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Northrop Grumman Principal/Sr Principal Electrical Engineer (Top Secret Clearance) Space/Satellite Systems in Gilbert, Arizona

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.

This position can be filled as either a Principal (level 3) or Senior Principal (level 4)

Principal/Sr Principal Electrical Engineer duties and responsibilities:


  • Design analog, digital and mixed signal circuits for spacecraft avionics applications.

  • Interact with other team members and software group to determine interfaces and operating characteristics.

  • With general direction, plan, prepare and complete all design and development activities.

  • Participate in or lead design reviews.

  • Perform deep dive reviews for peers.

  • Work with fabrication team on board layout and build. Define layout constraints and provide oversight to board layout personnel.

  • Support design through manufacturing of breadboards, engineering models, and flight units.

  • Design in assigned area by utilizing standard engineering and scientific principles.


  • Based on specific stated objectives perform analysis of complex circuits.

  • Perform all detailed analysis and follow up to assure compliance with all technical, program and contractual requirements.


  • Generate documentation and review packages.

  • Develop performance specification.

  • Without detailed direction, decompose system level requirements and related performance criteria to the avionics box, card and FPGA level.

Test and Support

  • Develop a detailed test programs to evaluate designs in accordance with stated requirements.

  • Test and debug designs. Bench level verification of functionality. Work either individually or as part of a team to develop test procedures and hardware to verify breadboards, engineering models, and flight units.

  • Support delivery of design to box-level assembly, including testing and debug.


  • Provide inputs for technical, cost and schedule performance.

  • Participate in pre-proposal cost and technical assessments.

  • Effectively operate within a multi-discipline engineering team.

  • Able to communicate effectively and clearly present technical approaches and findings.


  • Mentor junior engineers to help them understand design practices & processes.



Basic Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or related STEM field

  • U.S. citizen

  • Active or current Top Secret clearance

  • 5 Years of related expereince (level 3) 9 years of related expereince (level 4)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Extensive technical expertise, including full knowledge of other related disciplines.

  • Circuit analysis (Worst Case (WCA), Part Stress (PSA), Failure modes and Effects (FMEA), Signal Integrity (SI), Timing, Radiation).

  • Experience developing technical solutions to complex problems which require the regular use of ingenuity and creativity.

  • Able to perform work without appreciable direction. Comfortable exercising considerable latitude in determining technical objectives of assignment.

  • Able to create and review designs taking into consideration long- term company objectives.

  • Experience guiding the successful completion of major programs and may function in a project leadership role.

  • Held roles where erroneous decisions or recommendations could result in failure to achieve major organizational objectives.

  • Held roles representing a project as the prime technical including main contracts and subcontracts.

  • Experience interacting with senior external personnel on significant technical matters often requiring coordination between organizations.

  • Experience with Requirements Verification using DOORS

  • Lab experience that includes testing and working with test equipment.

  • Solid background and understanding of digital design

  • FPGA design experience

  • Understanding of mixed signal circuit design

  • Familiarity with spaceflight electronics development.

  • Strong verbal and written communications skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • A passion for space and space technology

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