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Northrop Grumman Sr./Principal Electrical Power Subsystem Engineer: Drive Mechanism Cognizant Engineer - Space / Satellite Systems 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!

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

As an Electrical Power Engineer you will support the subsystem application of electronic drive assemblies on space vehicles. . You will evaluate designs and determine proper application as well as solve anomalies during design, development, integration, and on orbit.

Duties & Responsibilities:

In this role you will:

  • Analyze and interpret requirements and apply them to the design and development of motor stepping electronics

  • Conduct analyses on electronic components to include thermal, power dissipation, and electrical pin out.

  • Solve on orbit anomalies associated with motor drive assemblies

  • Complete trade studies for best application from a technical, schedule and cost


  • Cross-Collaborate with multiple development projects and team members to reach common solutions




Space System



Basic Qualifications:

This position can be filled at the Principal or Sr. Principal level.

Principal Engineer

This position requires a Bachelor's Degree in a STEM field (ideally Electrical Engineering) with 5 years of experience; a Master's degree with 3 years of experience; or a PhD

Sr. Principal Engineer

This position requires a Bachelor's Degree in a STEM field (ideally Electrical Engineering) with 9 years of experience; a Master's degree with 7 years of experience; or a PhD with 4 years of experience

Additional Required Qualifications:

Fluent with step motor drive devices

Strong analog power supply and/or digital controller background

Experience working with a supplier

Can effectively operate within a multi-discipline engineering team

Broad technical expertise and working knowledge of other related disciplines

Preferred Qualifications:

Background in mechanisms engineering

Strong application of thermal analysis on electronic components

Experience working with a foreign suppler of electrical hardware

Experience with application of motor drive devices in space systems

Working knowledge of spacecraft power subsystems

Familiarity with spaceflight electronic development

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.

Northrop Grumman offers a competitive and robust benefits program.

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


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)

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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