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Northrop Grumman Fault Management and System Autonomy - Principal Engineer Systems - (National Security Space) - Top Secret in Dulles, Virginia

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 Space Systems designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation-related systems to customers around the world. Our main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; subsystems and defense electronics; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures.

This Systems Engineering position, based in Dulles, VA and is an engineering support role in National Security Space programs within the Tactical Space Systems Division at Northrop Grumman Space Systems. The job responsibilities will be as an individual-contributor and deliverable/product lead within a multi-disciplinary engineering team. Successful candidate will perform traditional Systems Engineering functions, including requirements synthesis and flow-down, verification/validation planning, system trades study support, systems analysis, coordination of design efforts, and management of technical budgets& interface definitions. The application of these systems engineering will be in the context of fault management and system autonomy. The candidate must be able to assist in the formulation of system design, definition of concept of operations, and systems analysis for failure mode and effects. The candidate will be responsible for identification of these modes and mitigation through autonomous or operational controls. Responsibilities will also include interaction with program, functional and customer leadership.

In this role, the Systems Engineer will perform general systems engineering duties related to fault management, which may include requirements flow down, tracking, verification, and the writing of specifications, interface control documents, and engineering reports from advanced studies, special engineering investigations, and similar activities. Tasks may also include assisting with Command & Telemetry database development and validation of its content. The candidate must be knowledgeable in aerospace systems, spacecraft subsystems design, or mission operations. Position will also include responsibilities relating to integration, testing, and operational readiness of spacecraft and payloads. Candidate may be called on to assist in new business activities, such as conceptual design and analysis for proposals and funded studies, and may include authoring sections for both.

The engineer will develop original ideas, elaborate on preliminary design concepts, evaluate completed designs with their program/functional supervisors and other technical groups, and make the necessary design modifications to achieve the best design within the program constraints. The candidate may also develop and coordinate the conduct of test programs required to evaluate design work.

Principal Engineer Systems responsibilities include:

• Evaluate design documentation and verification for compliance with customer and internally derived requirements

• Evaluate design documentation to ensure manufacturability and application of previous lessons learned

• Evaluate design documentation to provide evidence for requirement verification and hazard control verification closure

• Support mission operation tasks for all mission phases

• Evaluate System Level test results and generation reports & review packages

• Evaluate secondary payload options and perform feasibility studies for system

integration of secondary payloads or secondary mission objectives

• Evaluate cargo loading and removal operations throughout the mission flow

• Provide support to selected elements of the program Systems Engineering Team

• Support and deliver SE Products and other deliverables, with a focus on mission success

• Develop/implement and communicate solutions to routine Engineering problems

• Contribute to the technical tasks supporting the program

• Provide systems engineering support for technical reviews

• Write status and technical performance reviews, analyses and reports


Basic Qualifications:

• Bachelor's Degree in STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Math or related area 5+ years of experience, Master's Degree and 3+ years of experience

• Five years of systems engineering anywhere in Aerospace, Vehicle Automation, industrial automation or anywhere in the technology industry

• Five years' experience in system and subsystem interactions

• US Citizenship with and active or current Top Secret/SSBI and the ability to obtain SCI level access.

Preferred Qualifications:

•Experience with Systems Engineering process

•Experience defining requirements & interfaces

•Understanding of spacecraft integration & test, launch, and mission operations

•Experience with human spaceflight vehicle development including integration & test

•Experience developing verification documentation

•Experience with architecture development

•Familiarity with electrical & computer systems

•Familiarity with command and telemetry database

•Strong Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) & Matlab scripting skills

•Master's degree in a technical discipline with 3 years professional experience

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.

Job Category : Engineering