Principal / Senior Principal Instrumentation and Data Acquisition Hardware EngineerEdwards Afb, CA

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 an opening for a Principal / Senior Principal Instrumentation and Data Acquisition Hardware Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals within our Test and Evaluation organization. This position will be located in EAFB, CA.

The selected candidate will join the Instrumentation and Data Acquisition Engineering team be part of the design, development, integration, configuration and test of a real-time, hardware in the loop (HITL), Data Acquisition Systems (DAS). They will perform a variety of duties in the electronic, mechanical, electromechanical, or software areas. Tasking will include design, development, verification and acceptance testing of data builds and real time Mission Control Room configuration files using Symvionics IADS software. The selected candidate will be responsible for coordinating integrated testing activities; reviewing and evaluating test requirements to ensure compliance with policies and procedures. Compilation of data and definition of changes required in testing procedures or new testing requirements will be necessary as well to help define automated test strategies. The selected candidate should be pro-active and self-motivated; ask not only "what", but also "how" and "why." Overtime, odd shifts, and weekend work will occasionally be required.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Promptly respond to technical issues that arise on the production floor utilizing work instructions, design models, and specifications.

  • Establish on article long term planning for installations.

  • Compile data and define changes required in testing procedures or new testing requirements.

  • Help define automated test strategies.

  • Clarify work instructions to operations staff; modifying as needed.

  • Drafting, opening, tracking, and closing Prep Items.

  • Creation of test Concept of Operations (ConOps) flows that maximizes the utility of test resources while meeting schedule and technical requirements and/or constraints.

  • Coordinate integrated testing activities; review and evaluate test requirements to ensure compliance with policies and procedures.

  • Identify process improvements, capture feedback from operations staff, and incorporate into the installation process.

  • Resolve issues by collaborating with other resource groups as needed.

  • Perform technical impact, planning, and strategy assessments for change implementation.

The selected Candidate must be willing to work various shifts depending on the business needs: 4x10 schedule (Mon-Thurs) 1st shift; 4x10 (Mon-Thurs) 2nd shift; 3x10 schedule (Fri, Sat, Sun) 1st shift; 3x10 schedule Fri, Sat, Sun) 2nd shift. Candidate must also be willing to accept work assignments that may include the Palmdale, CA location dependent on business needs.

Basic Qualifications:

This requisition may be filled at either a Principal or a Sr. Principal level.

Basic Qualifications for Principal:

  • A Bachelors in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM Degree).

  • A minimum of 5 years of applicable experience with a BS Degree or 3 years with a MS degree in STEM Field

Basic Qualifications for Sr Principal:

  • A Bachelors in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM Degree).

  • A minimum of 9 years of applicable experience with a BS Degree or 7 years with a MS degree in STEM Field

Basic Qualifications for Both Principal and Sr Principal Engineer

  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain DoD Secret Clearance.

  • Must have ability to obtain and maintain Program Access (PAR) within a reasonable period, as determined by the company to meet its business needs.

  • Basic understanding of troubleshooting systems to identify and assist in the correct the root cause.

  • Experience assisting with the creation, editing and execution of procedures.

  • Experience assisting with data acquisition and data collection.

  • Experience with Microsoft Windows family of products, AutoCAD, MatLab.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Electronics, Analog and Digital Communications, Digital Signal Processes, Computer Communication Networks, Embedded Systems

  • Experience working in Flight Test or Lab Test environments

  • Experience using oscilloscopes and waveform generators.

  • Experience working with Strain Gages, Accelerometers, Pressure Transducers and other commonly used instrumentation sensors

  • Basic knowledge of data bus architecture MIL-STD-1553, IEE-1394, ARINC-429, RS232 an RS422.

  • Experience using Symvionics IADS software and working in a Mission Control Room

  • Experience post-test processing data from a IRIG-106 CH10 recording

  • Experience using TTCWare Application Software

  • Experience working Curtiss-Wright TTC Data Acquisitions Systems

  • Ability to write scripts GUIs or small scale applications a plus.

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering or a degree with Instrumentation data experience.

Salary Range: $97,500 - $146,300

Salary Range 2: $120,900 - $191,300

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.