Sentinel (GBSD) Principal Test Engineer - Campaign OBTE Engineer - 6830 Vandenberg Afb, CA

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Northrop Grumman Space Systems is seeking a Principal Test Engineer - Campaign OBTE Engineer. This position will be located in Vandenburg Space Force Base, CA and will support the Sentinel - Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) program. This role may offer a competitive relocation assistance package.

What You ' ll Get To Do:

The successful candidate will support Flight and Ground Test system level testing as a Flight Test Campaign engineer On-Board Telemetry Equipment systems Principal Engineer.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Installation, preparation, and check out of On Board Telemetry Equipment (OBTE) subsystems and monitoring for performance during flight testing

  • Providing the documentation, technical implementation, and configuration for telemetry systems as part of a missile launch support system

  • Technical experience with IRIG 108 Chapter 10, Pulse Code Modulation, Telemetry Description Documentation

  • Guiding and participating in installation of OBTE systems on missile flight hardware

  • Performing operational checkout of OBTE systems during flight test preparation

  • Monitoring and controlling system during flight test as part of a mission execution team.

  • Converting raw data to engineering units

  • Real time telemetry decomutation and display (such as IADS)

  • Participating in technical exchange meetings, interfacing with customers (internal/external) and contributing to a broad range of program deliverables.

  • Knowledge of Model Based System Engineering

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

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.

You ' ll Bring These Qualifications:

  • 5 Years with Bachelors in Science; 3 Years with Masters; 0 Years with PhD.

  • US Citizenship with an Active Secret Clearance or higher (awarded within the past 6 years) with the ability to receive a Special Access Program (SAP) certification.

  • Minimum 5 years of experience with on board flight instrumentation; developing and executing test engineering principles and processes.

  • 1 year experience leading a project and/or driving performance against schedule

  • Mechanical and Electrical design, or direct hands-on test experience required

  • Prior experience in instrumentation of structures for static, fatigue and damage tolerance analyses, or electrical component/RF equipment test

  • Experience with launch and/or countdown console operations

These Qualifications Would be Nice to Have:

  • Masters Degree or Higher in a Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) with 3 years experience.

  • US Citizenship with an Active Top-Secret Clearance or higher (awarded within the past 6 years) with the ability to receive a Special Access Program (SAP) certification.

  • Experience in telemetry formatting and experience with RF modeling tools, such as STK & RF lab equipment such as network analyzer, power meters, etc.

  • Knowledge of GPS integration, Flight Test Instrumentation development, design, fabrication and test experience.

  • Model Based System Engineering with an understanding of DODAF and SysML

  • Demonstrated experience with system integration and test principles and processes.

  • Prior experience test planning for a missile program or military aircraft program including RCC-319/324 Test experience.


Salary Range: $104,600 - $157,000

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 health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority . The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042 .

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