Staff Engineer Material ProcessRedondo Beach, CA

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Strategic Space Systems Division (SSSD) is an industry-leading provider for prime satellite and payload capabilities and directed energy and electronics solutions for national security, military, and civil customers. We are built on a heritage of providing innovative, affordable and reliable aerospace and defense products that our customers rely on to achieve mission success. Join the Space revolution and make the impossible, possible.

SSSD has an opening for a Staff Metallurgist to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Redondo Beach, California.

The Staff Material Process Engineer will be part of the Engineering Team and is responsible for providing Materials and Processes support to aerospace hardware production, developing materials, processes, engineering specifications, and performing metallurgical evaluations and failure analyses. The successful candidate will collaborate with design engineering, manufacturing, QA, and customers to help deliver high quality, precision aerospace products. Our Staff Metallurgist will also investigate opportunities for improving existing materials, processes, equipment, adherence to specifications, and technology for attaining cost reduction and continuous improvement goals.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide expertise and guidance on aluminum, ferrous materials, other metals, material development, material selection, material testing, coatings and failure analysis.

  • Provide expertise and guidance on the relationship between materials and manufacturing processes focused mainly on plating, coatings, and adhesives.

  • Investigate opportunities for improving existing materials, processes, equipment, and technology.

  • Provide hands-on support to production operations to implement cost reduction and productivity improvement projects.

  • Perform rigorous failure analysis. Conduct or manage laboratory testing and analysis.

  • Support prototype trials, materials analysis and performance characterization.

  • Participate in development and improvement of strategic suppliers.

As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman Space Systems, you are eligible for our robust benefits package including:

  • Medical, Dental & Vision coverage

  • 401k

  • Educational Assistance

  • Life Insurance

  • Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions

  • Paid Time Off

  • Health & Wellness Resources

  • Employee Discounts

This position's standard work schedule is a 9/80. The 9/80 schedule allows employees who work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday to take every other Friday off.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) discipline from an accredited university AND 13+ years of metallurgical industry experience OR Master's in STEM with 11+ years of metallurgical industry experience OR PhD in STEM with 8+ years of metallurgical industry experience

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a SCI clearance

  • Demonstrated expertise in aluminum, titanium, and/or ferrous metallurgy

  • Experience with manufacturing processes including plating, anodize, conversion coatings, and painting

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active SCI clearance

  • Material selection and qualification experience

  • Metallurgical evaluation skills and failure analysis techniques and methodologies

  • Metallurgical experience in the aerospace industry

  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 10% domestically and internationally

Salary Range: $149,900 - $224,900

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