Principal/ Senior Principal Structural Engineer-Aircraft Dynamics (Active Clearance required)Redondo Beach, CA

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Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems has an opening for a Principal or Senior Principal Structural Engineer on the Aircraft Dynamics team located in Redondo Beach, CA. At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems in air and space that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. As an engineer supporting the Aircraft Dynamics section, the selected candidate will support Northrop's portfolio of existing and emerging aircraft programs.

This position will contribute to a broad range of programs at different stages, performing analysis, ground test, and flight test activities. The selected candidate must be capable of working well independently and with multi-disciplinary program teams. This role within the Flight Sciences department serves many advanced design programs, and therefore the candidate must be well organized and thrive in a fast paced environment supporting multiple efforts concurrently.

This requisition may be filled at either a level 3 or a level 4.

Essential Functions:

  • Establish aeroelastic design criteria to guide the development of advanced designs

  • Perform project planning to determine program requirements and develop plans for execution

  • Generate and validate structural dynamic & aeroelastic FEM models

  • Execute modal analysis, evaluate modal correlation across FEM and test data sets

  • Perform aeroelastic analysis including static aeroelastic solutions, flutter, and gust loads

  • Support validation test activities including: actuator testing, ground vibration, aeroelastic wind tunnel testing, and flutter flight testing

  • Develop and present materials for internal and external program related briefings

  • Responsible to build consensus through peer and Subject Matter Experts (SME) review and communicate test and analysis results to internal and external customers

  • The selected candidate should thrive in a fast-paced work environment with high expectations, significantly diverse assignments, collaborative/team settings across all levels.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Principal Structural Engineer: Bachelor's degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) discipline with a minimum of 5 years of experience OR Master's degree in a STEM discipline with a minimum of 3 years of experience OR PhD in a STEM discipline with a minimum of 0 years of experience. Senior Principal Engineer: Bachelor's degree in a STEM with 9 years of related engineering experience; OR a Master's degree in STEM with 7 years of related engineering experience; OR a PhD in STEM with 4 years of related engineering experience

  • Proficiency generating and validating structural dynamic & aeroelastic FEM models, utilizing FEMAP & NASTRAN

  • Proficiency performing aeroelastic analysis including static aeroelastic solutions, flutter, and gust loads

  • A current active U.S. Government in-scope DoD Secret security clearance or higher is required to start, with the ability to obtain and maintain Special Program Access (PAR/SPA)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of professional experience in the discipline of Aircraft Dynamics or Loads

  • Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Mechanical, Aeronautical or Aerospace Engineering preferred

  • Experience in Dynamics Analysis Methods and Documentation, as well as the development and manipulation of large Finite Element Models using NASTRAN, FEMAP or other FEM tools.

  • Experience using industry standard analysis software such as NASTRAN, ZAERO, Matlab, etc.

  • Knowledge of Mil-stds applicable to aircraft design and certification

  • Experience with the planning and execution of ground tests required for aircraft certification and validation of structural dynamic models & analyses.

  • Capable of performing vibroacoustic environment definition and related analyses

  • Experience supporting sub-system qualification activities

  • Familiarity with CAD applications (CATIA / NX)

  • Demonstrated proficiency in MS Office with strong technical writing skills and the ability to communicate and present technical material to various stakeholders

  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 20% time

  • A current active in-scope U.S. Government DoD Secret clearance with previous Special Program Access (PAR/SPA) is preferred

Salary Range: $107,300 - $160,900

Salary Range 2: $133,000 - $199,600

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.

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