

  • Participate in design reviews of CTE/ATE, with the emphasis of testability

  • Works closely with the Design Engineer to ensure the CTE will validate the CCA and/or BOX under test which include the generation of analog/power CCA and BOX acceptance test procedures (ATPs) at the functional, environmental and spacecraft levels

  • Develops LabVIEW, Test Stand CVI

  • Support Failure Review Boards (FRB) in determining corrective actions and failure diagnosis

  • Coordinate support plans for test activities

  • Attend and participate in the daily manufacturing meetings




Space Systems



This position can be filled as at the Engineer or Principal level.

Basic Qualifications: Engineer

•2 yrs of experience with a Bachelor's degree in STEM field (or a Masters or PhD)

•Experience in Hardware Design, Test/Troubleshooting

•Ability to read and understand schematics for electronic equipment and electrical circuitry

•Strong analytical and diagnostic skills

Principal Engineer:

•5 yrs of experience with a Bachelor's degree in STEM field (or 3 yrs with a Masters or PhD)

•Experience in Hardware Design, Test/Troubleshooting

•Ability to read and understand schematics for electronic equipment and electrical circuitry

•Strong analytical and diagnostic skills

Preferred Qualifications:

Extensive knowledge and practical experience in several of the following areas a plus:

•Strong written and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to explain complex ideas in a clear and concise manner

•Self-motivated and able to effectively work in small teams

•Power regulation, distribution and switching

•Analog signal conditioning and processing

•Interface with CTE/ATE using LabVIEW , Test Stand and scripting software •Familiar with high speed serial interface protocol (TCPIP, SPACEWIRE, LVDS, RS422/485, 1553)

•Grounding and signal preservation techniques

•Microsoft Office Suite

•Continuous improvement in areas of test fidelity and test yield

•Able to execute non-standard scenarios within Automated Test Software and test applications

•Strong analytical and diagnostic skills

•Operate electronic lab equipment for debug and troubleshooting

As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman, you are eligible for our robust benefits package including:

Medical, Dental & Vision coverage


Educational Assistance

Life Insurance

Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions

Paid Time Off

Health & Wellness Resources

Employee Discounts

Flexible Schedules: For example the ability to work a 9/80 work schedule, which allows an employee to work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday and take every other Friday off of work

For more details please visit our total rewards site or chat with one of our recruiters to learn more.


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 : Engineering