Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems Careers

Principal Electrical Engineer

Kennedy Space Center, FL
Engineering and Sciences

Job Description

Job ID: GEM20181206-46107

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 Innovation 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; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures.

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems is currently seeking an experienced Principal Electrical Engineer to join our Design Engineering team in our Kennedy Space Center, FL offices.

Roles and Responsibilities:

The Principal Electrical Engineer is responsible for the design, processing, test, and technical support of avionics and cable elements of the Space Launch System Booster vehicle to contract requirements. The candidate’s major responsibilities include (though not exclusively):

  • Coordinate major design efforts based on knowledge and experience
  • Design electrical component system elements using processing knowledge and modeling software, as appropriate.
  • Develop engineering documentation products (drawings, specifications, design and analysis reports, test plans, test reports, etc.)
  • Conduct, support, and present MRB analysis/dispositions
  • Oversee and plan testing for development and qualification of flight electrical systems/components.
  • Support team to include task and schedule planning to meet major project milestone objectives

Job Duties:

  • Design Booster electrical components, as appropriate, Northrop Grumman using systems and tools.
    • Create and revise engineering drawings and specifications and conduct engineering reviews with stakeholders in order to optimize hardware for fabrication and lowest end cost.
    • Support shop floor and vendor fabrication and test efforts.
      • Cable installation (Struts, Aft Skirt, Forward Assembly, Frustum)
      • Flight System Safety (FSS) component technical support
      • Forward Assembly & Check-Out (ACO) technical support
      • System isolation & integration tests
      • Support Program Management office on engineering labor estimates, schedule, and procurement activities. 
      • Support other element Integrated Product Teams in integration and optimization of engineering products and processes. 
      • Write test plans, oversee testing, analyze test data, and make revisions to design based on results.
      • Support hardware discrepancy (MRB) activities by authoring, analyzing, and presenting dispositions to Material Review Boards.
      • Learn and help maintain standard design processes.  

Experience Requirements:

  • Candidate must have a minimum of 7 years of engineering design and analysis of aerospace electrical systems experience with a BS in Electrical, or Aerospace Engineering. BS degree with 7 years’ experience or MS with 5 years’ experience is required.

Experience Preferred:

  • Working knowledge of Analog, Digital, and Instrumentation systems—highly preferred
  • Familiarity with common aerospace bus architectures (e.g., MIL-STD-1553, EIA-422)—preferred
  • Experience integrating and testing Avionics subsystems--preferred
  • Experience with Material Review Board and resolving discrepant hardware – preferred.
  • Previous experience with Space Shuttle hardware or other Space Launch Vehicle Avionics hardware – preferred.
  • Elementary understanding of Configuration Management practices (e.g., Change Request/Change Notice) generation
  • Proficiency with Zuken modeling software – preferred.
  • Proficiency with Cirrus test equipment—preferred
  • Degree in Electrical or Aerospace Engineering

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Broad understanding and knowledge of aerospace electrical system design and manufacturing processes
  • Solid experience with the design and analysis of flight electrical systems.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced dynamic environment as part of a multi-discipline team
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Excellent time management and organization skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills working in a team environment.


  • BS degree in Electrical or Aerospace Engineering with 7 years experience, MS with 5 years of experience, or PhD with 2 years of 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 Type: Full Time
Desired Travel: less than 25%
Years of Experience: 5-8 Years
Education: Bachelors
Expertise: Engineering
Group: Flight