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Northrop Grumman Principal Ordnance Design Engineer in Magna, Utah

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 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.

Northrop Grumman is currently looking for a Principal Ordnance Design Engineer to work in our Bacchus (Magna) or Promontory, UT location.

Roles & Responsibilities:

The Principal Ordnance Design Engineer is responsible for the development, qualification, and sustainment of energetic and pyrotechnic systems, sub-systems, and components for propulsion elements within our major launch vehicle and missile systems. The Principal Design Engineer will be responsible for developing new systems and system upgrades by managing supplier requirements and integrated changes in a disciplined, broad reaching process, to ensure our propulsion systems perform to specification and satisfy every customer need.

Within Northrop Grumman Space Systems, Ordnance Design Engineering, provides a gateway to many other opportunities and could include project engineering, systems engineering, and engineering management.

Job Duties:

  • Analyze the needs of the system and translate into verifiable performance and design requirements to be flowed to ordnance suppliers.

  • Manage the technical elements of qualifying and maintaining energetic hardware.

  • Determine qualification methodology and approach.

  • Evaluate results of verification processes and validate results against system requirements

  • Integrate customer directed changes into the system and facilitate implementation of changes within a change management system.

  • Create and Manage Change Requests, Drawing updates, and other related engineering command media.

  • Work with the project Chief Engineer, Program Manager, and other supporting organizations Quality, DCMA, DD&I, to service the needs of operations and our customers.

  • Coordinate and communicate with all stakeholders, including customers, all things related to ordnance.


Skills & Qualifications :

  • Understanding of requirements and basic principles of verification approch

  • Ability and skills to work multidisciplined engineering problems

  • A thorough knowledge of engineering methods, principals, and tools in common use in the aerospace & defense industry today.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Excellent time management and organizational skills

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience working in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering or a related field in CAD/PAD, Military Ordnance, or Launch Vehicle energetic devices including:

  • o FCDCA, FCDCM, FCDCIo CDF, CDFI, CDFMo Electro Explosive Devices (EED)o Initiators and Detonatorso Shape Charges (LSC & Conical)o Cable Cutterso Pyrotechnic Time Delayso Pin Pullers & Pin Pusherso Lanyard Pull Initiatorso Space Release Mechanisms (energetic & non-energetic)o Military Aircraft CAD/PAD deviceso Thermal Batterieso Pressure Cartridgeso Thrusterso Rocket Motor Ignition Safe & Arm Deviceso Vehicle Staging & Separation Mechanisms (Frangible Joints, LSC)o etc.

  • Booster Separation Bolts

  • Demonstrated experience in many aspects of aerospace design development processes including design, analysis, testing and integrationo Thermal Cycleo Vibration Testingo Thermal Vacuumo Shock Testing (Pyro, Shaker, MIPS)o Electro Magnetic Interference (EMI)o HERO (Hazard of Electromagnetic Radiation to Ordnance) testing

  • Assembling plans and detailed schedules to accomplish an engineering effort

  • Product testing or validation testing, preferably system level tests demonstrating interaction between subsystems or major elements

  • Participation in developing formal interfaces between parts of a system

  • Familiarity of requirement sets and system architectural approach necessary for spaceflight systems (ordnance, high reliability electronics, thrust vector control, flight safety systems)

  • Exposure and familiarity to a requirements management database tool or other systems engineering tool is required

Preferred Experience

  • Our customers• USAF, USN, DoD, NASA

  • Our competitors• Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, United Launch Alliance, Space X, Airbus, Thales

  • Ordnance Industry suppliers• Goodrich, Collins Aerospace, Ensign Bickford Aerospace & Defense, Pacific Scientific, Chemring Energetic Devices

  • Ordnance testing providers:• NTS• Dayton T Brown• Grey's Engineering• Experior Labs• Environmental Associates


  • BS degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering is required & 5 years of experience or 3 years with a MS. Position may be filled at higher level with 9 years experience with B.S or 7 years with M.S

  • Consideration will be given to candidates with a BS or MS degree in other engineering disciplines with strong relevant experience

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