Principal/Sr. Principal Triton UAV PilotPatuxent River, MD

Requisition ID: R10162257

  • Category: Flight Operations

  • Location: Patuxent River, Maryland, United States of America

  • Clearance Type: Top Secret

  • Telecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position

  • Shift: Any (United States of America)

  • Travel Required: Yes, 25% of the Time

  • Relocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available

  • Positions Available: 4

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 (NGAS) has an exciting career opportunity as a Principal/Sr. Principal Unmanned Air Vehicle Pilot to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals in support of MQ-4C Triton program test and evaluation (T&E) activities as an Air Vehicle Operator (AVO).

This is a work onsite position, located at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, MD with occasional travel to support Production operations in Palmdale, CA.

The Triton – MQ-4C ITT (Integrated Test Team) is seeking a candidate to fill the role of AVO for the Triton unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) during developmental test and operational flights. 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 should have excellent interpersonal and organizational skills as well as oral and written communication skills. The selected candidate must be willing to work in a flexible work schedule that may include first or second shift, extended shifts, weekends and holidays.

Essential Functions:

  • Remotely pilots Triton UAV to determine compliance with specification and operational suitability during engineering tests and flight test/demonstration support through specifically prescribed tests and maneuvers

  • Defines, plans, organizes and executes complex flight profiles and flight test events in support of program milestones

  • Conducts briefings and debriefings, and coordinates with maintenance personnel to analyze and correct vehicle discrepancies

  • Act as NATOPS Instructor or Examiner as required

  • Must successfully complete company UAV operator training and qualification program and receive GFR certification

Basic Qualifications for any level:

  • Current FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with Instrument Rating and a minimum of 500 flight hours as pilot-in-command (PIC) of a manned aircraft

  • Current Class II or higher FAA medical certificate

  • Must have an Interim DoD Top Secret clearance with an investigation in the last 6 years to start

  • Requires the ability to obtain and retain a DOD Top Secret and SCI clearance

  • Ability to obtain and maintain Special Program Access

Basic Qualifications for Sr. Principal Pilot Unmanned Air Vehicle (T3):

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline with 5 Years experience or; Master’s Degree in STEM with 3 years experience or; PhD in STEM with 0 years experience

Basic Qualifications for Sr. Principal Pilot Unmanned Air Vehicle (T4):

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline with 9 Years experience or; Master’s Degree in STEM with 7 years experience or; PhD in STEM with 5 years experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Degree in Aviation or Aerospace

  • Test Pilot School graduate

  • P-3 or P-8 Military Flight Experience

  • Qualified Global Hawk or Triton UAS Pilot

  • Active DOD Top Secret clearance

Salary Range: $118,000 - $177,000

Salary Range 2: $146,300 - $219,500

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.