Hardware Engineer Palmdale, 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.

At Northrop Grumman we develop cutting-edge technology that preserves freedom and advances human discovery. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of technological advancement in our nation's history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We continue to innovate with developments from launching the first commercial flight to space, to discovering the early beginnings of the universe. Our employees are not only part of history, they are making history.

Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems is seeking a successful candidate to fill a Hardware Engineering role within the Communications IPT. Responsible for working with an integrated product team (IPT) structure to perform engineering capture, build, integration, test and maintenance of communications hardware in laboratory and field settings. This includes the specification and usage of specialized test and support equipment.

The position is located in Palmdale, CA and reports directly to the Communications Hardware Lead, with responsibilities including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Install communication, test and support equipment in lab and field environments.

  • Perform electrical and mechanical (signal, power & thermal) analysis at the rack level.

  • Generation of engineering drawings in accordance with ASME and IEEE standards, including rack assembly drawings, interconnect wiring diagrams and custom cable assemblies.

  • Analysis of supplier LRUs, including step-file and 3D model review and compliance to environmental specifications.

  • This position requires supporting system integration, test, development, and execution of various types of complex communications systems.

  • Specification of rack cabling (RF, optical, 1553, power) and cooling systems.

  • Provide lab and site integration, test, and maintenance support.

  • Participate in troubleshooting systems to resolve complex issues, interact, and coordinate with responsible communications engineers responsible for sustaining communication sub-systems.

  • Contribute to improvement of processes, design, and future sustainment efforts.

Basic Qualifications Hardware Engineer (T02):

  • Bachelor's Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline from an accredited university with 2 years of experience or Master's Degree in STEM with 0 years of experience.

  • Active DoD Secret clearance with investigation date within the last 5 years and ability to obtain and maintain access to TS and Special Programs (SAP).

  • Ability to travel up to 25%.

  • General knowledge of governing and industry standards to include MIL-STD-1553, MIL-STD-1760, MIL-STD-100G, and ASME Y14.100.

  • Working knowledge of communication engineering theory and RF systems.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of various communication protocols including Ethernet, 1553 bus systems and Fibre Channel.

  • Must have high attention to detail and emphasis on first time quality.

  • Must be physically able to move up to 50 lbs.

  • Must have color vision to identify cables and wires.

  • Aptitude to learn new material quickly.

  • Must be a self-directed technical performer with demonstrated experience leading multi-disciplinary technical trades, and ability to develop and execute to a strategy.

Salary Range: $104,600 - $157,000

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 health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority . The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042 https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/ .

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 http://www.northropgrumman.com/EEO . U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

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