Principal / Sr Principal Test Development Engineer (AHT) Plymouth, MN

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.

Put your skills to the test by pushing the boundaries of what's possible. From global defense to sustainment and modernization to mission readiness, your experience and ability will make it a reality. Our programs are built on equal parts of curiosity and collaboration. Our combined effort means our customers can connect and defend millions of people around the world. With Northrop Grumman, you'll have the opportunity to be an essential part of projects that will define your career, now and in the future.

Join Northrop Grumman on our continued mission to push the boundaries of possible across land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace. Enjoy a culture where your voice is valued and start contributing to our team of passionate professionals providing real-life solutions to our world's biggest challenges. We take pride in creating purposeful work and allowing our employees to grow and achieve their goals every day by Defining Possible. With our competitive pay and comprehensive benefits, we have the right opportunities to fit your life and launch your career today.

Join Northrop Grumman and be part of the team of professionals that solve some of the world's most complex technical challenges.

This position may be filled at either a Principal Test Development Engineer, or a Sr Principal Test Development Engineer level deepening on the candidate's level of education and experience.


  • Responsible for ensuring product quality by creating early development and production test equipment for military/aerospace products. Includes designing, programming, debugging, and deploying into production Special Test Equipment that validates and acceptance tests product to device specifications.

  • Maintain and update test equipment that supports functional acceptance test at board, and final assembly levels.

  • Be able to sufficiently understand the functionality of products tested to recommend changes to the test process to improve testing or reduce test time.

  • Design, develop, and implement cost-effective methods of testing for Design Verification.

  • Understand costumer requirement documentation and translate to test cases for DVT and production test.

  • Co-lead design reviews and design for testability. Work with program team to create end to end product test strategy.

  • Design test fixtures, instrument racks and test equipment. Assist on fabrication and ordering of parts. Manage suppliers.

  • Collaborate with product Systems, Design, Software and Manufacturing Engineering to ensure that innovative new product designs can be manufactured and tested cost effectively with high quality.

  • Responsible for development and modification of In-Circuit programs on Keysight 3070 systems. Support existing products in production.

Requirements for Principal or Sr Principal Level:

Principal Test Development Engineer:

  • 9 years of experience in Test Engineering

  • May consider a bachelor's degree plus 5 years of relevant experience, or master's degree plus 3 years of experience.

Sr Principal Test Development Engineer:

  • 13 years of experience in Test Engineering

  • May consider a bachelor's degree plus 9 years of relevant experience, master's degree plus 7 years of experience, or PhD plus 4 years.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be US citizen.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain secret clearance

  • Major in Electrical, Computer Engineering. or similar oriented to electronic hardware / instrumentation

  • 2 years' experience building and maintaining automated test equipment (ATE).

  • 2 years' experience programming National Instruments LabVIEW and TestStand test software (C++ and OOP is a plus).

  • Digital and Analog Electronics knowledge with proven experience.

  • Work on site with flexible work arrangement. Able to travel 10% of time (domestic).

  • Knowledge in board level test, testing digital/analog circuitry.

Desired Qualifications:

  • ICT programming is desired.

  • Master's degree in electrical engineering or computer science

  • Solid communications skills and ability to clearly establish verbal communication with remote audience.

  • Knowledge in Electrical and Functional Testers with: Interfaces, Pneumatic Systems, Communication protocols, PXI and GPIB instruments test platforms (Vision Systems is a plus).

  • PWB layout and circuitry design experience.

  • Knowledge of Statistical Process Control tools and Gage R&R Analysis.

  • Ability to manage multiple and concurrent tasks while maintaining a sense of urgency.

  • Excellent problem-solving skills, team working, self-motivation, leadership.

Salary Range: $90,600 - $136,000

Salary Range 2: $112,300 - $168,500

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.

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.