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Northrop Grumman Principal Test Conductor in Patuxent River, Maryland

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Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems (NGAS) has an exciting career opportunity for a Principal Test Conductor to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals in support of the Triton - MQ-4C program test activities. This position will be located at NAS (Naval Air Station) Patuxent River, MD.

Position Overview:

The selected candidate will perform a variety of data collection and technical support services on the Air vehicle and Ground Control Stations; and support the research and procurement of unmanned air vehicle components in direct support of life cycle sustainment.

Responsibilities include Interfacing with NGC and customer Flight Test Engineers, Flight Test Conductors, and Ground Operations Technicians. This position is the primary interface between maintenance, design and flight test engineering. Principal Test Conductors operate Vehicle and Payload Test Controller software during aircraft start-up/shut down for launch and recovery as well as for static ground tests utilizing BAMS Evaluation, Test and Troubleshooting Interface Equipment (BETTIE).

Essential Functions:

  • Conducts operations in accordance with NGC policy and procedures, and NAVAIR 3960 Test Plans and Procedures and per NATOPS.

  • Reviews and provides inputs during engineering development and executes Detailed Test Requirements, Acceptance Test Procedures and ground Test Plans.

  • Prepares Test Variances in accordance with engineering direction and engineering changes.

  • Responsible for providing inputs to update Interactive Electronic Technical Manuals.

  • Integrates tests and develops strategies to improve test efficiency. Generates, reviews and executes Test Work Sheets and Requests for Tests (RFTs).

The selected candidate should thrive in a fast-paced work environment with high expectations, significantly diverse assignments, collaborative/team settings across all levels. The selected candidate will need either to be located at NAS Patuxent River or be willing to relocate to the NAS Patuxent River area.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline from an accredited university and 5 years of related aircraft test experience, or a Master's Degree and 3 years of aircraft test experience, or 9 years of exempt aircraft test experience in lieu of the STEM Degree will be considered.

  • A current active in-scope U.S. Government DoD Secret (Interim is acceptable) security clearance or higher is required to start.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills with excellent communications skills, including the ability to brief test results to senior leadership.

  • A current Top Secret security clearance.

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