Principal Payload Field Engineer (Hardware) or Sr Principal Payload Field Engineer (Hardware)San Diego, CA

Requisition ID: R10161865

  • Category: Engineering

  • Location: San Diego, California, United States of America

  • Clearance Type: Secret

  • Telecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position

  • Shift: Any (United States of America)

  • Travel Required: Yes, 50% of the Time

  • Relocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available

  • Positions Available: 1

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 Mission Systems is a trusted provider of mission-enabling solutions for global security. Our Field Engineering team, which is part of the Engineering and Sciences (E&S) organization, pushes the boundaries of innovation, redefines engineering capabilities, and drives advances in various sciences. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, innovative technologies to develop, design, produce and sustain optimized product lines across the sector while providing a decisive advantage to the warfighter. Come be a part of our mission!

We are looking for you to join our team as a Principal Payload Field Engineer (Hardware) or Sr Principal Payload Field Engineer (Hardware) based out of San Diego, CA with up to 50% travel throughout CONUS and OCONUS locations in support of USAF exercises (domestic and overseas travel).

What You’ll get to Do:

Be part of a technical team that operates and maintains a complex tactical communication system in sustained operations and exercise. This is an exciting and dynamic opportunity for Engineers to stay current with their certifications while expanding their skills outside traditional roles to include Linux, voice services, cyber security and a variety of military data links. You'll also get to:

  • Support operations and maintenance of a complex airborne and terrestrial tactical communication system providing voice and data services in real world operations and dynamic Joint Exercises.

  • Support flight line by performing preflight system tests and configuring payloads.

  • Perform preventative and corrective maintenance.

  • Troubleshoot Hardware/Software issues.

  • Perform system and computer maintenance.

  • Operate and control data links during operational missions and exercises.

  • Be responsible for System Administration and Account Management

  • Perform network troubleshooting.

  • Perform COMSEC Key Management

  • Perform remote control and operations of a communications payload.

  • Develop procedures and generate reports.

  • Work closely with the Active Duty/Government customer and collaborate with internal Northrop Grumman engineering teams.

CONUS and OCONUS( "continental United States" and "outside the continental United States")travel up to 50% in support of USAF exercises.

This position may be considered as a Principal Payload Field Engineer (Hardware) or Sr Principal Payload Field Engineer (Hardware).

Basic Qualifications for a Principal Payload Field Engineer (Hardware) :

  • 5 years with bachelor’s in science degree; an additional 4 years of relevant communication experience may be considered in lieu of a Bachelor's degree.

  • Strong knowledge & understanding of Military radios or communications systems.

  • Experience with operating military radios or communications systems and general radio knowledge.

  • Must pass a physical health assessment and meet the minimal standards of fitness in alignment with AFCENT requirements.

  • Must be willing and able to travel up to 50% (some travel to hazardous deployment areas)

  • Active Secret security (or above) clearance with the investigation completed within the last 4 years.

Basic Qualifications for a Sr Principal Payload Field Engineer (Hardware) :

  • 9 years with bachelor’s in science degree; an additional 4 years of relevant communication experience may be considered in lieu of a Bachelor's degree.

  • Strong knowledge & understanding of Military radios or communications systems.

  • Experience with operating military radios or communications systems and general radio knowledge.

  • Must pass a physical health assessment and meet the minimal standards of fitness in alignment with AFCENT requirements.

  • Must be willing and able to travel up to 50% (some travel to hazardous deployment areas)

  • Active Secret security (or above) clearance with the investigation completed within the last 4 years.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of Link-16, VMF, SADL, SAT-J and/or JREAP

  • DoD 8570 IAT Level II or greater (Security+ CE, CCNA Security, Linux +)

  • Experience with operating radio equipment (PRC-117, PSC-5, MIDS JTRS) and general RF knowledge.

  • Experience with military aircraft operations.

  • Candidate shall have broad experience with the operation, integration, configuration, and maintenance of military communications.

  • systems, networks, and radios.

  • Candidate should have experience with commercial and military interfaces to include RS-232, RS-485, and MIL-STD-1553.

  • Candidate should possess strong analytical and troubleshooting skills and the ability to read electrical drawings and schematics.

  • Candidate should have experience with RF/electronic test equipment, electrical soldering, and mil-standard connectors.

  • Candidate should have strong knowledge with military tactical data links (Link 16, JREAP-C), Linux operating system, network Candidate should have fundamentals (IP subnetting, VLANs, TCP/IP, UDP, basic switching and routing, tunneling, encryption), radios operations (load, program, and troubleshoot), RF theory, and aircraft navigation (GPS, INS) and power distribution systems.

  • Experience handling COMSEC materials, following security guidance/procedures, and operating the Simple Key Loader (SKL).

  • Joint exercise experience

Salary Range: $88,700 - $133,100

Salary Range 2: $109,900 - $164,900

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.

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