Airworthiness Engineer 5 - Unmanned Systems (UAS)

Airworthiness at Northrop Grumman

As one of the world's premier manufacturers of next generation manned and unmanned aircraft, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems established the Office of Independent Airworthiness (OIAW) in 2014. The mission of the OIAW is to ensure that the aircraft we make are in line with customer standards and in compliance with the appropriate governing agencies, from the first flight baseline to the Flight Readiness Review (FRR) to the final recommendation of the aircraft's airworthiness.

Position Duties & Responsibilities

The OIAW is looking for technical leaders in the various areas/sections of MIL-HDBK-516 and/or FAA Part 23 and/or FAA Part 25:

  • Lead airworthiness projects
  • Act as technical subject matter expert (SME) and
  • Drive project evaluation and execution process
  • Be a thought leader working across disciplines to establish best practices in airworthiness.

The OIAW provides training in NGAS, DOD, and/or international airworthiness specific training. The career opportunities are tremendous, including consideration to be become a FAA Designated Engineering Representative (DER) candidate.

The Airworthiness Engineer will:

  • Develop and perform technical airworthiness planning and verification support including development of airworthiness approach, plans, basis of certifications, means of compliance, and certification activities for complex total systems.
  • Ensure the logical and systematic realization of customer airworthiness compliance (MIL-HDBK-516, FAA part 23, FAA part 25 and international standards ) into system solutions to meet program objectives (e.g. flight releases, type certification, continued airworthiness, and operational or airspace Integration)
  • Lead airworthiness initiatives within Autonomous Systems and Manned Aircraft Systems
  • Review and coordinate with other airworthiness engineers, as well as with internal engineering disciplines at all levels of total system to include: design, fabrication, test, installation, operation, maintenance and disposal.
  • Perform functional and process analyses, requirements allocation and definition studies to translate customer requirements into sound technical solutions, criteria, and requirements.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in a STEM discipline plus 14 years minimum experience on manned or unmanned aircraft systems or 12 years' experience with MS degree
  • Aircraft development program experience
  • DoD or FAA/EASA Airworthiness Certification Experience
  • Ability to obtain and maintain DoD Secret Security Clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MS degree in a STEM discipline
  • MIL-HDBK-516C airworthiness certification criteria experience
  • USAF airworthiness process and regulations experience
  • MIL-STD-882E system safety experience
  • Strong communication skills & ability to influence across disciplines and at many levels of leadership
  • FAA Designated Engineering Representative (DER)
  • Current Active DoD Secret security clearance.

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 statement, please visit U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

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