Orbital ATK Careers

Sr. Systems Engineer

Northridge, CA
Engineering and Sciences

Job Description

Job ID: RP20180401-42969

With projected annual revenues of $4.5 billion, approximately 12,500 employees, and operations in about 20 states, Orbital ATK is a company on the move. Our mission is to ensure that our customers accomplish their mission ? whether it?s a technological breakthrough, a satellite launch, or protecting our nation. The company is the world?s leading supplier of solid rocket motors, a leading provider of launch vehicles, satellites and other space systems, and the nation?s largest manufacturer of ammunition. United in pride and shared goals, Orbital ATK employees come from diverse backgrounds and work together to deliver reliable, innovative and affordable solutions. Work with the best and unleash your potential. If you are a dynamic, successful, driven professional, Orbital ATK is the company that will further your experience and career growth. We offer a highly competitive salary, comprehensive benefits including, medical, dental, 401k, tuition reimbursement, and much more.

The AARGM Program is implementing Lead Engineer positions for the Front End Assembly, Guidance Section, Control Section/All Up Round, and STE/Box 4/5 Test Equipment.  These positions will report to the AARGM Chief Engineer with responsibilities as follows:

  • Technical lead working closely with the assigned Section IPT Lead
  • Technical lead for non-conformances, engineering investigations, supplier technical issues, engineering changes, and government questions related to the assigned Section
    • Responsible to establish the company’s technical position integrating all necessary engineering disciplines
    • Assembles white papers and Powerpoint charts to status and inform the internal and external stakeholders
    • Provides leadership and guidance to all technical activities related to the assigned Section
  • Working with the IPT Lead, drive continuous improvement in both product and processes. Coordinate the evaluation of improvements proposed by team members
  • Function as the technical interface with AARGM-ER for the assigned Section



  • Demonstrated capacity and willingness to learn                          
    • High-energy approach to work assignments
    • Detail oriented
    • Self-motivated – willingly invests extra effort when needed
    • Proactively addresses problems
    • Regularly proposes improvements
    • Accepts ownership
    • Consistently produces quality products


    • Leadership trusts judgment on routine issues – errs on the side of involving leadership in making decisions
    • Requires limited direction on most assignments
    • Productivity meets expectations
    • Able to grasp concepts and details quickly
    • Meets commitments.  Requires few reminders for upcoming due dates.
    • Respected by peers
    • Practices concurrent engineering
    • Able to evaluate and present technical data 


    • Technical writing is clear and accurate
    • Capable of preparing and delivering logical presentations with some coaching
    • Presents clear problem statements, as well as recommended solutions
    • Able to represent parent organization at working-level meetings, internal and external
    • Shares appropriate information with peers and provides concise status to leadership
    • Verifies information before passing it on


  • Uses sound engineering principles in analyzing engineering problems and proposing solutions
  • Proposes good engineering decisions based on sound engineering judgment and/or supporting data
  • Able to break down problems into simpler, manageable pieces
  • Able to prepare a plan satisfying defined objectives and requirements


  • Knowledge of specific AARGM Sections is preferred but not required
  • Good working knowledge of the engineering change process


Job Type: Full Time
Desired Travel: less than 25%
Years of Experience: 5-8 Years
Education: Bachelors
Expertise: Engineering
Group: Defense